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.
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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
Creating my MS support group helped bring over 600 people together
30 Jul 2021 - 00:00
Amy Thompson, Founder of MS Together, talks about what led her to set up the group and how it has led to new friendships this World Friendship Day.
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.
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