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MS in the media

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5 - 11 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.

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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Vitamin D and myelin production

Researchers in Cambridge have found that adding vitamin D to brain stem cells greatly encourages the oligodendrocyte progenerator cells (OPC) to turn into myelin producing cells.

Source: Scotsman
Source: Cambridge Network

MS Trust link: Myelin
MS Trust link: Vitamin D

Rehabilitation research reviewed

A panel convened by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has reviewed 100 papers about rehabilitation in MS.  There is some evidence in support of 8 week physio programmes, individualized exercise programmes and motor and sensory balance training.  However, most of the research isn't good enough to allow conclusions to be drawn. 

Source: National MS Society (USA)

MS Trust link: Rehabilitation

John Kurtzke (1926-2015)

The American neurologist who pioneered the study of the epidemiology of MS and developed the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) died on 1 December.

Source: CMSC

MS Trust link: EDSS
MS Trust link: Epidemiology

National MS Society review of research 2015

The US National MS Society looks back at research in 2015.  The many topics include ocrelizumab, daclizumab, phenytoin, trials‎‎ in progressive MS, smoking, anti-LINGO, stem cells, vitamin D, Helicobacter pylori, melatonin, and salt

Source: National MS Society (USA)

MS Trust link: MS research updates