24-30 October 2015
These are links to news stories from the last week that may be of interest to people in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.
Please note that the MS Trust did not write the original items and does not endorse their content nor any claims made in them.
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EMA guidance on Tecfidera
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued new guidelines that suggest people starting treatment with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) should have a baseline MRI and a complete blood count. Blood counts should be repeated every three months whilst on treatment
MS Trust link: Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
People affected by MS - Dave Myers
The Hairy Bikers (collectively) talks about their difficult childhoods. Among other issues, Dave Myers' talks about the effects of his mother's MS on her health and family life
Source: Daily Mail
Photographs of MS
Dorothy Shoes, a French photographer with MS, has produced a set of pictures for an exhibition (in Paris) to illustrate the condition.
HIV drug for MS
Shana Pezaro, a woman with MS from Sussex, found her symptoms improved when she took a drug to treat HIV, to which she thought she had been exposed. Although not mentioned in the short item, it refers to events in 2012
Drug repurposing bill
A letter by 40 doctors and researchers calls on MPs to support the Off-patent Drugs Bill, which will, which will be before parliament next week. The bill seeks to change rules to allow drugs licensed for one condition to be repurposed for another. MS is suggested as one of the conditions that might benefit from a change in the law
Source: Daily Telegraph