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The MARS Foundation was organized to fund research that will move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis. This year, the Foundation held its 12th annual MARS Foundation Golf Classic on August 5th, 2013 at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora, Iowa. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that can affect the way a person moves, feels and thinks. Nearly 4,600 Iowans live with MS every day. The MARS Foundations Golf Classic in 2012 was a great success. The Foundation was able to give $95,000 to the National MS Society. The National MS Society research that the Foundation funded is one of the most promising projects in the country. The MARS Foundation Golf Classic is a great opportunity to network, relax and help raise money that will contribute to finding a cure for MS. There are 19 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and an auction.

UCLA hormone research
Research is being done at UCLA on how hormone levels in a woman's body during pregnancy can affect her symptoms of MS. Typically, women experience fewer symptoms during their second and third trimesters. The hormone estriol could be an alternative way to treat or end the symptoms of MS, which include numbness, tingling, loss of mobility and cognitive issues. Clinical studies are being done currently to see if a pill form of the drug would be as affective as other forms of treatment. Currently, all drug therapies available for patients with MS must be given as an injection in daily, weekly or monthly doses.

About Multiple Sclerosis 
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men contracting the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

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