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Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis SBUMC Runs Spring Patient Education Series

Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis SBUMC Runs Spring Patient Education Series

Topics Include Dispelling Myths about MS, Tackling Legal Issues

., February 18, 2011 – Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) will receive valuable information regarding their 

health and well being during a spring seminar series titled “Living Well With MS.” Sponsored by the Department of Neurology and the MS Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, the series includes presentations and interactive discussions with healthcare experts from the Center and other professionals specializing in issues related to MS. 

The seminars are held Thursday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 179 Belle Bead Road in East Setauket. The dates are March 31, April 14, May 19, and June 16. 

On March 31, Patricia K. Coyle, Director of the MS Comprehensive Care Center at SBUMC, will present “MS: Mythbusters.” Dr. Coyle will help patients and their families make informed decisions about their healthcare by exploring the many misconceptions about MS. Misconceptions include the belief that having MS will cause every patient to be wheelchair bound and that having the disease will prevent women from successfully having children.

On April 14, Lorraine Danowski, M.S., R.D., of SBUMC, and Jack Luchsinger, P.T., of Sound Physical Therapy and Wellness, will discuss “Healthy Choices” for patients. One presentation will be about proper nutrition leading to optimum health and well being. Another presentation will focus on the most effective ways to increase mobility and decrease physical limitations.

“Legal Issues in MS,” held May 19, will explore issues patients face as they plan their future. Led by Richard Weinblatt, Esq., of Haley Weinblatt and Calcagni, LLP, topics covered include accessing resources, workplace challenges, and financial planning. 

As the heat of summer arrives, Pat Melville, R.N., NP-C, of the Center will present “Keeping Your Cool This Summer” on June 16. She will inform patients how to minimize the effects of heat, particularly when the weather is hot and humid and many patients experience a temporary worsening of their disease symptoms. Cooling products will also be on display.

For additional information and to register for the MS Patient Education Series, please contact Jen at 631-444-3578, or by e-mail at

About the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at SBUMC

The MS Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center is dedicated to the care and treatment of adult individuals with MS. The team of practitioners includes neurologists, nurses, and physical therapists who specialize in MS. The Center offers comprehensive consultative services and ongoing care to patients and their families. The Center is closely affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Through the Center, patients are offered the opportunity to participate in a range of cutting edge clinical trials. Furthermore, Stony Brook is the home of The National Pediatric MS Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center. This Center is funded in part by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and designated as a Center of Excellence by the Society. 

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