Help Fund Multiple Sclerosis Research
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Also knows as MS, it is an abnormal response of the human body’s immune system. The immune system in MS-affected individuals’ attacks and deteriorates the central nervous system, made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Specifically attacking a body of lipids called myelin which is a fatty substance that coats the outside of an axon, part of the neuron that transmits information from connection to connection. After this protective layer is eroded the immune system then begins to attack the nerve fiber itself.
The damaged myelin forms scar tissue, which is knows as sclerosis, also where the disease gets its name from. When the connection between the two cells is interrupted, this is when problems start showing themselves in the form of symptoms. These symptoms can include vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. Other common symptoms are acute episodes, constipation, cramping, difficulty swallowing, difficulty thinking and understanding, headache, heavy legs, mood swings, numbness of face, rapid involuntary eye movement, sleep deprivation, tongue numbness, or difficulty raising the foot.
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The cause of the debilitating disease is not known yet. It is considered to be an “immune-mediated disease” where the immune systems’ T cells mistakenly attack the myelin within the body’s central nervous system.
Help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society beat out this erratic and debilitating disease. Since they were founded in 1946 they have invested more than $870 million and have recruited 800 new MS researchers to the cause. They have been able to set the foundation for all existing therapy avenues, exemplifying the success they had, because when they started not a single medical path was available.
Below you will find the goals of the National MS Society
Stop MS in its tracks
“We must find ways to stop all disease activity and prevent further progression for those who already have MS.
Restore what has been lost
“In just a few short years, a whole new field has emerged to pursue strategies to repair the nervous system and restore function to people with MS.”
Ending the disease forever
“Ending MS means no one will ever get this disease again. That means we need to find the cause of MS, what triggers it, and what may protect against it.”
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