Multiple Sclerosis Basics

Multiple sclerosis affects about 400,000 Americans, mostly young adults diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. MS is twice as common in women.

In this interview, Dr. Robert Shin, an MS specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses how the disease causes the body's own immune system to attack the outer lining of nerve cells, known as the myelin sheath. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, and these symptoms may be worse during an MS "attack." Dr. Shin also gives a general overview of MS treatments, which are primarily injections.

In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Shin also discusses research into new treatments for multiple sclerosis. Dr. Shin is an associate professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

This page was last updated: September 11, 2014

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