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Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
People who suffer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) may have an elevated risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked autoimmune disease to an increased risk of going on to suffer dementia. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disease, from multiple sclerosis…
The MS Society is to fund a new study into the needs of families and carers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the impact of MS on their lives. The study will be carried out by researchers at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, who are specialists in person-centred practice,…
A radical treatment that wipes out and then regenerates the immune system can halt progression of aggressive multiple sclerosis and even reverse its symptoms, research has shown. Scientists in Canada described results from a trial involving 24 patients with a highly active, relapsing form of the autoimmune disease as "very…
A study published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal has shown significant differences in the prevalence of MS amongst different ethnic groups in London. Researchers at Queen Mary University, London, identified 776 people with MS across four East London boroughs and found Black (African or Caribbean descent) and South Asian (Indian,…
A judge has ruled that a 68-year-old woman ''locked into the end stage'' of multiple sclerosis should be allowed to die. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was ''completely incapacitated'' and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to allow medics to stop providing ''clinically assisted nutrition and hydration''. Mr…
A "wait and see" culture in the NHS over the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) is damaging patient care, a charity has warned. The MS Society said a "paradigm shift" has occurred in understanding the disease, which had shown that treating it early is vital for people with relapsing forms…
People with multiple sclerosis who claim disability benefits are finding that controversial assessments are causing their condition to deteriorate or relapse, a charity has warned. The MS Society said nearly half (48%) of those questioned who had an assessment for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) felt it was of harm to…
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