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Sleep and MS: Strategies for Improving Your Zzz's

By: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Abbey J. Hughes, PhD

Sleep is a surprisingly complex process that is essential to maintaining health and wellness. Unfortunately, problems with sleep quantity and quality and the negative impact of poor sleep on daily functioning are particularly common among people with MS, affecting 50% of the population.

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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

By: Dr. Pavan Bhargava

The Paleolithic Diet. The Mediterranean Diet. The McDougall Diet. The Swank Diet. With so many diets being promoted, it is hard to fully understand each of their nutritional benefits, possible deficiencies, and effects on multiple sclerosis. In addition to explaining the impacts that our diet has on MS and offering evidence around some popular dietary strategies, Dr. Bhargava will answer your questions and guide you to make healthy eating choices that will benefit you and your MS!

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Myelin, Movement, and the Mind: Hot Topics in MS Research

By: John Schafer, MD, Meghan Beier, Ph.D & Abbey Hughes, Ph.D

Research has continued to grow in the area of myelin repair, and we now know more about the significant benefits of daily movement and exercise in maintaining healthy physical, psychological, and cognitive functioning in MS. In order to better understand and address these daily challenges, MS researchers and patients have become increasingly interested in mindfulness-based interventions for reducing stress and improving overall quality of life.

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Essential Tools to Manage Stress through Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Exercise

By: Peggy Crawford, Ph.D & Sue Kushner, MS, PT

It is not uncommon for people to feel that things outside themselves are the source of their stress: work, bills, traffic, kids, etc. However, stress is really about how people see things, how they interpret them, and what they say to themselves.

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Tips for Support Partners: Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for Your Loved One

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Living with MS can be challenging not only for the person who has MS, but also for the support partner. The support person – whether a spouse/partner, friend, sibling, or child – is “living with MS” too, but in a much different way.

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Making Best Use of Your Health Insurance Options

By: Kimberly Calder, MPS & Sherry Perry, MSCIR, MSSMC

Making sure you are enrolled in a health insurance plan at all times may be the single most important way to avoid debt and assure your ability to get the health care services you need. Many changes have been made to health insurance in recent years, including new protections for people with pre-existing and high-cost conditions like multiple sclerosis.

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Workout Your Worries: Anxiety and Exercise in MS

By: Meghan Beier, Ph.D. & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Anxiety is an umbrella term that describes an emotional state of apprehension, worry, fear, or terror and is considered problematic when it starts to interfere with your daily life. In such cases, you might notice that anxiety (1) impacts your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, (2) causes you to avoid certain people, places or things, (3) causes arguments with friends or loved ones, or (4) compels you to perform certain actions or complete tasks in a particular way.

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Spasticity: Friend, Foe, or Indifferent Acquaintance

By: Gail Hartley, MSN, NP, MSCN & Kathy San Martino, PT, NCS, MSCS, ATP/SMS, CLT

Spasticity, characterized by increased tightness or "tone" in the muscles and/or involuntary muscle contractions, may result when the nerves can no longer signal the muscles to maintain the balance between contraction and relaxation. It is a very common symptom in multiple sclerosis.

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Tips and Tricks for Planning an Accessible Cruise

By: Candy B. Harrington

A cruise vacation is an excellent choice for people with multiple sclerosis. You can visit a lot of ports and only unpack once, which saves a lot of energy. Additionally, since todays cruise ships offer a variety of healthy menu options and state-of-the-art exercise facilities, it’s easy to stay in shape while at sea.

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The Relationship Between Exercise and Cognition

By: Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

As we start the New Year, we are often reminded of the importance of physical activity. A benefit of exercise that you may not have considered is the profound effect it has on the most magnificent muscle of all: your brain.

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