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Recent years have seen much interest in the role of diet to help people with MS with problems such as eating difficulties, weight loss and constipation. It is now accepted that diet also has a preventative role to play, minimising risk for conditions secondary to disability, such as obesity and heart disease, and helping to promote general health and well-being. Dietitian Anne Payne looks at some of the issues.
An interesting conversation started on Twitter. How do disabled folks date? The big question was about how to appeal to a potential partner. Kevin Ward sheds some light on the options.
After disclosing my MS in a pretty unabashed fashion in a national broadsheet (The Independent) last November I thought I was done with ‘coming out’ about my disease. Then this summer a BBC researcher got in touch about a series for Radio 4 and wondered whether I’d be interested in telling my story for their series.
Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) is an invasive treatment for spasticity and spasms. It used to be thought of as a last resort but more recently both health professionals and people with MS are realising it can help to keep people mobile and well without the side effects often experienced by oral medications. Dr Val Stevenson discusses the treatment and Carmel Mackey, who uses a baclofen pump, talks about how it has affected her life
Mindfulness involves learning to bring our full attention to our experience moment by moment in a kind and non-judgemental way so that we can be aware of what is really happening in our bodies, our minds and emotions and our environment. Vanessa Hope considers how the approach might help people with MS.
The Information Standard was devised by the Department of Health to allow people to judge what information is accurate, based on good evidence, up-to-date and unbiased? MS Trust publications and website pages carry this mark.
Debbie Purdy and Mel Smith spent last Friday learning to fly in a vertical wind tunnel to raise funds for the MS Trust.
Dr George Gveric writes about the work of the UK Multiple Sclerosis Tissue Bank, which was set up to fulfil wishes of those who wanted to help MS research by donating brain and spinal cord tissue, and to provide a resource for scientists investigating various aspects of MS
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has issued new guidelines on whether someone will be prosecuted for helping someone to die.
People with MS may face a range of legal problems as a consequence of having multiple sclerosis and it can sometimes be difficult to know whether they have any legal rights they can assert to resolve these problems. This is where the Disability Law Service can come in.
Report of research exploring experiences of supporting a family member with progressive MS and the transition to respite or long-stay care.
Stress is a common and sometimes unavoidable part of life, but it may be possible to control stress by changing the situation in order to limit the stressful elements or by learning to change how you react to stressful events. Psychologist Dr Gail Kinman looks at causes of stress and ways to manage it.
My story is all too familiar, six years ago I was happily married with one little girl and another baby girl due any day. Then I was diagnosed with something called MS.
A diagnosis of MS may affect how you feel about yourself and how you relate to your partner. Catherine Allen of Relate discusses ways of maintaining a fulfilling intimacy within the relationship
At last, after all the months of preparation we finally met all of our fellow trekkers at Heathrow, together with Sally and Charlotte from Skyline and the doctors on the trek - Graham and Marc - and set off on the first leg of our journey to New York's JFK airport.
Physiotherapist Lesley Furnell from Revive MS Support writes about how using horseriding to create movement can be helpful for people with multiple sclerosis.
An MS nurse looks at the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAMS) in managing multiple sclerosis