Friday, 31 January 2014

We're Hiring! Physiotherapy Assistant!

Ariana will be returning home to Brazil very soon, so we have a vacancy for a Physiotherapy Assistant for 20 hours per week.

Please forward this to anyone who you think maybe interested!

Full details along with job description and application form are available here!

Could 3D printing provide new solutions for disabled people?

Raul Krauthausen 3D ramp
Source BBC:

Disabled people often need personalised equipment to help with their individual needs. Could 3D printing provide a cheap and efficient solution?   Read article here.

MS Activity Weekend!

Photo: Our partner Calvert Trust Exmoor is running an MS Activity Weekend designed for people with MS, their families and friends – with activities from archery to riding a zip wire. Find out more:
Source MS Society:

Our partner Calvert Trust Exmoor is running an MS Activity Weekend designed for people with MS, their families and friends – with activities from archery to riding a zip wire. Find out more:

Teva Announces U.S. FDA Approval of Three-Times-a-Week COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) 40mg/mL

“The availability of three-times-a-week COPAXONE® 40 mg/mL is a significant advancement for patients as they now have the option of effective and safe treatment with COPAXONE®, while reducing the number of injections by 60 percent,” said Omar Khan, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Chair of the Department of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. “Patients in the U.S. can now benefit from an improved dosing regimen without compromising the known benefits of COPAXONE®.”
Read article here.

Can you help the MS Trust improve their services for people recently diagnosed with MS?

We are looking for people to comment on the draft text of our new resources for people who have been recently diagnosed with MS. You don’t need any particular background, experience or level of education, just a willingness to say what you think.  Read on.

Multiple sclerosis 'linked to food bug'

Source BBC:
Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Head of Biomedical Research at the MS Society, said: "Discovering potential causes or triggers for MS could enable us to develop better treatments or even, one day, prevent the condition. This is interesting research but the findings now need to be validated in larger studies to establish if this toxin really is a potential trigger for MS."  Read article here.

Laquinimod (Nerventra) turned down for European licence

Source MS Trust:

Laquinimod, a drug which has been in development for relapsing remitting MS, has not been recommended for a licence by European regulators. Read on.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

New MS pill for the NHS

Source MS Society:

From today, neurologists in England and Wales can begin prescribing a new MS medicine called Aubagio (previously known as teriflunomide) to people with relapsing remitting MS on the NHS, following the approval of the treatment by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).  Read on. 

Carers research study

Photo: We are conducting this study to find out whether or not people find health infor-mation websites useful and if so, how best to provide health information online. We also hope to find out whether websites can provide information to help carers feel more supported in their caring role. Contact

Vitamin D could slow MS progression

For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS), low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) investigators in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare. Read on.

Last Call for Runners in the London Marathon and the Reading Half Marathon!

We still have 4 places available in the Reading Half Marathon and 2 places in the London Marathon. If you know anyone who would like to take one of these places and raise money for the Centre, please let Jackie know as soon as possible. Email or call 0118 901 6000

UK multiple sclerosis risk-sharing scheme: a new natural history dataset and an improved Markov model

Source MS Trust:
A new BMJ Open publication provides insight into the work that has been undertaken by the Scientific Advisory Group and associated researchers to enhance the methodology for analysing the cost effectiveness of drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Read on.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Chance discovery boosts heart attack hopes & could also help people with MS

Source 9News Australia:

Australian scientists have stumbled upon a "simple" way to dramatically reduce the damage caused by a heart attack.

They say the new method could transform the treatment of heart attack patients, and could also help people with multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.  Read more here!

Exercise can help beat MS fatigue, MS Society reveals

Source MS Society:

Researchers funded by the MS Society have found that short periods of moderate intensity aerobic exercise (like walking or steady cycling) can help to improve fatigue levels and enhance overall quality of life in people with MS.  Read on. 

Safeguarding specialist MS Services

Source MS Trust:
The MS Trust is delighted to announce the new teams who are joining GEMSS (Generating Evidence in MS Services), our innovative programme to support MS services to demonstrate their value to managers and commissioners. Read on.

Reading 107 - Sir John Madejski interviews Jackie Malcolm

Listen to Jackie Malcolm, our wonderful fundraiser, being intervied by Sir John Madejski on Reading 107fm!  Click here!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Partners and Carers Club

Did you know we run a Partners and Carers Club, in partnership with the Reading, Wokingham and Districts MS Society, for those who help to look after a loved one with MS.

We welcome new members who are unpaid carers of those with MS to join us at our once a month outings with a free meal. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month and, if you are interested in joining us contact Heather or Brenda on 0118 947 6946

2 Gold Bond Places for the London Marathon are available!

If you would like to run the London Marathon, or know someone who would, why not run and raise sponsorhip for BMSTC?! 

We have 2 Gold Bond places available for this premier event to be held on 13th April 2014. 

For more details call Jackie on 0118 901 6000 or email

For details about the event please visit the official website here!

MS Specialist Nurse Clinic at BMSTC

MS Specialist Nurse Clinic at BMSTC

Monday 13th January with Sue Duplock. Appointments available during the afternoon from 1.50 to 2.40 pm. 

Tuesday 11th February with Sarah Wyatt.  Appointments available during the afternoon from 2.10 to 2.50 pm

Please call 0118 901 6000 to book or email

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Oxygen therapy: Fresh air relief for multiple sclerosis patients


Read article here!

Great article on Oxygen Therapy :0) If you want to give it a go here at BMSTC then email or give me a call on 0118 901 6000.

BMSTC Counselling service

Our Counsellor, Dr Emma Louise Benjamin, is available for counselling sessions at BMSTC on Tuesday afternoons, last appointment is 6.00pm.

If you are unable to attend the centre during that time, Emma has kindly offered to see our members at her clinic at The Therapy Centre, 6 Church Street, Reading, on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.  Appointments are available from 5.00pm.

For further details please call Pippa or Tracy on 0118 901 6000 or email or