30 July - 5 August 2016
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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Gut microbes and MS
The role of gut microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi) in health and illness. Mentions recent research which found that changes in the composition of gut microbes of people with MS appear to be linked to changes in their immune function; more work is needed to understand this further.
MS Trust link: Causes of MS
Financial, personal and work related impact of MS
A recent survey has explored the burden associated with MS disability in the U.S. In particular, researchers aimed to study the relationship between increased disability and use of healthcare resources, healthcare costs, quality of life, ability to work, and productivity at work.
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Work
Relapses following second or subsequent pregnancies
Poetry and MS
Glenda Kerney Brown's debut poetry collection, Rock and Lodestone, which explores the themes of nature, memory, love and her own journey with MS has been published by Bennison Books.
All proceeds will be donated to the MS Trust. Glenda's book Rock and Lodestone is available on Amazon at £4.99.
Source: Ilkley Gazette
MS Trust link: Rock and Lodestone: my poetry book
Coping with life's changes
Tom Youngs, a former professional footballer for Bury, was diagnosed with MS two years ago. He has recently published a book about his life in football and subsequent fears over the future for him and his family in the wake of his illness.
Source: Bolton News
MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS