Today I am going to talk about Sylvia Lawry. Sylvia Lawry (1915 - 2001) is my favorite hero, at least so far. I started this series with Dr. Martin Charcot he named this disease, unidentified until then. His beginnings led to his designation as the father of MS research. He facilitated the future of research, advancements, and hope. Today I choose to talk about another pioneer. My hero's story was told Thursday this week on MS Central. Lisa Emrich chose to begin a series of articles about MS organizations worldwide by starting with Sylvia Lawry who created the first MS organization. I wrote an essay in May last year about ways the Internet is important to me, and that included Ms. Lawry and Lisa's Brass and Ivory . Sylvia Lawry was studying law (a woman in law school in 1945!) when her brother Bernard experienced vision and balance problems and was diagnosed with MS. After years of his ineffective treatments and cure attempts, Ms. Lawry placed a classified ad in the New York Times...
Living with MS can be very bizarre. We each have a completely different menu of symptoms. And like any good 24-hour diner you can get any thing at any time – from grilled cheese to lobster. My special of the day is a warm bowl of dizziness with a side spasticity. What’s on your plate?
George Jelinek shared some valuable information in his post - The critical part of the jigsaw of the diet in MS is Professor Swank’s work - which touched on the nature of clinical trials.
When we think of clinical trials, the image of pharma-sponsored drug trials immediately come to mind. Perhaps this is because we hear most about drugs in trials, drugs which have been tested for use in MS, and drugs which receive that important FDA approval before hitting the market. But drug trials are not the only types of clinical trials.
Clinical trials fall into several categories, including:
Treatment trials: These studies test new treatments for diseases or conditions. These treatments can include experimental treatments, new drugs, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy.
A treatment trial may also study "off-label" uses for an existing FDA-approved treatment. Off-label means the drug is being use as a treatmen...
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