MS news articles for October 2000
When Multiple Sclerosis Affects the Mind:
David Folk Thomas , Fox News Channel
Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Biogen
J. Theodore Phillips, Jr., MD, PhD ; Multiple Sclerosis Center at Texas
Neurology, Baylor University Medical Center
Brian R. Apatoff, MD, PhD ; New York Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical College
Steven L. Galetta, MD ; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
For the 2.5 million people worldwide who have sultiple sclerosis, the
impact of the disease on motor control is the central issue. But the disease
can also have a mental dimension, affecting a patient's cognitive functions,
from memory to the ability to complete complex tasks. Not everyone with
MS experiences cognitive impairment, and for those who do, the effects
are usually very subtle. Still, it is an important concern for many patients,
and our panel of experts will discuss what is known about this aspect of
Topics will include:
How common is cognitive impairment in MS patients?
What are the most common symptoms?
What is known about the causes of cognitive impairment in MS patients?
What can be done to manage this aspect of the disease?