Tuesday, 28 February 2017

#ACTRIMS2017 – There is Increased Evidence Linking Viruses to MS Risk

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be caused by genetic factors, but environmental cues are increasingly recognized to have an impact on disease onset and development. One environmental factor suggested to play a role in MS is infectious agents, such as viruses. Now, different teams of scientists have explored the potential link between different viruses and the risk for MS.  Read on.

Caroline Wyatt: MS 'brain fog' lifted after stem cell treatment

Source BBC:

BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the "brain fog began to lift" after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).

The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) for a stem cell transplant in Mexico in January.

Wyatt, 49, told BBC Radio 4's PM programme that she was "feeling better than I have done in a long time".  Read on.

Unexpected changes to PIP assessment

Source MS Society:

On Thursday night the Government announced surprise changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment.

We didn't expect these changes and are working hard to understand their potential impact. They follow proposals last year, which we and other disability charities sent a strong message against.  Read on.

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Money Box Live: Self-employment and disability

Source BBC:

There are a record 5m self-employed workers in the UK.They account for the 45 per cent of the growth in total employment since 2008. Analysis of the figures show that 16% of working disabled people identify as being their own boss, compared with 13% of the non-disabled population.  Read on and listen here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mouse model helps explain why some patients with multiple sclerosis have seizures

Source EurekAlert:

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects nearly 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is triggered when the immune system attacks the protective covering around nerve fibers, called the myelin sheath. The "demyelination" that follows damages nerve cells and causes impaired exchange of information between the brain and body as well as within the brain itself.  Read on.

New voice for disabled consumers

Source BBC:

Disabled people will get a fresh chance to make their concerns heard as consumers, thanks to a government initiative to be announced on Tuesday.

Eleven sector champions are being appointed to help make different areas of business more accountable to the disabled.  Read on.