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Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

RealTalk MS Jon Strum

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 133 Ratings

Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

    Managing Stress When You're Living with MS with Dr. Grace Tworek

    Managing Stress When You're Living with MS with Dr. Grace Tworek

    We've reached a moment in time when it seems impossible to avoid at least some level of stress in our lives.  We also know that stress has been shown to make MS symptoms worse and even trigger relapses. We can't eliminate all the stress in our lives, so learning how to manage and minimize stress is an important part of living well with MS.

    This week, Dr. Grace Tworek, a Clinical Health Psychologist at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic, joins me to talk about best practices when it comes to managing stress when you're living with MS. 
    We're also sharing details about the $649,000 grant made by the National MS Society to support the development of an experimental remyelination treatment.
    If MS is detected early -- before an individual experiences even a single symptom -- and that individual is treated aggressively with a high-efficacy disease-modifying therapy, could that individual lead a life without experiencing any symptoms of MS? We'll tell you how that scenario is playing out right now.
    We'll tell you about research that revealed differences in the connections between nerve cells in the brain based upon biological sex.
    And we'll share survey results that show people with MS may be so embarrassed about some of their symptoms that they aren't discussing them with their care team.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    The complexity of the human brain  :22
    This Week: Managing stress when you're living with MS  2:08
    National MS Society invests $649,000 in experimental remyelination treatment  2:57
    Stopping MS before symptoms start  4:32
    Study shows that connections between nerve cells vary by biological sex  6:30
    Are people with MS too embarrassed to discuss some of their symptoms with their care team?  8:31
    Dr. Grace Tworek discusses strategies to manage stress when you're affected by MS  11:44
    Share this episode  27:27
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    A Browsable Petascale Reconstruction of Human Cortex
    https://h01-release.storage.googleapis.com/landing.html

    STUDY: Deep Learning with Diffusion MRI as In Vivo Microscope Reveals Sex-Related Differences in Human White Matter Microstructure
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-024-60340-y

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    RealTalk MS Episode 351
    Guests: Dr. Grace Tworek
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    • 29 min
    Choosing Your MS Disease-Modifying Therapy with Dr. Barbara Giesser

    Choosing Your MS Disease-Modifying Therapy with Dr. Barbara Giesser

    There are more than 20 disease-modifying therapies available to treat MS today. Some are considered high-efficacy, some are considered moderately effective, and each has its own risk profile and side effects to consider. So, how do you choose?
    How much homework should someone living with MS do? Where should you look for reliable information? And what if you and your neurologist don't necessarily agree?

    Joining me to talk about your role when it comes to choosing the right DMT through shared decision-making with your neurologist is Dr. Barbara Giesser. Dr. Giesser is an internationally recognized clinician and award-winning educator who has specialized in the care of people with multiple sclerosis since 1982, a full decade before there was even a single disease-modifying therapy available to treat MS.
    Dunk MS takes place This Saturday, May 18th on the UCLA campus, at iconic Pauley Pavilion. And if you're in or around Southern California, you won't want to miss this unique event. We're sharing all the details, so don't miss my conversation with Dunk MS founder, Blake Arnet.
    Since we're talking about shared decision-making this week, we're sharing details of a study that asked the question, "How much do people living with MS know about MS?"
    And if you've found yourself worried about smoldering MS, you'll be pleased to learn that a recent study showed that sophisticated PET imaging is able to identify this hidden, persistent inflammation in MS.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    350 Episodes!  :22
    This Week: Finding the right DMT through shared decision-making  1:04
    Dunk MS is just days away!  My conversation with Blake Arnet  2:31
    How much do people living with MS know about MS?  10:57
    PET imaging reveals persistent hidden inflammation in MS  15:37
    Dr. Barbara Giesser discusses choosing the right disease-modifying therapy through shared decision-making with your neurologist  20:04
    Share this episode  33:13
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    LINKS
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    Get Your Tickets for Dunk MS
    https://dunkms.com

    STUDY: A Systematic Review to Explore Patients' MS Knowledge and MS Risk Knowledge
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10072-024-07541-5

    STUDY: Glial Activity Load on PET Reveals Persistent "Smoldering" Inflammation in MS Despite Disease-Modifying Treatment
    https://journals.lww.com/nuclearmed/fulltext/2024/06000/glial_activity_load_on_pet_reveals_persistent.1.aspx

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    RealTalk MS Episode 350
    Guests: Blake Arnet and Dr. Barbara Giesser
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    • 34 min
    From the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis Aging and MS Workshop (Part 2)

    From the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis Aging and MS Workshop (Part 2)

    As we age, our bodies undergo biological changes. Our immune system changes. Our brain changes with age. Our cognitive abilities change, as do our physical abilities. These changes impact everyone. But these biological processes may impact people with MS differently. And MS may impact these biological processes differently.
    Just a couple of weeks ago, the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS brought together 100 top experts for a 3-day workshop dedicated to exploring how these many and varied changes can impact MS care.

    In Part 2 of our coverage, we're taking you back inside this workshop, where you'll hear from some of the top MS researchers and clinicians who participated in this important meeting.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    This Week: We continue our coverage of the Aging and MS Workshop  :22
    Dr. Sarah Morrow and Dr. Yinan Zhang discuss survey results which showed what neurologists and other members of the MS care team see as "gaps" in delivering treatment to patients as they age with MS   1:45
    Dr. Giuseppe Portillo describes how artificial intelligence can be used to analyze "brain gap" and predict future MS disease progression  13:03
    Dr. John Corboy shares results from two studies that focused on discontinuation of disease-modifying therapy for patients over the age of 60  20:31
    Kathy Smith talks about the importance of including older people living with MS in clinical research  31:00
    Share this episode  42:43
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    RealTalk MS Episode 348: From the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis Aging and MS Workshop (Part 1)
    http://www.realtalkms.com/348
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    RealTalk MS Episode 349
    Guests: Dr. Sarah Morrow, Dr. Yinan Zhang, Dr. Giuseppe Portillo, Dr. John Corboy, and Kathy Smith
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    • 44 min
    From the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis Aging and MS Workshop (Part 1)

    From the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis Aging and MS Workshop (Part 1)

    As people age, their immune systems change. Their level of physical and cognitive reserve changes. They often develop additional health issues. They frequently experience changes in their mobility. And these are people who aren't living with MS.
    When you combine the health issues related to aging with the health issues that are related to MS, you end up with a sum that is exponentially larger than its parts. And when you consider that there are more people living with MS who are over the age of 65 than there are people living with MS under the age of 45, it's not surprising that the subject of aging with MS has become an area of increasing interest among researchers, clinicians, and people affected by MS.

    That's why, last week, the International Advisory Committee for Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis invited a select group of 100 MS researchers and clinical specialists from around the world to participate in a three-day deep dive exploring aging and MS.
    In Part 1 of our coverage, we're taking you inside this meeting, where you'll hear from some of the expert presenters who were in attendance.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    This Week: From the Aging & MS Workshop  :22
    Dr. Tim Coetzee shares some of the issues the meeting presenters and attendees will be focusing on  1:35
    Dr. Jennifer Graves discusses the difference between chronological aging and biological aging, and how that difference impacts MS  9:29
    Dr. Wallace Brownless talks about some of the challenges related to diagnosing and treating late-onset MS  14:33
    Dr. Amit Bar-Or explains how the immune system changes over time, and how those changes can affect living with MS  21:36
    Share this episode  28:04
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    RealTalk MS Episode 348
    Guests: Dr. Tim Coetzee, Dr. Jennifer Graves, Dr. Wallace Brownlee, Dr. Amit Bar-Or
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    • 29 min
    Vitamin D and MS with Dr. Ellen Mowry

    Vitamin D and MS with Dr. Ellen Mowry

    Lower levels of Vitamin D have been associated with a higher risk of developing MS and an increase in MS disease activity. And, for years, scientists have worked to better understand the relationship between Vitamin D and MS.
    Joining me to talk about the role that Vitamin D plays in MS is Dr. Ellen Mowry. Dr. Mowry is a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology, and the Co-Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Precision Medicine Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mowry is also one of the leading experts on Vitamin D and MS in the world.

    The National MS Society's virtual MS Activist Rally is happening in just two days, on April 25th! We're sharing registration details. 
    We'll tell you about a scientific breakthrough that has identified a specific autoantibody signature that can accurately predict MS years before someone experiences any MS symptoms.
    We're sharing details of a clinical trial that focused on the efficacy of Ocrevus in treating Black and Hispanic people living with MS. We'll also share the details of this trial's novel design that can serve as a blueprint for successfully engaging members of minority communities in future clinical research.
    We'll explain one reason why we aren't hearing as much news about the benefits of using cannabis to treat MS symptoms, and why cannabis use may actually be creating a new set of problems for people living with MS.
    And we're sharing study results that show that an artificial intelligence program may have a better bedside manner than your neurologist.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    Don't miss it! The MS Activist Rally is happening on 4/25!  :22
    This Week: The relationship between Vitamin D and MS  2:50
    Autoantibody signature predicts MS years before symtoms develop  3:45
    Clinical trial results show that Black and Hispanic people with MS respond well to Ocrevus  7:58
    Is cannabis working for people with MS?  11:13
    Study results show that ChatGPT answers questions about MS with more empathy than neurologists  14:28
    Dr. Ellen Mowry updates us on what the latest research is revealing about Vitamin D and MS  18:31
    Share this episode  32:06
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    Email: jon@realtalkms.com
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    LINKS
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    REGISTER for the MS Activist Rally
    https://events.zoom.us/ev/Ame2jWSuHmriG94cyQmlWHr45mgnzxkDv8oMZRGsrS3ZxiSj5rro~Anqb3dHg3ewiz4KNHn2Ena4bgli_WXlza_zcygZN3GinnleB6rO15OCzGQ

    STUDY: An Autoantibody Signature Predictive of Multiple Sclerosis
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-024-02938-3

    RealTalk MS Episode 346: Why Members of Minority Communities May Face a More Severe MS Disease Course with Dr. Annette Langer-Gould
    https://realtalkms.com/346

    STUDY: ChatGPT vs Neurologists: A Cross-Sectional Study Investigating Preference, Satisfaction Ratings, and Perceived Empathy in Responses Among People Living with Multiple Sclerosis
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00415-024-12328-x
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    • 33 min
    Why Members of Minority Communities May Face A More Severe MS Disease Course with Dr. Annette Langer-Gould

    Why Members of Minority Communities May Face A More Severe MS Disease Course with Dr. Annette Langer-Gould

    In past episodes of this podcast, we've discussed disparities in healthcare. We've looked at evidence that shows members of historically underserved communities who are living with MS can face a more severe disease course. We've looked at studies that have shown some members of these racial and ethnic minority groups don't do as well on disease-modifying therapies, and their MS progresses more quickly.
    It's often been speculated that the reason behind these disparities is based on genetics -- that members of minority communities who are living with MS are genetically predisposed to experiencing a more severe disease course. 

    My guest in this episode is Dr. Annette Langer-Gould, and Dr. Langer-Gould comes armed with evidence that points to a completely different set of answers for the cause of racial and ethnic disparities in MS disease severity and progression.
    We're also sharing registration details for the National MS Society's MS Activist Rally on April 25th!
    We'll tell you about an inverse vaccine that prevents the mouse model of MS (and we'll explain what an inverse vaccine is!)
    You'll find out where you can find the just-released video progress report from the International Progressive MS Alliance.
    We'll explain just-published results from an analysis that shows why anti-diabetic and weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Jardiance, and Trulicity may be repurposed as MS therapies.
    And we're sharing study results with both good news and not so great news when it comes to being diagnosed and treated for MS in a timely manner.
    We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

    This Week: We're exploring the reason that members of underserved minority populations who are living with MS often experience a more severe disease course  :22
    The MS Activist Rally is happening on 4/25!  1:28
    An inverse vaccine prevents the mouse model of MS  3:49
    The International Progressive MS Alliance has released their 2024 progress report  6:13
    Can weight-loss drugs be repurposed as MS therapies?  7:33
    A study shows that getting diagnosed and treated for MS is dependent upon your country's healthcare system  10:26
    Dr. Annette Langer-Gould has a sobering answer as to why some members of minority communities who are living with MS experience a more severe disease course  14:48
    Share this episode  31:31
    Have you downloaded the free RealTalk MS app?  31:51

    SHARE THIS EPISODE OF REALTALK MS
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    ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE CONVERSATION
    I've always thought about the RealTalk MS podcast as a conversation. And this is your opportunity to join the conversation by sharing your feedback, questions, and suggestions for topics that we can discuss in future podcast episodes. Please shoot me an email or call the RealTalk MS Listener Hotline and share your thoughts!
    Email: jon@realtalkms.com
    Phone: (310) 526-2283
    And don't forget to join us in the RealTalk MS Facebook group!

    LINKS
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    REGISTER for the MS Activist Rally
    https://events.zoom.us/ev/Ame2jWSuHmriG94cyQmlWHr45mgnzxkDv8oMZRGsrS3ZxiSj5rro~Anqb3dHg3ewiz4KNHn2Ena4bgli_WXlza_zcygZN3GinnleB6rO15OCzGQ

    VIDEO: International Progressive MS Alliance 2024 Progress Report
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ojRaLp_J1w

    STUDY: Exploring the Association Between Weight Loss-Inducing Medications and Multiple Sclerosis: Insights from the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System Database
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/17562864241241383

    STUDY: Disease-Modifying Therapy Initiation Patterns in Multiple Sclerosis in Three Large Populations
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/17562864241233044
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

AIRiel Kara ,

Thank you

I’m grateful this podcast exists, it’s the main way that I educate myself about MS. John is awesome and makes sure that all the details are communicated clearly. The guests are always great. Thank you!

DefJuan ,

Outstanding resource

As someone with a family member living with MS, trying to understand all of the facets of the condition can be daunting. This podcast goes above and beyond to explain and relate the sometimes difficult concepts into digestible and actionable bits of information. Other members of my family also listen to the show, and it has sparked conversation leading to greater understanding amongst all of us. An absolute service and very much appreciated.

Farmer188 ,

PBA please

Real Talk, please- please- please, address PBA. If I have missed it, please reply. I am on a mission.

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