Thursday, 30 April 2009

Cancer pill 'offers MS benefits'

Published on the BBC website today: Courses of a common cancer drug can dramatically reduce the risk of a patient with multiple sclerosis having a relapse or deterioration, work shows. See link below for further details:

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Reminder BMSTC AGM 21st May

The AGM will start at 5.30 on the 21st May followed Professor Christine Collin as guest speaker at approximately 6.00 p.m.
Professor Collin is the senior neurologist based at the Royal Berks Hospital. She suggested talking about whether the NHS is "fit for purpose" for treating MS. Suitably provocative!
We hope to see many of you there on the night!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Living with MS - Information Day 27th June 2009

The MS Society have arranged an information day at the Barcelo Hotel Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL on the 27th June 2009.

Various guest speakers will be there on the day including:
  • Dr David Henderson Slater, Consultant in Neurological Disability & Rehabilitation Medicine, Nuffield Orthopedic Centre

  • Dr Helen Dawes, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, School of Life Sciences Associate Research Fellow, University of Oxford

  • Dr Johnny Collett, Postdoc Researcher, School of Life Sciences
    Oxford Brookes University

  • Angela Dunbar, Master NLP Practitioner

Please email Sue Hannaford from the MS Society for more details

Monday, 20 April 2009

Free Lunch for Carers at Phyllis Court

Whoever said there is no such thing as a free lunch is wrong! The Phyllis Court Charity Action Group, who were so generous to the Centre in 2007, have very kindly offered to give up to 30 carers a light buffet lunch and a glass of wine in the Thames Room on Wednesday 10th June which is during National Carers Week.

This offer is open to any carers associated with BMSTC or the Reading and Wokingham Districts Branch of the MS Society as a joint venture.

Anyone wishing to go along please call Pippa on 0118 901 6000 or email Places availalbe on a first come first served basis.

BMSTC IT Training Courses 2009

Thanks to some new volunteers, we are planning to restart Computer Training courses again. There will initially be 2 courses on offer, one for people who are fairly new to computers or need a refresher and one for more experienced users.

Computer Basics
This course will be for people who have a computer at home but need help getting more out of it. It will start with basic computer operation and move on to email & Internet Explorer.

We are offering 2 courses which will run in parallel. The first one starts on Tuesday 9th June at 10:00. The second starts on Wednesday the 10th June at 12:00. Both courses are for 2 hours and there will be about 5 sessions.

Exploiting the Internet
This course is for people who know how to use the internet but have yet to discover the many useful things you can find out and do, especially things for people with a disability. It will cover access to Government sites and services, shopping, banking, booking holidays, getting health information, social networking, internet telephony, video and photo sharing websites. Essential elements of computer security will also be discussed.

Starts Monday 11th May at 10:00 for 2 hours. It will run weekly for about 5 sessions (depending on level of interest and knowledge).

Booking Procedure
Send me an email ( or leave me a note at the centre to book on the courses. Please let me have your phone number.

If you interested in one of the above courses but the dates are not convenient, please let me know. Contact me also if you are interested in some other IT training.

Dave Robson
Trustee and IT Manager

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Low levels of vitamin D in patients with autoimmune disease may be result, not cause, of the disease

From the MS Trust website - Deficiency in vitamin D has been widely regarded as contributing to autoimmune disease, but a review appearing in Autoimmunity Reviews explains that low levels of vitamin D in patients with autoimmune disease may be a result rather than a cause of disease and that supplementing with vitamin D may actually exacerbate autoimmune disease.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Easy FREE money for BMSTC!

If you register for the no obligation FREE Trial for Lovefilm through our - the Centre gets an easy £4.50 from! I've registered and think it's a great service!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

BMSTC AGM 21st May

MS Trust - The Move it for MS Challenge

There is only one Mr Motivator and following the success of the MS Trust’s Move it for MS DVD, we are offering the chance to come and meet the man himself and join in the fun of an exercise session designed specifically for people with MS!
During MS Awareness Week 2008 we saw people who are used to being told they can’t do things, demonstrating that they definitely CAN by abseiling down a 100ft viaduct in Derbyshire!
Our challenge for MS Awareness Week 2009 is to do something even bigger!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

BMSTC MS Awareness Week 2009

This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the "New!" Berkshire MS Therapy Centre. Unbelievable to think it has been 10 years since HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Centre!

Over the past 10 years we have raised in excess of £3,000,000 and provided over 80,000 treatments to help local people with MS and their families.

Help us to continue our work by making a donation during 2009 MS Awareness Week, 27th April to 3rd of May.

We thank you for your continued support.