Making life easier and better for Multiple Sclerosis patients

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) can experience symptoms such as loss of balance, extreme fatigue, blurred vision, and problems with memory and concentration. If the disease progresses, they may struggle with a reduced quality of life and loss of independence. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects one million Americans.

Currently, there is no cure. However, the prognosis for people with MS is better than ever before due to treatment breakthroughs, improved health care, and life style changes. The University of Rochester Medical Center is playing a key role in better understanding MS; developing new treatments that improve neurological function, memory, and thinking; and studying how new technologies like telemedicine can improve patient care.

Learn more about MS research and care here.

Using telemedicine to help MS patients

Megan Hyland, MD, medical director of the UR Medicine MS Center, is using telemedicine to make it easier and less stressful for patients—many who struggle to leave home—to visit their physician.

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Working to slow or stop cognitive decline in MS patients

For people with MS, a decline in brain function can often be the worst part of the disease. Research conducted by Matthew Bellizzi, MD, PhD assistant professor of neurology, could someday slow down or even stop cognitive decline.

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