|Name||Multiple Sclerosis (MS)|
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|Symptoms of MS
||Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological disorder affecting young adults. MS occurs as the result of damage to myelin - the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. This damage interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.|
|Useful national contacts||MS Society
Helpline: 0808 800 8000
Find your local support group:
Multiple Sclerosis Trust
Multiple Sclerosis National Therapy Centres
There are more than 50 centres in Britain and Ireland, including the Neuro Therapy Centre in Cheshire.
CSF Leak Association
|Online resources||MS Trust: Newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
Physiotherapy works: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists factsheet)
MS-UK Live Webchat
NHS Videos: Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
M.S. = Multiple Sclerosis (British Deaf Association video with BSL and text)
BBC: What is multiple sclerosis?
MS-UK video 'We're here if you need us'
MediKidz explain Multiple Sclerosis
MS Research Treatment and Education charity
A ground-breaking study designed to increase our understanding of living with MS in the UK
|News and events||
Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised (BBC, July 26th 2018)
Government review says doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis for medicinal use (MS Society, July 20th, 2018)
'Game changer' treatment for Multiple Sclerosis patients (BBC, March 2018)
The ‘My MS My Rights, My Choices’ project is a free and confidential support service for people living with and affected by MS in Wales. (MS Society Wales)
Emerging areas of research: Stem cells (MS Society)
'Publication of ocrelizumab trials: hope for progressive MS' (MS Society, December 2016)
MS treatment in England: is access still a lottery? (MS Society, October 2016)
'Reducing smoking following diagnosis could have a positive effect on the course of MS' (JAMA Neurology journal, October 2015)
Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC) study seeks volunteers
People with multiple sclerosis say the benefits system is harming their health
"Time matters in multiple sclerosis" MS Society, September 2015
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on MS and on a wide range of disability-related issues.
Visit our library to read Managing your Multiple Sclerosis: Practical advice to help you manage your multiple sclerosis by Professor Ian Robinson and Dr Frank Clifford Rose, and you can watch our copy of the MS Society's DVD for children Annie & Dan talk about MS.