AuthorRachel Horne

International Women’s Day

Today I’m standing for women – and, in particular, actress Selma Blair Until very recently, there has never been a celebrity who has shown us what it is truly like to have multiple sclerosis – warts and all. In the past, talk-show host Montel Williams and reality show star Jack Osbourne have disclosed they have the disease, but the image they show to the world has been carefully...

The Barancik MS Prize

An interview with philanthropists Charles and Margery Barancik. “Through our family foundation we deal with many issues, but our soul is in this one.” On Thursday leading neuroscientist Katerina Akassoglou will take to the stage to speak about her work investigating the blood-brain barrier when she receives the Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research at the Americas Committee for Treatment...

MSexism 4: The gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is alive and thriving in neurology. That’s not only bad for women MS experts, but for all of us with the disease. One of my best moments of 2018 came at the end of a Thursday afternoon at the ECTRIMS October conference when dozens of women MS clinicians and scientists crowded into a room – and launched the International Women in Multiple Sclerosis group. Their aim is to...

Guest post: MSexism 3 – gender bias in the MS community

Women experts launch a call to action to end gender bias in the MS community. More than one hundred female academic neurologists and neuroscientists worldwide have called on pharmaceutical companies, MS conference organisers and journal editorial boards to make changes to achieve greater gender equality.  In a Letter to the Editor published online last week in the Annals of Neurology, the...

Guest Post: MS and Alcohol: Friend or Foe? Prof G responds… as do MSers

By now, we all know the lifestyle drill. Exercise = good Smoking = bad Alcohol = possibly, maybe? As if this wasn’t confusing enough, the last month has seen the publication of differing advice on alcohol. Public Health England announced that drinkers should aim for two consecutive alcohol-free days a week to reduce health problems and improve well-being. While a massive worldwide study –...

MSexism take two: The Mystery of the Missing Authors

Recently this blog featured an eye-opening article written by our guest blogger Rachel, about gender inequality in the world of multiple sclerosis, from a patient’s point of view. It’s well worth a read. She also outlines just how few women feature on academic panels. And this investigation has now been taken further, with an analysis of authors on academic papers. This post is a rewriting of an...

Guest Post: Language and MS: Why Our Words and Stories Matter

Question. Those with multiple sclerosis: do you remember the exact words your neurologist used to break the news of your diagnosis? And those on the other side: MS neurologists and health professionals. Can you recall the most difficult conversation you’ve had with someone with MS and the words you used? Thought so. Words matter in medicine – especially with a disease like multiple...

Guest post: MSexism

Is the MS world biased against women? Another week – another news headline about how women are paid less than their male counterparts. This time it is consultants working in the NHS – and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Secretary, has vowed to tackle the pay gap. So what does this have to do with multiple sclerosis? A lot, I believe. By paying women consultants less than men, society is...

The case for physician assisted dying – one MSer’s view

If reading about death and MS is too difficult for those of you with the disease, please skip this piece. I do not want to offend or hurt anyone. This is just my view. Over the past few months, the BartsMS blog has published views on legally assisted dying from two neurologists who specialise in treating those with multiple sclerosis. Prof Giovanonni writes he wants legally assisted suicide in...

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