Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Stop Press - London Marathon Gold Bond Place available!


London Marathon 2013

We have ONE place left for the forthcoming London Marathon. If you know someone who would like to take on this challenge and raise sponsorship for the Centre, please email Jackie@bmstc.org for more details.

Christmas Fayre this Saturday 24th November!

Don't forget to come along to our Christmas Fayre this Saturday 24th November!

For more details click here!

Special Shopping Evening - Reading

Photo: This year's Special Shopping Evening for Older and Disabled People takes place on Monday 3 December between 6pm - 8pm in the Town Centre.

http://www.reading.gov.uk/events/details/59/

This year's Special Shopping Evening for Older and Disabled People takes place on Monday 3 December between 6pm - 8pm in the Town Centre.

Find out more here!

Marshalls needed!

Photo: We are looking for volunteers to  road marshall for the Centre at the forthcoming Reading Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 17th March. All our marshalls are placed next to the Madejski Stadium and have a birds eye view of the start and finish of the race plus the Centre gets a generous donation for the organisers:)
If you know anyone who would like to help out, please contact Jackie at the Centre

We are looking for volunteers to road marshall for the Centre at the forthcoming Reading Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 17th March.

All our marshalls are placed next to the Madejski Stadium and have a birds eye view of the start and finish of the race plus the Centre gets a generous donation for the organisers:)

 If you know anyone who would like to help out, please contact Jackie at the Centre on 0118 901 6000 or email jackie@bmstc.org

Nose cell transplant enables paralysed dogs to walk

Source BBC:

"Prof Franklin said the procedure might be used alongside drug treatments to promote nerve fibre regeneration and bioengineering to substitute damaged neural networks."  For more click here.

UM Scientist Succeed in Developing Polymer Nanofiber Technologies for a Promising Nerve Research

 Source SpecialChem:

"What we need to do for multiple sclerosis is to encourage nerves to remyelinate," he says. "For nerve damage caused by trauma, on the other hand, we need to encourage regeneration."

Read more here!

Views sought on strengthening NHS Constitution

Department of Health

Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution are set out for public consultation today, with the NHS, patients and public are all being asked to respond.  Read more here.

Breakthrough Nanoparticle Halts Multiple Sclerosis in Mice, Offers Hope for Other Immune-Related Diseases

Source Science Daily:

In a breakthrough for nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis, a biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen that tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin and halt a model of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.  Read more here.

4 Relapsing Remitting MS patients to take part in paid market research

We are looking for 4 Relapsing Remitting MS patients to take part in paid market research. 
 
The aim of the research is designed to help understand exactly what it is like to live with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.
 
 Patient contribution to the study is invaluable and can help research and development in MS.
 
  • The interviews will be conducted in the patient’s home
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Incentive: ...
  • £60 cash on the day
  • Dates available (all subject to confirmation):
  • Mon & Tues (19th and 20th Nov), Fri (23rd Nov)
  • Mon (3rd Nov), Tue (4th Nov), Thurs (6th Nov) and Fri (7th Nov)
  • Time: When it’s suitable for the patients and to be confirmed when booking the appointment.
 
If you are interested or know someone else who might be then we would like to hear from you.
 
Please Contact: Sam smith
Mob: 07788 725 557 or email: Sam.s@fieldscopeint.com
 
Best wishes,
 
Sam

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Bonus Tokens Today - Reading Post Make a Wish

More than 120 schools, charities and other good causes have registered with the Reading Post Wish campaign
Please don't forget to collect your Wish Tokens from the Reading Evening Post and bring or send them into BMSTC!  Bonus tokens in todays edition!

The Reading Post will be distributing a share of £15,000 to all of the 142 groups registered with the campaign, which of course includes BMSTC!

Thank you!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Living well with MS: a role for psychology?

Source MS Trust:

When we think about the effects that a condition such as MS can have on people's lives, it is not surprising that mood problems are common. Over the last year, we set up a psychology service in Surrey offering two frequently used approaches (CBT and MBCT) that research has shown can improve mood and help people adapt to and cope with living with MS. In this article we describe these two approaches and include some of the comments made by our clients who took part.  For more click here.  
 
Note:  CBT is available at BMSTC for people living in the West Berkshire PCT area.  For more information call NHS Talking Therapies on 0118 9769121.   The service is also in other areas by contacting your local PCT.
 

Health and Wellbeing Event - 21st November



On behalf of the Physical Disabilities and Sensory Needs (PDSN) Network, we would like to invite you to a health and well-being event at the Civic Centre, Reading on Wednesday 21st November at 10.30am.

As well as have an opportunity to have your say on proposals outlined in the Council’s draft Health and Well-Being Strategy, we will also have short presentations about the role of the Health and Well-Being Board, Healthwatch and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

We are delighted to have presentations from:

–       Berkshire Physiotherapy Centre who will be covering neuro-physiotherapy for people with disabilities such as MS, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, stroke and MND;

–       The Royal Berkshire Hospital covering breast screening for women with a disability and

–       The Stroke Association covering life after a stroke

Refreshments will be provided so please advise of your attendance by contacting me via my email address or alternatively pdsn@reading.gov.uk

Angela Todd
Service Development and Partenrships
0118 937 4114

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

MSNTC (MS National Therapy Centres) is working with the MS Society in a project to put people with MS at the centre of setting research priorities.


It is crucial that research into MS answers the questions that are most important to people affected by MS.

 This project aims to find the top 10 unanswered questions in MS research. For more click here.

MS Society grant to research Oxygen.

Source MS Society:

The MS Society has recently given a research grant towards a project run by a Bio-Scientist who is trying to understand how oxygen help. Follow the link to the heading "A new therapy for new relapses?" - great to see that Oxygen Therapy is being studied :0)

Study "Experiences of Multiple Sclerosis"

Please particiapte in this study...

A Study of Responses to Diagnosis and Living with MS Participant Information Sheet (June 2012)

"This study has been reviewed and received a favourable opinion from the University of Surrey Ethics Committee.
Thank you for expressing an interest in this study or multiple sclerosis (MS), which is part of PhD research in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey. Please read the following information and feel free to discuss this with someone else before deciding to take part.

What is this study about?
The study is intended to find out about how people responded to being diagnosed with MS and then how they continue to feel about living with the condition. The research aims to understand thoughts and feelings about MS, about how people think and cope."  Read more here.

Researcher, Bridget Jones, will be at BMSTC on the morning of Thursday if you would like to talk to her about the study.

 

New MS drug is 'most effective'

Source BBC:
A new drug is the "most effective" treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, say UK researchers.

During MS the body's immune system turns on its own nerves causing debilitating muscle problems.  Read more here.

Green Park Children's race!

Photo: Do you know any children who would like to take part in the GREEN PARK CHALLENGE, a children's race that takes place a few minutes before the READING HALF MARATHON on Sunday 17th March. We have FREE places to give out to family and friends of the Centre who want to raise funds sponsorship. Please contact Jackie

Do you know any children who would like to take part in the GREEN PARK CHALLENGE, a children's race that takes place a few minutes before the READING HALF MARATHON on Sunday 17th March?

We have FREE places to give out to family and friends of the Centre who want to raise funds sponsorship. Please contact jackie@bmstc.org