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Multiple Sclerosis Center of Northeastern N.Y (MSNENY) "National Multiple Sclerosis Society Affiliated Center of Comprehensive Care in the Capital District"


- ZINBRYTA news - MS Treatment at the MS Center of NE New York

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- Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Secondary Progressive MS?

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- Importance of Vitamin-D in MS

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- Dr. Edwards, MS Center of Northeastern NY along with a patient is featured on WNYT (Channel 13 Albany) on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 regarding the new medical marijuana program of NY state 

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- Congratulations to Samantha Belcher, RN for passing the Multiple Sclerosis Certification Exam (IOMSN) with flying colors! We are so proud of you.

- Dr. Edwards's article on  "Multiple Sclerosis- Current Victories and Unmet Needs" featured on the Times Union paper Tuesday, November 3, 2015. MS Center of Northeastern NY is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming WAMS EVENT supporting the National MS Society

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-  MS Center of Northeastern NY is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Women Against MS Luncheon event on November 13 supporting the National MS Society

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National MS Society FLU vaccine guidelines for MS Patients listed on their website at

National MS Society and this MS Center both recommend the following:

"The 2015-16 inactivated seasonal flu immunization is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone over 6 months of age. The seasonal flu vaccine has been studied extensively in people with MS and is considered quite safe, regardless of the disease-modifying therapy they are taking. However, individuals being treated with LemtradaŽ should be given the inactivated flu vaccine six weeks before receiving their Lemtrada infusion."

- Ocrelizumab News:

Dr. Edwards, MS Center of Northeastern NY and news about ocrelizumab, a  new drug awaiting FDA approval, is featured on Benita Zahn's Health News on WNYT (Channel 13 Albany) on Wednesday, October 22, 2015.

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Click here to download Medscape Neurology ECTRIMS 2015 news:

Click here to download press release on Ocrelizumab at ECTRIMS 2015

- Karen B. Wesselhoeft, MSN, FNP-BC, joins the MS Center of Northeastern NY as a provider. She will be seeing patients alongside Dr. Edwards and Dr. Garten.

- News from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Annual Meeting May 27-30, 2015 Indianapolis, Indiana .The MS Center of Northeastern New York staff will be there! Dr. Howard Weiner, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical Center and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center, Partners MS Center will be delivering the Presidential Lecture titled "Enigmatic Factors in the Gut Microbiome"

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- Dr. Lore Garten, M.D, Ph. D, joins the MS Center of Northeastern NY as a provider. She will be seeing patients alongside Dr. Edwards and Dorothy Lacombe, NP.

- News from the American Academy of Neurology .The MS Center of Northeastern New York participated in the study mentioned below.

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- Our patient celebrates his 100th Tysabri infusion at our facility. Congratulations!
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- We are currently offering several clinical trials for Secondary Progressive MS patients. Please call our office at 518-785-1000 and  speak with our MS clinical coordinators.

- FDA approves Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab)

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-  As a response to the recent TimesUnion acticle, below is our response.

"NIH funds important basic science research but our government does not fund any research in drug development or treatments.  If you are a rat, mouse, rabbit, there are millions of dollars available from NIH.  Any new treatment comes from the pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Edwards is involved in MS and Alzheimer’s research, both in basic science such as discovering mechanisms of action of medications and disease states.  He is active in teaching other doctors and doctors in training, especially at Harvard Medical School.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Upstate NY Chapter of the National MS Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the NY State MS Consortium and the National MS Society Advisory Committee, all voluntary positions.


Some of Dr. Edwards recent scientific publications, national and international presentation over just the last 3 years.

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-  Empire Neurology in GoodHousekeeping Magazine

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-  NY becomes 23rd state to allow medical marijuana
    Jul 7, 2014 Courtesy

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- Patient Portal Access now available through our website. View your upcoming appointments, test results, communication with our practice, prescription refill requests. Read more about the Medent Patient Portal here.

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- Dr. Edwards is featured on Benita Zahn's HealthLink on WMHT on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

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Dr. Edwards is one of the select national opinion makers in neurology/neurosurgery and one of the few asked to help choose the U.S. News & World Report outstanding hospitals in the nation

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- Dorothy Lacombe, NP, MS, RN joins the MS Center of Northeastern NY as a provider. She will be seeing patients alongside Dr. Edwards. Welcome Dee!

- Dr. Edwards was featured on Benita Zahn's HealthLink on WMHT on Friday, May 3, 2013. Attached is the video link.

Click here for the 2013 video link on News Channel 13

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- The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce the recognition of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Northeastern New York in Latham, NY (Albany County) as a member of the “National Multiple Sclerosis Society Affiliated Centers of Comprehensive Care.” The National Multiple Sclerosis Society thus recognizes their achievement in providing expert and quality care, as well as advanced research options, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner for patients with multiple sclerosis.

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- FDA Safety Communication: Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis Patients


- Dr. Edwards was recently featured in the August 2012 issue of the Capital Region Living magazine featuring the Best Doctors in the Capital Region.      Empire Neurology - Events


Empire Neurology

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic neurological disease of the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. The main target of this immune attack is the myelin covering over the axions. The axions are part of the neuron (nerve cells) and are used to transmit information to other nerve cells. Efficient transmission is maintained with the presence of myelin. Neurological signs typical of Multiple Sclerosis occur when there is a breakdown of myelin.

Prevalance of Multiple Sclerosis

The prevalance of Multiple Sclerosis is highest in North America, northern Europe and Southern Australia. In North America, the highest rate is in Southern Canada and northeastern United States. Studies have indicated that early life residence influences the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. These findings suggest environmental factors for the development of the disease, though nothing concrete has been established. Additional evidence suggest genetic factors play a role. Genetic markers have been found in select populations with MS but the mode of transmission and influence of additional genes is not understood.

Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is based on clinical attacks and MRI evidence of typical lesions. The use of MRI for multiple sclerosis has evolved as a valuable tool used to establish an early diagnosis and monitor disease progression.

Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are typical patterns for the disease course and patients can be categorized into the following groups: Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, Secondary Progressive MS, Primary Progressive MS, Progressive Relapsing MS and Neurolmyeltis Optica.There are different approaches and treatments for the above listed forms of MS.

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