MS Living Well Podcast List

Barry Singer MD

Barry Singer, MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, interviews global medical experts and patient advocates about the latest treatments, innovations, and tips for patients living with multiple sclerosis.

Future Look: From Diagnosis to Tracking Multiple Sclerosis

APR 6, 2021 – 34 min

Innovative research is revolutionizing how multiple sclerosis is diagnosed and monitored. The central vein sign on MRI images may help confirm a diagnosis of MS or point to another cause. Some people thought to have MS instead have NMO or MOGAD, needing different treatment.

Barry Singer MD interviews Daniel Reich MD PhD, Chief, Translational Neuroradiology Section, NINDS, NIH & Sean Pittock MD, Director, Mayo Clinic’s Center for MS & Autoimmune Neurology

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Wellness & Multiple Sclerosis

MAR 23, 2021 – 29 min

Ready to be proactive rather than reactive in dealing with MS? MS experts share the latest insights on diet, cognitive health and mental health. Benefits of social and spiritual connections described. Exercise, therapy and new technology options for a range of MS disability levels explored.

Barry Singer MD interviews Riley Bove MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF and Ben Thrower MD, Medical Director, Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute, Shepherd Center, Atlanta.

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Anxiety, Depression & Multiple Sclerosis

MAR 9, 2021 – 31 min

Struggling with anxiety or depression? Psychological and physical symptoms specific to people living with MS shared. Causes for MS mood disorders explored such as immune inflammation. Treatment covered including meditation, stress reduction, therapy and medications.

Barry Singer MD interviews Amy Sullivan PsyD ABPP, Mellen Center, Cleveland Clinic & Adam Kaplin MD PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, MyMD Pharmaceuticals; Adjunct Faculty John Hopkins

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Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

FEB 23, 2021 – 38 min

With incredible resiliency, brilliant humor and tenacious optimism, Mark Webb shares his approach to confronting secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Dr. Gavin Giovannoni discusses the causes, treatment strategies and latest trials in progressive MS.

Barry Singer MD interviews Mark Webb, MS patient advocate, Head of Comms & Prof. Gavin Giovannoni, Chair of Neurology, Blizzard Institute, London School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Multiple Sclerosis Numbness & Pain: Relief Options

FEB 9, 2021 – 27 min

Need relief from numbness, tingling, burning or pins-needles sensations? MS neurologists cover treatment options including for trigeminal neuralgia, MS hug, spasms and muscle cramps. Experts explain multiple sclerosis numbness patterns and how they differ from pinched nerves or neuropathy.

Barry Singer MD interviews MS neurologists/authors Mitzi Williams MD, Joi Life Wellness Group MS Center, Atlanta & Brandon Beaber MD, Kaiser, Los Angeles.

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Multiple Sclerosis & Vaccines including COVID-19

JAN 26, 2021 – 32 min

Living with multiple sclerosis and confused about vaccines? Experts discuss which vaccines are safe and which should be avoided for people with MS. COVID-19 mRNA and adenovirus vaccines highlighted. Chicken pox-varicella, flu and hepatitis B covered. Specific MS medications and timing of vaccines addressed.

Barry Singer MD interviews Professors of Neurology Anne Cross MD, Washington University & Amit Bar-Or MD FRCP, University of Pennsylvania.

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Taking Charge of Multiple Sclerosis

JUL 16, 2020 – 31 min

Take charge of multiple sclerosis! Don’t let this unpredictable disease win. Finding reliable information, selecting the right neurologist and creating a treatment plan together discussed. Worsening MS symptoms, progressive disease, MRI, expenses, diet and exercise covered.

Barry Singer MD interviews Cathy Chester, MS patient advocate & writer and Bhupendra Khatri MD, Medical Director, Regional MS Center, Milwaukee & best-selling author.

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Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

JUL 2, 2020 – 28 min

Need relief from MS fatigue? Great strategies shared to improve mental and physical energy levels. Fix poor sleep with treatment options for anxiety, restless legs, leg cramps, sleep apnea and need to urinate. Medication options reviewed including info on amantadine, modafinil & amphetamines.

Barry Singer MD interviews Randy, MS patient advocate & founder of Must Stop MS! and Enrique Alvarez MD PhD, MS neurologist at U. of Colorado.

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Sex & Multiple Sclerosis

JUN 18, 2020 – 40 min

Is multiple sclerosis getting in the way of a healthy sex life? Ways to improve intimacy and libido reviewed. Extensive solutions are presented regarding positioning, decreased/painful sensations, trouble achieving orgasm, hormonal imbalance and erectile dysfunction.

Barry Singer MD interviews sex therapist Heather Raznick MSW, who trained at the Masters and Johnson Institute, and Etai Goldenberg MD, a urologist & male sexual health specialist.

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Bladder Strategies for Multiple Sclerosis

JUN 4, 2020 – 29 min

Trouble with your bladder? The vast majority of people living with multiple sclerosis have bladder issues that can disrupt daily living. An array of options reviewed for recurrent UTIs (including supplements), bladder urgency (pelvic therapy, medications and Botox) and trouble emptying the bladder (including catheters).

Barry Singer MD interviews Penelope of Positive Living with MS and Travis Bullock MD, urologist with MS expertise.

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Cognition and Multiple Sclerosis

MAY 21, 2020 – 27 min

Living with multiple sclerosis with problems with word-finding, short-term memory and/or multitasking? Half of people with MS have cognitive issues. Numerous ways to improve cognitive function shared. Methods to reduce the impact on fatigue, stress & mood on cognition reviewed.

Barry Singer MD interviews Caroline Craven aka The Girl with MS, life coach & writer and Abbey Hughes PhD, clinical psychologist, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins.

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The Virtual Appointment: Telemedicine and Multiple Sclerosis

MAY 7, 2020 – 34 min

Embrace the technology! Improve your virtual appointment via phone, tablet or computer with your neurologist. Multiple sclerosis specialists share advantages of telemedicine and tips to improve your virtual office visit. The future of telehealth in MS explored.

Barry Singer MD interviews MS specialists Stephen Krieger MD, Associate Professor, Mt. Sinai, New York & Annette Okai MD, Medical Director, Baylor Scott & White MS Treatment Center, Dallas.

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COVID-19 and Multiple Sclerosis

APR 21, 2020 – 24 min

Neurologists from multiple sclerosis centers in Spain and Italy share how they are supporting and advising their MS patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The doctors discuss virtual appointments, MS treatment changes and impact of coronavirus infection on MS patients. Barry Singer MD interviews Jaume Sastre-Garriga MD PhD, in Barcelona & Giovanna Borriello MD, in Rome.

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Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis

NOV 7, 2019 – 32 min

Invaluable info for pregnancy planning for a healthy baby while minimizing risk of multiple sclerosis disease activity. Unplanned pregnancies, birth control and the role of high-risk obstetricians are addressed along with genetics, nursing and infertility.

Barry Singer MD interviews Claire Riley MD, Director of MS Center at Columbia University and Amy Perrin Ross APN, Loyola University & past President of International Organization of MS Nurses.

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Inside Angle: Partnering with your Neurologist

OCT 24, 2019 – 34 min

Key insights from multiple sclerosis experts to help you advocate and communicate your goals and needs. Specific ways to make the most of your appointments. Difficult questions are tackled such as progressive disease. Managing MS symptoms and wellness highlighted.

Barry Singer MD interviews Flavia Nelson MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Minnesota and Timothy West MD, MS Neurologist, Rocky Mountain MS Clinic in Salt Lake City.

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Cannabis & Multiple Sclerosis

OCT 10, 2019 – 30 min

MS experts share the benefits of medical marijuana including THC and CBD on alleviating multiple sclerosis symptoms of nerve pain and spasticity (muscle tightness, cramping). Addresses which people with MS might benefit from cannabis and details risks. Follow all applicable laws.

Barry Singer, MD interviews Allen Bowling, MD, PhD, MS neurologist, Colorado Neurological Institute & Jacob Sosnoff, PhD, Associate Professor, Univ. of Illinois.

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Country Living with Multiple Sclerosis: Improving Rural Care

SEP 26, 2019 – 25 min

Country living has wonderful advantages, but can present some unique challenges to receive optimal multiple sclerosis care. Experts share strategies for rural MS patients to access the most up to date treatments and coordinate care, like telemedicine.

Barry Singer, MD interviews Susan Scarberry, MD, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, North Dakota and Gabriel Pardo, MD, Director, OMRF MS Center of Excellence, Oklahoma City.

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Remyelination: Repairing Multiple Sclerosis

AUG 30, 2019 – 22 min

MS attacks myelin, the coating on nerves. But what if we could repair the myelin lost to the disease? In this podcast, we’ll review recent breakthroughs in screening for new treatments to repair myelin.

Barry Singer, MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center interviews: Ari Green, MD, Medical Director of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center at the University of California San Francisco.

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Winning Strategies in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Don’t Underestimate the Disease

AUG 30, 2019 – 23 min

This podcast explores different multiple sclerosis treatment strategies to maximize quality of life and realize your goals with the least disability.

Barry Singer MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care, interviews two amazing MS specialists who are also phenomenal patient advocates: Heidi Crayton MD, Director of The MS Center of Greater Washington; and Aaron Boster, MD, is an MS expert at Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio.

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