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Try looking in the monthly archives. May 2016

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Newly-diagnosed with MS are forced out of work

 
 
 
A branch of jobcentreplus, part of the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, where people who are out of work register to gain unemployment benefits.
 
Some people with MS somehow have the ability to carry on working, and I have nothing […]

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‘All clear’ is such a relief

Those of you who have been reading this blog for some months now may remember that in February I had to be rushed to hospital.
It was nothing to do with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or even my heart condition. It was […]

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Unnecessary comments that can hurt

Some disabilities are obvious, being clearly visible to other people. But other people’s conditions are not so obvious because they do not affect their physical appearance. These are the so-called ‘invisible’ illnesses.
When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, although I […]

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DWP is not ‘solely’ to blame – just partially

 
You know that I am a great one for words and hidden meanings. I saw through the meaningless words of UK work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb that the government had no plans to make further disability benefits cuts.
I warned […]

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Debbie’s independent review of folding electric wheelchair: ‘The most practical chair I’ve tried’

To coincide with Mobility Roadshow1, that started yesterday at the UK’s Silverstone motor racing circuit and runs until tomorrow, I wanted to bring you an independent review of the lightweight folding powered wheelchair that was revealed to readers of this […]

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World MS Day: ‘MS doesn’t stop me’

People with MS were challenged yesterday, as part of World MS Day 2016, to celebrate all the ways that they maintain their independence and get on with their lives.
By sharing examples of independence from lots of different countries, the Multiple […]

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Drug ´breakthrough´ for primary progressive MS

Everyone living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis should be excited by the fact a drug being developed for treatment of that particular type of MS has been given ´breakthrough´ designation by the USA´s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The special status […]

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Cameron protects NHS, Corbyn says not enough

Accused of failing to include, in the Queen’s Speech, any mention of protection for the National Health Service (NHS) from the forthcoming and controversial European/American TTIP trade deal, UK prime minister David Cameron has agreed to an amendment on legislation […]

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Being in the sun helps vitamin D levels but Orkney’s high MS rate is not due to deficiency, study shows

Spending more time in the sun can help everyone who needs to overcome his or her low level of vitamin D – and research in Scotland suggests that even taking holidays abroad may hold the key to tackling vitamin D […]

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New multiple sclerosis treatment to repair myelin is at phase 2 trial stage of development

Anti-LINGO-1 (also known as BIIB033) is a new MS treatment being development by the pharmaceutical company Biogen. It is currently being tested in people with optic neuritis, relapsing remitting MS and secondary progressive MS in phase 2 clinical trials.
LINGO is […]

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