7 - 13 May 2016
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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Long-term use of disease modifying drugs
Symptoms during relapses
A study found that relapses involving several symptoms were a marker of potential increases in disability, measured by EDSS, than single symptom relapses. Similarly bowel and bladder, cerebellar (ataxia/tremor) and pyramidal (weakness/muscle movement) symptoms in relapse suggested increase in disability
Source: Neurology Advisor
MS Trust link: Relapse
AAN meeting round up
A review of topics covered by last month's American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting. Includes biotin, lipoic acid, misdiagnosis with MS, academic performance of children of people with MS, salt, myelin repair, self-repair mechanisms stem cell therapy, hormone replacement, cognition, treadmill exercise and genes
Source: National MS Society (USA)
MS Trust link: MS in the media - AAN 2016
Diet and inflammation in the brain
Cancer risk and MS
A study found that, although people with MS tend to have lower rates of most cancers, the rate for young-adult onset Hodgkin lymphoma (YAHL) was higher than for people who don't have MS. Suggestion that there might be a common trigger in the Epstein Barr virus
MS Trust link: MS research update - Overall cancer risk is lower in people with MS
Mitoxantrone and cancer risk
A study found that, compared to the general population, people with MS taking mitoxantrone had a three times higher risk of colorectal cancer and a ten times higher risk of acute myeloid leukaemia. Risk of breast cancer was unchanged
MS Trust link: Mitoxantrone
Carers and the Care Act
A report of a survey by Carers UK found that the benefits of the Care Act were not being felt by many people caring for a relative or friend. The number of people who felt their quality of life was likely to get worse in the coming year had gone up slightly since the introduction of the Act
MS Trust link: Carers