10 - 16 June 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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Carers Week - the challenges of being a carer
To mark Carers Week (12-18 June), an online survey shows concerns carers have about the impact of being a carer, feeling underqualified and not feeling valued. In a separate article, David Dean talks about the pressures and benefits of caring for his wife Julie who has MS.
MS Trust link: Carers
Lemtrada side effect expalined
Analysis of previous unpublished trial data suggests that the risk of autoimmune complications that affect about half of people taking Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) is caused by depleted T cells taking a long time to recover whilst B cells get back to normal more quickly and then 'overshoot'.
Source: MedPage Today
MS Trust link: Immune system
Sodium and MS onset
A study found no link between sodium levels in urine and more rapid conversion to MS in people with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). This seems to challenge previous research that suggested high salt intake could make MS worse.
Source: Neurology Advisor
MS Trust link: Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)