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MS in the media - 19 August 2016

13 - 19 August 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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Wales lagging behind in access to treatment

Only about half of people with MS in Wales who might benefit from treatment with a disease modifying drug are receiving treatment according to a survey by the MS Society.  The rate is lower than in other parts of the UK.

Source: BBC
Source: Wales Online

MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to the disease modifying drugs

High blood pressure may be associated with MS progression

A study found that people with MS who had high blood pressure (hypertension) had a greater risk of disability getting worse. However, MS progression in people with high blood pressure was slower than in people who didn't have hypertension

Source: National MS Society

MS Trust link: Progressive MS

Neurological Alliance report on neurology and primary care

A report has found that GPs in England have low levels of confidence in the ability of local services and systems to manage neurology patients effectively without unnecessary delays.

Source: Neurological Alliance

MS Trust link: MS Forward View - a project to look at equity of access to services for everyone with a diagnosis of MS

Benefits changes and eligibility for Motability

Changes to the rules about the distance someone can walk in order to claim PIP means that about 35,000 people will lose their eligibility for a Motability vehicle during 2016.

Source: Independent

MS Trust link: Benefits

Camping with MS

James Coke, who has primary progressive MS, on the pleasures and challenges of camping

Source: Guardian

MS Trust link:  Personal stories of living with MS