12 - 18 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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Brain cell death and nanoparticles
American research suggest that the death of oligodendrocytes can cause an autoimmune response against myelin that causes further damage. They suggest this may be the trigger of MS. They are developing nanoparticles to create an immune tolerance to myelin which they hope will prevent progression.
MS Trust link: Nerve damage caused by MS
Sense of smell
A review of previous research suggests that olfactory dysfunction - altered or absent sense of smell - could be a symptom in between 20 and 45% of people with MS. There was a correlation between these symptoms and EDSS levels, though the reviewers call for more research
Source: MedPage Today
MS Trust link: MS research updates