Month: August 2020

MS Reclamation

Ocrelizumab and COVID-19

Guidance for PwMS from their neurologists seems to have been “carry on per usual” with COVID guidance, which for a lot of folks seems to mean to do them as they normally would, which I completely understand the want for, but please, stay aware and cautious out there.  I’m seeing so much misinformation about the Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Predominantly: neurologists telling their patients there isn’t cause for exceptional caution with any DMT. With a couple of therapies though, this might not be precisely accurate.

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MS Reclamation

Multiple Sclerosis Within the Black Community

Per the Mayo Clinic, IN PRESENT DAY 2020, “Risk Factors” for MS include:

White people, particularly those of Northern European descent, are at highest risk of developing MS. People of Asian, African or Native American descent have the lowest risk.

THIS IS FALSE. I’ll be civil for the sake of providing useful information and spreading awareness, but this is horrifying.

In an article “Multiple Sclerosis More Common In Black Women Than White” on Medical News Today:

“Of these new cases, black patients had a 47% greater likelihood of MS compared to white patients. Results also showed that Hispanics had a 50% reduced risk compared to white patients, and Asians had a 80% lower chance than whites.”

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