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Diane Holmes

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  • Living Well with MS Takes Resilience

    Building resilience includes focusing on strength and health, attending to physical, cognitive, and emotional health. Thanks to medical advances, there is a wide range of medications to prevent disease progression, treat exacerbations, and manage symptoms. But, that is just the beginning.

  • New Criteria for Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

    Four presentations at the 34th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) in October 2018 found a 25% increase in identified cases of MS, as well as an increase in the diagnosis of MS in children as young as 5, using the new Criteria.

  • Finding Meaning in Loss

    When the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is made, we are relieved, knowing something can be done, but with the disease comes uncertainty. It not only affects our bodies, it can change everything, setting the stage for “ambiguous loss”, our loss is “unclear, indefinite, vague”, and it cannot be resolved or cured.

  • Stress: It's Good for You?

    Heightened levels of stress-related hormones produced during a crisis have been blamed for problems with physical and emotional health. New research has found, however that stress hormones are not always detrimental. In fact, those same hormones have been administered to help people recover from Post Traumatic Stress and resulted in better outcomes following surgery.

  • 2014 Multiple Sclerosis Research in Review

    The year 2014 was a busy one for research and developments in the understanding and treatments of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

  • The Rewards of Being a Family Caregiver

    We're all familiar with the costs of being a family caregiver - stress, hard work, long hours, depression, social isolation, and financial pressures. But that perspective overlooks the value of services provided by family members, estimated at $306-450 billion annually.

  • Cognitive Functioning and Multiple Sclerosis

    Prior to the 1980s MS was believed to affect only physical functioning. Newer research, however has found 43% - 80% of people with MS experience cognitive symptoms. Research has also found cognitive symptoms can occur in people with minor physical symptoms and is not related to how long they have MS.

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