28 November - 4 December 2015
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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Songs about MS
Rory Sherman, whose mother and sister have MS, has written a song cycle about women living with the condition. Caroline Quentin and Janie Dee are among performers lined up for a CD with plans also to produce a stage show.
Source: The Stage
Biotin and optic neuritis
A study of the effect of biotin on visual symptoms in people with optic neuritis found that the Biotin (MD1003) was "slightly more" effective than placebo in people with progressive optic neuritis. There was no difference in people with non-progressive optic neuritis (eg onset as a relapse). The results are being taken as indicator of whether the drug has a role in treating in progressive MS
Source: Business Wire on Yahoo
Disability and society
To mark UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Paralympians Lord Holmes and Baroness Tannie Grey-Thompson comment on attitudes to disability and lack of opportunities despite the positive effect of the 2012 Games.