A few weeks ago, MS activists helped garner support in the U.S. House of Representatives for MS research funding in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). In just a few short days, MS activists sent over 1,700 emails to Capitol Hill and in response, 50 members of the House signed on to a bipartisan letter circulated by Representatives Michael Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) and Russ Carnahan (MO-3).
This week, MS activists must take quick action again--this time, to urge your Senators to support funding for MS research in the CDMRP. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Mike Johanns (NE) have circulated a bipartisan Dear Colleague letter on the Senate side. The deadline is next Monday, so take action today and urge your Senators to support this vital programmatic request for MS research!
Emerging evidence indicates a potential link between combat service and an increased incidence of MS, with one study theorizing that exposure to neurotoxins could be an environmental trigger for MS. According to a 2003 study in the Annals of Neurology, 5,345 veterans that served in Vietnam and the first Gulf War were diagnosed with MS that was deemed "service-connected." MS research in the CDMRP helps scientists better understand the causes of MS and can help us discover a cure.
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