18 - 24 November 2017
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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Mark Lewis and stem cells
Coverage of Mark Lewis, the lawyer whose journey to Israel to take part in a trial of an experimental stem cells therapy was featured in a Channel 4 documentary. In the Radio Times he is interviewed by Caroline Wyatt, the BBC journalist who also has MS and who has been treated with a different stem cell approach.
MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy
CCSVI trial results disappointing
There was no significant difference in outcome between people treated for CCSVI - a narrowing of the veins draining blood from the brain - and those receiving a sham treatment according to a newly published study. The researchers, led by Paolo Zamboni who originally proposed the theory of CCSVI, concluded that "The procedure cannot be recommended for treatment of patients with MS."
Source: MS Research Australia
MS Trust link: CCSVI (Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency)