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.

 

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.

Car adaptation demonstration at BMSTC - 12.30pm ish Friday 1st September

24 August 2017

One of our members, Ros Hatt, is having a demonstration at the Centre on a car adaptation she is considering. Anyone is welcome to come and take a look.

Are you ready to Go Monte Carlo?

23 August 2017

Last year the challenge was to travel from Reading to Loch Ness…this year I hope you have your passports ready as we Go Monte Carlo!

Our good friend Debbie McGee will be appearing in Strictly Come Dancing 2017

23 August 2017

Source BBC

Debbie McGee found fame at the side of Paul Daniels on his TV magic show in the 1980s and went on to marry him.

MS Society Helpline

23 August 2017

Source MS Society:

The MS Society Helpline is a free National Enquiry Service which provides support and information to all those affected by multiple sclerosis.

In this video, Helen, an MS Society Helpline Volunteer, tells her story of how the service has made a real difference to her life with MS. Watch here.

MS Society Helpline: 0808 800 8000

Multiple sclerosis: Are we close to a cure?

23 August 2017

Source Medical News Today:

Just 20 years ago, there was little in the way of treatments for multiple sclerosis. But now, research has built momentum, and discoveries and potential treatments are always emerging. How far have we come in treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and how close are we to a cure? We find out.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Around 400,000 people are living with MS in the United...

Common stomach bacteria can reduce MS symptoms in mice

23 August 2017

Source MS Society:

Researchers have found that common gut bacteria can suppress MS symptoms in mice.

Can pure cocoa reduce fatigue in people with Multiple Sclerosis - want to help find out?

24 July 2017

Source Oxford Brookes University

A healthy diet may be a simple, cost effective and safe therapy for improving symptoms experienced in people with MS (pwMS), and thus for increasing quality of life. There is currently no cure for fatigue yet it is one of the most debilitating of symptoms associated with MS.

Farewell to the Chalet

24 July 2017

Source Reading, Wokingham and Districts MS Society:

As you may know, the lease on our holiday chalet at the Hoburne Naish site near Bournemouth, runs out at the end of September and cannot be renewed.

How do you keep your brain fit when you have MS?

24 July 2017

Source MS Trust:

There is a lot of talk about brain health and how to keep your brain as healthy and fit as possible. But what does this really entail?

In this blog Helena from the MS Trust information and engagement team explores some ideas on how to improve your brain health.

Have you heard people talking about brain health in MS and wondered what they actually mean? In MS the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages tissue in the brain and spinal cord, this can...

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