May 22, 2024 5:53 pm
Podcast: Utilizing Bilingualism as a Tool to Identify Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

As a journalist, I’m excited to share with you the latest episode of the UConn Health Pulse Podcast. In this episode, Dr. Jaime Imitola, chief of UConn Health’s Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Translational Neuroimmunology, discusses the importance of early detection and intervention for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Imitola emphasizes that recognizing the signs of MS early enough can significantly impact an individual’s trajectory and quality of life 15 years later.

Dr. Imitola has collaborated with UConn medical students and other institutions to create a new bilingual resource that aims to help patients, their providers, and future providers overcome cultural barriers to recognize the signs of MS early enough to intervene and avoid or delay the onset of disability and progression. This resource is particularly important in communities where cultural barriers may hinder early detection and intervention.

In this episode, Dr. Imitola introduces his “VISIBL-MS” tool on the latest UConn Health Pulse podcast, which focuses on making MS more visible to those affected. The tool is designed to help improve patients’ trajectory by addressing cultural barriers that may hinder early detection and intervention. For more information about VISBL-MS, you can read about it on UConn Today.

Overall, Dr. Imitola’s work highlights the significance of overcoming cultural barriers to improve outcomes for individuals with MS. As a journalist, it’s essential to raise awareness about this disease and provide resources to support patients, providers, and future providers in identifying the signs of MS early on. Tune into the latest episode of the UConn Health Pulse Podcast for more information about how you can get involved in supporting individuals with MS!

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