Innovations in MS Care and Treatment

Event Date: October 12, 2019
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Dr. Samuel .F. Hunter, MD, PhD – Advanced Neurosciences
* Understanding MS and Treatment
Dr. Hunter presents an overview of the causes and risks for getting MS and perspectives on the causes and meaning of the symptoms. The nature of the immune dysfunction and imaging abnormalities are discussed, and the important concepts of treating MS. How some of our newer medications protect and improve brain function I reviewed. How to measure your cognition, walking, hand function, and overall disability. The use of Patient Determined Disability Score and the Patient Derived MS Severity score are explained. A number of the most advanced therapies such as Lemtrada, Mavenclad, Gilenya, Mayzent, Tecfidera for immunotherapy as well as botulinum toxin for spasticity control, and high dose amantadine for gait. Strategies for improving brain function with myelin repair.

Jonathan Calkwood, MD
* Eye Issues and Care with MS
Dr. Calkwood reviews the structure and function of the eyes to help understand the visual issues which occur in MS. Eye conditions which are important to people with MS are discussed including astigmatism, dry eyes, glaucoma, optic neuritis, eye movement disorders, and double vision. Diagnostic testing with VEP, OCT, contrast sensitivity and visual fields are reviewed. Aggressive treatment for MS can improve vision. Finally tips for functioning with impaired vision in MS patients are given.

Daniel Kantor, MD, FAAN
* Part 1 Effective Communication for your MS
Dr. Kantor presents effective methods for communicating your needs to healthcare professional, and proactive management of MS. How to organize your healthcare journey, make informed choices, and recognize changes in symptoms. Interacting with insurance companies and accessing medication and services in an environment of cost control by insurance payors are reviewed.

Daniel Kantor, MD, FAAN
* Part 2 Migraine headache and MS
Dr. Kantor reviews the most common neurological diagnosis associated with MS_ migraine headache.

Drs. Jonathan Calkwood, Samuel Hunter, and Daniel Kantor answer questions from the public about multiple sclerosis (MS) and treatment.
Questions and Answers about MS
When and How to Change Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Treating MS Early
What is MS?
Shared Decision-Making in MS Treatment
Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis
Choosing First Treatment for MS
Does MS Burn Out?
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