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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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. 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.
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
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