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Pip Vincent-Cooke
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Pip's Blog has moved!
Please visit our new website and Pip's blog page here  http://www.bmstc.org/blog

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Disability benefits: Number 10 defends changes to PIPs
Source BBC: Downing Street has defended plans to change access to disability benefits, saying that "nobody is losing out". The government wants to reverse the effects of a court ruling which expands the number of people who can claim Personal Independence P...

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#ACTRIMS2017 – There is Increased Evidence Linking Viruses to MS Risk
Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be caused by genetic factors, but environmental cues are increasingly recognized to have an impact on disease onset and development. One environmental factor suggested to play a rol...

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Caroline Wyatt: MS 'brain fog' lifted after stem cell treatment
Source BBC: BBC journalist Caroline Wyatt has spoken of how the "brain fog began to lift" after she had pioneering treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). The former BBC defence correspondent was deemed unsuitable for an NHS trial and paid $60,000 (£48,000) ...

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Unexpected changes to PIP assessment
Source MS Society: On Thursday night the Government announced surprise changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment. We didn't expect these changes and are working hard to understand their potential impact. They follow proposals last year, ...

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Calling all Nationwide Building Society customers
Calling all Nationwide Building Society customers – vote for us in branch across the area we may receive a wonderful £1,000 donation. Vote for us in the following Nationwide branches:  Basingstoke Bracknell Caversham Crowthorne Reading (Board Street) Readin...

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Money Box Live: Self-employment and disability
Source BBC: There are a record 5m self-employed workers in the UK.They account for the 45 per cent of the growth in total employment since 2008. Analysis of the figures show that 16% of working disabled people identify as being their own boss, compared with...

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Model helps explain why some patients with multiple sclerosis have seizures
Source EurekAlert: RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects nearly 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is triggered when the immune system attacks the protective covering around nerve fiber...

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New voice for disabled consumers
Source BBC: Disabled people will get a fresh chance to make their concerns heard as consumers, thanks to a government initiative to be announced on Tuesday. Eleven sector champions are being appointed to help make different areas of business more accountabl...

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HSCT could have long-term benefits
Source MS Society: HSCT could have long-term benefits for some people with MS, according to the results of a large study that we co-funded. After five years, progression had stopped in just under half of the 239 people eligible for the treatment.   Read on.
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