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MS in the media - 15 April 2016

9 - 15 April 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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Medical cannabis arguments

Mike Barnes, a professor of neurological rehabilitation, argues that health benefits of cannabis outweigh the side effects and that legalisation would allow more research to better understand the role of the drug

Source: Daily Mail
Source: Hippocratic Post (blog)

MS Trust link: Cannabis

MS Therapy Centre visit

Pete Wilson from BBC Radio Gloucestershire visited the local Therapy Centre to talk about MS and the work that they do helping people with the condition.  The programme is available until 9 May

Source: BBC

MS Trust link: MS Therapy Centres

The interaction of pain, depression and fatigue

An American study found that the worse someone's general MS symptoms, the more likely they were to experience pain, depression, and fatigue.  People with lower levels of education or not in a relationship were more likely to experience pain and depression.  Depression was associated with poor sleep and increased fatigue.

Source: Canadian MS Society

MS Trust link: Pain
MS Trust link: Depression
MS Trust link: Fatigue

MS. A song cycle

The full cast of West End stars has been announced for a recording of 14 songs with lyrics by Rory Sherman inspired by women living with MS. 

Source: Broadway.com

MS Trust link: Tiger Lilly & Into The Autumn release song for MS Trust

Small trial hints at possibility of nerve repair

An American study has found that clemastine fumarate, an over the counter antihistamine, caused a "modest improvement" in nerve transmission speeds in people with MS and optic neuritis.  This suggests that it may be repairing damaged nerves to some degree

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

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Identifying factors that increase MS risk

An analysis of previous studies of risk factors for developing MS identifies Epstein-Barr virus exposure, smoking, low vitamin D levels and adolescent obesity. Relapses are more common in people with low sunlight exposure, low vitamin D levels, upper respiratory infections and stress. Relapses are less frequent during pregnancy.  Smoking was associated with faster progression.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Causes of MS

Footballer with MS

Ashleigh Mills, a footballer for Doncaster Rovers Belles, talks about being diagnosed with MS and coming to terms with the end of her playing career aged just 20. 

Source: BBC

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

Punching sharks on the nose

John Quarles, a computing professor from Texas who has MS himself, has developed a virtual reality game to help with aquatic rehabilitation.  The game, which takes place underwater, involves dealing with sharks

Source: UTSA Today

MS Trust link: Rehabilitation