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Issue: #20

MSResearchUpdateMS Research Update

Robotics and the future of rehabilitation for
multiple sclerosis 

Robotic devices are part of the future of neuro-rehabiltation for multiple sclerosis patients. The bi-annual International Conference On Rehabilitation Robotics, held at the University of Washington in June, displayed designs and prototypes of upper extremity devices and lower extremity gait orthosis devices that hold promise for MS patients. Using these devices in clinical rehabilitation practice would improve patients' ability to perform the frequent, repetitive movements that we know are essential for the brain to adapt to change, re-grow myelin and build connections between neurons. 

Read more from Dr. Angeli Mayadev. 



Is a person with MS an "MSer?" 

A survey from the United Kingdom published in the Journal of
MS and Related Disorders
 polled 396 people with multiple sclerosis (MS)   about how they would like to be referred to in conversation. The winning term ("MSer") was supported by 43% of the respondents, while "person with MS" received 34% votes. When a United States-based blog reported on the story, 2 out of 3 respondents disagreed. What do you think?


MSCenterResearchMS Center Research


Spasticity Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis 

For several decades two medications, Baclofen and Tizanidine, have been the only two medications approved to treat spasticity which affects up to 84 percent of people with multiple sclerosis. The Swedish MS Center is conducting a phase III trial of Arbaclofen, an active component of the anti-spasticity drug baclofen. This research marks exciting potential for new spasticity treatment options.


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


Phil Keoghan, host of the Amazing Race, visits the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center.



 The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish had a unique visitor last week: Phil Koeghan, host of the Amazing Race (or road warrior for FOX Breakfast Time if you were a mid-90s morning talk show fan).


Phil and his wife, Louise, came by for a tour Friday afternoon and met with some of the Swedish MS Center staff. They were visiting Seattle with their professional bike team to participate in the Multiple Sclerosis Society's local Bike MS event.



artMS Center News 



No-cook meals to beat the heat and fight fatigue


MS Center dietitian Jessica Bratrude has been blogging tips and recipes for healthful meals that don't require heating up your kitchen. Each is quick, uses simple ingredients and features as least one "superfood" that packs an extra nutrition punch.



MSEventsMS Center Programs & Events




--RSVP Required--


Relaxation & Deep Breathing - FREE 

Mondays | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Breathing and mindfulness techniques that you can practice daily to help

manage stress and relax body and mind.

RSVP: 206-386-2502 or


Chair Aerobics for MS - FREE 

Wednesdays | 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Aerobic activity for those who prefer seated exercise.

Open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.

Drop-ins welcome.

Email to sign up.  


Music Therapy - FREE
**  Resumes in October  **
Dates to be announced!
Open to non-Swedish patients and caregivers/partners.
Drop-ins welcome.

Email to sign up for updates.   


Gentle Yoga and Wellness Skills 

Tuesdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 5  

Thursdays, Oct. 3 - Nov. 7

$10 suggested donation per class 

Registration Required:




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.


Cognitive Skills Group
**Begins January 2014**
Thursdays, 8 consecutive weeks | MS Center

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

Care Partner Support Group

3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For spouses and caregivers of people living with multiple sclerosis.




2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m.

For people in the lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender community. Partners and care providers are also welcome.



MS Club Cherry Hill (Self-Help)

3rd Friday of every month, 1-3 p.m.

Monthly talks by regional experts on topics of interest to people with MS.



Young Adults with MS

3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A support and activity group for young adults living with multiple sclerosis. Spouses/significant others welcome.