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.
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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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)
Move it for MS Nick's story
7 Oct 2021 - 00:00
Nick, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis at the start of the first lockdown. In this story we talk to him about how he coped with his diagnosis and how running helps him with his MS.
David's diary - Inclusion and diversity, where are we now?
6 Oct 2021 - 00:00
Just over a year ago we published a diary entry about Inclusivity and Diversity at the MS Trust. In this piece we take a look at what's changed since then and what we still need to do.
Flu season 2021
4 Oct 2021 - 00:00
This year is likely to involve a bigger flu vaccination programme in the UK, including for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), due to the circulation of Covid-19 at the same time. Here we discuss who's eligible for a flu jab on the NHS and how to get one.
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