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MS in the Media - 20 July 2018

14 - 20 July 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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Doctors should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has advised the government that doctors should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products as long as they meet appropriate safety standards. This follows the first review carried out by the Chief Medical Officer on 3 July.

Source: Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
Source: BBC
Source: Daily Mail
Source: Guardian
Source: Telegraph
Source: Scotsman
Source: Independent

MS Trust link: Cannabis

Early warning signs of MS

Researchers from Canada found that people with MS went to the doctor or hospital for specific complaints significantly more often than the general population during the five years leading up to their first symptom of MS.  This study is the first to begin to map out what doctors call the “prodrome” of MS – early signs or symptoms that lead up to an MS diagnosis.  Study may help to identify causes of MS and help to diagnose MS earlier.

Source: National MS Society
Source: Multiple Sclerosis News Today
Source: Specialty Pharmacy Times

MS Trust link: Worried you have MS?

Iron levels in brain may predict future disability

US researchers have developed an MRI technique – quantitative susceptibility mapping – which allows them to look at how much iron is deposited in different parts of the brain.  In some brain areas, a higher iron level is linked to longer disease duration, greater disability and disease progression.

Source: WebMD
Source: Medical News Today
Source: News Medical
Source: Science Daily
Source: Multiple Sclerosis News Today

MS Trust link: MRI