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MS in the media - 3 March 2017

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25 February - 3 March 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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Caroline Wyatt and stem cell therapy

The BBC reporter has been treated with stem cells in Mexico.  She describes the effects in the three weeks since treatment as "gradual and gentle", and feels less stiff and can think more clearly.

Source: BBC
Source: Daily Mail

MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy

MS and dementia

Research looked at the prevalence of dementia in people with different autoimmune conditions admitted to hospital between 1998 and 2012. Several conditions were associated with dementia and people with MS had nearly double the risk.

Source: Daily Telegraph

MS Trust link: Cognition and cognitive symptoms

Progression risk factors

A study assessed 155 people at baseline and again five years later. Participants were aged over 50 and had had relapsing remitting MS for 15 years or more.  After five years, a third had developed secondary progressive MS. People most likely to progress were older, had more disability at the start of the study and had fatigue, weakness and/or leg spasms

Source: Science Daily
Source: MedPage Today

MS Trust link: Secondary progressive MS

Horses as therapy

A review of previous studies of therapeutic horse riding and hippotherapy in people with a range of conditions (including three studies in MS) found that the approaches had significant positive impact. Individual studies suggested benefit for a range of issues including balance, posture, gait and quality of life, though pooled data showed more ambivalent outcomes.

Source: Wolters Kluwer

MS Trust link: Hippotherapy

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