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Terminally-ill Noel Conway has called on politicians to change the law on assisted dying after his legal fight to die "peacefully and with dignity" was rejected by the UK's highest court.The 68-year-old retired lecturer (pictured), from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, said the Supreme Court's refusal to hear his…
Researchers are looking into whether drugs that already treat a range of conditions could help people with motor neurone disease (MND), after a former rugby star helped raise £250,000 for their work. The money received from Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation could help to cut years from the waiting…
An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway has lost his Court of Appeal challenge against a "blanket ban" on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness, has fought a long legal battle for the right to a "peaceful and dignified" death. He…
Exercise could increase the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. People who are physically active are more likely to go on to suffer from the condition, with those who exercise vigorously at the greatest risk, according to a study published in the Journal Of Neurology Neurosurgery And…
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding what causes motor neurone disease and a common form of dementia. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscle, while frontotemporal dementia is a form that causes changes in personality and behaviour along with…
Disabled people at risk of losing their voice are now required to be provided with specialist communications equipment on the NHS. The legal duty, which was secured by the late motor neurone disease campaigner Gordon Aikman (pictured), has come into force. As a result, health boards should provide patients who…
A lecture theatre is to be renamed in memory of motor neurone disease (MND) activist Gordon Aikman. Edinburgh University is to honour the campaigner and business school graduate by renaming its George Square lecture theatre after him. Mr Aikman (pictured) died last February aged just 31 after being diagnosed with…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway said the voices of the terminally ill "deserve to be heard" as he won the first stage of his Court of Appeal challenge to an earlier ruling on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness,…
Terminally-ill Noel Conway has vowed to appeal against a legal decision which has denied him a say over how and when he will die. The 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his motor neurone disease, is dependent on a ventilator and was not at the…
A man who feels "entombed" by a terminal illness has taken his "fight for choice at the end of life" to the High Court. Noel Conway, a 67-year-old grandfather and retired lecturer, is challenging the current law on assisted dying. Mr Conway (pictured), from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with motor neurone…
The Scottish Conservatives will lodge legislation to extend free care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia at Holyrood today. A member's bill brought forward by Tory MSP Miles Briggs seeks to implement the so-called Frank's Law, named after footballer Frank Kopel. Mr Briggs will be joined at the launch…
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