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New study testing an upper limb rehab tool – get involved!

The Barts MS team are running a study, investigating whether a new hand and arm activity called “Under & Over” can improve upper limb function for people with MS. The study is titled: “Under & Over: A controlled study to develop an upper limb rehabilitation tool for people with Multiple Sclerosis.”  This study is now recruiting – find out more information on the...

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BartsMS Filmweek Part 3

Part 3

Immune System and Infection

CoI: These videos were sponsored by Merck and for regulatory purposes this has to be disclosed. However, this was collaborative and the content was generated by a video production company following generation of a story board created by them and importantly ProfK and B and BartsMS PPI members acting as consultants via Queen Mary University of London.

Role reversal. You have been the guinea pigs for experiments by academics. Now those Healthcare workers are guinea pigs for you!! #MSCOVID19

The vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is seen as a great hope to get back to some form of normality. Reducing the pool of people who can be infected is key to this aim. I am not sure we are going to achieve this as it seem there are too many people who don’t care and don’t want to do their bit for Society. There is a strong anti-Vax movement and this may help ensure that this virus hangs...

#MSCOVID19: alcohol

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★ She recently turned 32 and has had multiple sclerosis for just shy of 4 years. She previously described herself as a moderate drinker having 2 to 3 glasses of wine per day in the week and maybe a bottle of wine per day on weekends. She would have typically her first drink of the day in the early evening when she got home from work. However, with COVID-19 and being...

BartsMS Filmweek Part 2

Part 2

Immunology of multiple sclerosis

CoI: These videos were sponsored by Merck and for regulatory purposes this has to be disclosed. However, this was collaborative and the content was generated by a video production company following generation of a story board created by them and importantly ProfK and B and BartsMS PPI members acting as consultants via Queen Mary University of London.

#MSCOVID19: moral distress

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: zero stars A dear and very close friend of my wife and I tragically passed away from inoperable cancer two weeks ago.  She sadly died alone in hospice with no family members by her side to comfort her. She is one of the many collateral deaths that have occurred due to COVID-19. From the time she got symptoms to suggest her cancer had returned in late April last...

MS lesions that smoulder

Iron Rims image from Frontiers The characteristic feature of is multi-focal inflammatory activity; an infiltration of immune cells leading to loss of myelin and axons within these areas creating the appearance of round lesions. The natural evolution of these lesions like any area of injury in the rest of the body and shrink to a certain degree overtime. A fraction, however, continue to smoulder...

BartsMS Filmweek Part 1

As part so the “can”-“ing town” film festival ProfK has been nominated for an “EnRee” for best animated short. During the COVID pandemic we have made these movies. They are about 5 minutes long. These are five short animated clips that we hope will educate you as: doctors, nurses, people with MS and general public They are about MS, the immune system, the...

The solution for fatigue: getting tired (both of us!)

Nourbakhsh et al. have the honour of publishing the first article of 2021 that will change my practice. As bright and shiny as all the monoclonal antibodies on our treatment shelf are compared to the dusty and lacklustre drugs used to treat the symptoms of MS. However, the symptomatic treatments determine day-to-day life for many pwMS: fatigue, spasms, neuropathic pain, etc. For fatigue, the most...

This is BartsMS film week

In the COVID era the movie and cinema industry has taken a bit of a beating. You may have heard of Cannes and the Oscars In the East end of London the Canning Town‘ film festival is on and ProfK has been nominated for an “En-ree” (after Henry Croft) An En-ree Category: Best Animated Shorts We will be premiering them from Tomorrow CoI: This event was sponsored by Merck. But ProfK...

#MSCOVID19 new old data

After rejection from the Lancet doi:SSRN ID3631244, this COVID paper Disease modifying therapies and Covid-19 severity in Multiple Sclerosis.Sormani et al.Ann Neurol. 2021. doi: 10.1002/ana.26028. arrives in the Anals of Neurology. This is about 7 months later, when I guess people don’t really care much any more.. The media may pick it up, but there is now data from the global registires...

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