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Issue: #15March 2013

MSResearchUpdateMS Research Update


Salt and Multiple Sclerosis


The journal Nature published three studies in March that reported higher dietary salt levels may increase risk for immune attacks on myelin. Each study adds to our understanding of how TH17 cells are regulated, and the finding that salt may be one of these factors is interesting. However, it is too early to recommend a decrease in salt intake as a treatment
for MS.


Read more about salt and MS and comments from Dr. James Bowen.   



Tecfidera (BG-12) Approved by FDA


On March 27, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the newest treatment in the increasing number of disease modifying therapies (DMTs) available to treat multiple sclerosis. Tecfidera (BG-12) is an oral capsule to treat adults with relapsing forms of MS. Research participants at the MS Center at Swedish participated in clinical trials for Tecfidera.


Read more about Tecfidera and its availability.


MSCenterResearchMS Center Research

Benefits of Physical Therapy for MS Attacks


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characteristically random--we are not able to predict an attack or whether it will bring a new symptom. MS impairs movement, thinking, seeing and sensations. After an attack, there is usually some degree of recovery (remission), typically aided by a course of corticosteroids and sometimes physical therapy.  


New research at the MS Center aims to learn whether physical therapy plays a more vital role in reducing disability. The study will explore whether physical therapy at the same time as steroid treatment could help recovery for acute motor attacks better than steroids alone. Findings from this pilot study will inform a larger study on the effects of physical therapy for relapse recovery.  


Learn more
about our research and clinical trials, or call an MS Center research coordinator at 206-320-2200.

NewCenterOpenMS Roadshow in Mt. Vernon - April 26


Knowing everything you can about MS helps patients make informed decisions about their care. The MS Roadshow 

offers a look at the latest information to help people live well with MS.  


The MS Center treatment team is coming to Skagit Valley on Friday, April 26, 2013. People living with MS, friends and family members are welcome to join, meet the team and ask the experts about MS. Topics may include:

  • MS 101 and Research Updates
  • Exercise and Nutrition
  • Employment and MS
  • Social Security and Disability
  • Cognitive Issues
  • Bladder and Bowel Issues
Register Online or call 206.386-2502.

DrQianMS Center News

Seahawks Blitz and Dr. Bowen Talk About MS Myths

Dr. James Bowen appeared today with Ryan Asdourian, the man behind Seahawks' mascot Blitz, on the Seattle talk show New Day Northwest to shed some light on common misconceptions about multiple sclerosis. Read more and watch the video.

Stride with Swedish April 14 for Walk MS


Every hour, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). And every day, people from around the Pacific Northwest and United States visit the MS Center at Swedish to learn how to live well with the disease. Participating in Walk MS one way we show our commitment to caring for the MS community. Walk MS raises awareness about the disease and garners support for National Multiple Sclerosis Society programs and leading-edge research aimed to stop the disease, repair the damage and find a cure. Read more or join our team and walk with us.   


MSNewsMS News Digest

Pulse Therapy for Breakthrough MS 

A small pilot study from the University of Southern California suggests a pulse adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
therapy could be effective in patients with breakthrough multiple sclerosis attacks while on 
beta-interferon. "Breakthrough" attacks that occur after starting a disease modifying therapy (DMT). Read more.


Swedish Presents Research at 2013 AAN Annual Meeting


Neurologists and neuroscience professionals this week from around the world gathered at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute was pleased to co-author a few research trials presented at the meeting. These include an update on pregnancy and teriflunomide as well as treatment options for rehabilitation with MS. Read more.  


MSEventsMS Center Programs & Events





MS Roadshow, Mt. Vernon

Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 | 8:30am - 1 p.m. | Eaglemont Golf Club, Mt. Vernon, WA

Free traveling workshop of MS education and information.
Call 206-386-2502 or go to


Introduction to Yoga

Apr. 8 | 1-2 p.m.

Free informational meeting to learn about adaptive yoga for multiple sclerosis, what classes are offered at the MS Center and which would be the best fit for you.
Call 206-386-2502 or
Register Online.




--Registration Required--


Music Therapy

Thursdays | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
**No class April 4**

Free and open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners. 

Call 206-386-2502 or Register Online.  


Chair Aerobics

Wednesdays | 2-2:45 p.m.

Aerobic activity for those who prefer seated exercise.

Call 206-386-2502 or Register Online. 


Beginner's Gentle Yoga 

Every Thursday, April 18 - May 23 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Free for new students, open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.
Call 206-386-2502 or
Register Online.  


Chair Yoga 

Every Tuesday, April 23 - May 28 | 1-1:45 p.m.

Free, open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.
Call 206-386-2502 or
Register Online.  


Stretch & Strengthen Yoga

Every Thursday, April 18 - May 23 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A more vigorous yoga workout for people living with MS. Open to non-Swedish patients. $12/class, $60/series. 

Call 206-386-2502 or Register Online.





Patient Exercise Hours

Mondays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fridays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

A free, convenient and safe place to work out with MS. Established patients only. Call 206-320-2200.


Coping Skills Group

Thursdays, 8 consecutive weeks | MS Center

Led by MS psychologist Michelle Toshima, Ph.D., and Bobbie Severson, ARNP.
Call Mike Taylor: (206) 320-8223.