10 - 16 March 2018
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.
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Calnexin increases number of immune cells crossing blood-brain barrier
Researchers in Canada have reported that brain tissue from people with MS contains high levels of a protein called calnexin. Mice lacking calnexin were found to be completely resistant to developing the mouse model of MS (EAE). The blood-brain barrier limits the number of immune cells crossing from the blood into brain tissue; it is thought that calnexin makes it easier for cells to cross this barrier into brain tissue. The researchers plan to examine in detail how calnexin affects the blood-brain barrier with a view to identifying a new target for MS therapies.
MS Trust link: Blood-brain barrier
My wife has MS and is no longer interested in any sexual contact
Psychologist Pamela Stephenson Connolly responds to a letter from a reader whose wife has MS and has lost interest in any sexual contact. Physical and psychological reasons for loss of interest are covered and possible solutions discussed.