Pip's Blog

Pip's Blog

Welcome to Pip's Blog, where our Centre Manager Pippa brings you up-to-date news from the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre and the MS community.

If you have any feedback or you would like to contact Pip email pippa@bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000.

For older posts please visit http://pips-bmstc.blogspot.co.uk.

 

Gut Microbes May Influence Multiple Sclerosis Progression

12 September 2017

Source University of California San Francisco:

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified specific gut microbes associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) in human patients, and show that these microbes take part in regulating immune responses in mouse models of the disease.

European Commission reverses decision on drug, following QMUL research

12 September 2017

Source Queen Mary University of London:

A drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been granted a license by the European Commission, following evidence from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that it improves patients’ quality of life and is safer than previously thought.

My Thoughts on Being a Grandparent with a Disability

12 September 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

I had always envisioned that I would be an active and healthy grandparent when the time came — not one with a disability. I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) in the summer of 2010, which also happened to be the same year my first grandchild was born.

Do you shop in Tesco or know someone who does?

7 September 2017

Do you shop in Tesco or know someone who does? Please use your blue token (if the cashier doesn't give you a token please ask!) to vote for us in the following stores:

Join as we Go Monte Carlo

7 September 2017

Have you signed up to Go Monte Carlo? Open to everyone with MS, not just those who attend physiotherapy, the challenge is can we collectively travel 661 miles from our Reading Centre to Monte Carlo. It’s a long way and we need you to join us.

Christmas is coming!

7 September 2017

I know, I know it is only September and the schools have just returned but it is creeping up!

FREE Reflexology taster sessions Tuesday 19th September

7 September 2017

Have you tried reflexology? If not our reflexologist, Chilli, will be offering some FREE 15 minute taster sessions on Tuesday 19th September.

Free taster sesssions are available to book at 12.00 noon, 12.20 pm, 12.40 pm,1.00 pm and 1.20 pm. Call us on 0118 9016000 to book a session and give it a try. Read more about reflexology at the Centre here.

Drugs in development

5 September 2017

Source MS Trust:

The development of new drugs is a long and difficult process. Fewer than one or two compounds in 10,000 tested actually make it through to being licensed treatments with many being rejected on safety, efficacy or quality grounds.

Cladribine: NICE looking at new treatment for MS

5 September 2017

Source MS Society:

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has licensed cladribine (also known as Mavenclad) to treat people with highly active relapsing MS.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will now decide whether to make it available on the NHS in England and Wales. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) will decide for Scotland.

How does it work? Cladribine is currently used as an anti-cancer drug. In MS, the body’s own immune cells...

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