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Preventive Neurology

Prof G is the co-director of the Preventive Neurology Unit, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and will now be dedicating most of his academic time to this activity; in particular the prevention of MS. Any blog posts in relation to #MSPrevention will now be posted on his preventive neurology blog, for example, today’s post on smoking and MS prevention.

Barts-MS Journal Club 28-Sept-2020

The following is our journal club from 28th September and was presented by Dr Ben Jacobs. Briggs et al. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors α7 and α9 modifies tobacco smoke risk for multiple sclerosis. MSJ First Published September 14, 2020 Research Article Introduction: Tobacco smoke exposure is an established risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS), yet how it confers risk is not known. Evidence...

To smoke or not to smoke that is the question

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Yawn! I am getting tired of the saying the same-old things on this blog. Is it time to retire and do something new?  We have done some modelling work and predict that ~20% of new or incident cases of MS could be prevented if we stop the population from smoking. The question is how do we achieve this? Taxation has worked to some extent in that we...

What’s your excuse?

What will it take to get me to stop smoking? If you are a smoker and continue to smoke you need to think about how you want to manage your own MS. We debate endlessly about the lack of progress in developing effective treatments to slow down the worsening of MS and ignore the obvious. The first study below implies that by simply stopping smoking it will have a major impact on the outcome of your...

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