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Why I became an MS Helpline volunteer

05 Feb 2018 | Yvette
Photo shows a group of helpline workers sitting around a table  Yvette has been volunteering for our MS Helpline since 2016. In this blog, she talks about what motivated her to become a helpline volunteer and how a simple phone call can make all the difference. It started with a tweet I was browsing on Twitter a couple of years back and came across a tweet by the MS Society about volunteering for their national helpline. Somehow, that tweet popped up at just...

Legalise cannabis for medicinal use

05 Feb 2018 | Katie Hall
Graphic shows a lamp with the text it shouldn't be illegal to be able to sleep through the night For some people with MS, there’s no effective treatment for their pain and muscle spasms. Cannabis for medicinal use could help. People with MS shouldn’t have to break the law to get the relief they need. Last year, we presented the evidence on why the UK Government should make cannabis for medicinal use...

Behind the headlines: can the different rates of MS in men and women be explained by testosterone?

02 Feb 2018 | Caitlin Astbury
Graphic shows stick figures holding symbols for male and female Recent media reports suggest testosterone plays a role in protecting men against MS. We look behind the headlines to see what the study actually showed. Almost three times as many women as men are affected by MS, and understanding why could be important for prevention and treatment. We know changing hormone levels during pregnancy have a big...

Getting back into exercise after my MS diagnosis

19 Jan 2018 | Scott McPhillimy
Scott I was diagnosed with MS two and a half years ago, a few months before my twenty seventh birthday. I was very active before MS, playing a lot of football and running half marathons. After my diagnosis I gave up exercise altogether. I wanted to be able to do what I’d done before, but I couldn’t, and it was really hard to come to terms with that. I lost a lot of weight while I was trying a special diet,...

Pixiwoo’s Nic: ‘Life can be better than it was before’

17 Jan 2018 | Frances Whinder
Nic Haste YouTube star Nic Haste talks to us about coming out with MS, juggling MS and being a working mum, and how exercise helps her feel good.  Nic Haste is one of YouTube’s biggest names. With sister Sam, she shares make-up tips and tutorials on their Pixiwoo channel. In the past 10 years, they’ve published over 800 videos and amassed over two million subscribers.  But on 22 June 2017, Nic published a video...

A moment that changed MS research: 20 years ago today

16 Jan 2018 | David Schley
Professor Richard Reynolds at the MS Society Tissue Bank On 16 January 1998, Professor Richard Reynolds set off to personally collect the first human brain for the MS Society Tissue Bank at Imperial College. Since then, the centre has grown to become a vital resource for researchers all over the world. The MS Society Tissue Bank is born Professor Reynolds explains: “MS is a condition that only affects the human brain...

Riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Dad

11 Jan 2018 | Frances Whinder
MS Superstar Stephen with his family MS Superstar Stephen conquered the UK’s most famous cycling route last year, taking part in Deloitte’s Ride Across Britain.  9 days. 969 miles. Could it be you in 2018? Stephen explains what to expect.  Supporting the MS Society My dad has lived with MS for over 30 years. He’s my hero and I’ve tried all my life to make him proud and live...

How bullet journaling helps me manage my MS

11 Jan 2018 | Hannah Smith
Hannah with her bullet journal A year after my MS diagnosis a dear friend suggested that starting a bullet journal might help me manage my MS. What is a bullet journal, I hear you ask? It was created by Rydor Carroll. It’s basically a paper diary in which you use a system to help you keep organised, which you can customise to suit you. You can use it for things like to-do lists, sketching, diary logs etc....

Are you a Christmas Raffle winner?

03 Jan 2018 | George Marshall
Image shows baubles and Christmas tree branches We're delighted to announce the winners of our Christmas Raffle. A huge thank you to everyone who entered. Your support makes a real difference - in 2017 alone, you helped us raise over £350,000 for MS research and support. Every ticket brings us closer to stopping MS for good. Our lucky Christmas Raffle winners are: First prize (£5,000) 326440 – Mr Shorthose, South...

A year of breakthroughs

21 Dec 2017 | David Schley
Gif shows animation of person wearing a santa hat 2017 saw a number of firsts in the world of MS research. We’re not there yet, but the last 12 months show stopping MS is within our grasp. The game changer The year’s major breakthrough came in November, where the first licensed treatment for progressive MS was approved in Europe. Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) has been shown to help some people with primary progressive MS, mainly those early on in their...

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