8 - 21 June 2019
These are links to news stories about multiple sclerosis from the last fortnight 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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High incidence of MS in Scotland
Orkney and Tayside have the highest proportion of MS diagnoses according to new figures released by the Scottish MS Register, which records the number of new cases of multiple sclerosis each year. More women than men were diagnosed. The results show the chance of a woman in Orkney being diagnosed are one in 50 compared to one in 600 for a man in the Borders.
MS Trust link: Prevalence and incidence of multiple sclerosis
Universal Credit advert complaint
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about adverts in the Metro newspaper that claim to correct myths about Universal Credit. The adverts were placed by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). The DBC says the adverts are misleading and don't match their survey findings of dissatisfaction and distress. The DWP counter with their own survey showing people are generally happy with the benefit.
MS Trust link: Benefits
The female immune system
The female immune system is different to that in men which means that women are more prone to autoimmune diseases according to US research. The authors call this the Pregnancy Compensation Hypothesis where the immune system can adapt when a woman is carrying a baby.
Source: News Medical
MS Trust link: Immune system
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.