1 - 15 June 2018
These are links to news stories from the last two weeks that may be of interest to people in the UK. The link beneath each item will take you to the original story.
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School project explores MS
Tecfidera and Gilenya compared
Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) and Gilenya (fingolimod) were equally effective in people taking their first disease modifying drug (DMD) according to an Italian study. In people switching from an injectable DMD, Gilenya was a little bit better
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: MS Decisions - a guide to disease modifying drugs for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
Ocrevus delays progression
Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) delays getting to EDSS 7.0 (needing to use a wheelchair) by about seven years according to data to be presented at the European Academy of Neurology meeting. This figure is an extrapolation based on the reduced risk of progression seen in a 120 week trial.
Source: Roche press release
MS Trust link: Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)
Ocrevus in PPMS - new trial announced
The effect of Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) on upper limb function in people with primary progressive MS will be explored in a new trial due to start before the end of the year. More details, including where the trial will take place, have not yet been announced.
Source: News Medical
MS Trust link: Primary progressive MS
Obesity and smoking and risk of MS
Being overweight and being a smoker at the age of 20 makes someone more likely to get MS and to get to secondary progressive MS quicker according to a Swedish study of medical records. The faster time to SPMS didn't occur in people who were overweight but who didn't smoke
Source: MS News Today
MS Trust link: Living well with MS
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.
David's Diary- Should we all be saying yes to the Covid 19 vaccine?
18 Feb 2021 - 00:00
For the last few weeks our Enquiry Service at the MS Trust has been busy with questions about the vaccination. In his latest blog piece for the MS Trust, CEO David Martin asks the question, 'Should we all be saying yes to the Covid 19 vaccine?'
Monkey sox are back!
17 Feb 2021 - 00:00
...but this time they've gone casual! We are very excited to have partnered once again with Monkey Sox to bring you an exclusive MS Trust design.