Pip's Blog

Pip's Blog

Welcome to Pip's Blog, where our Centre Manager Pippa brings you up-to-date news from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and the MS community.

If you have any feedback or you would like to contact Pip email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

For older posts please visit http://pips-bmstc.blogspot.co.uk.

 

MS Brain Health

30 August 2017

Source Shift-MS:

This short guide is a resource to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) understand how they can keep their brains as healthy as possible and request the highest possible standard of care from healthcare professionals.

Cladribine (Mavenclad) gets European licence for highly active relapsing MS

30 August 2017

Source MS Trust:

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for cladribine (Mavenclad)for the treatment of adults with highly active relapsing multiple sclerosis. This follows a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency in June that a licence should be granted.

DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

30 August 2017

Source Independent:

Ministers have spent almost £40m in an “appalling” attempt to stop sick and disabled people receiving the financial help they are entitled to, The Independent can reveal.

‘I approached my 50th birthday unable to balance or speak'

30 August 2017

Source Caroline Wyatt 25 AUGUST 2017 • 12:00PM The Telegraph:

I lay face down on a pedestrian crossing, knees bleeding where they’d hit the road. I couldn’t get back on my feet, even as the lights changed. It was May 2016 and I’d been on my way to meet friends when I fell without warning. The next day I woke too wobbly to walk, with double vision that took weeks to resolve.

Pancreas Secretes Factor That Can Rejuvenate Damaged Neuron Coating, Mouse Study Reports

30 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

A substance that the pancreas secretes can promote the regeneration of the protective nerve-cell coating that is damaged in multiple sclerosis, a mouse study shows.

Accessible beaches and beach wheelchairs around the UK

30 August 2017

Source Disability Horizons:

The Bimblers describe themselves as the UK’s most unlikely travel bloggers. Rob, together with his partner Bridget, travel in a wheelchair, reviewing access as they go. Driven by the mantra ‘access for all’ Rob has joined us to share his thoughts, observations and ideas to make travel easier for people of all abilities. This month he rounds up the best accessible beaches in the UK and where to hire beach wheelchairs from.

Car adaptation demonstration at BMSTC - 12.30pm ish Friday 1st September

24 August 2017

One of our members, Ros Hatt, is having a demonstration at the Centre on a car adaptation she is considering. Anyone is welcome to come and take a look.

Want to try wheelchair rugby?

24 August 2017

Source Reading Borough Council:

Wheelchair Rugby is coming to Reading!

Nortis Awarded $688K Grant from NIH to Develop ‘Living’ Model of Blood-Brain Barrier for Research

24 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Nortis, a Seattle-based biotech company, has received a $688,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a living, 3-D model of the human blood-brain barrier that will be used for laboratory testing to accelerate drug development and lessen the likelihood of failure in clinical trials.

Are you ready to Go Monte Carlo?

23 August 2017

Last year the challenge was to travel from Reading to Loch Ness…this year I hope you have your passports ready as we Go Monte Carlo!

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