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.


A Virtual Mindfulness Course for people living with MS

22 January 2019

Mindfulness has been shown to help people cope better with chronic health conditions, including MS, and improve their quality of life.

Do you know anyone who might be interested in running the Reading Half Marathon for BMSTC?

21 January 2019

The Reading Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 17th March - do you know anyone who might run for BMSTC?

The Event: As the fastest half marathon in the UK, this race is perfect whether you are looking for a personal best or a brilliant start to half marathon running. Join 17,000 runners as they hit the streets of Reading to great crowd support before a triumphant finish on the pitch of Madejski Stadium, home to Reading FC. Find out more about joining Team BMSTC...

UK Experts Propose New Guidelines to Treat Women with MS Before, During, After Pregnancy

21 January 2019

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Multiple sclerosis (MS) experts in the United Kingdom have proposed consensus guidelines for the management and treatment of pregnant women with the disease, and couples affected by MS who are planning a pregnancy.

Disease modifying drugs may reduce risk of secondary progressive MS

21 January 2019

Source MS Trust: People with relapsing remitting MS starting early treatment with a disease modifying drug have a lower risk of developing secondary progressive MS, according to a study of medical records.

David Lloyd Clubs are holding a Spin-A-Thon for BMSTC

16 January 2019

Our friends at David Lloyd Clubs are hosting a Spin-a-thon in aid of the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre on Saturday 2nd February.

You can now apply or renew your Blue Badge online

16 January 2019

Source Disability Rights UK: You can now apply for a Blue Badge, or renew your old one, within half an hour thanks to a new online service launched by the Department for Transport.

Rituximab beneficial in secondary progressive MS

16 January 2019

Source Medicalxpress: For patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), treatment with rituximab is associated with a significantly lower Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score and delayed progression, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Neurology.

Yvonne Naegelin, M.D., from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from patients with SPMS at three multiple sclerosis centers from...

Ocrelizumab Reduces Progression of Upper Extremity Impairment in Primary Progressive MS

16 January 2019

Source AJMC: For patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), upper extremity (UE) impairment is not uncommon. Although patients across MS types report impaired UE function, patients with primary progressive MS (PPMS) tend to have a higher prevalence of UE dysfunction and greater impairment.

A new study compared ocrelizumab with placebo in patients with PPMS to examine the effects of the therapy on confirmed progression and confirmed improvement in UE impairment. The results were published...

MS: Immune cells from the gut reduce brain inflammation

16 January 2019

Source Medical News Today: A type of immune cell that migrates from the gut to the brain appears to reduce inflammation in multiple sclerosis, according to recent research.