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Guest post: the medical student view

Sita is a final year medical student who has just successfully completed all of her exams and will be starting as an F1 doctor in August. Before starting work, she is spending a month with the neurology and MS team, learning more about both how we diagnose and MS in the hospital, and aspects of the clinical research that we are doing. She’s written a blog post reflecting on what she’s...

COVID blood spot study – where are we up to?

The first thing to say is a massive thank you to everyone that has been involved so far – both in raising the funds for this study and signing up to take part. We couldn’t have got this far without you. We have had a phenomenal response to this study. So far, in just over 4 months, we have recruited 320 people, and got hundreds of blood spots back. In the background, Nikki and her team have...

#MSCOVID19 Does COVID-19 trigger relapses?

It is known that viral infections can both cause relapses and worsen existing MS symptoms – why should COVID-19 be any different? This study used the UK MS Register COVID-19 study, where people with MS can self-report both COVID infection and MS related information. By asking people with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 about their MS symptoms, we were able to try to estimate the impact of...

A new UK MS and pregnancy register

We know that MS is most often diagnosed in women, and at an age when many people will not have completed, or started, their families when they receive their diagnosis. Becoming pregnant is of course a life-changing event for a woman. For a woman living with MS, becoming pregnant comes with many more questions and considerations. There are so many questions that someone with MS might want the...

Reminder: your chance to influence preventive research!

Here is a reminder to book your place on next week’s preventive neurology discussion: your chance to influence the direction of research taken by the Preventive Neurology group. Here are the details if you missed the last post: The Preventive Neurology Unit are hosting an afternoon of informal conversations on the 30th April with people who have a particular interest in MS, Parkinson’s...

Your chance to influence preventive research!

Avid readers of the blog will have heard us talk about MS prevention, and the new(ish) Preventive Neurology Unit that Prof G has helped to set up to study this. We are really keen that people affected by MS are able to tell us the kind of questions that they would like us to work towards answering. I have been tasked with looking at the causes and  exploring the possibilities for preventing...

Utility of Disease-Specific Measures and Clinical Balance Tests in Prediction of Falls in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis.Dibble LE, Lopez-Lennon C, Lake W, Hoffmeister C, Gappmaier E.J Neurol Phys Ther. 2013 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print] BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The sensory and motor deficits associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) contribute to falls with the majority of persons with MS...

New secondary progressive MS trial is launched

.#MSreserarch Progressive Trial Launched For anyone that hasn’t seen this in the news today, the MS-SMART trial has had its initial press release. This trial, which we are involved in, is being co-ordinated by Dr Jeremy Chataway from UCL. The aim is to compare 3 existing drugs (amiloride, ibudilast and riluzole), which have the potential to be useful in secondary progressive MS. The BBC...

Smoking..Still time to Stop!

What can we do to get MSers to stop smoking? #MSBlog #MSResearch Epub: Manouchehrinia A, Tench CR, Maxted J, Bibani RH, Britton J, Constantinescu CS. Tobacco smoking and disability progression in multiple sclerosis: United Kingdom cohort study. Brain. 2013 Jun 11. Tobacco smoking has been linked to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis. However, to date, results from the few studies on the...

Can we predict disease progression?

Multiple sclerosis susceptibility loci do not alter clinical and MRI outcomes in clinically isolated syndrome. Kalincik T, Guttmann CR, Krasensky J, Vaneckova M, Lelkova P, Tyblova M, Seidl Z, De JagerPL, Havrdova E, Horakova D.Genes Immun. 2013 Apr 11. doi: 10.1038/gene.2013.17. [Epub ahead of print]AbstractIt has not yet been established whether genetic predictors of multiple sclerosis (MS)...

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