Multiple Sclerosis Trust (MS Trust) is supported by health professionals who work with those who have multiple sclerosis (MS) to help make their disease easier to manage.
They worked with researchers in Italy and America who conducted a study on 62 people who have relapsing-remitting (RRMS) and secondary-progressive (SPMS) MS who had cognitive issues to find out whether the “make up of the brain and the level of mental stimulation can protect against cognitive symptoms in multiple sclerosis”.
Pamela Vaughn of Lima said, “The one thing that has happened a bit more often that I would like is the driving somewhere I’ve been repeatedly but for some obscure reason or another, I will find myself stopping at a red light or a stop sign and blink out on which way to go.”
“I obviously am not liking this one little bit,” she added.
Friday’s published results of the MRI and cognitive-tasked tests showed those with more brain reserve (larger brains, BR) were better protected against cognitive issues but also found those patients who were defined as “having had more intellectually challenging leisure activities” (Cognitive reserve, CR) were better with memory issues. [see abstract]
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CR patients were evidently better protected over and above BR patients which can only mean those who improve their life-style choices are better protected against cognitive issues and with that in mind; it would be a good idea to head on over to the MS Trust website and give them a look regardless of where in the world you live.
They are based in Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 4ET but their website is easily navigated and people can sign up for newsletters and email alerts.
MS Trust built a website titled ‘Staying Smart’ that has information on cognitive issues those with MS find themselves dealing with along with ways to deal with them. It helps to empower those who are feeling a bit helpless in the face of the difficulties MS can throw at patients.
Pamela said she had gone to their Staying Smart website after this interview and found a lot of tips and tricks that she “wants to start using right away.”
For more info: for those who live in Lima, Ohio, the Northwestern Ohio MS Chapter can be reached at: 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, Ohio at (419) 897-7263. They are located approximately an hour and a half from Lima, Ohio and 45 minutes from Findlay, Ohio. For directions please click here at Google Maps.
Multiple Sclerosis Community Support:
- MS World ~ “We’ve come together from around the world to help each other cope with the challenges of living with Multiple Sclerosis.”
- Patients like Me ~ “Our Promise PatientsLikeMe is committed to putting patients first. We do this by providing a better, more effective way for you to share your real-world health experiences in order to help yourself, other patients like you and organizations that focus on your conditions.”
- Med Help, Multiple Sclerosis ~ “Today, MedHelp empowers over 12 million people each month to take control over their health and find answers to their medical questions. MedHelp, a privately-funded company, has over 16 years of accumulated information from doctors and other patients across hundreds of conditions. In addition, MedHelp has long-standing partnerships with the top medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, National Jewish, Partners Health, and Mount Sinai. MedHelp’s audience, archives, and partnerships make it a unique health destination on the Internet.”
Sources: Sumowski JF, Rocca MA, Leavitt VM, Riccitelli G, Comi G, Deluca J, Filippi M.
Source From Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (J.F.S., V.M.L., J.D.), Kessler Foundation Research Center, West Orange; Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (J.F.S., V.M.L., J.D.), and Neurology and Neurosciences (J.D.), UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ; and Neuroimaging Research Unit (M.A.R., G.R., M.F.) and Department of Neurology (M.A.R., G.C., M.F.), San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy; http://www.mstrust.org.uk/news/article.jsp?id=5913