Episode 285: MS in Kids and Teens with Dr. Brenda Banwell

RealTalk MS

Feb 13 2023 • 38 mins

Between 3 and 5% of the people living with MS are diagnosed before their sixteenth birthday. In many respects, pediatric MS is just like MS in adults. But it carries with it a distinct set of what I call social complications that can feel even more challenging to navigate than MS itself.

Just think back to the awkwardness of your pre-teen and teenage years. The pressures of school, friends, and dating are a lot for any kid to contend with. And that's without having to think about living with a chronic disease like multiple sclerosis.

Joining me for what I consider to be a masterclass in pediatric MS is Dr. Brenda Banwell. Dr. Banwell is Chief of the Division of Neurology and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and one of the foremost experts on pediatric MS in the world.

We're also sharing the details of very encouraging research that sheds new light, as well as provides new evidence, about primary progressive MS, suggesting a new pathway for future treatments.

We'll tell you about Healthy Aging in MS, the new clinical and research initiative at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

And we'll share what the latest research is telling us when it comes to answering the question, "Should you discontinue your disease-modifying therapy once you turn 60?"

We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

This Week: It's a masterclass in pediatric MS :22

Researchers take a major step forward in understanding and potentially treating primary progressive MS 2:01

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School launches Healthy Aging in MS initiative 6:49

Is it safe to stop your disease-modifying therapy as you age? Here's what the latest research is telling us 8:58

Dr. Brenda Banwell takes us on a deep dive into pediatric-onset MS 13:05

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STUDY:  Cerebrospinal Fluid Immunoglobulins in Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis are Pathogenic

STUDY: Discontinuation of Disease-Modifying Therapy in MS Patients Over 60 Years Old and Its Impact on Relapse Rate and Disease Progression

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Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers

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RealTalk MS Episode 285
Guest: Dr. Brenda Banwell

Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS

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