5 - 18 September 2020
These are links to recent news stories about multiple sclerosis 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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Pregnancy may delay MS
Pregnancy can delay the onset of MS by a little over three years, according to Australian research. A study of the MSBase database found that women who had had a pregnancy were diagnosed later than women who had not been pregnant. Researchers are exploring the changes that happen during pregnancy in the hope that this will indicate possible treatments for MS.
Why MS affects more women than men
The proportion of women with MS is increasing according to an Australian group of neurologists and researchers who are trying to understand why. They consider the role of later pregnancies, earlier puberty, hormonal contraceptives and the menopause.
Source: MS Research Australia
Stress and the onset of MS
Stressful life events show some connection with the onset of MS, though it's not possible to say that they cause the condition, according to Swedish research. Having experienced a bereavement, relationship break down or unemployment, particularly in the previous five years, made people more likely to develop MS.
Source: Managed Healthcare Executive
MS Trust link: Stress
My search for MS support while studying for a PhD
4 Mar 2021 - 00:00
Laura is studying a PhD in Cancer Genomics and was diagnosed with MS in September 2020 following multiple hospital admissions. Here, Laura talks about how this affected her mental health and what more could be done to support other students going through the same thing.
MS, my mental health and a university degree
4 Mar 2021 - 00:00
Scarlet talks about how she learnt to manage her MS and mental health alongside the stresses of completing a university degree.
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.