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MS in the media

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28 November - 4 December 2015

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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Songs about MS

Rory Sherman, whose mother and sister have MS, has written a song cycle about women living with the condition.  Caroline Quentin and Janie Dee are among performers lined up for a CD with plans also to produce a stage show.

Source: The Stage

Oestrogen supplement trial results

Adding the female sex hormone estriol (oestrogen) to standard disease modifying drug treatment had a small effect on reducing the number of relapses experienced by women with MS.

Source: Newswise
Source: MS Research Australia

MS Trust link: Hormones

Biotin and optic neuritis

A study of the effect of biotin on visual symptoms in people with optic neuritis found that the Biotin (MD1003) was "slightly more" effective than placebo in people with progressive optic neuritis.  There was no difference in people with non-progressive optic neuritis (eg onset as a relapse).  The results are being taken as indicator of whether the drug has a role in treating in progressive MS

Source: Business Wire on Yahoo

MS Trust link: Biotin (MD1003)
MS Trust link: Optic neuritis

Coping with Christmas

An American neurologist offers eight tips for people with MS and their families to help them cope with Christmas.

Source: Newswise

MS Trust link: Lifestyle and MS

Disability and society

To mark UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Paralympians Lord Holmes and Baroness Tannie Grey-Thompson comment on attitudes to disability and lack of opportunities despite the positive effect of the 2012 Games.

Source: Independent