AuthorRachel Horne

Loneliness and MS: Could e-health be a Solution?

By Rachel Horne For people with multiple sclerosis, we know this much is true. Dealing with the physical side of the disease is just one part of the struggle. Feeling alone is another. Not only are people with MS significantly more prone to loneliness compared to the general population, but strong evidence shows it also puts our brain health and overall health at risk. It can lead to depression...

ProfG is back!

Well, that headline should give us a peak on our dashboard 😉 But seriously, TheMSBlog is pleased to welcome ProfG back for a visit, persuaded by our PPI member and MS editor-at-large, Rachel Horne, to discuss the hot topic of the day, or dare I say the past few decades, that is EBV and MS. Here is what they said: “EBV/MS – We now know EBV is a major cause of MS. So what’s next? A...

A Tale of Two COVIDs – Delta and Omicron: What happens when you’re vulnerable & vaccinated – but still get the virus?

PART 1 – Rachel Horne tells her story It started in mid-November with a headache – a continual pain clamping down on my skull. Then came the tiredness. Reluctantly, I opened a lateral flow test – swabbed, squeezed and watched as two red lines quickly appeared on the test pad. Positive. I had COVID: the virus which for the past twenty months I’d done everything to dodge. I’d followed all the...

MS-Selfie

Educating/Empowering MS patients Every five minutes someone, somewhere in the world, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – joining the 2.8 million people already living with it. What they soon discover is MS is a fiendishly complex disease. No two people have the same disease course or symptoms – nor do they respond to drug treatments in a similar way. They also find – in the...

Severed

Cast your mind back… Can you remember the very first time when your body began acting independently? Was it an unexpected stumble, a bout of double vision that mysteriously came and went or a spell of numbness? And your reaction? Confusion, disbelief or even fear? Pre-illness, we take our bodies for granted. As healthy adults we move through the day, confident our body will simply “follow” our...

Life after Lockdown with MS

Is it time to hit the pubs, give hugs and bin masks? Five experts answer. After a year of lockdown, it looks like ‘normality’ is returning thanks to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. For an overwhelming percentage of the population, this is hugely reassuring. And for those people with multiple sclerosis (MS) – doubly so.  We know our disease makes us more susceptible to infections...

MS charities – beyond the pale

UK MS charities say they represent all people with the disease. But how can they – with so little ethnic and racial diversity at the top? Take a look: “Representation is important,” says Dr Sharmilee Gnanapavan, consultant neurologist at Barts Health NHS Trust. “When people don’t see this, they’ll likely bypass it.” And that representation – judging...

MS and the Covid-19 vaccines.

Friend or Foe? After months of pandemic devastation, the approval and rollout of two Covid-19 vaccines in the UK has been widely celebrated – and rightly so. But for people with multiple sclerosis – especially those on immunosuppressant drugs – it has led to much confusion. How safe are the vaccines? When is the optimum time to get it? Will it be effective? Knowing this, four MS...

Freezing for MS

Kit’s Cornish Splash for Barts-MS research From her home in Cornwall, Catherine “Kit” Williams has been following Prof Gavin Giovannoni’s efforts to raise money to support Barts-MS Research by walking 5km while recovering from a fractured neck and pelvis. And it’s left her concerned.  “He has done his bit and got injured,” says Williams, a retired teacher. “I expect he thinks he’ll be OK...

MS and Vitamin D: How much is enough? Fifteen neurologists weigh in.

In recent years, testing and supplementation of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ has become of great interest to neurologists and those of us with multiple sclerosis. It’s easy to see why. MS has been linked to vitamin D deficiency – both as a risk factor for disease development and following diagnosis. People with MS also have an increased risk of fracture – due to falls. So it seems...

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