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MS in the media - 18 March 2016

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12 - 18 March 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 Budget and benefit changes

A review of PIP (Personal Independence Payments) said the benefit was "not working as planned". The Government wants to cut PIP for people who currently receive it to help them afford specially-adapted appliances and equipment.

The initial response to the planned cuts appeared before the Budget

Source: BBC
Source: Daily Mail
Source: Guardian
Source: Daily Telegraph

The announcement of the cuts in the Budget was greeted with disquiet by some Conservative backbenchers, who suggested they might vote against the measure.

Source: BBC
Source: Guardian
Source: Daily Telegraph
Source: Independent

Beta interferon and pregnancy

A German study found that women who were still taking beta interferon when they first fell pregnant had fewer relapses during pregnancy.  Their babies had no higher risk of problems or low birth weight.

Source: Neurology Advisor

MS Trust link: Pregnancy

Review of ACTRIMS neurology conference

A review of the ACTRIMS conference, which took place in February.  The meeting focussed on better understanding of progressive MS and the development of treatment for this form of the condition

Source: National MS Society (USA)

MS Trust link: MS research updates

MS in East London

A study of prevalence in East London found that black and south Asian people born in the UK have lower rates of MS than the white population, though the rates are much higher than in Africa and southeast Asia.

Source: Medical Xpress

MS Trust link: Prevalence and incidence of multiple sclerosis

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