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Motor Neurone Disease: ‘No words to describe how bad it is’

Lack of awareness. That was the problem when the ambulance was unable to take Pauline Scott to hospital.

Coling Hardy representing MNDA in Berwick. (Motor Neurone disease awareness)

Pauline needed medical help after a fall. She had Motor Neurone Disease. Her brother, Colin Hardy, recalls that when the ambulance arrived at her Scremerston home it was not sufficiently equipped to cope with a patient imprisoned in her own body.

Instead, Pauline’s family had to transport her in their own specially-adapted car, with paramedics sitting in the back. The ambulance followed behind as Pauline was taken to Wansbeck hospital in Ashington.

Gadget lets you control computer with your eyes

A researcher in London has created a low-cost device which allows wearers to use their eye movements to control a computer

By Tom Levitt, for CNN
September 24, 2012 — Updated 0848 GMT (1648 HKT) |
A researcher in London has created a low-cost device which allows wearers to use their eye movements to control a computer

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New low-cost glasses allow you a wearer to control gadgets, even objects with their eyes
  • Eye-tracking equipment could help Multiple Sclerosis and other brain disorders
  • Technology could start a new era of hands-free computing

(CNN) — Take two video-game console cameras and one pair of horn-rimmed glasses and for around $30 you have a device that will allow you to control a computer or, potentially, even a wheelchair with your eyes.

Previously, if you wanted to buy similar eye-tracking equipment it would have cost you upwards of $8,000. Now, scientists in London have pioneered a device, the GT3D, using components anyone of us can buy from the shopping mall.

Man bids for motor neurone disease awareness

“MND is a rapidly progressing disease which destroys the lives of the patients as well as the whole family.

By Angela Brooks
July 03, 2012

A TERMINALLY ill man is fighting back and campaigning to raise awareness of his condition, starting with his home town of Horley.

Liam Dwyer, 48, of Balcombe Road, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2005 after going to see a doctor about minor pain in his knee.

Now unable to walk, he is on a mission to raise the profile of a disease which kills five people every day in the UK.

Mr Dwyer, who has been with his wife Anna for 25 years and has an 18-year-old son, said: “I feel I am on borrowed time at the moment. Nine people [who] I have met since I was diagnosed, all diagnosed after me, have died.

“The doctors can’t tell me how long I will live now. I could be just a cold away from dying.”

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