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MS in the media - 1 September 2017

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26 August - 1 September 2017

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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Benefits changes affecting people with MS

The MS Society estimates that people with MS have lost over £6million in benefits due to being moved from the higher rates of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to lower rates of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The cut in benefits affected one in three people being reassessed. The government say that a third more people with MS are getting the higher rate of PIP than of DLA

Source: Independent

MS Trust link: Benefits

South Korean court sees MS as an occupational disease

The South Korean Supreme Court has found in favour of a former employee at Samsung who claims her MS was caused by working in their factory. The Court cited the "high level of physical and mental stress in her job, long working hours, everyday use of a chemical, possible exposure to other chemical substances used on nearby assembly lines, and a lack of a family history of the disease".

Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: Causes of MS

Glandular fever and risk of MS

A US study found that people who have had mononucleosis (glandular fever), which is cause by the Epstein-Barr virus, have a higher risk of MS.  This risk occured equally in white, black and Hispanic people

Source: National MS Society (USA)
Source: Medpage Today

MS Trust link: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)

Self-management advice

The Canadian MS Society has developed a Wellness Toolbox - a collection of self-management ideas, including activity/exercise, diet, alternative therapies, social interaction and "cutting yourself some slack"

Source: Canadian MS Society

MS Trust link: Lifestyle

Tecfidera after Tysabri

A small Italian study found that Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) was an effective treatment for people who have stopped taking Tysabri (natalizumab). This contrasts with previous studies, but the researchers suggest their success was due to a shorter (one month) washout period

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to the disease modifying drugs for relapsing remitting MS

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