Monday, 29 June 2009
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidelines earlier this year on the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for dropped foot. They recognised the use of FES as an effective evidence based treatment for dropped foot. It is particularly good news for people with MS that the guidance specifically refers to its application in those with lesions of "central nervous system origin".
We offer a FES Clinic at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre. For further information please contact our Physiotherapy Manager firstname.lastname@example.org of call 0118 901 6000 and ask to speak to Ruth or Mohamed.
For more information see http://guidance.nice.org.uk/IPG278/Guidance/pdf/English
Reading Borough Council and the Pension Service are working together to ensure you don't miss out.
What is Pension Credit?
Pension Credit is a tax free payment which helps people over 60 and on low or moderate incomes. If you are 65 and over the scheme becomes more generous. So try again if you were turned down before your 65th Birthday.
If you are disabled, area a carer, have a mortgage or pay owner occupier service charges the basic amount you need to live on may be higher than average.
What is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is for people 65 and over who need help with their personal care. Personal Care has a wide definition and includes things like help with washing, dressing, memory issues, mobility difficulties and falls, continence issues, food and drink preparation or a need for supervision. If any of these apply to you and you have other needs you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance.
You can get Attendance Allowance even if no one is actually giving you the help you need. You don't even need to be prepared to accept help. You choose how to spend the allowance.
Attendance Allowance is not dependent on your income and capital and is Tax Free.
Getting Attendance Allowance may make you entitled to, or increase existing awards of Pension Credit and Rent and/or Council Tax Benefits.
For more information call the Pension Service local office on 01344 744 916 or visit
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Not only is it a pill but it is also more effective at slowing the debilitating disease.
Eighteen-thousand Australians have the crippling, often unpredictable disease.
Currently, the only treatments involve constant injections and sufferers have long wanted an alternative to that harsh form of medication.
On Tuesday, 23 June 2009, at 6pm (GMT) she will be interviewing Dr. Ian Zagon. This should be a very interesting interview. Please tune in live or listen to it eventually, as all the broadcasts are archived and can be listened to at your convenience. Here’s the link.
And please, google LDN, it’s important for anybody with an autoimmune disease. I feel so lucky that I did just that.
Location: Hilton Hotel, Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes, MK7 6HL.
Dr Andrew Weir, Neurologist and Regional Specialty Advisor at the Royal Berkshire hospital and John Radcliffe hospital.
Start 6.30pm - 7pm:
Finger buffet - 7pm - 8.30pm:
Talk followed by a Q&A sessionDr Weir will look at the progressive aspect of multiple sclerosis including:
· What is progressive MS?
· How does it differ from other forms of MS?
· What is happening in progressive MS?
· What treatments are available now?
· What hopes are there for the future?
These talks are free and open to all, but numbers are limited, so book soon. Also please take into consideration others that would want to attend and make every effort to come or let us know as early as you can if you need to cancel so we can make your place available to people on the waiting list. To book your place or find out more, book online.
Go to: http://www.mssociety.org.uk/news_events/events/progressive_ms.html
Local Information Services Coordinator
Multiple Sclerosis Society
372 Edgware Road
London NW2 6ND
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8438 0705
Mobile: +44 (0) 75 0060 4953
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8438 0878
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
For more information and to book tickets please visit www.bblive.co.uk
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The researchers have pinpointed two regions in the human genome which contain genes that increase a person's risk of developing the debilitating autoimmune disease.
The scientists say this may lead, eventually to being able to prevent people developing MS.
The Carers Direct hotline will make England's 5 million carers' lives easier and reduce the time and stress of searching out essential advice.
The results show that there is likely to be around 100,000 people with MS in the UK - a 20 per cent increase on previous estimates.