30 September - 6 October 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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Salt doesn't cause MS
A study looking at health records from nurses in the USA found that there was no association with higher levels of salt (dietary sodium) in the diet of those who were subsequently diagnosed with MS. This matches the finding from another study published in July. An earlier study had suggested there might be a link.
Source: Neurology Advisor
MS Trust link: Diet
Fatigue treated with small electric current
A small US study found that transcranial direct current stimulation (a headset that applied a low electric current to the scalp) helped with fatigue. Participants who did a cognitive training game five times a week for four weeks whilst wearing the headset showed an improvement in fatigue scores. A control group doing the game without the headset showed a small increase in fatigue.
MS Trust link: Fatigue
Stem cells - the genuine potential and the dodgy clinics
A report in the Lancet warns that clinics selling unproven and potentially dangerous 'treatments' are undermining the value of genuine stem cell research. In a separate article, Bruce Bebo of the American National Multiple Sclerosis Society discusses the potential and challenges of stem cell therapy
MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy
MS drugs in Northern Ireland
One of the proposals to save money from the health budget from Northern Ireland is to defer starting new people on disease modifying drugs until the next financial year. A consultation is underway
Source: Belfast Telegraph
MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to the disease modifying drugs for relapsing MS