Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

New optometric technology may help reduce fall risk

Sensoria Health and Padula Rehabilitation Technologies (PRT) have launched a wearable system crafted for optometry practices to improve balance, gait, and coordination, and to help reduce the risk of falls, particularly among older people. The system, NeurOpTrek powered by Sensoria, is designed to assess a person’s fall risk…

New deal makes HealthTech Connex exclusive provider of PoNS device

An agreement with Helius Medical Technologies has made HealthTech Connex (HTC) the exclusive provider, for at least the next five years, of the noninvasive Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) device in the Vancouver area of British Columbia in Canada. The new deal supplants an earlier clinical research and promotions…

People with MS now eligible for US Foreign Service

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has approved a class settlement overhauling a decades-old medical clearance system that led to illegal discrimination in the U.S. Foreign Service against people with mental health conditions or other disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The class settlement, signed in December,…

Neural Sleeve developer Cionic names its 1st Center of Excellence

Cionic — developer of the Neural Sleeve for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other conditions that affect mobility — has chosen the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as the inaugural location for its Center of Excellence program. The Chicago-based facility has been named the nation’s top physical medicine and…

Personal stories of life with MS highlight March awareness month

From participating in educational programs to sharing stories that illuminate the multiple sclerosis (MS) experience, people nationwide are poised to participate in MS Awareness Month, observed each March. Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week starts on March 12. The disorder, thought to affect about one million U.S. residents, can cause…

Helius provides PoNS device training to physical therapists

Helius Medical Technologies will showcase its noninvasive Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) device and provide training to physical therapists who are interested in using the device for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The company will explain the benefits of PoNS…

U of Manitoba researcher wins Barancik Prize for MS research

University of Manitoba neurologist and investigator Ruth Ann Marrie has won the National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s (NMSS) Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research for her landmark discoveries in multiple sclerosis (MS). Now in its 10th year, the prize recognizes and promotes innovation and originality in MS-related…

New remote monitoring system to be tested in MS patients in rehab

Datos Health, a remote care automation company, is collaborating with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, in Illinois, on a study that will gauge the effectiveness of remote therapy monitoring in patients with various conditions and disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS). The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, based in Chicago, provides…

Sesh, MS Canada partner to help MS patients with mental health

To support the wellness journeys of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis (MS), digital healthcare company Sesh is partnering with MS Canada to provide free, unlimited access to its online mental health platform. The partnership allows patients to participate in virtual therapist-led support groups, and kickstarts research efforts…

NMSS Names New Jersey Facility Center for Comprehensive MS Care

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s (NMSS) Partners in MS Care program has designated the multiple sclerosis center at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care. With the designation, New Jersey now has two Comprehensive MS Care centers serving multiple sclerosis…

$33M Gift Establishes MS Research Network in British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation have received a CA$33.8 million ($25.24 million) donation to establish a multiple sclerosis (MS) research network focused on developing next-generation cell-based treatments. This private donation, by an unnamed British Columbia-based philanthropist, is thought to be the…

Pixyl, Brainomix Partner on MRI Software to Help in Diagnosis of MS

In a new collaboration, Brainomix will distribute in Europe a software solution developed by Pixyl that uses deep learning to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis (MS) via MRI scans. According to the partners, Pixyl‘s technology can detect abnormalities on magnetic resonance imaging or MRI…

Fountain Health Now Fully Covers Cost of Combinostics’ Tests

Insurer Fountain Health now will fully cover Combinostics’ artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to support the early detection, differential diagnosis, and prediction of progression in patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The decision to cover the company’s cloud-based AI platforms, cMRI and cDSI,…

Saint Louis University Opens Neuroscience Research Institute

With an overarching goal of improving patients’ health and life quality, Saint Louis University (SLU) has opened an institute for neuroscience researchers working in a variety of fields to study disorders of the central nervous system, including multiple sclerosis (MS). The Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN), an outgrowth of the…

Sordoni Construction Raises $40K for Comprehensive Wellness in MS

A golfing fundraiser held by Sordoni Construction pulled in $40,000 to support comprehensive wellness programs for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients at the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center in New Jersey. The funds were raised in September during the 2022 Sordoni Construction Golf Classic. Some 128 golfers, as…

Cionic Nets $12.5M to Develop AI-powered Mobility Garments

Bionic clothing innovator Cionic has received $12.5 million to further develop a platform that produces wearable, artificial intelligence-powered garments for people with mobility issues. The platform has helped create the Neural Sleeve, a leg-worn garment that enables people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) to become more…

Fellowship Program Targets Specialized MS Care

To help ensure that more multiple sclerosis (MS) patients get specialized care, the Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) has opened a physician fellowship program for neurologists. The one-year program is led by Martin Belkin, MD, a neurologist who specializes in MS research and care at MIND, a private…

Cionic Collaborates With Fuseproject on Neural Sleeve

Cionic has collaborated with the multidisciplinary design firm fuseproject to further develop its artificial intelligence-powered, wearable Neural Sleeve, which improves mobility for those living with conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The partnership with Yves Behar and his firm fuseproject resulted in a design that focuses on…

Windstream Among Sponsors of US Veterans Wheelchair Games

For the second year, the communications and software company Windstream is supporting the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, touted as the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event exclusively for military veterans. The event is for all U.S. veterans with a spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple sclerosis (MS), or other…

Innovative Trials, MS Society UK Collaborate on MS Research

Innovative Trials has selected the MS Society UK as its charity partner for the next year, and intends to raise at least £3,000 (about $3,600) to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research and the society’s quest for a world without MS. Innovative Trials works with pharmaceutical companies and…

All Vets With MS Invited to Join Paralyzed Veterans of America

Acknowledging advances in early detection of multiple sclerosis (MS), the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is broadening its membership and inviting all veterans with the progressive neurodegenerative disorder to join the nonprofit organization. Now, all veterans with MS are eligible for PVA membership and the same support available to…

World MS Day Unites People to Share, Promote ‘Connections’

From sharing stories to heralding support networks, people across the globe are preparing to mark World MS Day, observed annually on May 30th to heighten awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder and the 2.8 million people it’s thought to affect. Event activities take place throughout May…

3 Mavins’ Beer Charity Collaboration to Benefit MS Foundation

The South Florida craft brew company 3 Mavins’ Beer is making it easy to support the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s programs and services on behalf of those who have the neurological disorder. Through a new partnership with the foundation, 3 Mavins’ is donating 3% of its profits from each can of…