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)
With a little help from my furry friend
21 Jul 2021 - 00:00
Lisa, who was diagnosed with MS in 2008 tells us about how creativity and a little help from Spud the hamster helped her get through tougher times.
People with MS thoughts on freedom day
19 Jul 2021 - 00:00
From Monday the 19th of July, most covid restrictions have been lifted in England but what are people with MS really feeling about the so called "Freedom day"?
In this article we talk to some people with MS about their feelings, plus we cover what you can do if you are worried about the lifting of restrictions.
Just keep wheeling
14 Jul 2021 - 00:00
Emily, also known as The Wibbly Dinosaur, discusses her feelings on mobility aids and how using a wheelchair provides her with the freedom to continue doing the things she enjoys.
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