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MS in the media

19 - 24 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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Success rate in MS drug trials

A study looked at success rates in 58 trials of 53 MS drug candidates between 1998 and 2015.  About a quarter of potential drug trials in MS were successful compared to the average across the pharmaceutical industry of one in ten.

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: MS Research updates

Review of the year

MD magazine's look through its archives of the last twelve months gathers 15 multiple sclerosis stories including race and vitamin D, salt, ocrelizumab, gender, psychosocial factors, cinnamon, and smoking

Source: MD Magazine

MS Trust link: MS in the media

Biggest 'game changer' of 2015

A medical news website asked neurologists about the big news of the year in their area of specialism.  The MS specialists chose the trial results that suggest ocrelizumab is effective in treating both relapsing and progressive MS

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: Ocrelizumab

Care home ratings

The Health Minister has announced the launch of a website that will combine inspection reports with reviews of homes from residents and families to 'drive up standards by highlighting poor performers'. 

Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: Social care

Stem cell therapy

Radio Essex talks to a man with PPMS who is flying to Mexico for treatment.  Amy Bowen of the MS Trust is also featured talking about stem cells, what's available in the UK and the cause of MS

Source: BBC (item starts at 2:07:58 - available until 22 January)

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy