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MS in the media

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23-29 January 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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Phenytoin trial results

A phase II trial has shown that phenytoin, an anti-epileptic drug, reduced damage to nerves caused optic neuritis.  This is seen as an indicator that it could protect nerves from further damage by MS.  The results were originally announced at a conference in April and now have been published by the Lancet.

Source: Daily Mail
Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: Phenytoin

Risk of relapse when switching treatment

US research found that people whose MS was stable on an injectable disease modifying drug or relapsing MS had no change in their risk of relapse if they switched to an oral drug.

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: MS Decisions

Stem cell therapy review

An Australian review of research into HSCT (a type of stem cell therapy) suggests it could be an effective treatment.  They describe it as "a sledgehammer approach for treating MS patients, [but] one that will be astoundingly effective when used on appropriately selected patients."

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy

Tysabri and risk of PML

A study of people taking Tysabri in France and Germany found that the rate of conversion to JCV positive status (developing antibodies to a virus that can cause PML) was higher than in the general population or people with MS who were not taking Tysabri.  Researchers suggest more frequent monitoring

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

MS Trust link: Tysabri (natalizumab)

Young carer

A 12 year old who looks after her mother with MS is featured to promote Young Carers Awareness Day (28 January).

Source: Daily Mirror

MS Trust link: Carers

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