Author: posabilitymagazine

MS hope from ‘off-the-shelf’ drug

Existing drugs for motor neurone disease, asthma and heart disease are being tested as possible treatments for advanced multiple sclerosis (MS).  About 500 people with late-stage MS are to enrol in clinical trials in England and Scotland to see if three common drugs can slow disease progression. Research suggests the medicines may protect the brain from further damage. There is currently no treatment for secondary progressive MS, a form of the disease marked by increased disability. About 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK. Symptoms include problems with walking, balance, speech, vision and extreme fatigue. Treatments are...

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Bleddyn Rowlands from Anglesey on his bungalow improvements

The system for adapting people’s homes for reasons of age or disability is complicated, inconsistent and lacks respect for their wishes, AMs say.  An inquiry report calls for a customer charter setting out people’s rights and how long the work should take. The review also says the means testing system for disabled facilities grants is both complex and unfair. The Welsh government welcomed the report and said it was committed to continuing to improve services. BBC Wales reporter Rob Thomas spoke to Anglesey resident Bleddyn Rowlands. He said he had his bungalow adapted quickly following an accident, but knows...

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The ‘dementia dogs’ that get their owners out of bed, keep them active, and bring them their medication

A Labrador and a golden retriever – named Kaspa and Oscar – have become the first dogs in the country to look after dementia sufferers.  The pair has been drafted in to help Ken Will, 79, and Maureen Benham, 69, who were both diagnosed with dementia three years ago. As their conditions have deteriorated, their dependence on respective partners Glenys Will, 66, and Frank Benham, 74, has increased – until now. Thanks to the new Dementia Dog project, Kaspa and Oscar, both aged two, can now support Mrs Benham and Mr Will by listening for a set of alarms...

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How drug used to treat diabetes could cut risk of developing dementia by a fifth

A drug used to treat diabetes could cut the risk of developing dementia by 20 per cent, a study has found.  Almost 15,000 people aged over 55 diagnosed with the type 2 form of the disease were given the drug metformin over five years. But when scientists looked back over medical records they found it also reduced the chances of those with diabetes developing dementia. Metformin, one of the most common diabetes treatments, makes the body more sensitive to insulin, which diabetes sufferers cannot naturally produce. About 800,000 people in the UK suffer from a form of dementia, with more...

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Melissa Reid wins British paratriathlon title in Liverpool

Cornish paratriathlete Melissa Reid continued her recent run of superb form with victory in the British Championship in Liverpool.  The 22-year-old, who won the European Championships in June, crossed the line in one hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds. Reid was defending the British title she won in Nottingham in 2012.  “For me, it’s not just about winning the classification – I wanted to be the first female overall and we managed to do that,” she told BBC Radio Cornwall. “It wasn’t the time I wanted originally but given the course and how long the transitions were, it was fairly good.”...

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