2 - 8 December 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.
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Diet and MS studied
An American study asked participants to fill in questionnaires about what they ate. They were then grouped into five bands based on the healthiness of their diet. The healthiest group (who ate more fruit, veg and whole grains) were 20% less likely to have severe disabilities or to have depression. Study didn't look at whether diet affected MS or whether having MS affected the ability to eat healthily
Source: Science Daily
MS Trust link: Diet
Epilepsy and MS
People with MS have a higher risk of also getting epilepsy, according to a study of records from the Swedish MS register. In the general population the risk of epilepsy was 1.4%. In people with relapsing remitting MS, the risk was 2.2% and for people with progressive MS it was 5.5%
Source: Neurology Advisor
MS Trust link: MS research updates
Stem cell therapy consensus report
A recently published consensus report from a 2015 conference on stem cells looks at some of the benefits, risks and challenges of stem cell treatment. It identified great potential but considers the approach still to be experimental. It also warns about "clinics based in jurisdictions with less stringent medical regulatory structures".
Source: MD Magazine
MS Trust link: Stem cell therapy
MS Trust launches 'Move it For MS' exercise campaign for MS Awareness Week
25 April 2019
This MS Awareness Week, we are calling on people with MS to pop on their pumps and introduce a little activity into their daily routine. Staying active doesn’t need to mean running marathons or going to the gym, it’s about doing it at your own level, at your own pace. Doing it YOUR way.
Don’t judge a book by its cover – Becky’s books help the MS Trust
24 April 2019
Our supporter Becky is raising money for the MS Trust with the sale of her beautiful handmade notebooks.
EMA recommends temporary restriction on use of Lemtrada
12 April 2019
The European Medicines Agency has recommended a temporary restriction on people who should start treatment with Lemtrada while a review of side effects is carried out.