The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has released new guidance governing the treatment of motor neurone disease (MND).
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is a treatment style that could be of benefit to many people living with the condition, but a large number are not getting the opportunity to try it, according to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
The charity hopes that this new guidance will make NIV available to many more people across England and Wales.
Karen Pearce of the MNDA said that people with the condition often experience trouble breathing as the muscles weaken.
She went on: "Research has proved NIV can improve the quality of life and the length of survival for many people with motor neurone disease.
"We welcome the guideline which will improve care during such a difficult time in their life."
The charity estimates that two people in every 100,000 of the UK population develop motor neurone disease every year.
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