Research blog

Latest entries

Under the microscope: mitochondria

A cluster of mitochondria. Image courtesy of NICHD (Flickr).

Mitochondria. A word you might remember from school biology and probably put in a box with the Pythagorean theorem and the French word for pencil case – a box labelled ‘never to be used again’. 

Old drugs, new tricks

It’s time to make MPs recognise the importance of repurposed drugs in speeding up access to effective treatments.

Progressive MS – the big questions

Last week we announced that a new scientific consensus has been reached on how relapsing forms of MS should be treated. This is big news for people with relapsing MS, but what about those with a progressive form? It can be incredibly frustrating and disappointing to hear about new developments that aren’t helpful to you. Here we move the spotlight back to progressive MS.

Let’s put fatigue to rest

Hi! I’m Carole. I have MS. I am a single parent, a teacher and sociable. I’m active, spontaneous and have lots of hobbies. Well I was - until I was struck down with fatigue.

I am now unable to work and I can't walk far. I have to plan for everything and often end up cancelling things.

The MS-SMART trial: an insider’s perspective

Recruitment is underway for the exciting MS-SMART trial. We caught up with London based neurologist, Dr Domenico Plantone to find out more.

Under the microscope: the immune system

The immune system is a puzzle that scientists across the globe are trying to solve.

The role it plays in MS is a complicated one, but research is ongoing to better understand this. Let’s take a look at the latest.

Blank faces: understanding emotions in MS

Do you have trouble interpreting emotions – your own or those of others? Well you’re not alone.

A project we funded shed some light on the influence MS can have on emotions and to manage it.

MS can cause changes in the brain, which can affect the way a person processes emotions or deals with social situations.

Salt levels linked to effect on MS symptoms

Salt crystals in a mortarEating too much salt can lead to health problems for everyone; but new research suggests that for people with MS, salt levels could be especially important.

Infections and MS – what’s the evidence?

The chance of someone developing MS can be influenced by environmental factors, with lots of discussion centring on whether bacterial or viral infections could trigger or perhaps worsen MS.

Model of a globe-shaped virus with protruding spikes

What role does diet play in managing MS?

Food is a vital part of life. For many, it’s more than a necessity, it can be a social activity, a cultural experience and it can make you feel good. But can following a specific diet – like the SWANK diet, or the Overcoming MS programme - help manage your MS?

At the MS Society we believe a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, can play a role in helping people with MS manage their condition.

What's new?