Living with MS
The incidence increases by 4% each year compounding the pressure for research. The total financial cost annually is over $1 billion dollars.
MS is characterised by an attack on myelin, the fatty material that insulates nerves, like the plastic covering over electrical wires. Nerves carry messages from the brain to different parts of the body, just as electrical wires carry electricity. The process during which myelin is removed is called 'demyelination'.
Our bodies have ways to replenish the supply of myelin through a process known as ‘remyelination’. However, over time this process breaks down. A person’s condition degenerates as more myelin is stripped and damaged nerves are unable to transmit messages at all. This slow neurodegeneration is responsible for the progressive increase in disability in People with MS.
- MS Australia
- MS Research Australia YouTube Channel has new and significant videos about MS and MS Research Australia
- MS UK developing a partnership with MS Research Australia and supporting the international effort to beat MS.
- MS International Federation provides a snapshot of MS.
- National MS Society (USA) has a library of pre-recorded webcasts and podcasts of presentations about MS.
- MS Resource Centre
MS Clinical Trials Network