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MS in the media - 24 February 2017

18 - 24 February 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 study shows long-term benefits and risks

An analysis of data from 281 people with MS who had stem cell therapy at different centres between 1995 and 2006 found that five years after treatment three quarters of people with relapsing MS and a third of people with progressive forms of MS were free of disability progression. Eight people died due to the treatment. Those who did the best were more likely to be younger, have relapsing remitting MS, have taken fewer disease modifying drugs and have lower levels of disability at the time of treatment.

Source: Imperial College press release
Source: BBC
Source: Medical News Today

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy

Cognition and electrical stimulation

A small study looked at people doing cognitive rehab exercises whilst using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which applies a small current through electrodes on the scalp. People using the device had improved problem solving ability and response time compared to a group only doing the rehab.

Source: EurekaAlert

MS Trust link: Cognition and cognitive symptoms

Benefit changes

Following tribunal rulings that people who should have been awarded PIP (Personal Independence Payment) were being denied payments, the government is planning to tighten the rules. Concerns expressed that this will affect people who should have been getting support.   

Source: Daily Mirror
Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

MS Trust link: Benefits

Access to Motability vehicles

Concerns have been raised at the number of people losing entitlement to Motability vehicles due to the reassessment when moving from DLA (Disabled Living Allowance) to PIP (Personal Independence Payment).  The MS Society says 1,489 people with MS have lost vehicles so far and estimates that many more could be affected by the time PIP has fully replaced DLA

Source: Daily Mirror

MS Trust link: Benefits