Multiple Sclerosis Public Awareness Campaign Launch

A strategic relationship was launched today to educate the general public about Multiple Sclerosis and the treatment and support options available to those suffering from this potentially debilitating disease.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) involving decreased nerve function associated with the formation of scars on the covering of nerve cells. There are 250,000 reported cases of multiple sclerosis in the United States alone, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. But it is estimated that the actual number of Americans with MS may be closer to one half million because many people with mild symptoms never seek medical attention.

Mild symptoms often include vision or dexterity problems, numbness or tingling sensations. In some patients, more severe symptoms may eventually include a partial or complete loss of vision or mobility. Being aware of the symptoms and when and how to seek medical attention is paramount to the early diagnosis and treatment of MS.

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Submission date: 15/03/01