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MS Living Well Podcast: Navigating MS With Other Medical Conditions

Mar 19 2024

Living with multiple sclerosis isn’t just about managing the condition itself, but often involves navigating a myriad of additional health concerns known as comorbidities. Individuals with MS face a higher risk of experiencing new relapses when dealing with comorbidities like high cholesterol or depression. Furthermore, autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are more prevalent among those with MS. There is even a heightened risk of bladder cancer.

Interaction of MS treatments and other common conditions like high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol and diabetes are addressed. Experts share how immunotherapies used for other autoimmune diseases may benefit or actually worsen MS disease activity. Crucial information is shared on cancer treatment concerns in individuals with MS. Adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors is essential to minimize the development of these comorbidities.

This podcast episode is sponsored by TG Therapeutics.

Barry Singer MD, Director of the MS Center for Innovations in Care, interviews:

Ruth Ann Marrie MD PhD

Ruth Ann Marrie MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at University of Manitoba. Dr. Marrie received her undergraduate and medical degree from Dalhousie University. She completed her neurology training at McGill University, multiple sclerosis fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and PhD in epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University. Presently, Dr. Marrie holds the Waugh Family Chair in Multiple Sclerosis and serves as the chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the MS Society of Canada. Her research focused on how health behaviors and chronic diseases affect people living with multiple sclerosis.

Mark Cascione MD

Mark Cascione MD is a neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis and opened the South Tampa MS Center in 2001. Dr. Cascione graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and received his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Cascione completed his neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Duke University. He has served as a principal investigator or coinvestigator in over 300 clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis and other neurologic conditions.

BY: Barry Singer, MD DATE: March 19, 2024 TOPIC: Podcasts