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MS in the media - 13 April 2017

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8 - 13 April 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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Eating and MS

Siobhan Norton, a journalist with MS, writes about her exploration of the potential for diets to help manage MS and how the range of information and lack of evidence is confusing

Source: iNews

MS Trust link: Diet

Life expectancy measured

A Norwegian study has found that life expectancy in people with MS is increasing at the same rate as that seen in the general population.  Overall, life expectancy was seven years less than people who don't have MS

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: Life expectancy

Vehicle leasing affected by benefit changes

Motability, the organisation that leases adapted vehicles, says that 51,000 cars have had to be returned to them since 2013 due to changes in benefit assessments meaning people, including some with MS, are no longer eligible.

Source: BBC
Source: Independent

MS Trust link: Driving and transport

Lemtrada and listeria

A case study of a woman who developed listeriosis (listeria infection) after treatment with Lemtrada. Initial thought to be an infusion reaction, it was traced to her having eaten soft cheese and raw sausage in the days before treatment.  Up to January 2017, at least 16 cases of listeriosis have occurred

Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: Lemtrada (alemtuzumab)