Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mouse model helps explain why some patients with multiple sclerosis have seizures

Source EurekAlert:

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects nearly 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is triggered when the immune system attacks the protective covering around nerve fibers, called the myelin sheath. The "demyelination" that follows damages nerve cells and causes impaired exchange of information between the brain and body as well as within the brain itself.  Read on.

New voice for disabled consumers

Source BBC:

Disabled people will get a fresh chance to make their concerns heard as consumers, thanks to a government initiative to be announced on Tuesday.

Eleven sector champions are being appointed to help make different areas of business more accountable to the disabled.  Read on.

HSCT could have long-term benefits

Source MS Society:

HSCT could have long-term benefits for some people with MS, according to the results of a large study that we co-funded.

After five years, progression had stopped in just under half of the 239 people eligible for the treatment.  Read on.

MS Society Campaign: Our Green Paper response: some people with MS can't work, don't put more pressure on them

Source MS Society:

We’re really concerned about changes to disability benefits proposed in the Government's Green Paper on work, health and disability. And we let them know in our detailed response.

We’re urging them to scrap plans to introduce ‘mandatory activity’ for people in the support group of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). These plans could force people, already assessed as too unwell to work, to prepare for work or risk facing cuts to their benefits.  Read on.

Berkshire Carers Hub


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Carers Trust provides timely, personalised information and support via the Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub to make caring for a loved one easier.  Read on.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Unwanted Jewellery

If you have any unwanted jewellery please could you bring it to the Centre for our Link Group to sell at various stalls and our Summer Fair.  Thank you!

Friday, 10 February 2017

APS Pain Therapy available at BMSTC

Action Potential Simulation (APS) is a new pain relief treatment offered by the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre (BMSTC), Reading.

 It had been piloted in the centre with people with MS to help primarily with pain relief (e.g. MS hug and neuropathic pain in legs) but we have also trialled it for fatigue. It has been observed that some of our members have benefitted and others have not had any significant improvement.

The only side effect can be headache, which can usually be helped by drinking the recommended 1.5L of water.

APS is not suitable for women during pregnancy or for people who have: pacemaker, epilepsy, active cancer, recent stroke, heart attack, Pulmonary Embolism or DVT.  The recommended duration for treatment is 3 times a week for 8 weeks initially.

For further information about APS please click here.  Contact us at BMSTC on 0118 901 6000 or email henrietta@bmstc.org to find out more!