More than 62 countries around the globe raising awareness
Global Survey Indicates that Nearly Half of People who Leave Work Because of MS Do So Within First Three Years of Diagnosis
NEW YORK, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Multiple sclerosis is a life altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different
World MS Day is an international awareness campaign taking place in more than 62 countries. Supporting World MS Day is a global survey of employers looking at work-based polices that could enable people with MS and other chronic fluctuating conditions to stay at work. The results are released in a report entitled: "Multiple sclerosis at work: an employer's perspective." A global survey of people with MS done in 2009-2010 indicated that 47% of individuals who left the workplace because of MS did so within first three years of diagnosis.
To assist individuals who are still employed and experiencing MS-related work issues for the first time, the National MS Society offers a revised consumer education program, "Career Crossroads: Employment and MS" that is available for chapters and their constituents. For further information about the seven part series with accompanying video or other employment issues visit: http://nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/employment/index.aspx
For news and pictures of World MS Day activities around the world, see www.worldmsday.org. Awareness building and educational conferences and symposiums are set from Australia, to China, to India, to Mexico, to Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Here in the U.S. a live webcast on "Working Toward Your Best Life: Advances in Quality of Life Research" is now set for June 22nd and a podcast on the importance of a holistic approach to MS research can be found at http://www.biotech-now.org/section/health/2011/05/13/applying-holistic-approach-solve-complex-disease
There are more than 2.1 million people living with multiple sclerosis - -an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.
On World MS Day, find out how you can be a part of the movement to create a world free of MS and learn what MS means to the hundreds of thousands of people living with the daily challenges of MS. Visit www.nationalMSsociety.org.
What does MS= to you?
The Society is collecting and displaying on its homepage " MS = " responses contributed to its MSequals site and Facebook pages. Just a few of the thoughts shared by people you might know: http:// nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/ms-equals/ms-equals-gallery/index.aspx
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people living with MS and their families move forward with their lives.
In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to its programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
SOURCE National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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