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Try looking in the monthly archives. May 2017

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It’s World MS Day, does it really matter?

Today is World MS Day. And this should be an important day for raising awareness of multiple sclerosis in countries around the globe. But that is not what is happening.
Even though the supposedly special day is coordinated by the MS […]

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Social care plans ‘ignore working-age disabled people’

Campaigners are denouncing the Conservatives for ignoring the social care needs of working-age disabled people. The issue does not get a mention in the party’s manifesto for next week’s UK general election.
Conservative leader and prime minister Theresa May got in […]

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Mixed messages about beta-interferon safety to treat MS

Research that is meaningful is essential. It is what, after all, what we need to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases.
However, a new study from the University of British Columbia, Canada, puzzles me. The study “Evaluating the safety […]

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Two new studies increase our understanding of MS

New studies may be good news for those of us living with multiple sclerosis as they increase understanding of it.
One pinpoints a mutation responsible for neurological dysfunction. Meanwhile, the second says high levels of a protein may contribute to MS progression.
Professor Ian Duncan.
Ian […]

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Election 2017: Labour to reform welfare benefits and end freeze

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All three main UK political parties have put stated their plans for state welfare benefits, should they win the general election.
Of course, realistically only the existing government Conservatives or the major opposition Labour party, can win. The Liberal Democrats […]

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Loss of spinal nerve fibres not only cause of disability in MS – new research

Disability from multiple sclerosis may be caused by more than loss of spinal nerve fibres, new research shows.
This could mean the use of MRI scans to predict disability from MS may not be as reliable as thought.
The research questions the belief that, in […]

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Protect Disability Benefits – No More Cuts

Signing petitions and adding my name to open letters is not really my thing That’s not to say that I never do, just that it has to be a cause with which I agree totally. Now, I find that I […]

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MS: Emergency hospital admissions continue to rise

Emergency hospital admissions for people with MS are rising in a major part of the UK. So says new research published by the MS Trust and Wilmington Healthcare. These admissions cause distress, and cost the NHS millions. Yet many could be avoided.
The report […]

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Election: Which Party will be Best for People with Disabilities?

I have an interest in elections and politics that started more than 50 years ago. And, yes, I have delivered leaflets and even canvassed for candidates.
Today, though, I decide election by election how to vote and support the party that […]

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Why are DMTs – Drugs to treat MS – Resisted by so Many?

Many people with multiple sclerosis await the launch of each new disease modifying therapy (DMT), hoping it will bring some improvement.
Meanwhile, a significant number of those in the same situation seem to ignore a new drug and carry on regardless. But […]

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