Walk With MS Video

In this medical video learn how researchers from Texas are making life easier for MS patients by helping necessary nerve messages get across nerves that are damaged.
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Jennifer Mathews: A simple walk across the room is not so simple for David Kolodny. David Kolodny: If you can imagine what it's like to walk on stilts or something like that, it's just real awkward and very unbalancing. Jennifer Mathews: David has multiple sclerosis. It started 20 years ago. He ultimately had to give up working. Now, this former businessman spends his days sitting at the computer. David Kolodny: I really don't go the stores. I don't go the malls. Traveling has become kind of a burden. Jennifer Mathews: This pill may make life a little easier for people with MS. Dr. Bill Lindsey: If it improves walking speed for people who are using canes or walkers, then they'll be able to get around their house better, and do more things in the day. Jennifer Mathews: When the protective covering over the nerve is damaged, signals can't get through. Fampridine bridges the gap and allows nerve messages to get across. Dr. Bill Lindsey: We're hoping for a partial improvement in areas where the myelin has been damaged, but the nerve cells are intact. Jennifer Mathews: In a study on 68 patients, 27% reported improvement in symptoms. Only 2% on the placebo improved. Since David is involved in a new study, he's still not sure if he's on the drug, but even if it doesn't help him, he's looking to the future. David Kolodny: If it can help find another medication that will help MS patients, then it's -- that worth it. Jennifer Mathews: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.

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