ArchiveMarch 2020

Crip Camp: the Obamas documentary on disability

By Rachel Horne I know this blog has lately been filled with updates on COVID-19 and MS – and rightly so. However, if you are at home – and looking for something hopeful to watch during these overwhelming times – try this new award-winning documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution – which was executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. The documentary focuses on...

ECTRIMS SPEAKS

Last week I wrote to ECTRIMS to suggest that they email their neurologist list to suggest they use a common Twitter hashtag. Is this the response?Dear colleaguesThe global spread of COVID-19 has had a deep impact on our daily tasks and we are currently experiencing a challenging time in terms of the treatment of our patients with MS as well as other autoimmune diseases. The current circumstances...

Live or let die – #MSCOVID19 decision-making

Although the following story is fiction a variation of it is playing out in many hospitals across the world right now. Can you help Dubs make a decision? COVID-19 is pushing us to places we don’t want to go, but we have to prepare for the inevitable. Dr Claire Dubois or Dubs as her friends preferred to call her was exhausted. She had been working for 14 hours with only short breaks to feed...

Clinical Features of Children

Clinical Characteristics of Children with Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Hubei, China.Zheng F, Liao C, Fan QH, Chen HB, Zhao XG, Xie ZG, Li XL, Chen CX, Lu XX, Liu ZS, Lu W, Chen CB, Jiao R, Zhang AM, Wang JT, Ding XW, Zeng YG, Cheng LP, Huang QF, Wu J, Luo XC, Wang ZJ, Zhong YY, Bai Y, Wu XY, Jin RM.Curr Med Sci. 2020 Mar 24. doi: 10.1007/s11596-020-2172-6. [Epub ahead of print]. I know...

COVID Breakfast

The worst thing about COVID for many women,and perhaps a few men is Fifty shades of Grey. Indeed Roots will not be a story about Kunta Kinte but the horror show of being isolated to many weeks on end. However, I am sure you can still buy it in a bottle. But in contrast many women will be are saying thank heaven for COVID-19… This seems a bit strange, but it appears that one of the signs of...

Cladribine…Should this not be on the WHO essential drug list

Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Cladribine in Patients with Rapidly Evolving or Early Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Alshamrani F, Alnajashi H, Almuaigel MF. Cureus. 2020;12:e6995. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6995 Background Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune and demyelinating inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The etiology of the...

Skilling-up for the eye of the #MSCOVID19 storm

I want to apologise to my students and colleagues for not delivering on certain teaching and academic tasks; I will get there. I have had to spend the last 48+ hours starting the process of reskilling and learning new skills for when I am redeployed onto the front-line of the NHS. Our hospital is being reconfigured as if we are preparing for war. There are red or hot floors that are for managing...

#MSCOVID19-Italia

Although much of what we see on the internet has originated in China, we are starting to see some information from Italy. Case-Fatality Rate and Characteristics of Patients Dying in Relation to COVID-19 in Italy. Onder G, Rezza G, Brusaferro S. JAMA. 2020 Mar 23. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.4683. [Epub ahead of print]  Sadly the death rate seems to be higher than has been noticed in China...

#MSCOVID19 Webinars

Calling all HCPs who want to learn about managing MS during the COVID-19 epidemic. Please register for the following webinars via the MS Academy website. We plan to run a series of these over the coming weeks and months. The next one is on managing highly active and rapidly evolving severe MS in the current environment.

CoI: multiple

OK Neurologists, this is not about COVID but Read and Take Note..Yep Time Really is Brain and it’s not yours that you maybe wasting. Make sure you diagnose correctly and treat early

I was once at an MS meeting and a collaegue from a country who are known for being blunt was speaking to someone who had been using an injectable and was having injection site reactions. MD2 and I were shocked when we heard “It is rubbish, throw it in the bin”. ProfG has been crusading for the Time is Brain movement, arguing that you should be diagnosed as quick as possible, and...

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