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    1. Information Resource Center

      The National MS Society Information Resource Center (IRC) is the primary venue for educating the community about multiple sclerosis. The IRC offers the latest information about MS information and provides referrals to local MS care centers, physicians and service providers. It also serves as a lending library of books, videos and audiotapes on MS. This is a free service of the National MS Society.


    1. What Is Multiple Sclerosis? (.pdf)

      Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts.

    2. A Guide for Support Partners (.pdf)

      Practical issues faced by caregivers. Includes resource list. By Tanya Radford.

    3. What Is Multiple Sclerosis? (.pdf)

      Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts.

    4. Información bilingüe sobre la esclerosis múltiple

      Información sobre la esclerosis múltiple en inglés y español.

    5. MS in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers (video)

      This video is a resource for employers, featuring discussions about multiple sclerosis in the workplace.

    6. Caring for Loved Ones with Advanced MS - A Guide for Families (.pdf)

      This booklet is designed for families who are caring for a person with advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

    7. Kids Get MS Too: A Handbook for Parents Whose Child or Teen has MS (.pdf)

      This handbook is a guide for parents with a child or teen with MS.

    8. Keep S'myelin: A newsletter about MS for children

      Keep S’myelin is a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. Each issue is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities that highlight a specific topic related to MS, as well as a special section just for parents.

    9. Family Matters

      MS happens to families, not just to individuals. You probably have many questions about MS – what will happen to my family member with MS, how can we plan, how do we manage the unpredictability of the disease? The National MS Society is here to help you navigate the challenges of living MS with a personalized response to your unique needs.

    10. Northern California Chapter eNews

      The Chapter eNews is a monthly emailed newsletter with information on upcoming programs and fundraising events, MS research, advocacy, services and resources.

    11. Lending Library

      The Chapter has an extensive collection of books, audiocassettes, and videotapes available for loan. Items can be sent borrowed and returned by mail free of postage. Our staff can help you find the resource that meets your needs, or you can browse through our library catalog online.

    12. Resources for Professionals

      Advances in research are changing the face of multiple sclerosis every day. The National MS Society is committed to helping healthcare providers keep abreast of these changes. To ensure quality care for people with MS, the National MS Society regularly offers Continuing Education programs for medical professionals. Some programs can be completed by mail or online; others promote networking by meeting in local healthcare facilities.

    13. Welcome to the Greater Northwest Chapter (Teleconference Recording)

      Original Air Date: November 4, 2010 Presenters: Trevis Gleason & Ray Heacox

    14. An in-depth look at Progressive MS (Teleconference Recording)

      Original Air Date: May 3, 2012

    15. A Candid Conversation about Bladder, Bowel and Sex

      Original Air Date: September 1, 2011 Presenter: Dr. Shana Johnson, MD These often invisible symptoms of MS can affect patients' daily lives; this teleconference covers the reasons this dysfunction happens and basic management options.

    16. Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for MS

      Original Air Date: January 7, 2011 Presenter: Dr. Alan Bowling, MD, PhD An informative session about integrative medicine, or using alternative medicine along with conventional medicine to effectively address symptoms of MS. This includes discussion of Vitamin D, marijuana, and ancient healing method.

    17. Diet & MS - The Nutrition Connection

      Original Air Date: October 13, 2010 Presenter: Denise Nowack, RD This two-part teleconference highlights the importance of proper nutrition in MS; diet & symptom management; and simple strategies for eating well.

    18. Energy Management: Fatigue & MS

      Original Air Date: March 8, 2011 Presenter: Maureen "Mo" Johnson, MS, OT/L Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS, occuring in about 80% of people. It can interfere with your ability to function at home and at work. Yes, fatigue is a difficult symptom to treat, but you CAN manage your fatigue!

    19. Exercise & MS

      Original Air Date: February 18, 2010 Presenter: Richard W. Hicks, Ph.D. This teleconference highlights how to start moving and keeping moving; bringing exercise back into your life; and choosing exercise that's right for you.

    20. Get Your Move On!

      Original Air Date: February 18, 2010 Presenter: Richard W. Hicks, Ph.D. This teleconference highlights how to start moving and keeping moving; bringing exercise back into your life; and choosing exercise that's right for you.

    21. Maintaining Your Balance with MS

      Original Air Date: February 2, 2012 Presenter: Dr. Michelle Cameron, MD Current research helps us understand the root causes of balance issues in those with MS; this teleconference will suggest ways to optimize your balance and minimize risk of falling.

    22. Managing Pain & MS

      Original Air Date: August 10, 2010 Presenter: Heidi Maloni, Ph.D. This teleconference focuses on experience of pain; assessment tools for managing pain; and alternative and complementary therapies in MS pain management.

    23. MS & Aging

      Original Air Date: December 6, 2012 Presenter: Dr. James Bowen, MD This teleconference discusses issues of aging and MS: general issues, how the aging process affects MS, and how MS affects aging.

    24. MS & the Eye

      Original Air Date: September 4, 2012 Presenter: Dr. Eugene May, MD Visual symptoms are common in people with MS. This teleconference will discuss how MS affects vision and eye movements, and how opthamologists and neurologists evaluate and treat MS eye problems.

    25. My Body & MS - Keep Moving Forward!

      Original Air Date: April 7, 2011 Presenter: Craig Smith, PT Craig discusses five important areas to focus on to help those with MS keep moving.

    26. Intimacy & MS

      Original Air Date: Presenter: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN This teleconference discusses intimacy and sexual function in people with MS.

    27. Sleep & MS

      Original air date: June 6, 2013 Presenter: Dr. Joanna Cooper, MD Learn about common sleep disorders for those with MS and understand the impact that sleep has on quality of life and inflammation. You'll also learn more about both natural aids and pharmaceutical options to improve sleep.

    28. Getting the Most out of Your Health Insurance

      A presentation addressing some of the practical issues people face when dealing with insurance companies and governmental health programs. Speakers include: Liz Mercer, regional trainer for Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Helpline and Washington State Office of the insurance commissioner; Elizabeth Pelley, former insurance company executive; John Wood, attorney and advocate.

    29. Ins and Outs of Accessible Travel

      If you are avoiding travel because you don't think you can get around, think again! Learn about how to plan your trip, deal with airports and navigate new places; even if you use a wheelchair or scooter.

    30. Intimacy and Family Planning

      Learn helpful tools and strategies to work around some of the barriers MS can create for couples related to intimacy and family planning.

    31. Living Independantly (3-part Series)

      Exploring Choices for the Future - Listen to the recordings of this three-part teleconference. Topics covered include financial planning, in-home resources and assistive technology. These mp3 files are approximately 50 MB each and may take a long time to download on a slow internet connection.

    32. Managing MS as a Family

      Learn strategies for supporting the family as a whole, including communication within the family, talking to kids about MS and navigating parenting challenges while living with MS.

    33. Mothers (and aspiring mothers) with MS

      MS is more prevalent in women of childbearing age than in any other group. This teleconference discusses the impact of MS on pregnancy and reproductive issues. Featuring Dr. Sylvia Lucas, clinical professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine at University of Washington Medical Center.

    34. Moving Forward with a Diagnosis of MS

      Hear from MS specialists Dr. Lily Jung Henson, medical director of the neurology clinic at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle and Bobbi Severson, advanced registered nurse practitioner at the MS Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, to learn more about the facts and myths surrounding an MS diagnosis.

    35. MS in the Family

      Improving or maintaining family function is important to helping you, your partner and your children adapt to life with MS. When one member of a family has MS, it's important that the entire family learn how to live with it. In this teleconference you'll learn the tools to maintain stability in your family and communicate freely and effectively about MS.

    36. Talking with Friends and Family about MS

      Learn and gain new strategies to talk with your loved ones about multiple sclerosis. Featuring Allison Shadday, medical clinical social worker and author of "MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis".

    37. Taking Control of Your Money

      It can be challenging to deal with finances when living with MS, so this teleconference will help families living with MS plan for stability and financial success in the future.

    38. Turning Humor into Medication

      Studies have shown that humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Take a tour of your life and learn how to laugh at yourself and to create humor out of the not-so-funny experience of life.

    39. Who Cares for the Caregiver?

      Hear the stories of two families affected by MS from the caregiver's perspective, as they share tips and strategies to maintain the needs and well-being of each family member.

    40. Nutrition and MS

      Determine what gets in the way of eating well and identify strategies to easily integrate healthful eating into your lifestyle, positively impact your health and help you manage MS symptoms.

    41. "Bowel and Bladder Issues in MS" (Teleconference recording)

      This is a teleconference recording that aired on April 3, 2014. During this teleconference: Participants will be aware of normal bowel and bladder function without MS; participants will learn what dysfunction can occur related to MS; participants will be able to explore these issues with their health care provider for solutions that will lessen the impact on their overall quality of life.

    42. MS Top 10 Therapies Research Update (Teleconference recording)

      Recorded June 5, 2014. During this teleconference participants will: Understand the risks and benefits of different treatment options; Learn about new treatments on the horizon; Understand how different treatment options compare to each other. The speaker, Dr. Graesser, specializes in MS and in addition to general neurology cases, she also provides care for movement disorders, headaches, and neurologic disorders in pregnancy.

    43. Everyday Matters

      Everyone has their own idea of their best life. For people living with multiple sclerosis, the idea of that “best life” can change due to the challenges of having a chronic, unpredictable and lifelong disease. The National MS Society’s Everyday Matters, supported by Genzyme, a Sanofi company, was an interactive national project that uncovered stories of real people facing the everyday challenges that MS can bring on the path to one’s best life.

    44. 2014 Annual Meeting & Research Update (Recording)

    45. Navegante para la EM®

      Su aliado de confi anza para enfrentar los desafíos de la vida con esclerosis multiple


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