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Photos: The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Produces a Web Video on the Importance of MRIs
Date:6/5/2008

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A Closer Look at The Value of MRIs is now available through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America's (MSAA) website, http://www.msassociation.org. This three part video features: a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) offering a first-hand account on the experience of undergoing an MRI; a neurologist explaining how MRIs work as well as the importance of MRIs to monitor disease progression; and an MSAA representative discussing the financial resources available through MSAA for those seeking their first or follow-up MRI.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/msaa/33552/

A Closer Look is part of MSAA's MSi (Multiple Sclerosis Information) program which incorporates problem solving techniques to provide viewers with an extensive resource guide, helping clients acquire the support they need. All videos feature search capabilities, printable transcripts, and the built-in technology to recognize a computer's compatibility to operate with dial-up, DSL, and broadband connections.

The development and implementation of MSi is made possible through the funding support of EMD Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic Foundation, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

For more information on this program, MSAA, or any of the programs and services MSAA provides, please contact Amanda Bednar, public relations manager at (800) 532-7667, extension 122 or abednar@msassociation.org.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a national nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. MSAA offers programs and services including a toll-free Helpline (1-800-532-7667); support groups; equipment ranging from grab bars to wheelchairs; MRI funding and insurance advocacy; educational literature including a quarterly magazine, The Motivator; regional events and activities; MSi technology program featuring educational videos; Lending Library; cooling program for heat-sensitive individuals; and more.

The most common neurological disorder diagnosed in young adults, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This disorder damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. MS is not contagious or fatal.


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