21 - 27 September 2019
These are links to news stories about multiple sclerosis from the last week 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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Should vitamin D supplements be recommended for MS?
Whether people with MS should take vitamin D supplements or not was the topic of a debate at the recent ECTRIMS conference. The Yes argument centred on reduced risk of developing MS in people with higher vitamin D levels. Use in people who have MS is harder to judge. The No argument said that low vitamin D may be caused by MS rather than the other way round and that UV light exposure may be more important. Both sides agree there is not enough good research yet to be sure.
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Vitamin D
More MS genes discovered
The latest report by the International MS Genetics Consortium has identified 233 genes variations that add to the risk of developing MS. The affected genes are in areas associated with immune function. There is also a genetic variant on chromosome X, which may be linked to why women are more likely to get MS than men
Source: National MS Society (USA)
MS Trust link: Causes of MS
Beta interferon and pregnancy
The EMA (European Medicines Agency) is considering a recommendation to allow the use of interferon beta 1a (Avonex, Plegridy and Rebif) during the early stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding, Data showed no increase in danger to the baby of women taking the drug at time of conception or in the first trimester.
MS Trust link: New guidelines for pregnancy in multiple sclerosis
Move it for MS Nick's story
7 Oct 2021 - 00:00
Nick, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis at the start of the first lockdown. In this story we talk to him about how he coped with his diagnosis and how running helps him with his MS.
David's diary - Inclusion and diversity, where are we now?
6 Oct 2021 - 00:00
Just over a year ago we published a diary entry about Inclusivity and Diversity at the MS Trust. In this piece we take a look at what's changed since then and what we still need to do.
Flu season 2021
4 Oct 2021 - 00:00
This year is likely to involve a bigger flu vaccination programme in the UK, including for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), due to the circulation of Covid-19 at the same time. Here we discuss who's eligible for a flu jab on the NHS and how to get one.
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