10 - 23 September 2016
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MS at the Paralympics
Team GB athletes with MS did well at the Paralympics.
Kadeena Cox won four medals and the first Briton to win golds in different sports at the same games since 1984.
MS Trust link: Grit and determination - interview with Kadeena Cox
Swimmer Stephanie Millward also collected four medals including two golds
Source: Bath Chronicle
MS Trust link: Childhood MS - Stephanie Millward talks about developing MS in her teens
Archer David Phillips competed in the Mixed Team Recurve and the Men’s Individual Recurve but finished outside the medals.
Gene research for progressive MS questioned
Natural history of people on disease modifying drugs
US research looking at the long-term course of MS in people taking disease modifying drugs found that after 12 years, just over one in ten had developed secondary progressive MS. Studies in people not on disease modifying drugs suggested that a figure of between one in two and one in three might be expected
MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to the disease modifying drugs for relapsing MS
MPs support call for medical cannabis
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform has called for the reclassifying of cannabis to allow it to be made available for medical reasons. Their decision is based on a report that found good evidence that it helps manage symptoms including pain, spasticity and anxiety.
MS Trust link: Cannabis
Film about footballer with MS released on DVD
The 1980s BBC film Go Now, starring Robert Carlyle as a footballer with MS, has been released on DVD. It includes an interview with former Southampton and Manchester United player Danny Wallace talking about how MS affected his career.
Source: Fan Carpet
MS Trust link: Personal stories of people living with MS
Older people with MS
Research shows that younger people can learn from older people with MS about how to age well with the condition
Source: MD Magazine
Guidelines on more than one long-term condition
ECTRIMS round up
The ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research In Multiple Sclerosis) annual conference is the largest annual international conference devoted to basic and clinical research in multiple sclerosis. The 2016 meeting took place in London from 14-17 September and covered drug treatments for relapsing and progressive MS as well as a variety if non drug topics
MS Trust link: MS in the Media - ECTRIMS 2016