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Results time

It is time to set in stone our #CrowdThink competition results. We had over 110 responses; thank you. If you want to know more about the rationale behind this competition you need to read my post on the DODO trial and the post explaining the rationale behind the COMPETITION. Study 1: Oral Ponesimod Versus Teriflunomide In Relapsing MUltiple Sclerosis (OPTIMUM). The Crowd has predicted that...

#ThinkSocial – work, work, work

The following is an excerpt from the executive summary of ‘Health and Work Champions: a Pilot Training Programme’, (Martin et al. Feb 2018).  I am highlighting it because it has relevance to MSers and MS-related HCPs. HCPs are being fingered as part of the unemployment problem; “healthcare practitioners, who may consider that giving advice to refrain from work is part of...

#ThinkSocial

At our second MS Services Variance meeting, ‘Raising the Bar’, in Birmingham last week my colleague Helen Ford and I co-chaired the workstream on the social determinants of health (SDoH).  What are the SDoH? The SDoH are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education and health care, whose distribution across populations...

Unassisted

Let’s talk about death, that is unassisted suicide.  The meta-analysis below, not surprisingly, shows that if you have MS your chances of suicide are about twice the background rate. The risk is particularly high at diagnosis compared to symptom onset. I suspect this latter is an artificial finding; if you commit suicide before you are diagnosed with MS the code ‘multiple sclerosis’ is...

Calling all male MSers

Do men with MS deserve to be offered higher efficacy DMTs earlier than women? When you do a baseline prognostic profile of someone with MS, being female is a good prognostic factor compared to being a male. Men have a worse outcome. This study below shows men do worse when it comes to poor cognition compared to women (#ThinkCognition). The question of why women do better cognitively may relate to...

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