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MS in the media - 24 November 2017

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18 - 24 November 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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Mark Lewis and stem cells

Coverage of Mark Lewis, the lawyer whose journey to Israel to take part in a trial of an experimental stem cells therapy was featured in a Channel 4 documentary.  In the Radio Times he is interviewed by Caroline Wyatt, the BBC journalist who also has MS and who has been treated with a different stem cell approach.

Source: Radio Times
Source: Channel 4

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy

Self-management may help mood

Self-management approaches are helpful for anxiety and depression in MS, though the evidence is not strong, according to an analysis of previous research studies

Source: MD Magazine

MS Trust link: Taking charge of your MS

CCSVI trial results disappointing

There was no significant difference in outcome between people treated for CCSVI - a narrowing of the veins draining blood from the brain - and those receiving a sham treatment according to a newly published study.  The researchers, led by Paolo Zamboni who originally proposed the theory of CCSVI, concluded that "The procedure cannot be recommended for treatment of patients with MS."

Source: MS Research Australia

MS Trust link: CCSVI (Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency)

Why smoking is bad for people with MS

A study of smoking found that it can alter DNA and gene activity in people with MS, making the condition worse. MS was also found to make the negative effects of smoking worse

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Smoking

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