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MS in the media - 5 August 2016

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30 July - 5 August 2016

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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Gut microbes and MS

The role of gut microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi) in health and illness.  Mentions recent research which found that changes in the composition of gut microbes of people with MS appear to be linked to changes in their immune function; more work is needed to understand this further. 

Source: Guardian
Source: Neurology Advisor

MS Trust link: Causes of MS

Financial, personal and work related impact of MS

A recent survey has explored the burden associated with MS disability in the U.S. In particular, researchers aimed to study the relationship between increased disability and use of healthcare resources, healthcare costs, quality of life, ability to work, and productivity at work.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Work

Relapses following second or subsequent pregnancies

A study has looked at relapse rates following child birth in women who have had more than one pregnancy. The risk of having a relapse following a second pregnancy was found to be the same as or lower than the risk following the first pregnancy.

Source: Neurology Advisor

MS Trust link: Pregnancy

TENS for MS spasticity

A recent review suggests that TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, more generally used for pain relief) might be beneficial for spasticity.

Source: MS News Today

MS Trust link: Spasticity and spasms
MS Trust link: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

Poetry and MS

Glenda Kerney Brown's debut poetry collection, Rock and Lodestone, which explores the themes of nature, memory, love and her own journey with MS has been published by Bennison Books.

All proceeds will be donated to the MS Trust.  Glenda's book Rock and Lodestone is available on Amazon at £4.99.

Source: Ilkley Gazette

MS Trust link: Rock and Lodestone: my poetry book

Assistance dog

Sandra Bell’s life became increasingly difficult after her MS began to progress but has been turned around by helper dog Bumble.

Source: Evening Times

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

Coping with life's changes

Tom Youngs, a former professional footballer for Bury, was diagnosed with MS two years ago.  He has  recently published a book about his life in football and subsequent fears over the future for him and his family in the wake of his illness.

Source: Bolton News

MS Trust link: Personal stories of living with MS

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