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MS in the media - 17 June 2016

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11 - 17 June 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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Awareness of MS

A survey by Sue Ryder Care found more people were scared of getting a neurological disorder (45%) than cancer (35%).  A quarter of respondents thought that ‘nothing much can be done’ for people with neurological disorders.  Almost half (45%) couldn't name a neurological disorder and when asked about MS specifically, two thirds couldn't or were unsure about naming any symptoms (a better response than was seen for similar questions about Huntington's or motor neurone disease).

Source: Sue Ryder Care
Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: Introduction to MS

Sleep and cognition

A small study has found sleep apnoea (pauses in breathing during sleep) is more common in people with MS and that it affects scores on cognition tests.  A further, larger test will explore whether treating sleep apnoea improves cognition

Source: News Medical

MS Trust link: Sleep

People affected by MS - Caroline Wyatt

The BBC's religious affairs correspondent was diagnosed with MS a few months ago having had symptoms for some time.

Source: Daily Telegraph
Source: Huffington Post

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

People affected by MS - Stephanie Millward

The swimmer with MS has had her Paralympic classification changed from S9 to S8 reflecting a higher level of disability.  She will be part of team GB at the Rio Paralympics

Source: BBC

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

Cerebral microbleeds

Research has found that small episodes of bleeding from the brain were more common in people over 50 with MS (20% v 7%) and under 50 with CIS (14% v 3%).  The more microbleeds someone had the worse their physical and cognitive symptoms

Source: University of Buffalo

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Vitamin D and health issues

A review of existing evidence about the effects of vitamin D supplementation in a range of health conditions suggests there is little to back up most claims of benefits other than reducing falls for older people and reducing fractures

Source: Eureka Alert

MS Trust link: Vitamin D

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