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The MS Society is to fund a new study into the needs of families and carers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the impact of MS on their lives. The study will be carried out by researchers at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, who are specialists in person-centred practice,…
A radical treatment that wipes out and then regenerates the immune system can halt progression of aggressive multiple sclerosis and even reverse its symptoms, research has shown. Scientists in Canada described results from a trial involving 24 patients with a highly active, relapsing form of the autoimmune disease as "very…
A study published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal has shown significant differences in the prevalence of MS amongst different ethnic groups in London. Researchers at Queen Mary University, London, identified 776 people with MS across four East London boroughs and found Black (African or Caribbean descent) and South Asian (Indian,…
A judge has ruled that a 68-year-old woman ''locked into the end stage'' of multiple sclerosis should be allowed to die. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was ''completely incapacitated'' and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow medics to stop providing ''clinically assisted nutrition and hydration''. Mr…
A "wait and see" culture in the NHS over the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) is damaging patient care, a charity has warned. The MS Society said a "paradigm shift" has occurred in understanding the disease, which had shown that treating it early is vital for people with relapsing forms…
People with multiple sclerosis who claim disability benefits are finding that controversial assessments are causing their condition to deteriorate or relapse, a charity has warned. The MS Society said nearly half (48%) of those questioned who had an assessment for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) felt it was of harm to…
Almost a third of Scots with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been forced to cut their spending on basic essentials because of changes to disability benefits, a report has found. The study by the MS Society in Scotland found that 30% of people with the condition have had to reduce spending…
Four in five people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are misdiagnosed, with one in four told they are simply suffering a trapped nerve, a charity has warned. The MS Society said about two-fifths (39%) are left waiting a year or more before they are diagnosed. While 81% of sufferers it questioned…
The tens of thousands of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) should have their condition and treatments reviewed more regularly, according to new guidelines. The updated guidance for the NHS from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said sufferers should have a comprehensive review of all aspects…
In final guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of Biogen Idec’s multiple sclerosis drug, dimethyl fumarate (also called Tecfidera). The NHS now has a legal obligation to begin funding this treatment for eligible patients within the next 3 months. Dimethyl fumarate is…
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