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MS in the media

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7 - 13 November 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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Drug repurposing bill runs out of time

Anger at what was seen as a deliberate attempt to stall the drug repurposing bill on Friday by a Tory MP who spoke for nearly half an hour using up the limited time allowed for the debate and no time for a vote which had wide cross-party support from backbenchers

Source: Independent
Source: Daily Mirror

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

Diet and MS - Association of UK Dietitians policy statement

The Association of UK Dietitians (BDA) has issued a policy statement that looks at different dietary approaches to MS.  Although the BDA does not recommended any alternative diets, it does recognise that people will want to explore this area and the role of dietitians in helping people find nutritionally adequate approaches

Source: Association of UK Dietitians (BDA)

MS Trust link: Diet

Vitamin D and atrophy

A study at Yale University suggests that supplementation with high doses of vitamin D is neuroprotective and reduces new lesions and atrophy

Source: Yale Daily News

MS Trust link: Vitamin D

Cancer drug fund in Wales

In the build up to the Welsh Assembly elections in May, the Conservatives have said they will introduce a cancer drug fund to ring-fence spending on expensive treatments.  A number of charities have criticised this as leading to lack of equality for people with other conditions

Source: BBC

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