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Take responsibility, vitamins, and a position for sleep

We should all take responsibility for our own health, and this is something I both advocate and practice.  That’s why I got my GP to refer me to an MS specialist neurologist here in Spain, and why Lisa and I […]

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Assessment disgrace: ‘Fit for work’ man dies before ESA appeal can be heard

Disability benefit assessors have been widely criticised for deciding wrongly that people are ‘fit to work’. The situation is a disgrace, the criticism is well deserved.
There have been a number of examples, but none more tragic than the case of […]

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Treasury minister blames disabled people who work for fall in productivity

Government policies relating to people with disabilities appear to be in even more disarray than usual. Once again, those with disabilities resulting from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, or any other cause, are under attack.
The department for work and pensions’ […]

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New government figures reveal a third of new applicants with MS are refused key disability benefit

One-third of people with MS are turned down when they first apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a key disability benefit, the government has admitted.
The MS Society discovered the facts by questioning the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions […]

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Assessments for disability benefits cause ‘terrifying insecurity’

A pressure group has warned that the government’s disability benefit assessments are the cause of “terrifying insecurity”. What’s more, it says assessments are driving disabled women to destitution, and even “hastening their deaths”.
The warning was given by WinVisible, a group […]

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Government budget disappointment: Extra cash but not enough for health, social care crisis ignored

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, the UK government minister in charge of the Treasury, is under fire from critics.
Last week, Hammond introduced his budget that included £2.8bn funding for frontline NHS services in England over the next three years. […]

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Search for a “miracle” cure journeys to Israel

Documentary ‘The Search for a Miracle Cure’ tells the story of a stem cell therapy being trialled in Israel. British TV station Channel 4 broadcast it on Thursday night.
Mark Lewis (pic: Seddons Solicitors).
The programme followed British solicitor (lawyer) Mark Lewis […]

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Nearly 1 million Americans have MS, not 400,000 as previously thought – NMSS Study

A new National MS Society (NMSS) prevalence study estimates that nearly 1 million people have multiple sclerosis in the USA. And that’s more than twice as many as previously thought.
The new estimate is that 947,000 people have MS, compared with […]

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Care homes for older people housing younger people, some with MS

The MS Society has discovered 3,000-plus people under the age of 65 living in care homes for older people. And that includes younger people with MS.
So, almost one in seven younger adults in UK residential care could be living in […]

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Needless deaths caused by government spending cuts

Health and social care spending cuts have led to 120,000 needless deaths over the last seven years. A report in the British Medical Journal exposed the dramatic figures.
Those are the very cuts that we with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other […]

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