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# Multiple Sclerosis

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Voices
Opinion: I have MS, how can you justify not giving me a vaccine yet?
Dearbhla Crosse is in Cohort 4 of the vaccination rollout, but she believes people like her are being left behind.
# Multiple Sclerosis
'Lives could be saved': Woman with MS says adopted people should have access to medical history
“So many lives could be made better, saved, elongated, if doctors knew what they were testing for.”
# Multiple Sclerosis
‘We’re down 38% on last year’: The MS Readathon has been hit hard by the pandemic
Covid-19 has sped-up a change that was due to happen to the MS Readathon anyway – this year, adults can take part for the first time.
Voices
I've been living with MS for 10 years now and remote working during Covid-19 is a huge help
Niamh McCarron says people with chronic illnesses and disabilities have been asking for remote working for years, often getting told that it can’t be supported, for a whole list of reasons.
# we need to be open
'It's my saving grace': Calls for Ireland's only MS care centre to open for an extra 10 weeks a year
Karen Hynes has been going to the MS Care Centre for eight years.
# Neurorehabilitation
'This is destroying lives': Patients say Ireland's neuro-rehab strategy has 'sat on a shelf for nearly a decade'
Neuro-rehabilitation services are needed by people living with MS, Parkinson’s disease and acquired brain injuries.
Voices
Opinion: It's hard enough living with MS without having to push for support
A new EU index shows Ireland lagging in its care of patients with MS, writes Lauren McCauley.
# Medicinal Cannabis
Inclusion of chronic pain conditions on cannabis access scheme will be 'kept under review'
Only patients with specific medical conditions can access medicinal cannabis under the new programme.
# Multiple Sclerosis
'There's no tragedy for me': US actress Selma Blair opens up about MS
The Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions star (46), was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2018.
# Oscars
Selma Blair is just as obsessed with her red carpet cane as everyone else
Pink diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
# Life Without Limits
'The medication is constantly improving' - ex-Limerick star on living with multiple sclerosis
Former All-Star hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy has always been positive about his condition.
# selma blair
Selma Blair has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after 'not being taken seriously' for years
‘I am disabled.’
# Multiple Sclerosis
Man with MS living in nursing home reunited with childhood sweetheart on Liveline
Kevin Barron (59) was diagnosed with MS in his 20s and has lived in a nursing home for the last 13 years.
# Liveline
A pair of childhood sweethearts were reunited on Liveline where they reminisced about their first date
Grab the tissues.
# Multiple Sclerosis
'My fear is that my carers are going to come in one morning to find I've passed away in bed'
52-year-old Kate Tobin suffers from multiple sclerosis and brittle bone disease.
Voices
Column: 'I have to teach myself to smile (I didn't realise it was so easy to lose a smile)'
53-year-old Bandon native Fiach Lynch has MS and is running the Cork City Marathon in June.
# The Lancet
Breakthrough could lead to treatment that would delay progression of advanced MS
MS affects around 9,000 people in Ireland.
# zinbryta
MS drug pulled from Irish and EU market after 12 patients worldwide suffer 'serious brain disorders'
The European Medicines Agency has recommended the immediate suspension and recall of Zinbryta.
Voices
Dublin councillor with MS: 'I was on a walking stick at 32 ... now I plan to run the marathon'
Mark Wards writes about his journey from crippling depression to running the Dublin City Marathon for MS awareness.
Voices
Life with MS: 'Not only was I now disabled, I was a disabled bride'
Despite the uncertainty of MS, I’m honestly happier than I’ve ever been, writes Rosie McCormack.
# Multiple Sclerosis
Vaccines can be blamed for illness without scientific proof, EU court rules
The decision stems from the case of a man who developed MS shortly after being vaccinated against hepatitis B.
# World MS Day
"Adam says to me 'You have MS mum, but I’ve got to wear glasses'"
“I’ll stand up in Leinster House tomorrow and be announced as a person with MS – but that’s such a tiny bit of who I am.”
# Health
'I need to speak to a professional' - Cork singer waiting for counselling after MS diagnosis
He said that while he was “doing as well as can be expected”, he is having problems accessing help.
Voices
Medicinal cannabis: 'It's magic. I now swim three times a week and can take steps in the water'
This evening the Dáil is debating the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
# on the edge
'My name is Claire. I have MS. I'm no different to anyone else'
The Cork woman says more investment is needed in disability services to ensure Ireland is a fair and equal society.
# Joey Jordison
"You can beat this s**t" - former Slipknot drummer reveals he quit after losing the use of his legs
Joey Jordison has transverse myelitis.
# World MS Day
'My sister and I have never let it stop us from doing what we want to do'
Naomi Donaldson and her little sister were diagnosed with MS within a year of each other. She describes how they’ve coped with it.
# Trinity College
Irish scientist gets €2m grant to develop new treatment for arthritis, MS and Alzheimer’s disease
It could have a big impact on patients’ lives.
# Leitrim
Mother of nine takes first steps in 21 years after being diagnosed with MS
“I thought this can’t be real, I just have to keep this up … I walked 100 steps, that’s like a marathon to me.”
# Mighty Quinns
Four Irish brothers are running the New York marathon - 35 years after their first go
Tyrone natives the Quinn brothers are recreating their 1980 marathon attempt to raise funds for MS Ireland.
# World MS Day
'My vision blurred, like there was rain on the windscreen, but it wasn't raining'
Lucina Russell was diagnosed with MS in 2011. Here she explains why she is hopeful for her future.
# Breakthrough
Irish 'marvel molecule' treatment will help people with Alzheimer's, arthritis and MS
Scientists have discovered a common process across inflammatory conditions.
Voices
My Story: I have multiple sclerosis, but it doesn't define me
Multiple sclerosis progresses differently for every person and while some individuals suffer great difficulties, others have thriving work, romantic and social lives.
# observational study
A high salt diet may worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms
A small study has found that further research is needed into whether dietary salt reduction could ease MS symptoms or slow the progression of the disease.
# alternatives
New MS drug now available in Republic
The drug has been made available through one HSE scheme.
# Marie Fleming
Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street
Tom Curran, partner of Marie Fleming, has welcomed the news that Savitex will be available to patients in Ireland.
# Cannabis
Medicinal cannabis will soon be legal and available for MS patients
The regulator said the product will be available after an imminent change to current drugs laws.
# Drugs
Calls made for "wonder MS drug" to be made available by HSE
The drug fampridine which has a brand name Frampyra has been proven to increase the mobility of sufferers.
# Multiple Sclerosis
Cannabis helped Marie Fleming 'in lots of ways that prescribed drugs weren't able to'
Smoking cannabis helped with pain, spasms and to lift her mood, Tom Curran revealed today.
# Multiple Sclerosis
HSE spent €7.5m providing injectable treatment for MS patients in 2013
In the first ten months of this year, the HSE paid for 814 patients to receive the treatment.