MS News That Caught My Eye This Week: Pollution, Salt, Stress, and Air Travel
In case you missed them, here are some news stories that appeared in MS News Today that caught my eye over the past week.
Attention if you live in location where the air quality is poor; a new study points a finger at air pollution as a possible trigger for MS exacerbations.writes about this small study, based on patients in Strasburg, France, which reports the relapse can happen in a matter of days after breathing dirty air.
Air pollution, particularly tiny inhalable particles around 10 micrometers in diameter, is a likely trigger for relapses in multiple sclerosis patients, a French study reports. The study, “Air pollution by particulate matter PM10 may trigger multiple sclerosis relapses,” was published in the journal Environmental Research.
Are you one of those people who puts salt on everything you eat? Doing that may harm your heart and have other negative health effects. But here’s a study, reported on bythat says high salt intake has no impact on early MS.
Eating a diet high in salt won’t worsen or speed up multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, concludes a study of MS patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). That contradicts earlier studies by researchers from Argentina, Vermont, and elsewhere who warned of a possible link between high sodium consumption and MS.
The latest study, “Sodium intake and multiple sclerosis activity and progression in BENEFIT,” appeared in the journal Annals of Neurology.
Stressful Environment Triggers Inflammatory Cells Linked to Autoimmune Diseases Like MS, Study Shows
We’ve known for long time that stress has an effect on MS symptoms. Here’s a study that may open a window that will show us why.
A stressful microenvironment, characterized by low metabolites and low oxygen levels, triggers the generation of immune cells directly implicated in a variety of inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS).
The study, “Cellular Stress in the Context of an Inflammatory Environment Supports TGF-β-Independent T Helper-17 Differentiation,” was published in the journal Cell Reports.
National MS Society Joins Other Groups Urging Reform of U.S. Law Protecting Disabled Airline Passengers
I used to fly a lot on business and still fly regularly. My experience as a handicapped flyer has been good 99 percent of the time. But it’s still not easy, and I’ve seen some other flyers with disabilities receive some pretty lousy treatment from flight crews. So, I’m 100 percent behind this effort and hope that you will be, too.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and a dozen other advocacy groups have banded together to support the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2017, a bill seeking to strengthen the rights of airline passengers and close service gaps often faced by patients with disabilities, including those with multiple sclerosis (MS).
President Ronald Reagan signed the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) into law in 1986 to prohibit discrimination against disabled air passengers. Although the ACAA did indeed improve access for patients with disabilities, such people still face significant barriers today.
The pending 2017 legislation highlights the ACAA’s original spirit through a series of strategies designed to improve access to air travel.
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