26 September - 2 October 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.
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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Effect of the pandemic on MS services
Seven in ten people with MS hadn't been able to contact a rehabilitation professional and four in ten had had appointments cancelled, according to an MS Society survey. A woman with MS describes how the lack of support has affected her.
Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal
MS Trust link: Map of MS services
MS doesn't increase Covid risk
Taking a disease modifying drug (DMD), the type of MS or disability level were not associated with a higher risk of getting Covid-19 during the lockdown period, according to data from the UK MS Register. An analysis of a smaller group who had has the infection found no clear evidence that DMD use, type of MS or how long someone had been diagnosed affected how they recovered from Covid-19
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Coronavirus, Covid-19 and multiple sclerosis
Study finds Covid risk with some DMDs
The risk of a more severe outcome for people with MS compared to the general population remains low. However, those taking either rituximab or Ocrevus were more likely to have a more severe course of Covid-19 than people taking other disease modifying drugs (DMDs) according to shared data from 21 countries. Other studies have seen different results.
Source: Medpage Today
MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to disease modifying drugs for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
Mental health and cardiovascular conditions and MS
People with MS are more likely to have other conditions (comorbidities), according to two recent studies. One study found that one in five people have a mental health or psychiatric condition, including depression, and about one in seven have cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure. A second study found that people with MS were more than two and half times more likely than the general population to have mental health issues, most commonly mood disorders.
MS Trust link: Comorbidity
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.