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MS in the media - 26 February 2016

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20 - 26 February 2016

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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Rowing from home

A Nottingham man with MS has rowed round the world using a rowing machine.  It has taken him 20 years to cover the equivalent of 24,900 miles

Source: Nottingham Post

MS Trust link: Exercises for people with MS
MS Trust link: Atlantic Lions

Delays in MS services

Recently published figures show that half of people with MS in the Southern Trust area of Northern Ireland are waiting more than 18 weeks for a first appointment with a neurologist.

Source: Tyrone Times

MS Trust link: Let's make MS Care Fair campaign

Lessons from failed PPMS trial

A neurologist considers the positive aspects of the trial of fingolimod that failed to show an effect of the drug in people with primary progressive MS.  The data may improve further studies of treatments for progressive MS

Source: MS Discovery Forum

MS Trust link: Drugs in development for progressive MS

Neurological services criticised

A report by the Public Accounts Committee into neurological services in England has found that diagnosis takes too long, services vary around the country and health and social care services are often poorly coordinated.  They raise concern that neurology is not a priority for the Department of Health and NHS England.

Source: Neurological Alliance
Source: BBC

MS Trust link: Let's make MS Care Fair campaign

Medicinal cannabis campaign

The End Our Pain campaign, which is calling for cannabis to be made legal when used to treat medical conditions, was featured on the ITV programme This Morning.  Interviewees include a woman with MS.

Source: Daily Mirror
Source: This Morning

MS Trust link: Group launches campaign to legalise cannabis for medicinal use

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