14 - 20 July 2018
These are links to news stories from the last week that may be of interest to people 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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Doctors should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has advised the government that doctors should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products as long as they meet appropriate safety standards. This follows the first review carried out by the Chief Medical Officer on 3 July.
MS Trust link: Cannabis
Early warning signs of MS
Researchers from Canada found that people with MS went to the doctor or hospital for specific complaints significantly more often than the general population during the five years leading up to their first symptom of MS. This study is the first to begin to map out what doctors call the “prodrome” of MS – early signs or symptoms that lead up to an MS diagnosis. Study may help to identify causes of MS and help to diagnose MS earlier.
MS Trust link: Worried you have MS?
Iron levels in brain may predict future disability
US researchers have developed an MRI technique – quantitative susceptibility mapping – which allows them to look at how much iron is deposited in different parts of the brain. In some brain areas, a higher iron level is linked to longer disease duration, greater disability and disease progression.
MS Trust link: MRI
The ADAMS project
25/05/2022 - 00:00
Dr Benjamin Jacobs spoke to us about a new study on the genetics of MS in people from minority ethnic backgrounds which may eventually shed light on why MS can be more severe for Black and Asian people.
Roxy's journey to diagnosis
16/05/2022 - 00:00
Roxy talks about her MS journey and the importance of sharing her own experiences to ensure that others don’t face the same challenges when receiving a diagnosis.
Lis' MS journey: one woman and her bike
04/05/2022 - 00:00
In May 2022, Lis will be heading off on her 5,000 mile cycling challenge. She shares how the idea came about and discusses why the support of the MS Trust was invaluable following a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
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