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.


Do you have an oxygen therapy mask at home that you no longer use?

11 February 2019

Do you have an oxygen therapy mask at home that you no longer use? If so please can you return it to us to reissue for someone else?

New at the Centre - Open Gym Sessions

11 February 2019

New in the gym! We are trialling an open session in the gym. Tuesdays 14.00-15.00 starting on the 19th February.

Why not try our Monday evening MS Yoga Class?

8 February 2019

Why not try our Monday evening MS Yoga Class?

Yoga is an ancient discipline bringing together physical, mental and spiritual practices. It is designed to relax your mind and strengthen your body.

Why not give our MS Tai Chi class a try?

8 February 2019

Did you know we offer a specialist MS Tai Chi Class on a Thursday at the Centre from 12.45pm to 1.45pm?

The iStep MS Trial research team invite you to a free seminar at Brunel University on Saturday 23rd February.

7 February 2019

An invitation from the iStep-MS Trial Research Team: We would like to invite you to a free seminar at Brunel University London on Saturday 23rd February where we will share findings from the iStep-MS trial.

Cochrane Review of effectiveness of exercise to prevent falls

6 February 2019

Source Independent Living: Exercise is frequently cited as a good way of helping to prevent falls, and now we have strong evidence that a programme of exercise can indeed prevent falls amongst older people living in the community.

Letter calls for ocrelizumab to be made available for people with PPMS

6 February 2019

Source MS Trust: A letter signed by the MS Society, MS Trust, Shift MS and leading neurologists calls on NICE, NHS England and drug manufacturer Roche to make ocrelizumab available for people with primary progressive MS.

Back in September, NICE announced that it would not be recommending ocrelizumab as an NHS treatment for early primary progressive MS. This decision was met with anger and dismay from people with MS and MS charities, and the MS Society started a petition, calling for...

Brain Cells Key to Myelin Grown in Lab and Show Long-Term Survival Essential to Research, Study Reports

6 February 2019

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Stem cells tweaked in the laboratory have allowed researchers, reportedly for a first time, to generate and maintain ball-shaped cultures — called spheroids — of human brain cells in 3D that contain oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin, along with neurons and the astrocytes that are essential to nerve cell health.

These long-surviving spheroids (which the researchers call “human oligodendrocyte spheroids”) will help scientists in...

Centre closed on Friday 1st February

1 February 2019

As there is an amber weather warning over our region today and Thames Valley Police issued a warning to only drive if your journey is essential, I think it is wise to close the Centre today.

Leigh, our Counsellor, is running the Reading Half Marathon for us!

30 January 2019

Our hometown race, the Reading Half Marathon, is coming soon on Sunday 17th March and we are looking for more runners to join us in our special anniversary year.