13 - 19 May 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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Safety of beta interferon
Canadian research looked at health records of people who had used one of the beta interferon drugs. This confirmed known side effects (migraines, low white blood cell counts), found that the risk of depression increases but only for the first two years of treatment, found new issues (an increase in the risk of stroke), and new benefits (a lower risk of bronchitis and upper respiratory infections)
MS Trust link: Beta interferon
Brain training and cognition
Assisted suicide rethink
A man from Inverness, who had intended to end his life, is reconsidering after a woman with MS contacted him and offered to help him find support. He said, "There are a lot of people that are forgotten who need a lot of help and are unaware that there is help. That's when people like me think they're off to Switzerland."
MS Trust link: Palliative care