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Multiple Sclerosis Information and Statistics

msAdaptawear are supporters of the MS Society and to further support we would like to share some general information about this disease.

An estimated 2,500,000 people in the world and 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis. Research suggests the proportion of women with MS is increasing and that roughly between two and three women have MS for every man with the condition.

The distribution of MS around the world is uneven. Generally, the prevalence increases as you travel further north or south from the equator. Those parts of Asia, Africa and America that lie on the equator have extremely low levels of MS, whilst Canada and Scotland have particularly high rates.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms including problems with muscle movement, balance and vision.

Each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord is surrounded by a layer of protein called myelin, which protects the nerve and helps electrical signals from the brain travel to the rest of the body. In MS, the myelin becomes damaged.

This disrupts the transfer of these nerve signals, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, such as:

  • loss of vision – usually only in one eye
  • spasticity – muscle stiffness that can lead to uncontrolled muscle movements
  • ataxia – difficulties with balance and co-ordination
  • fatigue – feeling very tired during the day


Studies show that certain ethnic groups have a markedly lower prevalence of multiple sclerosis, despite living in countries where MS is common. For instance, the Sami or Lapps of northern Scandinavia and the Inuit’s in Canada have very low rates of MS. A similar pattern is observed amongst the Maoris of New Zealand.

The fact that multiple sclerosis is most prevalent in northern Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand has led to speculation that it has been carried around the world by European colonists and settlers. It has been suggested that the origins can be traced back to the Vikings who colonised those parts of Northern Europe where MS is most pronounced and that ‘Viking genes’ can make people particularly susceptible to MS.

It has also been noted that Scotland has a much higher rate of multiple sclerosis than England or Wales and that areas of high MS prevalence around the world have been settled by Scottish immigrants. In Ireland, the north of which was extensively settled by immigrants from Scotland from the 17th century, the rate in Co Wexford in the south was recorded in 2004 as 121 per 100,000 whilst the rate in County Donegal in the north was 185. A study of Northern Ireland found a rate of 168 in 1996.

ezee-braAdaptawear understands a MS sufferer may have difficulty dressing themselves and we have a wide range of ladies and men’s clothing adapted to help with dressing including easy to use front fastening bras.

For more information on MS please visit MS Trust or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with MS.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Cancer Facts & Clothing for Cancer Patients

logoThere are over 200 different types of cancer, each with its own methods of diagnosis and treatment. All cancers begin in cells. Our bodies are made up of more than a hundred million million (100,000,000,000,000) cells.

Cancer starts with changes in one cell or a small group of cells. Usually we have just the right number of each type of cell. This is because cells produce signals to control how much and how often the cells divide. If any of these signals are faulty or missing, cells may start to grow and multiply too much and form a lump called a tumour. Where the cancer starts is called the primary tumour. Some types of cancer, called leukaemia, start from blood cells. They don’t form solid tumours. Instead, the cancer cells build up in the blood and sometimes the bone marrow. For a cancer to start, certain changes take place within the genes of a cell or a group of cells.

Being physically active isn’t just good for your heart: Scientists have shown that low levels of physical activity can increase the risk of certain cancers. A study published in December 2011 estimated that around 1% of cancers in the UK, around 3,400 cases every year, are linked to people doing less than government guidelines for physical activity each week. Keeping active could help to prevent around 3,400 cases of cancer every year in the UK. Being active has a wide range of benefits for the body and it’s likely that different effects are important in helping prevent different types of cancer.

Cancer Statistics for the UK

  • 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lives
  • Cases – 331,487 – New cases of cancer, 2011
  • Deaths – 161,823 – Deaths from cancer, 2012
  • Survival – 50% – Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales
  • Prevention – 42% – Preventable cases of cancer, UK

Being physically active, along with a healthy, balanced diet, can also help you manage your weight. And keeping to a healthy weight is another great way to reduce the risk of developing cancer and other diseases.

How does physical activity benefit cancer patients?

There is also good evidence that being active can help people during and following cancer treatment. If you are a cancer patient and want to be more active, discuss with your doctor what would work best for you.

Some of the most common forms of cancer are:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer

Adaptawear stock a range of ladies and men’s clothing suited to people clothingwith cancer to help both independent and assisted dressing.  We have both daywear and nightwear so do take a look at our website.

For more information please visit Cancer Research UK or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with cancer.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team




Suspect A Stroke? Think FAST!

Are you having a stroke?

If you or somebody is suffering from the following conditions call 999 immediately!Stroke

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.

Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.

Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.

Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms. The main aim of the FAST campaign is to help people recognise the symptoms of a stroke – and to think FAST. With over 12,000 people in Scotland alone having a stroke every year, it is essential that people can recognise a stroke when it’s happening and take prompt action.

If someone has failed any of these tests it is crucial to call 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and by calling 999 you can help someone reach hospital quickly and receive the early treatment they need. Prompt action can prevent further damage to the brain and help someone make a full recovery. Delay can result in death or major long term disabilities, such as paralysis, severe memory loss and communication problems.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

To help people recognise the symptoms of stroke quickly, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is promoting FAST – the Face Arm Speech Test – which is used by paramedics to diagnose stroke prior to a person being admitted to hospital. By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, it is possible for appropriate referral to a stroke unit to be made as quickly as possible.

Adaptawear have a wide range of clothing suited to sufferers of stroke. Our Men’s TrousersTrouble-free Trousers is a best seller for stroke patients and has received some great feedback:

“Delighted with two pairs of trousers ordered for my husband who is disabled following a stroke. Staff at the hospital he attends for physio are also impressed and would like details of your products for clients” Mrs S Nicholls.

For more information please visit the Stroke Association or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with having a Stroke.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

Nightwear & Bed Jacket Summer Favourites & SALE Offers!

Adaptawear is having a sale and would like to share some of our favourites with you! We ghave a huge range of nightwear for both ladies and men. Weather it is a soft nightshirt, all in one pyjamas or a luxury bed jacket we have you covered.

Our selection of ladies bed jackets – are ideal for a stay in jhospital or for keeping warm whilst reading in bed. We have also brought together different styles of easy – care ladies nightwear that are practical for the home, hospital or care homes.  From front button nighties with buttons all the way down the front, to v neck or round neck styles and to open back nighties that open at the back we have a wide selection to suit all your needs!

We also have an All-in-One Body & Pyjama range which is designed to make caring easier and more dignified. Not only are the garments comfortable, they are easy to wash and quick drying.  Our range of men’s nightwear includes traditional front button men’s nightshirts, open back men’s nightshirts, pyjamas and fleecy bed jackets.

Other nightwear products include:

SALE:  We have a sale! Check out some of our sale products-

Slenderella V Neck Jersey Nightie – SAVE £2!

ND01106 Pink B (350 x 500)Slenderella V Neck Jersey Nightie.   Curved yoke and bow detail.  Stretch lace edging to neck and sleeve. Short sleeve, lightweight and perfect for the summer!   Choice of blue or pink.

Was: £14.00 – NOW £12.00!


Slenderella Open Back Nightie – SAVE £8.99!slenderella_open_back_hightie_front

This open back nightie has a split-back design with a generous overlap that provides dignity, and the design ensures that going to the toilet independently or with the help of carers is an easier experience for all.  Size 24 – 26 only!

Was: £23.99 – NOW £15.00 ex VAT!

Slenderella Polar Fleece Bed Jacket – SAVE £4!

eSave 20% on this gorgeous polar fleece bed jacket.  Button up style with Peter Pan collar.   Choice of vivid Indigo or Raspberry in sizes Small – X Large.

Was: £20.00 – NOW £16.00!


Men’s Long Sleeve Nightshirt – SAVE £2!a

Long sleeved 100% brushed cotton nightshirt providing warmth and comfort.  Perfect to wear in bed or relaxing watching TV.

Was: £12.00 – NOW £10.00!

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team

What is Parkinson’s?

downloadParkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Its major symptoms vary from person to person, but can include tremor, slowness of movements, limb stiffness, and difficulties with gait and balance. The cause of the disease is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage the symptoms.

Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because specific nerve cells inside their brain have died. It is not known why these cells die. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. This can make everyday activities, such as eating, getting dressed, or using a phone or computer, difficult or frustrating.

How many people are affected by Parkinson’s?

  • Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s.
  • One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK.
  • Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too.

How is Parkinson’s treated?

In most patients, Parkinson’s disease is “sporadic,” which means it occurs in someone for no clear reason. Less than 10% of patients with Parkinson’s disease have a form that runs in the family. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but there are a range of treatments to control the symptoms and maintain quality of life. Medication is the main treatment for Parkinson’s. Drugs work by restoring the level of dopamine in the brain or mimicking its actions, but can have side effects, including abnormal involuntary movements (dyskinesia) and impulsive and compulsive behaviour.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a type of surgery where electrodes are implanted deep inside specific parts of the brain. The electrodes are connected to a small battery under the skin in the person’s chest, to generate electrical signals to stimulate the brain. If successful, DBS can provide significant improvement in an individual’s symptoms and quality of life, but DBS is not a suitable option for everyone with Parkinson’s.

Physical therapies such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy have an important role to play in the management of Parkinson’s.

How can Adaptawear help?

Parkinson’s presents a number of difficulties with dressing but some of the more common Adaptawearproblems are associated with balance, dexterity and tremors.  Adaptawear have a wide range of products suited for Parkinson’s patients.

Our Elasticated Trousers and Skirts are ideal to slide on and off easily.  Also you may find our Fasten-Free Tops and Magnetic Men’s Shirts comfortable and easy to put on.

For more information please visit or read our latest factsheet on all things to do with Parkinson’s.

Best wishes

Adaptawear Team