Health Watch -- The Nervous System: Adapting to MS

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about the brain and nervous system, including diseases that affect these systems and the way drug addiction causes brain changes. Previously, we talked about research into multiple sclerosis that might lead to better treatments. MS may bring about certain physical limitations, such as fatigue or coordination problems. That's why Dr. Olaf Stuve, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says it's important to educate your employer and co-workers about the disease if you have it.

Simple adjustments can help patients cope with their disease while maintaining the daily routine.  Here are three simple ideas: Rearrange the workspace to avoid longer walks. Design the workspace to be more ergonomic. Finally, arrange the work schedule to avoid heavier work at a time when fatigue is most likely.



April 2006

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