ArchiveApril 2013

Iranians scientists could be left out in the cold

“Just received the following notification as an Editor of a Journal. What do you think? May be a way around this is to anonymise all journal reviews; i.e. the reviewer has not idea where the paper is coming from and who wrote it. Isn’t science above politics? What about all the MSers in Iran; should we ignore them?” US editors and reviewers can no longer handle submissions by...

Access to fampridine in England

“As you are aware from the 1st April the NHS has put in place a new funding system that is now controlled by Commissioners. Commissioning bodies are led by General Practitioners or GPs. The Commissioning Board have just ruled on access to Fampridine for MSers with walking difficulty.” “The following are some YouTube videos of MSers who have...

Regional Access to DMT

Thousands of MSers are not getting drugs or the care and support they need, according to a campaign launched this week by UK MS Society.

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Reasons to Live in Northern Ireland. They have a Similar Demographic, in terms of proportions of MSers, to Scotland.

Glaterimer acetate promotes remyelination

Rosato Siri MV, Badaracco ME, Pasquini JM.Glatiramer Promotes Oligodendroglial Cell Maturation In A Cuprizone-Induced Demyelination Model. Neurochem Int. 2013 Apr. doi:pii: S0197-0186(13)00131-9. 10.1016/j.neuint.2013.04.008. [Epub ahead of print] The therapeutic potential of glatiramer acetate (GA) in Multiple Sclerosis has been apparent for many years and has been proven effective in...

Rip-off prices for drugs set by ‘profiteering’ Big Pharma giants

In Yesterdays News we hear about how companies selling cancer drugs are profiteering A group of more than 100 leading cancer physicians from around the world, including nine from the UK, accuse the drug industry of “profiteering” – making a profit by unethical methods such as by raising the cost of grain after a natural disaster. The high prices mean the drugs may not be approved by the National...

Psychosocial difficulties in MSers: predictors

What are the predictors for psychological and social predictors in MSers? No prizes for getting the correct answer. #MSBlog #MSResearch Cieza et al. The psychosocial difficulties in brain disorders that explain short term changes in health outcomes. BMC Psychiatry. 2013 Mar 11;13(1):78. BACKGROUND: This study identifies a set of psychosocial difficulties that are associated with...

Postcode Lottery UK

Thousands of MSers are not getting drugs or the care and support they need, according to a campaign launched today by UK MS Society. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (CLICK) The MS Society wants equal access for all to treatment A survey of more than 10,000 people with the condition found there were postcode variations, with people in Northern Ireland twice as likely as those in Wales to be taking drug...

Research:Manipulating the Cannabinoid System

Epub: Pryce G , A Cabranes, Fernández-Ruiz J, Bisogno T, Di Marzo T, Long JZ, Cravatt BF, Giovannoni G, Baker D. Control of experimental spasticity by targeting the degradation of endocannabinoids using selective fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitors Mult Scler 1352458513485982, doi:10.1177/1352458513485982 Background: It has been previously shown that CB1 cannabinoid receptor agonism using...

Another action for glaterimer acetate

Høglund RA, Holmøy T, Harbo HF, Maghazachi AA. A One Year Follow-Up Study of Natural Killer and Dendritic Cells Activities in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Receiving Glatiramer Acetate (GA). PLoS One. 2013 Apr 22;8(4):e62237. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062237. Print 2013. BACKGROUND:Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory, demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease. It is thought to be...

MS Awareness Week 2013, UK Are you getting Loud?

This week is the MS Week (29 April – 5 May 2013) in UK, in USA it was in March  This week the UK MS Society will be launching a report based on surveys of thousands of MSers. This gives a picture of access to MS treatments and services across the UK… sadly I think I can guess the content….I maybe will do a post once I get my hands on one. Did you ask your MP to go to a reception...

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