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MS in the media

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24-30 October 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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EMA guidance on Tecfidera

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued new guidelines that suggest people starting treatment with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) should have a baseline MRI and a complete blood count.  Blood counts should be repeated every three months whilst on treatment

Source: EMA

MS Trust link: Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)

People affected by MS - Dave Myers

The Hairy Bikers (collectively) talks about their difficult childhoods.  Among other issues, Dave Myers' talks about the effects of his mother's MS on her health and family life

Source: Daily Mail

Photographs of MS

Dorothy Shoes, a French photographer with MS, has produced a set of pictures for an exhibition (in Paris) to illustrate the condition.

Source: MSIF

HIV drug for MS

Shana Pezaro, a woman with MS from Sussex, found her symptoms improved when she took a drug to treat HIV, to which she thought she had been exposed. Although not mentioned in the short item, it refers to events in 2012

Source: BBC


Accurately measuring fitness

American research found that usual measures of fitness and muscular strength may underestimate what a person with MS can achieve and lead to them being told to do exercises that less effective than they could be

Source: Medical News Today

MS Trust link: Exercise

Drug repurposing bill

A letter by 40 doctors and researchers calls on MPs to support the Off-patent Drugs Bill, which will, which will be before parliament next week.  The bill seeks to change rules to allow drugs licensed for one condition to be repurposed for another.  MS is suggested as one of the conditions that might benefit from a change in the law

Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust links: amiloride, fluoxetine and riluzole are drugs for other conditions that are being investigated as treatments for MS

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