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MS in the media - 15 September 2017

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9-15 September 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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Vitamin D levels and risk of MS

A study of blood samples taken during pregnancy found that a larger proportion of women who went on to develop MS in the next nine years were deficient in vitamin D than healthy controls. The closer to an adequate vitamin D level, the lower the risk.

Source: Daily Mail
Source: Medpage Today

MS Trust link: Vitamin D

Concussions in adolescence raises MS risk

People aged between 11 and 20 who had had concussion had a 22% higher risk of MS in later life according to Swedish research. With two concussions the risk more than doubled.  Concussions in children under 10 seemed to have no effect on MS risk

Source: Medical Xpress
Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: MS research updates

The possible role of bacteria in the gut in MS

Two bacteria found in the gut were common in 71 people with MS but rare in a control group of people not affected by MS according to American research. A German study found gut samples from 34 twins who had developed MS caused mice to get an MS-like condition. Samples from the corresponding twin without MS didn't do this.

Source: Stat
Source: Medical News Today

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Stem cell therapy review

Stem cell therapy (AHSCT) was an effective treatment for relapsing remitting MS with about seven in ten people showing no signs of disease activity (NEDA) after five years according to a review of four previous studies involving 188 people with MS. The safety profile for trials since 2005 was good. Results for people with progressive MS was "moderate at best". 

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy

Cognition in primary progressive MS

People with primary progressive MS did worse on measures of cognition that people with relapsing remitting MS according to a review of previously published research. Levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue were similar in both groups, though people with primary progressive MS in the studies tended to be older

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Cognition and cognitive symptoms

The benefits of work

Remaining in work was associated with more life satisfaction and better ability to do day to day tasks according to an Australian review of previous research. There was some indication that depression was less prevalent in people in work, though data on anxiety was inconclusive

Source: MS Research Australia

MS Trust link: Work

Care for people in Scotland with a neurological condition

A report by Sue Ryder Care criticises care provision for people with a neurological condition, both at home and in residential care. They found that one in five people with a neurological condition who were in a residential home for older people were under the age 65. The Scottish government has started to develop a national action plan for neurological conditions

Source: BBC
Source: Scotsman

MS Trust link: Social care

Benefits system criticised

A survey by the Disability Benefits Consortium found that four out of five people assessed for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) said the process made their health worse due to stress and anxiety. Figures from April to June also showed that two thirds of people taking PIP and ESA (Employment Support Allowance) decisions to appeal tribunals were successful

Source: Huffington Post
Source: Daily Mirror

MS Trust link: Benefits

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