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.


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.

Oxygen Therapy or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

30 January 2019

We have been made aware that some MS Therapy Centres offering Oxygen Therapy have used the term "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy" incorrectly, It can be confusing so we thought we would explain the difference!

Chamber Service Thursday 31st January 2019

30 January 2019

We are unable to offer oxygen therapy on Thursday 31st January as the chamber is being serviced.

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.

Atlantic Discovery complete their incredible journey!

25 January 2019

Source Atlantic Discovery: “If you never try, you will never know what you are capable of.” John Barrow

atlantic discovery; a team of hundreds

On Tuesday 22 January 2019, Ben, Cam, Isaac and Jack rowed into English Harbour, Antigua, to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in sixth place; a time of 40 days, 23 hours and 33 minutes.

It took the four men almost 1,000 hours rowing, nearly 1 million calories, 700 litres of water, 52,000 watts of solar power,...

Home care and/or supported living - what is important to you?

23 January 2019

Reading Borough Council Adult Care Forums: We would like to meet with service users in receipt of home care and/or supported living services to hear their views on what is important to them when receiving these services and how they would like these services to be commissioned in the future.