Blog: Aug 2017

Congratulations for completing the Mongol Rally 2017!

31 August 2017

Our Chairman Pete Bowsher's daughter Amy and new Son-in-Law Nathan have completed the 2017 Mongol Rally driving nearly 10,000 miles to Mongolia raising funds for BMSTC.

People with MS lose more than £6m of benefits a year after PIP is introduced, show figures

31 August 2017

A third of MS sufferers who previously received the highest rate of Disability Living Allowance have had their payments downgraded since 2013

Pancreas Secretes Factor That Can Rejuvenate Damaged Neuron Coating, Mouse Study Reports

30 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

A substance that the pancreas secretes can promote the regeneration of the protective nerve-cell coating that is damaged in multiple sclerosis, a mouse study shows.

Accessible beaches and beach wheelchairs around the UK

30 August 2017

Source Disability Horizons:

The Bimblers describe themselves as the UK’s most unlikely travel bloggers. Rob, together with his partner Bridget, travel in a wheelchair, reviewing access as they go. Driven by the mantra ‘access for all’ Rob has joined us to share his thoughts, observations and ideas to make travel easier for people of all abilities. This month he rounds up the best accessible beaches in the UK and where to hire beach wheelchairs from.

MS Brain Health

30 August 2017

Source Shift-MS:

This short guide is a resource to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) understand how they can keep their brains as healthy as possible and request the highest possible standard of care from healthcare professionals.

Cladribine (Mavenclad) gets European licence for highly active relapsing MS

30 August 2017

Source MS Trust:

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for cladribine (Mavenclad)for the treatment of adults with highly active relapsing multiple sclerosis. This follows a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency in June that a licence should be granted.

DWP spends £39m defending decisions to strip benefits from sick and disabled people

30 August 2017

Source Independent:

Ministers have spent almost £40m in an “appalling” attempt to stop sick and disabled people receiving the financial help they are entitled to, The Independent can reveal.

‘I approached my 50th birthday unable to balance or speak'

30 August 2017

Source Caroline Wyatt 25 AUGUST 2017 • 12:00PM The Telegraph:

I lay face down on a pedestrian crossing, knees bleeding where they’d hit the road. I couldn’t get back on my feet, even as the lights changed. It was May 2016 and I’d been on my way to meet friends when I fell without warning. The next day I woke too wobbly to walk, with double vision that took weeks to resolve.

Want to try wheelchair rugby?

24 August 2017

Source Reading Borough Council:

Wheelchair Rugby is coming to Reading!

Nortis Awarded $688K Grant from NIH to Develop ‘Living’ Model of Blood-Brain Barrier for Research

24 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Nortis, a Seattle-based biotech company, has received a $688,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a living, 3-D model of the human blood-brain barrier that will be used for laboratory testing to accelerate drug development and lessen the likelihood of failure in clinical trials.

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