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.

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Siponimod licensed for secondary progressive MS

24 January 2020

Source MS Society: This week the European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted a license for siponimod (brand name Mayzent) to treat adults with secondary progressive MS with active disease.

Efficacy of three neuroprotective drugs in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS-SMART)

24 January 2020

Source The Lancet: Neurodegeneration is the pathological substrate that causes major disability in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. A synthesis of preclinical and clinical research identified three neuroprotective drugs acting on different axonal pathobiologies. We aimed to test the efficacy of these drugs in an efficient manner with respect to time, cost, and patient resource.

It's time to look at mountain escapes with a fresh perspective.

24 January 2020

Source Winter Sports Travel: Making Travel Accessible. Winter sports are becoming more accessible than ever before. But finding the right place or activity when you're living with a challenging condition can be tough.

Try this tool to find sports and resorts in Europe that are tailored to your needs. Click here.

The MS Society went to 10 Downing Street with their ambassador Janis Winehouse

24 January 2020

Source MS Society: The MS Society went to 10 Downing Street yesterday with their ambassador Janis Winehouse and campaigner Ashley Arundale to deliver a message to the PM: Unfair PIP assessments must change.

"More than 21,000 of us have signed an open letter demanding the UK Government makes changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The open letter came after our research showed major flaws with the system.

It highlights some of our concerns with PIP, including...

Plegridy approved for relapsing remitting MS in England

24 January 2020

Source MS Trust: NICE has published its final decision recommending that Plegridy can be prescribed by the NHS for relapsing-remitting MS.

New Study Asks: When Does MS Begin?

21 January 2020

Source National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and collaborators report on a study that examined blood (serum) samples from 60 military personnel who went on to develop multiple sclerosis years later. Compared to samples from a control group, those who eventually developed MS showed higher than usual levels of a molecule (neurofilament light chain - NfL) that reflects damage to the nervous system.

The levels of NfL...

New Pilates sessions

21 January 2020

We have a new Pilates class starting on 10 February for 10 weeks.

A 10 week Pilates class will be starting with our physiotherapist Ligia and will take place on a Monday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Starting on Monday 10 February it will run until 13 April. This is additional to our very popular class that takes place on a Thursday. Pilates is very good for improving strength, flexibility, balance and posture. To attend the class you will need to be able to get on/off the floor with...

Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation versus Best Available Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

21 January 2020

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Regeneration in the brain is reduced in people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), but enhanced during disease activity in those with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), a study reports.

Brain Regeneration Impaired in Progressive MS, Unaffected By DMTs, Study Reports

21 January 2020

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Regeneration in the brain is reduced in people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), but enhanced during disease activity in those with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), a study reports.

From depression to dementia, inflammation is medicine’s new frontier

21 January 2020

Source The Guardian: The barrier between mind and body appears to be crumbling. Clinical practice and public perception need to catch up.

Unlikely as it may seem, #inflammation has become a hashtag. It seems to be everywhere suddenly, up to all sorts of tricks. Rather than simply being on our side, fighting infections and healing wounds, it turns out to have a dark side as well: the role it plays in causing us harm.

It’s now clear that inflammation is part of the problem in...

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