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MS in the Media - 3 August 2018

21 July - 3 August 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.

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Possible cause of MS?

Researchers have developed a detailed hypothesis that MS is triggered by an initial infection with a common parasite (known in the UK as threadworm), followed by infection with the Epstein Barr virus (a common virus which causes glandular fever in some people), causing certain changes in the immune system of people with a particular genetic make-up.  If the theory proves to be correct, a vaccine against Epstein Bar virus could prevent MS occurring. 

Source: Daily Mail
Source: MS Research Australia

MS Trust link: Causes of MS 

Cannabis review decision

Following a two-part review of cannabis-derived medicinal products, the Home Secretary has announced that specialist doctors will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products for ‘patients with an exceptional clinical need’ by autumn this year. Further work will now be done by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and the Department of Health to determine what products this will actually include.

Source: GOV.UK
Source: BBC
Source: Guardian
Source: Independent
Source: Daily Mail
Source: Scotsman

MS Trust link: Cannabis