MULTIPLE sclerosis campaigners in Scotland should break away from their UK bosses and set up independent branches, the founder of a newly established MS support group in Northern Ireland said last night.
DOUBTS about the future direction of genetic research were voiced yesterday as scientists questioned the lack of progress made towards cures for common diseases.
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THE row over the running of Scotland's biggest MS charity has intensified with its UK bosses complaining that the body is failing to raise enough money or spend enough on research north of the Border.
The poll, carried out for the MS Society revealed that four out of ten respondents were unaware of the problems created by the condition. They include a loss of sight and mobility, fatigue, numbness, bowel and bladder problems, muscle stiffness and spasms.
PIONEERING genetic research in Edinburgh could lead to new treatments for diseases such as leukaemia and arthritis.
SCOTS scientists have discovered genetic "brakes" which could slow down or stop diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cancer, it was announced yesterday.
MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferers are calling for an emergency meeting to discuss the future of MS Society Scotland, amid growing calls for the body to break away from its UK parent charity.
SCOTLAND'S charity watchdog is investigating claims that the country's biggest multiple sclerosis charity has been unconstitutionally stripped of its powers by the UK parent body.
HARRY Potter author JK Rowling last night resigned as patron of the MS Society Scotland, claiming the charity is being riven by an internal row.
PARLIAMENT is being urged to end the "cruel" uncertainty over the law on assisted suicide after Debbie Purdy, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, yesterday lost her Court of Appeal bid to clarify it.
BREASTFEEDING may protect women from relapses of multiple sclerosis, according to scientists in the United States.
'I FELT I had nothing to lose. I am just going to get worse and worse anyway. I thought I'd just take the bull by the horns and go for it." Moira Ogilvie was desperate. So the multiple sclerosis sufferer joined an increasing number of Scots going overseas for experimental stem-cell treatment not available in the UK.
TAKING vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and in the early years of life could reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, research suggested yesterday.
VITAMIN D deficiency before and after birth may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis in some individuals, a study has shown.
A NEW treatment for multiple sclerosis using stem cells could be used to reverse the effects of the disease, research revealed yesterday.
A FOCUS group to help people with multiple sclerosis learn about proposed changes to the treatment of the disease in Scotland is to be set up in the Lothians.
SCIENTISTS have discovered a gene that might influence how severely patients suffer multiple sclerosis.
A DRUG watchdog is today set to reverse its decision on a key drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, making it available to hundreds on the NHS.
A VACCINE to stop the progression of multiple sclerosis has produced encouraging results, scientists said yesterday.
PEOPLE who spend more time in the sun as children may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, research suggests.