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Virtual Reality System Improves Balance in Research Funded by National MS Society

March 4, 2016

Imbalance is present in many people with MS. Alon Kalron, PhD (Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel) and colleagues were funded with a Pilot Research Award from the Society to study whether a six-week virtual reality program could improve balance and reduce fear of falling in 30 people with MS who had unstable walking. The system consists of a moving platform and projection screen. Compared with a standard exercise program, the team found significant improvements in the group using virtual reality. The system is not widely available, but research is advancing to give people with MS better access to such cutting-edge approaches.

Read more about the study on BioMed Central
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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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