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MS in the media - 11 March 2016

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4 - 11 March 2016

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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Vitamin D in pregnancy

A study found that a mother being deficient in vitamin D during the early part of pregnancy increased the risk of her child developing MS by 90%.  The research didn't look at if correcting the vitamin D level had any effect.

Source: Daily Telegraph
Source: Medical News Today
Source: Medpage Today

MS Trust link: Vitamin D
MS Trust link: Pregnancy

More than one autoimmune condition and progression risk

A study found that people with MS who also had another autoimmune condition showed more signs of damage to nerves and tended to progress faster.  The most frequent other conditions (comorbidities) in the study (most people only had one) were thyroid disease, asthma, diabetes, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Small study of antidiabetic drugs

A small study found that two drugs used for diabetes - metformin and pioglitazone - reduced new lesions by between a fifth and a quarter in people with MS who also had metabolic syndrome.

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Brain training may improve thinking

Italian research involving 24 people with MS found that, compared to a control group, those participants who did brain training games every day for eight weeks showed better function in areas of the brain associated with thinking.

Source: Eureka Alert

MS Trust link: StayingSmart

Athlete with MS

Kadeena Cox, who was diagnosed with MS in 2014, talks about her plans to compete in both athletics and cycling at the Paralympics.

Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

MS and other health conditions

Canadian research looked at health records of people with MS to see what other chronic health conditions they had at diagnosis.  Depression was most common, affecting one in five.  Men with MS were more likely also to have diabetes, epilepsy, depression and anxiety. Women with MS had higher levels of chronic lung disease.  Researchers suggest there may be common risk factors.

Source: News Medical

MS Trust link: News item about earlier results from this research

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