Bowtie and Scarf Monday

Tie One On for the Cause

This Week's Cause: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. In the U.S., approximately 200 people are diagnosed with MS each week, and there are over 2.5 million affected worldwide.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society envisions a world free of MS. As an organization, they mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The causes of MS are still not known. Understanding the combination of factors that cause MS will be an important step toward finding more effective ways to treat it, cure it, or even prevent it.

Contributions can be made in the office of the Vice President for Student Services (110).

Definition of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body's immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

  • Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin -the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers- as well as the nerve fiber themselves.
  • The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name.
  • When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a wide variety of symptoms.
  • The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors.

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