New program to help women coping with multiple sclerosis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - UT Medical Center is putting together a new program to help women navigate the challenges that come with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

UT Medical Center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society teamed up to create MS: Women's Day Out for women to help them learn how to better live with this disease.

"We have created this program for women because women are about twice as likely as men are to develop MS," said Dr. Michael Polin UT Medical Center. "MS can occur at any age, but most commonly affects people between the ages of 15 and 60."

Each week, nearly 200 Americans are diagnosed with the disease. Polin said MS is considered an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction destroys myelin (the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord). The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown.

The program is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at UT Medical Center's Heart Hospital Conference Room with registration beginning at 9 a.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Call 1-800-344-4867 to register.

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