Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: A subset of stem cells in hair follicles, called melanocytes, appear to do more than just give rise to mature melanocytes, cells that help to determine hair colour. Those melanocyte stem cells, or McSCs, that carry the CD34 protein were found in hair follicles from mice to differentiate into glial cells and support myelin production, a study reports.
Whether these McSCs also exist in human hair, and so might potentially treat demyelinating diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or traumatic nerve injury, will be the focus of further research. Read on.
April 100 club winners:
1st: Joel Baldwin
2nd: Jodie Evans
3rd: Shirley Ray
Prize fund: £87.50
Ask for details to join the club, you got to be in it to win it!!
Thursday 23rd May – Cakes needed for MEPC Cake sale, the more variety the better, home-made and bought.
Sunday 2nd – Volunteers needed to shake collection tins at Tesco Extra Abingdon between 10-4pm
Thursday 13th – AGM, 12 at the Centre
Saturday 29th – Volunteers needed to shake collection tins at Millets Farm, Frilford between 9-5.
Bob Nex who received oxygen at the Centre in 2018, died on Tuesday 16th at Sobell House. There is a card at the centre for anyone wishing to sign it for his wife Yvonne.
Source Independent Living: An interesting new supplementary service has just been launched by Motability.
An interesting new supplementary service has just been launched by Motability.
People who lease an adapted vehicle, including WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles) through the scheme can now lease a lightweight manual wheelchair at the same time.
The wheelchair option is available to anyone making a new application to the scheme, for any type of adapted vehicle.
It has been designed to ensure that customers have mobility support when they arrive at their destination. Read on.
Source MS Society: Scrap the PIP 20-metre rule.
The PIP 20-metre rule is failing people with MS. And people are losing their independence as a result.
New research shows this is predicted to cost the UK Government £92 million over three years – more than it will have saved by cutting PIP payments.
Now, the UK Government are reviewing their spending for the next few years. This is your chance to tell them the 20-metre rule simply doesn’t make sense – for the UK Government or people with MS. Join the MS Society campaign here!
Source MS Society: Small but mighty, mitochondria provide the energy that busy nerve cells need to survive.
We spoke with mitochondria expert Dr Don Mahad, from the University of Edinburgh, about what makes them so special – and what goes wrong in MS.
Mitochondria and progressive MS
‘I’m interested in energy production and demand in the brain and spinal cord, and especially how this changes in progressive MS.’ It’s the mitochondria that generate the bulk of this energy.
‘Mitochondria are smaller than the size of a pinhead, yet play a critical role in keeping us healthy’ says Don. ‘The healthy brain makes up just 2% of your body but takes 20% of the energy. To meet this demand, mitochondria station themselves all along the nerve fibres.’ Read on.