34 minutes | Dec 14th 2020

Episode 172: Preventing Holiday (and Pandemic) Stress with Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C

Feeling some of the stress and anxiety that often come with the holiday season? Who could blame you? If the holidays aren't enough, this year, we're also going through what's looking like the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stress and anxiety aren't guaranteed, but they aren't exactly unexpected, either. My guest this week, Megan Weigel, is here to share some techniques and strategies that we can use to de-stress during the holidays.     Megan is a nurse practitioner specializing in neurological care. As a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse and a board-certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, Megan brings a unique integrative medicine and holistic nursing perspective to her practice.   We'll also share more encouraging news about autologous hematopoietic stem cell clinical trials.   We'll tell you about the newly released National MS Society guidance on telemedicine. (And if you've downloaded the free RealTalk MS app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, you'll find your copy of that guidance under the "Bonus Content" tab!)   We're also talking about the very positive pilot study of a new computer-based cognitive rehab program. And we'll tell you about the launch of a first of its kind study that will help scientists understand how MS affects memory.   If you're using CBD edibles to help manage some of your MS symptoms, you'll want to hear what happened when 40 brands of edibles were analyzed by an independent laboratory.   We'll tell you how you can participate in a clinical trial that's going to evaluate treatments for MS fatigue (You can participate from home...and you can even get paid!)   And if there are times when you just want to talk with someone who really gets it when it comes to living with MS, we'll tell you about MS Friends.   We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!

More encouraging news about autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation  1:46

National MS Society issues telemedicine guidance  5:09

Computerized cognitive rehab pilot study shows promise  6:34

Kessler study will explore memory loss in MS  8:34

CBD edibles...how much CBD is that???  9:34

Your chance to participate from home in a clinical trial about MS fatigue  11:29

Just feel like talking? You can call MS Friends 13:34

My interview with Megan Weigel, DPN, ARNP-C 16:04

Share this episode  31:49

Donate to the National MS Society COVID-19 Response Fund  32:09

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RealTalk MS Episode 172 Guests: Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-c

Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, MSActivist,  MSFriends, CBD, Stemcells, RealTalkMS

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