Columbus is one of the cities launching "Gather M-S", a new online resource aimed at helping patients with multiple sclerosis and their families. Dr. Jacqueline Nicholas with OhioHealth Neurological Physicians figures about 1300 people in central Ohio are living with M.S.
The disease often leads to some level of disability and unpredictable symptoms Research and medical advances have taken ms from a time when there was no treatment to today, with more than a dozen FDA-approved therapies.
Despite that progress, Dr. Nicholas says environmental factors --like spending more time indoors---have led to an uptick in M.S. diagnoses.