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MS in the media - 2 March 2018

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24 February - 2 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.

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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Oily fish and risk of MS

How much oily fish or fish oil people eat may reduce the risk of getting MS. A study found that the proportion who ate fish once a week or several times a month and daily fish oil supplements was lower among people with MS than in those that didn't have MS. The researchers point out that this association between fish intake and reduced MS risk doesn't demonstrate that fish oil causes this effect. Full data will be presented at the AAN (American Academy of Neurology) meeting in April

Source: MedPage Today
Source: National MS Society (USA)
Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: Diet

EBV prevalence

Research looking into the possible cause of MS found the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) in brain samples from nine out of ten people with MS but in only a quarter of a people who didn't have MS.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Epstein Barr virus (EBV)

Deaths associated with neurological conditions

A Public Health England report shows that the number of deaths recorded as being related to neurological conditions has increased between 2001 and 2014. The largest increases are deaths related to Parkinson's and nervous system tumours.  Deaths reported as related to MS were up by 6%.

Source: Neurological Alliance

MS Trust link: Life expectancy

Radio play about MS

Radio 4 has broadcast a play by Chris Larner about his ex-wife's decision to go to Switzerland to end her life when her MS became unbearable for her.

Source: BBC

MS Trust link: Palliative care