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
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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