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The link between smoking and multiple sclerosis (MS) is "clearer than ever", with those who smoke more likely to develop the condition and become disabled more quickly, a charity has warned. The MS Society said it has completed a major evidence review into the connection between smoking and the chronic…
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing soaring care costs, with many unable to pay for the care they need, a charity has warned. The MS Society has estimated that people with the condition will be forced to shell out more than £110,000 over 25 years for care. Many patients…
The decision not to make a drug which slows the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) available on the NHS is "deeply disappointing", a charity has said as it launched a petition against the move. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) announced on Monday that it was not…
A drug that slows the affects of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been recommended for treatment on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance which recommends ocrelizumab for treating relapsing-remitting MS in adults. There are around 100,000 people with MS in the UK,…
A Northern Ireland woman who suffers from MS says the change of a key benefit has left her exhausted and fearful for the future. Melissa Leavy, 18, from Downpatrick, spoke out as the MS Society released new research which finds the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence…
A "senseless" benefits test is costing the NHS almost £8 million a year as a result of extra GP appointments or attendance at A&E, a charity has claimed. The MS Society, which supports people with multiple sclerosis, hit out at a rule which can stop people able to walk more…
An independent inquiry has been launched into the recall of thousands of neurology patients in Northern Ireland.Last week, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a probe into the work of a consultant neurologist.The move followed the year-long examination by the Royal College of Physicians of patient notes…
The Belfast Trust has said it is "truly sorry" for having to recall 2,500 patients after a probe into the work of a consultant neurologist. The recall comes after an independent review of patient notes relating to the work of Dr Michael Watt. It follows a review of patient notes…
A survey of more than 100 MS nurses by the MS Society reveals the significant pressure being placed on them to assist with benefits claims. Nine in ten (90%) said they provided patients with evidence for benefits applications. Of those, more than half (58%) said they worked outside of working…
A woman in her late 60s who was "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis died in late 2015 after a Court of Protection judge allowed medics to cease artificial feeding. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was "completely incapacitated" and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to…
The MS Society has said it is concerned that a proposal to withdraw five treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) from the NHS could limit people’s ability to manage living with the condition. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today recommended that five MS treatments should no…
Nearly a third of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their initial claim for disability benefits rejected after the system was reformed, campaigners have warned. Data obtained by the MS Society suggests 31% of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) by people with MS were "disallowed" by…
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