DWP breached advertising standards

Source MS Society: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld our complaint against the Government’s Universal Credit adverts.

Formal investigation

In June, as part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), we submitted a complaint to the ASA about the DWP’s advertising campaign in the Metro newspaper.

The ads claimed to be a “myth buster” on Universal Credit. But we argued they were misleading and dangerous to the health and financial security of disabled people.

After receiving our complaint, the ASA launched a formal investigation. Read on.

Sativex cost-effective in final NICE guideline on cannabis-based medicines

Source MS Trust: Sativex is a cost-effective treatment for people with MS spasticity according to new guidance published today by NICE(link is external).  This reverses the decision made in draft guidance published earlier this year.

The guideline recommends that, providing the local NHS health authority is willing to pay for continued treatment, a 4-week trial of Sativex can be offered to people with moderate to severe MS-related spasticity which has not been improved by other treatments.  At the end of the trial, if their spasticity-related symptoms have improved by at least 20%, they can continue taking Sativex.  Read on. 

European drug regulator recommends restricted use of Lemtrada

Source MS Trust: Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) should be restricted to people with highly active relapsing-remitting MS according to a review carried out by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) drug safety committee.

Highly active relapsing-remitting MS covers people who continue to have relapses despite taking at least one disease-modifying drug (DMD) or if MS is worsening rapidly with at least two disabling relapses in a year and MRI scans show new MS activity. In addition, Lemtrada must no longer be used in people with certain heart, circulation or bleeding disorders or in people who have auto-immune disorders other than MS.

The recommendations also include new measures to identify and treat problems that may occur after having a Lemtrada infusion.  Read on. 

Cannabis-based medicines: Two drugs approved for NHS

Source BBC: Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been approved for use by the NHS in England.

It follows new guidelines from the drugs advisory body NICE, which looked at products for several conditions.

Charities have welcomed the move, although some campaigners who have been fighting for access to the drugs have said it does not go far enough.

Both medicines were developed in the UK, where they are also grown.

Doctors will be able to prescribe Epidyolex, for children with two types of severe epilepsy – Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – which can cause multiple seizures a day.  Read on. 

Immersion in virtual reality scenes of the Arctic helps to ease people’s pain

Source Medical Xpress: Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has found.

Scientists from Imperial College London have found that using virtual reality headsets could combat increased sensitivity to pain, by immersing people in scenes of icebergs, frigid oceans and sprawling icescapes.

In a small proof-of-concept study, published in Pain Reports, a team from Imperial used VR video to reduce peoples’ scores of perceived ongoing pain as well their sensitivity to painful stimuli.

According to the researchers, the findings add to the growing evidence for the potential of VR technology to help patients with chronic pain.  Read on.

Launching an MS manifesto for the UK general election

Source MS Society:  After months of speculation, the UK government has called a general election for Thursday 12 December. But what do people with MS want from our next government?

For the next six weeks, parliamentary candidates from a range of political parties will be trying to convince people across the UK to vote for them.

More than 100,000 of us live with MS in the UK. This is our opportunity to ask representatives from all political parties what their plans are for dealing with the issues that affect our community. We’ve put together an MS manifesto that lays out our demands for the next UK government.

Our MS manifesto – our priorities for the next UK government.  Read on.

We have a variety of ways to make donations to the centre.

We have a variety of ways to make donations to the centre. You can pay on the day, at the end of the week, at the end of the month (we can email you at the end of the month to let you know what therapies you have had over that period).

 You can choose to make a donation in any of the following ways:

  • by bank transfer (just ask Sue for bank details)
  • by cheque
  • by cash

October 100 club winners

1st prize – Gloria

2nd prize – Sue Webb

3rd prize – Geoff Fewings

Sharing a prize fund of: £80

Speak to Sue for details of our 100 club, only £5 a month.

Milton Park Christmas Market 2019

Milton Park Christmas Market 2019
What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a Christmas Market – especially when it comes to you! We’re pleased to announce that the Christmas Market will be returning to Milton Park on Thursday 12th December.
There’ll be a wide variety of stalls selling local produce and handmade gifts. It should be the perfect time to pick up some Christmas stocking fillers or simply have a browse on your lunch break.

You can also enjoy complimentary mince pies, pigs in blankets and mulled wine from Café Metro while exploring the stalls.

Head down to the Park Centre (under the white canopy, next to Café Metro) anytime between 11am and 2pm.
For more information, head over to our event listing!