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A moment that changed MS research: 20 years ago today

Professor Richard Reynolds at the MS Society Tissue Bank

On 16 January 1998, Professor Richard Reynolds set off to personally collect the first human brain for the MS Society Tissue Bank at Imperial College. Since then, the centre has grown to become a vital resource for researchers all over the world.

A year of breakthroughs

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2017 saw a number of firsts in the world of MS research. We’re not there yet, but the last 12 months show stopping MS is within our grasp.

Behind the headlines: MSCT and MS

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MSCT (or Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy) is an exciting new area of research being explored as an MS treatment. And it's featured in tonight’s channel 4 documentary which follows lawyer Mark Lewis as he takes part in an MSCT trial in Jerusalem. 

Under the microscope: the immune system after HSCT

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Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an intense chemotherapy treatment for MS. It aims to stop the damage MS causes by wiping out and then regrowing your immune system, using your stem cells.

>> Read more about HSCT

Behind the headlines: does being in the army increase your risk of dying from MS?

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A new study suggests that being in the army may increase your risk of dying from complications to do with MS.

Researchers at Southampton Hospital looked at the death records of men in England and Wales. They found deaths from MS were much higher among people whose last recorded job was in the armed forces.

Scientists warn against unproven stem cell treatments

International experts have called for tighter regulation of unproven stem cell treatments and how they are marketed.

What do they mean by stem cell treatments?

The term ‘stem cell treatment’ refers to any procedure that involves stem cells or their products.

Handling the heat - latest research

Over 60% of people with MS say they experience heat sensitivity. We caught up with heat sensitivity scientist Dr Davide Filingeri to find out how he’s tackling this invisible symptom.

What is heat sensitivity?

Many people with MS find that their symptoms get worse in the heat. This can be triggered by hot baths, the sun, or exercise.

Hopes for LIF – what’s the evidence?

Reports of a potential new approach to manipulating immune cells have popped up in the news. We look at how close it is to delivering a treatment for MS.

Not focused on MS

Leukemia inhibitory factors (LIFs) have been shown to change the response of the immune system. Dr Su Metcalfe, a retired academic, believes that one particular LIF could be used to turn the attack function of immune cells on and off.

Adjusting to life with progressive MS

Dr Angeliki Bogosian is a health psychologist and researcher. We spoke to her about her research into adjusting to life with progressive MS.

Spotlight on menopause and MS

Menopause can bring a number of changes, but does it impact MS? We took a look at the science behind the symptoms.

Symptom overlap

During menopause our bodies stop producing oestrogen.

This can cause a variety of symptoms, including hot flushes, difficulty sleeping and bladder problems.

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