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Are you 18 - 35? Would you like to contribute to a European Conference?

We have been asked by PARE, a patient organisation which is related to the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) to nominate someone to represent NASS at their second Young PARE conference this year. Young PARE represents people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions, like AS, who are aged 18 -...


Win £1,500 in our bumper summer raffle

The NASS Summer Prize Draw is back - and in this this special year, we're giving away a one-off, bumper prize of £1,500! To be in with a chance of winning, simply return your tickets and money to NASS. Tickets cost £1 each, and can be sold to family,...


Come for a coffee and a chat

 Would you like to come into the NASS office for a coffee (or tea!) and a chat about your AS over the next few weeks? We are getting started on a big new plan to develop a self management plan that could be used anywhere in the UK and we want to...


Secukinumab (Cosentyx®) accepted for use within NHS Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has completed its assessment of secukinumab (Cosentyx®) and were are delighted to report that it has been accepted for use within NHS Scotland. It can now be used in the treatment of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in adults who have responded inadequately to conventional therapy.   ...


Debbie visits our Carlisle branch

On Wednesday 6 July, our Chief Executive Debbie took the long train journey to see our Carlisle branch. Meeting every Wednesday from 6-7pm in the gym at the Cumberland Infirmary, Debbie found a vibrant, busy branch and a warm welcome. The branch benefits from 4 physiotherapists who work on...


NASS visits to Stoke on Trent, Northampton & Crewe

We were delighted this week to visit two of our branches and hold an awareness evening hosted by another branch. On Tuesday 28 June, Jill visited NASS Northampton. The branch formed in 2013 and are led by physiotherapist Vickie Farquar in hydrotherapy sessions every Tuesday evening at Fairfields School in...


Give your views on the role of complementary therapy in AS and get entered into a prize draw

'What is the role of complementary therapy in AS? That's the question a research team at Bath Spa University are trying to answer. They want to explore your experiences of using complentary and alternative medicines (CAM) both before and after your diagnosis with AS. Through this they hope to...


Ankylosing spondylitis and pregnancy

A group of researchers based in Cyprus are carrying out a large scale study into rheumatic conditions and pregnancy. Most women with AS are diagnosed during their childbearing years. This study focusses on the effects of rheumatic diseases on conception and pregnancy. It will analyse the different gynecological and...


Flashes of inspiration needed to solve weather and pain mystery

The University of Manchester team behind the ground-breaking Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study recording how thousands of people with chronic pain react to the weather is seeking help from the public to come up with explanations for the results. More than 8,000 people from all over the...


Hannah's CD to support NASS

London-based singer Hannah Scott is raising vital AS awareness and funds for NASS by donating from sales of her CD, recorded just weeks before she was diagnosed with AS. Hannah recorded ‘Live at the Hospital Club’ whilst in excruciating pain, but had been wrongly diagnosed by her GP with...


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