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MS in the media - 3 November 2017

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21 October - 3 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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Ibudilast trial show benefit in progressive MS

A US study found ibudilast, an asthma drug, slowed the rate of brain tissue loss by almost half in people with progressive MS.

Source: MedPage Today
Source: MD Magazine

MS Trust link: Ibudilast

Gilenya effective as treatment for teens with MS

A study found that Gilenya (fingolimod) reduced the relapse rate in people with MS aged between 10 and 18 by 82% over two years compared to Avonex (interferon beta 1a). This is the first randomised controlled trial in people of this age group

Source: Novartis press release
Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: Childhood MS

Zinbryta liver damage restrictions

A committee of the European Medicines Agency has recommended limiting the use of Zinbryta (daclizumab).  The change follows a safety reviews prompted by evidence of potentially fatal liver problems. The recommendation is that the drug is only used with people where two other disease modifying drugs (DMD) have been unsuccessful and for whom there are no other DMD options.

Source: EMA

MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to treatments for relapsing MS

Having other health conditions delays MS diagnosis

A Danish study looked at people whose first MS symptoms appeared between 1980 and 2005. Having other health conditions (comorbidities) as well as MS both extended the time between first symptoms and diagnosis, and increased the risk of dying sooner

Source: Neurology Advisor

MS Trust link: MS research updates

The benefits of running for a woman with MS

An article on the benefits of a project promoting running for mental health includes the experiences of a woman with MS who says the activity has helped her accept her condition

Source: Evening Standard

MS Trust link: Exercise