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MS in the media - 16 June 2017

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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.

Source: Carers Week
Source: Huffington Post

MS Trust link: Carers

Zinbryta and possible liver damage

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a review following one death and four other cases of serious liver injury in people taking Zinbryta (daclizumab).

Source: EMA

MS Trust link: Zinbryta (daclizumab)

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Analysis of previous unpublished trial data suggests that the risk of autoimmune complications that affect about half of people taking Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) is caused by depleted T cells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

Water rehabilitation

Exercise sessions in the swimming pool of a leisure centre in Cheshire are helping people with MS and other neurological conditions.

Source: Chester Chronicle

MS Trust link: Exercise

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)

CMSC round up

Report from last month's Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) meeting attended by MS nurses, neurologists and researchers. It includes apps, rehabilitation, telehealth, mindfulness and emotions, anxiety, diet, and kitchen tips

Source: National MS Society (USA)

MS Trust link: MS research updates