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Senator Pryor Recognizes Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

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Location: Washington, DC

Senator Pryor Recognizes Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Washington, DC - Senator Mark Pryor today applauded passage of bipartisan legislation recognizing March 2nd-8th as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Pryor was an original cosponsor of the concurrent resolution which passed the Senate Monday evening. The measure was introduced by Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

"Every day, every hour, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their life is changed," said Pryor. "I am pleased the Senate passed this resolution reaffirming the importance of finding a cure. It's an honor to recognize the countless researchers and doctors who dedicate their lives to treating this unpredictable, often disabling disease. "

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 400,000 people in the U.S. The cause is unknown and there is neither a laboratory test nor cure available. Symptoms occur when an immune system attack affects myelin in the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. These damaged or destroyed fibers and are then replaced with scar tissue that interferes with the transmission of nerve signals. In rare cases, MS is so progressive that it is deadly.

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