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Support Group Meeting

posted 15 Oct 2016, 06:34 by Alan B.
The Moray MS Support Group had its October meeting and covered a lot of ground. We heard about new research findings coming from the recent European MS Research conference (ECTRIMS). This included:

Reports suggesting that Rehabilitation programmes, whether provided face to face or via computer/video, have a beneficial effect on those with all types of MS. This reaffirms the importance of campaigning for videoconferencing clinics in Moray.

Positive results from various drug trials including Ocrelizumab and Cladribine. Click on the names to find out more about these drugs.

Some small scale research has suggested that an over-the-counter drug may help reduce brain atrophy. A report says:

The oral antioxidant lipoic acid can decrease brain atrophy in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) while sustaining safety and tolerability, new imaging research suggests.

The small, 51-patient pilot trial showed that those randomly assigned to 1200 mg of lipoic acid daily had a significantly lower annualized rate of whole-brain atrophy at 96 weeks, as measured by MRI, than the participants who were assigned to matching placebo.

This chimes with other finding that antioxidants can be of benefit to MSers.

A new, private, physiotherapy service specialising in neurological conditions is now available in Moray. This is obviously a charged-for service but the fact that they do home visits may suit some. You can find out more on their website HERE.

The Group also had a lively discussion about Stem Cell Therapy and heard of one member's plans to travel to Moscow to receive this treatment privately. You can find out about his initiative HERE.

And finally we heard about the programme for the Moray MS Awareness Day to be held at Moray College on Friday 28th October 10.00am - 3.00pm. Book a place now by contacting Keith Park of the MS Society on: 

07554 116 108

Please say if you are a wheelchair user and/or have special dietary requirements so that a suitable lunch can be provided. 

See you there!