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#MSCOVID19 Flu Jab

It seems that there have been fewer cases of Flu in Australia this Winter, possibly because people have been socially distancing. I am on the waiting list for this years flu jab and am not going to get an offer until the Heath Care professionals and others have been offered their Jab. Are you an anti-Jaxer but want to avoid COVID-19. But maybe vaccination against Flu can reduce your risk f COVID...

#MSCOVID19: it’s over, but it is not

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ I have just completed the Virtual New York City Marathon in London and have clearly survived to tell the tale. Not only did I prove many doubters wrong, I even managed to surprise myself by dipping under the 3:20 mark (3:19:07 when I clocked 42.2km on my Garmin). It was only 3 years ago, due to chronic right hip pain, that I decided my running career was over...

COVID Breakfast…MS research diverted elsewhere

COVID-19 has diverted resources away from MS research and it has diverted people away from MS research….Who knows what the consequences will be. Many people could not get in labs unless they did COVID work, and some weren’t allowed in until they had got grants to do COVID work, others were allowed to spend their grants on covid work. Some people worked on COVID so they could do their...

#MSCOVID19: one microdonation at a time

Thank you for being such kind and generous supporters for our Barts-MS COVID-19 antibody study. It is clear that Prof G running the virtual NYC marathon this weekend, or next, depending on the weather, is not going to get us to the finish line. Therefore, we are going to take your advice and launch Barts-MS webinars. The webinar idea was suggested by one of you in the comments when we launched...

Withdrawn…Why?

Retraction of Publication Rev Neurol (Paris). 2020 Sep 15;S0035-3787(20)30660-3. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2020.08.001. Online ahead of print. WITHDRAWN: Incidence and mortality of COVID-19 in Iranian multiple sclerosis patients treated with disease-modifying therapies DOI: 10.1016/j.neurol.2020.08.001 The most damming report of anti-CD20 risk of MS has been withdrawn by the...

#MSCOVID19-Oldies Respond to vaccine..Good news for MS

The race is on for a vaccine for the general public. The USA has COVID Operation Warp speed. However, they have lost the race, just as they came second in the Space Race…..Yuri Gagarin beat NASA to be the first person in Space and the Russians beat the World with the first satellite…..Sputnik. The Russians already have a vaccine that they have licenced. They have called it Sputnik V...

#MSCOVID19: anti-CD20 nuances

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★ I had to have a detailed discussion with a patient this week about starting ocrelizumab during the COVID-19 pandemic. This patient was concerned about (1) the data showing an increased risk of COVID-19 in anti-CD20 treated patients, (2) an increasing number of cases not seroconverting when being infected with the coronavirus and (3) she will not be able to have...

#MSCOVID19: dropping dead

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ “Did you hear that Professor Giovannoni dropped dead after attempting to complete the virtual New York Marathon trying to raise money for a multiple sclerosis research project?”  “Prog G finally throws in the towel and arranges to see an orthopaedic surgeon about his failing right hip. His attempt to complete a marathon to raise money for MS research was one...

#MSCOVID19: digital health – what will survive?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★ I am doing a webinar with Professor Tjalf Ziemssen, a good friend and colleague from Dresden, Germany, this afternoon on the digital management of MS. Interestingly, many of the changes and innovations we have put in place to manage MS during the COVID-19 pandemic will survive and actually thrive in the new NHS, simply because we are a socialist healthcare...

#MSCOVID19: good news

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ The late late-breaking session at the MSVirtual2020 meeting, which covered COVID-19 has already received a lot of air-time on social media. The big-data alliance confirmed the Italian data, i.e. that people with MS (pwMS) on anti-CD20 are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 and severe COVID-19 (hospitalisation, intensive care admission and/or ventilation)...

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