16-22 September 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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Stem cell therapy in the UK
Coverage of people with MS who have done well following treatment with stem cell therapy in the London. The article refers to an 'ongoing trial' though treatment is a limited option on the NHS and not part of a formal research study. The haematologist in the team outlines the expectations of the treatment - "The main aim of this treatment is to halt further damage caused by MS. For those with significant disability, we don’t expect a dramatic transformation... There have been very good results with patients with earlier-stage MS"
Source: Mail On Sunday
MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy
Cognitive fatigue and incentives
A small Dutch study monitored an area of the brain associated with cognitive fatigue whilst people were gambling on a card guessing game. When small amounts of money ($1) were prizes, measures of cognitive fatigue were lower than when there was no money involved. The implication is that motivation and goals in therapy are important.
MS Trust link: Cognition and cognitive symptoms