Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Friday, August 03, 2007

Hydrotherapy pool closure affects AS patients

The closure of the hydrotherapy pools at Southampton General Hospital due to staffing shortages has drawn a stiff complaint from the director of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society: Jane Skerrett argues that hydrotherapy pools make "a major contribution to people living with this disease." The Southampton pools have been closed for two months.

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Newcastle AS study

A Newcastle University researcher is carrying out a study on young people with ankylosing spondylitis; "[p]atients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who attend the Freeman and North Tyneside Hospitals in Newcastle, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, and Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington will be asked to participate." The story is vague about the parameters of the study, but it appears that education is at least one focus.

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