25 June - 8 July 2016
These are links to news stories from the last fortnight 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 bacteria differ in people with MS
Researchers found significant differences between the gut bacteria of people with MS and without MS, and also between treated and untreated people with MS. Further study is needed to determine whether alterations in the gut microbiome play a role in MS disease activity or are a consequence of it.
Source: National MS Society (USA)
Integrated care transforms lives of disabled people
Looks at how occupational therapists (OTs) are working with other services to help people with disabilities live independently at home. Includes a case study is a woman with MS who had been sleeping in her living room. The OT, working in a multidisciplinary team, was able to organise an new powered wheelchair and installation of a stair lift.
MS Trust link: Let's make MS care fair
Lifestyle based approach to MS
Zinbryta (daclizumab) licensed
A new drug for relapsing remitting MS has been granted a licence by the EU. Zinbryta is a monthly injection that in trials reduced relapses by 45% compared to Avonex. It also slowed the build up of disability and led to fewer new lesions seen on MRIs.
Source: Biogen press release
MS Trust link: Zinbryta (daclizumab)
Effect of MS on carers
A Canadian survey found that looking after someone with MS affected the mental health scores of about a third of respondents, with the most common effects being fatigue (42%), anger or hostility (20%) and depression or dejection (14%). Empathy for the person for whom they cared was unaffected
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Carers