MSWA Vitality August 2019
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AUGUST EDITION 2019
Welcome to the August edition of Vitality.

This month, read about the development of a breath test which may be used to detect MS, the link between viral infection, age and MS symptoms and what happens when nerve fibres are damaged. 

Also, learn some travel tips from someone who experiences mobility issues as a result of MS and find out what MSWA programs are available near you.

Until the next Vitality, take care.
RESEARCH NEWS

UK researchers pursuing breath test to diagnose MS

Scientists in the UK are trying to develop a breath test to detect volatile molecules exhaled only by people with MS. This may offer a non-invasive and simple way to diagnose the condition.

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MS brain lesions linked to early-life viral infection in mice

A research team from Switzerland and Germany found that viral infection in the brains of mice early in life, but not at a later age, worsened those MS symptoms evident in a brain. Sites of prior infection showed chronic inflammatory signs.

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Targeting nerve fibre damage

Damage to nerve fibres cannot be repaired and it is this type of damage that leads to the disability accumulation seen in progressive forms of MS. For the first time, new research is paving the way for potential treatments that block this damage in MS.

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New study suggests microbes in gut protect nervous system after viral infections

Gut microbes that prime immune cells called microglia, may protect the brain and nervous system from neurological damage due to viral infections, according to new research in mice. 

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Travel tips for those who suffer mobility problems

Follow these travel tips from someone that experiences mobility problems as a result of MS. 

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
MSWA Ocean Ride – powered by RetraVision

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Follow Western Australia’s beautiful coastline from Fremantle to Hillarys. Put your body – and bike – on the line and join us for the cycle of the year. 

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Bunbury
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 with Anisha on 6454 2809 or anisha.bosman@mswa.org.au

Register
Busselton

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, 1 August – 29 August (5 sessions on a Thursday from 10am to 11.30am)
Where: MSWA Vasse – 2/18 Burler Drive, Vasse

RSVP: Register your interest with Sarah on 0404 476 816 or sarah.lindsay@mswa.org.au

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Managing fatigue

If fatigue is a side effect of your neurological condition, join us for an interactive workshop led by our occupational therapy 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: Tuesday, 17 September from 10am to 1pm
Where: MSWA Vasse – 2/18 Burler Drive, Vasse

RSVP: Register your interest by 10 September with Sarah on 0404 476 816 or sarah.lindsay@mswa.org.au
Register
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