Posts Categorized: MS News

Potential Covid-19 vaccine: what does it mean for people with MS?

Naturally the talk of two potential vaccines for Covid has been met with much enthusiasm across the world. But will it be MS-compatible?  The MS Trust is being asked questions about what it means. Trying to make sense of it they spoke to Professor Alasdair Coles, a consultant neurologist based at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.  It is definitely… Read more »

Coronavirus advice for people with MS

With the Covid guidelines frequently changing, what actually is the advice for people with MS? Here is a list of reliable webpages where you can get the most up to date advice. MS information MS Society: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/ms-and-coronavirus-care-an…? MS Trust: https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/coronavirus-covid-19-and-multiple-scleros… Government/NHS Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19  To request a test: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/g… Local council Oxfordshire Council: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/coronavirus-covid-19 Other ‘Please give me space’: https://pleasegivemespace.uk/

Vitamin D & COVID-19 – evidence to recommend supplements

Emma (MS nurse at Beds and Northants MSTC) has pointed MS National to this article in the British Medical Journal. There are now close to 30 or so studies demonstrating that having optimal blood levels of 25(OH)-vitamin D (75-150 nmol/L) reduces COVID-19 risks: reduced risk of infection; reduced risk of severe disease; reduced risk of… Read more »

MS and Mindfulness

There is no question that the pandemic has been tough in so many areas of our lives including psychologically. Anxiety and worry are at an all-time high. Given that living with MS is difficult at the best of times, it has become harder for so many people.  This week the MS Society has shared some… Read more »

Coronavirus advice for people with MS

With the Covid guidelines frequently changing, what actually is the advice for people with MS? It all depends on where you live. At the time of writing, none of our areas is on high alert. Hopefully, this remains the same. We have put together a list of reliable webpages where you can get the most up… Read more »

MS research news

Siponimod has been approved on the NHS as the first-ever oral treatment for people living with active secondary progressive MS in England and Wales.  A new treatment for secondary progressive MS Siponimod, which is taken as a daily tablet, is the first new treatment for secondary progressive MS in over a decade. The only other… Read more »

Flu vaccination this year

This year, more people than ever before will be eligible for a flu vaccination on the NHS. People with MS are eligible every year for a free flu vaccination but this year this may be extended to more members of your family.   The MS Trust has put together a guide to the flu season and attempts to… Read more »

MS research news

A trial shows that myelin repair in humans is possible.  Information from the MS Society website:  ‘The results from our Phase 2a clinical trial have shown that bexarotene is capable of regenerating lost myelin – the protective coating that surrounds nerve fibres, which is damaged in MS. Now, a new trial of the diabetes drug metformin will build… Read more »

Making the most out of online/telephone appointments

The MS Trust has put together this guide on how to make the most of online appointments with healthcare professionals.  Getting prepared beforehand  Find the right environment. With virtual appointments, it’s down to you to find an appropriate setting for the call. Have a think beforehand about where you’d feel most comfortable. Is there a quiet… Read more »

Covid-19-induced changes in the management of multiple sclerosis

Source BMJ: Interesting article by Gavin Giovannoni, consultant neurologist at Barts Health NHS Trust and colleagues describe the move to provide remote care to patients with multiple sclerosis, and Rachel Horne and Alison Thomson, provide insight into what patients think of them.  The sudden switch to remote working  With the onset of lockdown all NHS staff who could work… Read more »