I am pleased to say New Pathways issue 108 is now landing on doormats across the country! As always we have a packed issue, full of all the latest multiple sclerosis (MS) news and research, including drug updates and the latest cannabis study findings.
As the sunshine begins to make an appearance, we get topical with lots on vitamin D. MSer Ian Cook puts vitamin D tablets and sprays to the test (see page 30) and Kahn Johnson reveals what happened when his vitamin D levels became toxic on page 16.
Also in this issue, MS Nurse Miranda Olding discusses sexual dsyfunction and what can be done to help (page 14) and we have the big interview with the star of Channel 4 programme 'The Search for a Miracle Cure' Mark Lewis (page 24).
I hope you enjoy reading this issue, and please do email me your comments and letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor, New Pathways
P.S. Don't forget New Pathways is available to read on the go. Download the My MS-UK app from the App store on your phone or tablet device today!
Issue 107 of New Pathways is out now, with the latest news, features and exclusive interviews from some of leading MS experts. So I thought I’d give you a roundup of what’s not to be missed.
In this edition I interviewed Jane Felstead, star of Channel 4 reality show Made in Chelsea. Jane had been experiencing symptoms for around two decades until recently when she finally demanded an answer from her doctor. Read her story and why she feels it’s so important to fight for a diagnosis on page 24.
MS can throw up a variety of symptoms on a daily basis, but how can general life events such as the menopause impact the condition? Turn to page 12 to find out more.
If you’re looking for a complementary therapy and haven’t tried reflexology, Lee Anthony Taylor, a worldwide authority and specialist in reflexology for MS discusses the benefits on page 14.
It’s a question we at MS-UK are asked a lot – ‘what is medical retirement?’ On page 42 our resident HR columnist Rebecca Armstrong explains what it is and how to make it work for you.
Plus, with all this talk about gut health in the news we provide an update on the latest development and how it affects you. Turn to page 18 for ‘The truth about gut health’.
New Pathways magazine is a paper magazine, but is also available in a variety of accessible formats including an audio CD, PDF and plain text – we even have an app (search My MS-UK), so if you would like to subscribe click here.
I hope you enjoy reading!
We can’t quite believe it, but we are celebrating our 100th issue of New Pathways!
That’s right…100 issues of our magazine have been lovingly written, edited and published for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
Of course, this issue is packed full of all the latest MS news plus our usual features such as Cook’s Report and we catch up with Stephanie Millward post-Rio.
You can read about the history of New Pathways right from the beginning in an exclusive article from founding editor Judy Graham, and discover how it all started 16 years ago.
Don’t forget, you can subscribe online to receive the magazine, or just search for ‘My MS-UK’ in your app store to start reading the digital version right away.
So, the latest issue of New Pathways has now landed, and it is an exciting one!
We have stories from Rio Paralympic Gold medallists Stephanie Millward and Kadeena Cox, a bumper section of news and research from ECTRIMS, plus articles all about pain management, an interview with Billy Talent drummer Aaron and sailing challenges in Turkey!
Our digital edition is also packed with videos and interactive content too – for a sneak peak, check out this video of Sardines Dance Collective performing at MS Life!
You can read the magazine instantly on your phone or tablet just by downloading the My MS-UK app, or subscribe for the paper or audio version via the MS-UK website.
However you read New Pathways, do send us your feedback and suggestions, and don’t forget to send your letters in too!
This Saturday the MS-UK team will be packing up our purple accessories and heading off to MS Life! Running from 12pm – 7pm on Saturday 17 September to 11am – 4pm on Sunday 18 September, this bi-annual event is hosted by the MS Society and is the biggest MS lifestyle event in Europe.
Our Helpline team will be on hand to answer any questions about MS, and Kahn, our Editor, will be checking out all the latest gadgets, news and research so he can bring you a full report in the next issue of New Pathways.
For me, though, MS Life is all about meeting you – real people affected by multiple sclerosis. I am really looking forward to speaking with lots of different people about lots of different things, and I invite you all to visit us on stand 246 and let us know what makes you ‘appy.
As you may know, we recently launched the My MS-UK app – bringing New Pathways magazine into the digital age – and we’ll be celebrating the app all weekend by focusing on the positive.
Happiness (or ‘appiness, in our words) is completely unique to every individual. You may find it from your friends, from family, from your work, in the amazing wonders of the world or from something as simple as having a cuppa.
So, whatever makes you ‘appy, please do come and share it with us. We will be adding messages of ‘appiness to our stand throughout MS Life, and I for one cannot wait to discover all the things that make people ‘appy…
See you at the weekend!
A while ago, I had a bright idea. Granted this doesn’t happen often, so once I got over the shock I thought about it some more.
And the more I thought about it, the more I thought it might just work. Of course, I couldn’t really develop the idea without the support of those affected by multiple sclerosis, so I asked people what they thought of my idea. To my surprise, they liked it too! So, we decided to do it…
You see, what I wanted to do was take New Pathways to a new audience.
MS is increasingly becoming a ‘young person’s’ condition – and by that I mean diagnosis tends to occur between the ages of 20 and 40 (according to the latest figures).
However, the young folk today don’t tend to read magazines. At least not in the traditional way us old folk do.
And what if they’ve just been diagnosed? This can be a difficult time, with lots of questions, worries and concerns. Would you want to be reading a magazine about MS on a bus or train? Especially if you were still coming to terms with the news?
But what if you could access hints and tips, and positive stories about people living life to the full despite being diagnosed with MS, quietly and privately on your smartphone or tablet?
What if there was a digital version of New Pathways?
How many more people could we reach out to and help?
Which is where the hard work began.
And yes, it took longer than I had hoped – but hey, I expect to do things in a morning and then take the rest of the day off with a cup of tea, so this didn’t come as a surprise to anyone but me.
But the hard work and effort has paid off.
Everyone at MS-UK has been involved, and now we are able to shout proudly about My MS-UK.
As well as the latest issue of New Pathways, there are back issues available to buy as well, and you can also subscribe through the app so the latest issue just drops in on release. No waiting for Mr Postman here, no siree Bob.
(Who the hell is Bob? It’s always bothered me. Anyway, I digress…)
And that’s not all.
It being a digital magazine, there are also interactive elements – meaning you can watch videos on the article you’ve just enjoyed reading.
Plus, because we’re all so happy with My MS-UK, we’ve made the latest issue – New Pathways 98 – available for free, so if you have never read the magazine, or haven’t dabbled with digital, now is the perfect time.
For now, My MS-UK is just offering New Pathways, but here at MS-UK we’re not ones for sitting back and putting our feet up. Someone’s always having a think and a thought.
So you can expect My MS-UK to develop and grow in the future, with new content being added in the months and years to come.
In the meantime, put the kettle on, download the current issue, put your feet up (having made the tea and poured it, obviously, otherwise you’ve just boiled water for nothing) and enjoy New Pathways in all its digital glory.
You do that, I’ll crack on with the next issue. Just as soon as I’ve stopped my cat playing with a wasp…
Editor, New Pathways
Last Monday we launched the new digital version of our magazine, New Pathways, and we are all really excited about it here at MS-UK!
We have now got an app, and we hope to provide information and support to more people affected by multiple sclerosis than ever before.
What is an app?
‘App’ is short for application. Usually people download apps to their smartphone or tablets, so they can access information on the go. This means you don’t need to search for a program or write in a website address to get to the things you like.
When you download an app from the app store on your phone or tablet, an icon will appear on your home screen. This is like a shortcut, which will take you to your app every time you click on it. This does not cost you anything.
When you download the My MS-UK app, it will look like this on your phone screen:
You can then open the app and get started! You will be prompted to login to the app, and you’ll be able to browse past issues of the magazine too if you purchase them.
Get this issue of New Pathways free!
To celebrate the launch of our digital version of New Pathways, for this issue only, everyone can read the magazine for free just by downloading our brand new app.
Simply search for ‘My MS-UK’ on your app store, and get reading!
Editor, New Pathways, MS-UK
For a while now, we have been working on a secret project at MS-UK, and I’m so excited to finally spill the beans today… New Pathways magazine is now digital!
That’s right, you can now read the only bi-monthly multiple sclerosis magazine on your smartphone or tablet, anytime, anywhere! Our app, ‘My MS-UK’, is simple and easy to use, and it means you can read articles from New Pathways on the go, and purchase back issues. The app also includes a quick link through the to the MS-UK website.
Get this issue of New Pathways free!
To celebrate the launch of our digital version of New Pathways, for this issue only everyone can read the magazine for free just by downloading our brand new app. Simply search for ‘My MS-UK’ on your app store, and get reading!
The latest issue of New Pathways is packed full of our usual MS research and news, plus you can find out all about the MS Register, Blue Badge Style, if Inclined Bed therapy worked for Ian Cook and how Josephs Court helped Yvonne Harris.
Don’t worry, we still have our printed magazine, and you can subscribe to receive this on our website any time. If you’d like to move from printed magazine to digital magazine, just give us a call on 01206 226500 and we’ll move you over to the app.
I really hope you enjoy this free issue, and if you like what you see, you can subscribe to receive the next six issues for just £14.99.
Now, time to get ‘appy…
Editor, New Pathways, MS-UK