Fighting A Crippler

A new drug appears to be the first to slow the progress of multiple sclerosis

Imagine what it must be like to stroll down a street and then suddenly lurch like a drunkard. To see double images of a coffee cup, a friend's face, a newspaper. To feel dizzy because rooms seem to spin like merry-go-rounds. The onset of such symptoms 10 years ago sent Chicago sales representative Suzanne Arens, now 39, stumbling to a neurologist. The diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. "It was devastating," she recalls. "The disease progressed to where I would have an attack every six months. I was hospitalized three times." For the past five years, however, Arens has managed to remain symptom-free, the...

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