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A sweet initiative in MS research

Could chocolate be the long awaited solution to fatigue? A group of scientists at Oxford Brookes University is going to find out.

Science behind the headlines

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Chocolate - specifically dark and hot - will be studied for its fatigue-fighting capabilities in 2016.

Lyons, zebrafish and myelin repair

We caught up with MS researcher David Lyons, to hear about his trip to Spain in the summer.

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.

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