30 June - 6 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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Ocrelizumab not approved for PPMS
NICE has not recommended ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) as a treatment for primary progressive MS in England and Wales. This initial decision is now open to consultation and the final decision is expected in October.
Source: Pharma Times
Solvents, smoking and MS risk
A combination of exposure to chemical solvents and smoking raises the risk of MS according to Swedish research. The study found that people exposed to solvents such as painting products and varnish at work generally had a higher MS risk. People who also had two genes associated with MS risk were about seven times as likely to get MS. The combination of solvent exposure, having the genes and also smoking made people 30 times more likely to get MS.
MS Trust link: Smoking
Cannabis review finds benefits
In the first part of a government review of cannabis, the Chief Medical Officer reports "conclusive evidence of the therapeutic benefit of cannabis based medicinal products for certain medical conditions", including spasticity in MS and chronic pain. She is in favour of medical cannabis being made available for prescriptions "under controlled conditions by registered practitioners". A second part of the review is looking at potential harm to society of changing access to cannabis. There is no intention to change the legal status of cannabis for recreational use.
MS Trust link: Cannabis
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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