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MS in the media - 13 October 2017

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7 - 13 October 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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Fatty diet and relapse risk

A study of people with MS diagnosed under the age of 18 recorded their food intake over a week and then monitored their MS until their next relapse or for two years.  People who ate more fatty food had a higher risk of relapse. Those who ate more vegetables had a lower risk. The study was observational and so shows can suggest an association between diet and MS, but not a direct cause

Source: National MS Society (USA)
Source: Science Daily

MS Trust link: Diet

Clemastine may help repair MS damage

A phase II trial found that clemastine fumarate, an antihistamine drug, improved the speed of nerve messages measured by visual evoked potentials. This suggest the drug helped repair damaged myelin, although it wasn't possible to see this on MRI scans.

Source: UCSF
Source: National MS Society (USA)

MS Trust link: Clemastine may promote remyelination of optic nerve

The MS symptoms that contribute most to perception of health

A study asked people with MS which symptoms contributed to their view of their health and wellbeing. The top three mentioned were pain, walking difficulties (gait dysfunction) and fatigue.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Invisible symptoms: the unseen side of MS