Multiple Sclerosis Basics

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

Although it is considered a relatively rare disease, MS is of particular interest recently due to new and emerging therapies to manage the disease. There is increasing urgency around this illness because it strikes people, predominantly women, in the prime of their lives and causes significant morbidity for many years. The chronic nature of most types of MS requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes healthcare providers, social workers, and community support to deal with the myriad issues that stem from the presence a potentially debilitating illness in a young population.

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