SPR Health Forum: Unraveling the Mystery of MS

City Cable 5 continues to air a SPR's recent forum focusing on the treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. Some of the upcoming dates include: * Sunday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m.* Wednesday, April 15 from 8-10 p.m.* Thursday, April 30 from 1-3 p.m. Doug Nadvornick hosted this forum on March 19 in the Spokane City Council Chambers. Audience members brought questions and engaged in a helpful discussion about living with this disease, an unpredictable assault on the central nervous systems of more than 2 million people worldwide. The forum was FREE thanks to event donors Horizon Hospice, the Journal of Business, Providence Medical Services, and Washington State University Spokane.
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