Next week is the major jamboree for American Neuros, where the latest pharma wares will be on show. ProfG and DrK and the rest of the gang have jetted off to Philly and the thoughts of last week’s eco-warrior has been long forgotten by ProfG and the his and the carbon footprint of MS neurology expands.To offset this ProfG does his for the planet and maybe he will be planting a few trees to offset his omissions, whilst keeping his garden looking beautiful, MD2 will do our bit to help the Neuros and has planted a few lovely things, check out the Q&A for May. Here, at BartsMS we do a bit of weeding in our spare time. Some Neuros seem to want to do weeding as part of their day job.
Whilst our boys and girls have gone to the New World to collect knowledge, we can reflect that the New World has given us many things. To our delight Sir Walter Raleigh brought back one of its exports a few hundred years ago. Whilst we all like a Kings Edward or a Desire, it seen that the US has exported a variety of potato that we don’t really want.
eYes… the “couch” variety. Now I thought a potato was a potato… of which there are many varieties (like the King Edwards). Now you may say potatoes are white as there are a load of white potatoes around the world, just like you may say all swans are white. However, if you come from Australia you know that swans are black. It seems that American neuros are not interested in weeding out the potato where it is not wanted, they focus only the black variety.
Now you may think that US potatoes come from Idaho..after all it is the potato state…but on my visits the first place I saw them was in Graceland…”Thank you very much in an Elvis accent” So with a view of changing the world, if you want some life style changes you can read this.
An Intervention for Changing Sedentary Behavior Among African Americans With Multiple Sclerosis: Protocol.Baird JF, Sasaki JE, Sandroff BM, Cutter G, Motl RW. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 May 1;8(5):e12973
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior is a major concern among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), as it may accelerate disease progression and exacerbate physical disability. This is especially concerning among African Americans, a segment of the MS population who present with greater neurological disability and higher odds of physical comorbidities than their Caucasian counterparts.
OBJECTIVE:To date, researchers have not proposed interventions that focus on changing sedentary behavior in African Americans with MS.
METHODS:This paper describes a pilot study that examines the feasibility and efficacy of using text messaging along with theory-driven newsletters and behavioral coaching for changing sedentary behavior in African Americans with MS. We herein present the methods, procedures, and outcomes for our ongoing study.
RESULTS:Enrollment began in February 2018 and is expected to conclude in April 2019. Study results will be reported in the fall of 2019.
CONCLUSIONS: After completion of this pilot intervention, we will summarize our study results in manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals that will provide critical information on the feasibility and efficacy of our strategy. These results will inform future studies and, potentially, larger interventions for remotely reducing sedentary behavior in African Americans with MS.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03671499;
Now before you get too outraged about my light-hearted style on this subject matter…, it seems to me, as someone who is “size lard” that I am not being too inappropriate. That as this is being done in the Deep South, I wondered if this is really a wise title (is it sufficiently PC) as surely if you are overweight, you are overweight and methods to support a healthier lifestyle is colour blind.
This is a rather topical PC issue given the outrageous abuse that people in the London Marathon taking a few hours to do their 26 miles (42km) got (being called “fat” and “slow”) whilst raising thousands for good causes. I would love to have done some excersise this week, but it is not always easy so introducing lifestyle changes can help…Look at ProfG…Yep he’s now stickboy who had to get a new wardrobe…so it can work