Women are roughly 3 times more likely to develop MS compared to men. But when men develop MS, they're more likely to experience a more aggressive disease course. Men are more likely to experience motor problems, loss of coordination and balance, and cognitive difficulties.
When they experience a relapse, men are more likely to see their exacerbated symptoms continue, even during times of remission. Given these evidence-based observations, it seems sadly ironic that, as they develop MS symptoms, men are less likely to seek medical care or even a diagnosis.
Dr. Robert Shin returns to the podcast to demystify some of the riddles surrounding men and MS. Dr. Shin is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the Director of the Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center.
We're also sharing the registration details for the National MS Society's webcast, What Does the New Drug Pricing Law Mean to You?. The webcast takes place this Thursday, and you won't want to miss it.
We'll tell you about a study that may have identified an imaging biomarker that can predict future MS progression. (And we'll explain why that can make a huge difference in your MS treatment plan)
We'll share some discouraging news about the availability of Evusheld in the U.K.
We'll point you toward Elizabeth Jameson's Washington Post editorial that explains how learning to swear can be therapeutic for someone living with progressive MS.
And we'll share results from a Cleveland Clinic study that shows how a man's own definition of masculinity can get in the way of his MS treatment.
We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!
This Week: MS and Men :22
Find out how and when the Inflation Reduction Act will impact the cost of your prescription drugs 1:41
Study demonstrates that thinning of retinal layers predicts future MS disability 2:35
U.K. opts not to buy Evusheld 5:17
Elizabeth Jameson learns the value of a well-intentioned F-bomb 6:35
Study shows how masculine ideals drive healthcare decisions for men with MS 8:39
Dr. Robert Shin discusses the specifics associated with Men and MS 12:52
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National MS Society COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for People Living with MS
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STUDY: Retinal Thinning After Optic Neuritis is Associated with Future Relapse Remission in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis
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STUDY: Effects of Conformity to Masculine Norms and Coping on Health Behaviors in Men with Multiple Sclerosis
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RealTalk MS Episode 260
Guest: Dr. Robert Shin
Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS