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MS in the Media - 27 April 2018

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21 - 27 April 2018

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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Exposure to toxin a possible MS trigger

Antibodies to epsilon toxin occur more often in people with MS than in people who don't have the condition according to new research. The study in Exeter found 43% of MS people had antibodies to the toxin compared with 16% of people without MS. Toxin is produced in the gut of sheep and other livestock and can also be found in soil.

Source: Daily Telegraph
Source: Medical News Today

MS Trust link: MS research updates

Anticholinergics and dementia risk

A British study (not in MS) found a slightly higher risk of dementia in people who had been taking anticholinergic drugs. Amongst other things these are used to treat bladder symptoms and depression. Although the raised risk is quoted as 30%, this represents an increase in the likelihood of getting dementia from 10 in a hundred people to 13 in a hundred. The study, which was in people over 65, didn't explore why these drugs might be associated with a higher dementia risk.

Source: BBC
Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: MS research updates