7 -20 November 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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New study for advanced MS
A UK study will explore whether Mavenclad can slow progression of upper limb disability in people with advanced MS. People with mobility problems are usually excluded from trials, which tend to focus on walking ability. The ChariotMS study will recruit 200 people at centres around the UK. People who think they might be eligible should talk to their neurologist or MS nurse about a possible referral.
MS Trust link: Mavenclad (cladribine)
Campaign for fair benefits during the pandemic
The Disability Benefits Consortium - an umbrella group of more than 100 charities - is calling for equality for people who have not yet been moved to Universal Credit. People who get Universal Credit, which combines several previously separate benefits, have been receiving an extra £20 per week during the pandemic. People who are still receiving the individual benefits haven't had this support.
MS Trust link: Benefits
Stem cells compared to Lemtrada
More people treated with stem cells (AHSCT) showed no signs of disease activity (NEDA) than a people treated with Lemtrada, according to a Swedish study. Three years after treatment, almost nine in ten of the AHSCT group showed no new relapses, no new lesions and no progression. In the Lemtrada group the rate was almost four in ten. More comparison studies are currently under way.
Source: MS News Today
DMD use and finances
Delaying starting a disease modifying drug (DMD) was associated with a more rapid drop in earnings or sooner reliance on benefits compared to people who started treatment within two years of onset of MS, according to a Swedish study.
Source: Managed Health Executive
MS Trust link: Disease modifying drugs for relapsing MS
Natalie's MS journey and how it led to the Black MS Foundation, by Natalie
18 Jan 2022 - 00:00
We caught up with Natalie, Founder of the Black MS Foundation to hear about her multiple sclerosis journey and find out what led her to set up the Foundation.
MS and exercise: part one - a Q&A with physiotherapist, Henriette
14 Jan 2022 - 00:00
In this first blog in a new series, we talk to physiotherapist, Henriette who answers some common questions people with MS may have about exercising.
New study provides strong evidence for role of Epstein Barr virus as a trigger for multiple sclerosis
14 Jan 2022 - 00:00
New research has provided evidence that infection with the Epstein Barr virus acts as a trigger for people to develop MS.
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