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MS in the media

14 - 20 November 2015

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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Tecfidera and PML

A fourth instance of PML linked to Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) has occurred.  Very little information has been released so far about the latest person affected but it is known that thshe is a woman who had been taking the drug for almost two years.

Source: Medpage Today

MS Trust link: Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
MS Trust link: PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy)

Chocolate and fatigue

A planned research study in Oxford will be giving people with MS a cup of hot chocolate every day for six weeks to see if the flavonoids it contains improve their fatigue.

Source: Oxford Brooke's University

MS Trust link: MS research update

Impact of benefit changes

Researchers compared local trends and found an association between stricter fitness to work tests for benefit claimants and increased levels of mental ill health, prescriptions of anti-depressants an suicides.  The study was looking at all claimants, not people with MS

Source: NHS Choices
Source: Independent
Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: Benefits

End of life judgement

A judge from the Court of Protection has ruled that doctors can withdraw treatment from a woman with MS, described as being ''locked into the end stage'' of MS.  This is thought to be the first time a judgement of this sort has been made. 

Source: BBC
Source: Guardian
Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: End stage MS