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HAPPY WORLD MS DAY!

Today is World MS Day 2020 and its theme is ‘connections’.  MS Connections are about building community connection, self-connection and connections to quality care. The event is coordinated by the MSIF, who want to challenge social barriers that leave pwMS feeling lonely and socially isolated. Together, they are advocating for better services and are celebrating support networks. Another action...

East Africa and MS

COVID-19 impact has extended to East Africa. Instead of a face-to-face meeting, the East African Neurologists have moved their CPD (continuing professional development) online in the form or regular webinars. In the past, I would probably have had to travel to East Africa to give a guest lecture at their annual meeting. Post-COVID-19 I can now do this online, which is a much cheaper and greener...

COVID Breakfast: Can we get a Heineken Test?

Prof G is going to get a COVID blood test next week. Is he? isn’t he? This is what we will all be asking ourselves? Are we? Aren’t we? Have we been infected on not? This will depend on the test. Is it good enough? We need the Heiniken Test…What’s that? Well based on a Beer Advert about Refreshment, we need a Test that can “Reach the Parts that other Tests Cannot...

#MSCOVID19 asymmetry

Many of my colleagues have criticised and reprimanded me for being over-enthusiastic in stating that immunosuppressive MS DMTs are relatively safe for pwMS if they happen to develop COVID-19 whilst on treatment. However, the issue has been asymmetry of knowledge. I have known that patients on DMTs who get COVID-19 are doing well. This is based on knowledge acquired from multiple sources albeit...

#MSCOVID19 – Managing MS during the COVID-19 pandemic

triMSx-online is hosting a webinar next Thursday, 30th April on the topic of managing MS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Things are moving so fast in terms of what is happening that we need some formal teaching course to keep everyone abreast with how to manage MS in these troubling times. Our MS services have been transformed by the pandemic and the way we use DMTs has also changed. Advice on how...

#MSCOVID19: MS Academy Q&A session

If you are an HCP battling to manage MS remotely under the COVID-19 lockdown, or you have any specific problems that you need help with, please don’t hesitate to register for tomorrow’s Q&A session. The feedback we have been getting about these webinars has been amazing.

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#MSCOVID19: musings from the frontline

Are we in danger of dropping the ball?  I am enjoying doing general medicine again but the majority of the patients under my care on an acute medical ward have social problems. Social problems that either got them into the hospital in the first place and/or social problems that are now preventing them from being discharged. My brief sojourn into general medicine highlights why the social...

#MSCOVID19 – DMT update (2)

This week saw several bits of information appear that has led me to change my position on several DMTs in terms of their risk for pwMS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, the verbal update by Maria Pia-Sormani on the Italian cohort of patients with MS who had COVID-19. These figures were given during the iWiMS weekly COVID-19 &MS webinar. There are now 380 cases of pwMS and COVID-19...

#MSCOVID19: assessing and managing relapses remotely

Can we assess MS relapses remotely?  Yes, I think we can. Most neurological assessments are based on history and examination. You definitely can take a history of new-onset neurological symptoms by telephone, or preferably using video consultation. I am currently using accuRx the most widely adopted NHS platform for remote consultations. It is remarkably easy to use and satisfaction levels are...

COVID-19 & MS update from Australian neurologists

I received this email, which may be of value to you all. Latest COVID-19 information for people with MS UPDATE FROM MS NEUROLOGISTS – 08/04/20 Advice for persons with multiple sclerosis and related disorders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic Dear MS Stakeholder, We hope you are keeping safe and well since our last communication. In our last COVID-19 update to you on 27/03/20 we shared a statement...

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