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.
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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.
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
Brain training may improve thinking
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