2 - 10 January 2020
These are links to news stories about multiple sclerosis from the last week that may be of interest to people affected by MS in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.
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Protein indicates remyelination ability
The level of a protein called GAP-43 in the cerebrospinal fluid is associated with the body's ability to repair damaged myelin. A Swedish study found that people with progressive MS have significantly lower levels than people who don't have MS. In relapsing remitting MS, treatment with a disease modifying drug didn't affect GAP-43 levels
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Nerve cells and myelin
DMDs slow the course of MS
Disease modifying drugs (DMDs) seem to slow the course of MS according to a US hospital study. Studies from before the availability of DMDs found that about half of people with relapsing MS would reach EDSS 6 (needing a stick to walk) in about 15 years. In this relatively small study it was calculated that it would take 16.3 years for a quarter of those being followed to reach that point
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to drugs for relapsing MS
FDA issues gabapentin and pregabalin warning
The FDA, the US drug regulator, has issued a warning of potential breathing problems in people taking gabapentin or pregabalin who also have respiratory risk factors such as taking other medication that affects breathing, having a condition that affects breathing, older age.
Source: National MS Society (USA)
Receiving an MS diagnosis during my gender transition
22 Feb 2021 - 00:00
Chris shares his experience of being diagnosed with MS at the same time as starting hormone treatment and a surgical gender transition.
David's Diary- Should we all be saying yes to the Covid 19 vaccine?
18 Feb 2021 - 00:00
For the last few weeks our Enquiry Service at the MS Trust has been busy with questions about the vaccination. In his latest blog piece for the MS Trust, CEO David Martin asks the question, 'Should we all be saying yes to the Covid 19 vaccine?'
Monkey sox are back!
17 Feb 2021 - 00:00
...but this time they've gone casual! We are very excited to have partnered once again with Monkey Sox to bring you an exclusive MS Trust design.