MSWA Vitality July 2019
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JULY EDITION 2019
Welcome to July's edition of Vitality.

This month, read about the secret agents in some MS treatments that are revolutionising modern medicine, local MSWA-funded research into the link between unprocessed red meat and reduced risk of MS, how living with MS as a child is linked to greater cognitive impairment in adulthood and learn about B-cell Depletion Therapy.

Also, get up to date on general MS news and what programs are available near you.

Until the next Vitality, take care.
RESEARCH NEWS

MABS – the secret agents fighting MS

MS treatments ending in ‘mab’ such as ocrelizumab, alemetuzumab and natalizumab (Ocrevus, Lemtrada, and Tysabri) contain monoclonal antibodies which have secret agents that are quietly revolutionising modern medicine.

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MSWA funded researcher finds diet link to a reduced risk of MS
 
MSWA funded researcher Dr Lucinda Black has just published her latest research results which look at how consuming unprocessed red meat as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of MS.
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Childhood MS linked to greater cognitive impairment in adulthood

People with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (POMS) have a greater decline in cognitive function, and are more likely to experience cognitive impairment in adulthood, than those whose disease began when they were adults, a study reports.

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Potential mechanism behind effectiveness of B-cell depletion therapy in MS uncovered

The loss of immune B-cells, and the resulting changes in the profile of immune T-cells, is a major mechanism of action for the beneficial effects seen with ublituximab treatment in MS patients, a study suggests.

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GENERAL NEWS

Generic options now available for some MS treatments

The MS therapy landscape is continuously evolving and in 2019 it is likely that generic disease-modifying therapies will become available to treat MS in Australia.

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Muralist Lydia Emily uses art to publicise hardships of life with MS

Artist Lydia Emily paints a mural in Los Angeles to represent her adversity of living with MS.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
KINGS PARK
MSWA Annual Dinner Auction

The 2019 MSWA Annual Dinner Auction is being held on Thursday, 8 August at the State Reception Centre, Fraser’s, Kings Park.

The event attracts 350 of MSWA’s supporters who get dressed up for a wonderful evening of food, wine and entertainment. Attendees of the MSWA Annual Dinner Auction include members of the Board, dignitaries, MSWA Members, Perth celebrities and corporate sponsors and supporters of MSWA.

A silent auction is run throughout the night, with a live auction hosted for a small collection of more prestigious items.

All funds raised on the night help MSWA to support thousands of people living with MS and all neurological conditions in Western Australia.

If you would like to support the MSWA Annual Dinner Auction by donating an auction item or purchasing tickets, please contact Laura Faris on 6454 3131 or email Laura.Faris@mswa.org.au

Enquire
WILSON
Managing fatigue

If fatigue is a side effect of your neurological condition, join us for an interactive workshop led by our occupational therapy (OT) team. Here you will be able to share experiences and learn more about:

  • What can make fatigue worse
  • How to save energy and decrease fatigue
  • Prioritising and using your energy well
When: Friday, 19 July from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: MSWA Wilson –  29 Parkhill Way, Wilson

RSVP: Register your interest to our OT team by 12 July on 9365 4854 or email OT.Referrals@mswa.org.au

Register

Let's ChAT

Do you use a communication aid (picture board to iPad or anything in-between)? The speech pathology team is running an interactive group to share your knowledge and experience.

These group sessions will focus on:
  • Group sharing and discussion
  • Updating software, phrases or words added/changed
  • Practice using your aid in a group setting
  • The provision of educational information
When: Wednesday, 10 July from 10am to 11:30am
Where: MSWA Wilson – 29 Parkhill Way, Wilson

RSVP: Register your interest with speech pathologist Laura Ryan on 0439 093 793 or via email Laura.Ryan@mswa.org.au

Register
BUNBURY

Managing fatigue

If fatigue is a side effect of your neurological condition, join us for an interactive workshop led by our occupational therapy (OT) team. Here you will be able to share experiences and learn more about:

  • What can make fatigue worse
  • How to save energy and decrease fatigue
  • Prioritising and using your energy well
When: Thursday, 25 July from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: MSWA Bunbury – 1 Mason Street, Davenport

RSVP: Register your interest with Anisha on 6454 2809 or Anisha.Bosman@mswa.org.au
Register

Cognition Group 

Our occupational therapy team is running a five-week group on:

  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Attention
  • High brain functioning
  • Information processing

Come along to meet others, gain support and learn new strategies.

When: Thursdays, 22 August – 19 September (5 sessions on a Thursday from 9:30am to 11am)
Where: MSWA Bunbury – 1 Mason Street, Davenport

RSVP: Register your interest by Thursday, 1 August with Anisha on 6454 2809 or Anisha.Bosman@mswa.org.au

Register
BUTLER

Restorative sounds

Counsellors Cherry Chapman and Jean Hudson will take you on a sound journey using percussion instruments, bowls and koshie chimes.

The mindful act of being present allows the sounds and vibrations to take you on an inner journey of discovery.  

When: Friday, 2 August from 10am to 12pm
Where: MSWA Bulter – 245 Butler Boulevard
 
RSVP: Register your interest with Cherry on Cherry.Chapman@mswa.org.au.
Register
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