Sunday, 6 February 2011

Links of Interest (weekly)

  • I've done this walk - OK, nearly 30 years ago - and, can I just mention that I did it the other way; from Kamares to Apollonia, which was up hill. Yeah, I'm such a hero :) The lovely thing is that nothing appears to have changed.

    tags: sifnos cosmos

  • "The article elaborated on the claim, observing that: 'half have not been asked for evidence to support their claim, having been given the benefit based on their original application form'. In addition, the current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) awards process was characterised as a 'great disability benefit free-for-all'."

    tags: dailywail disability cosmos

  • "The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme have all reported these inequalities and emphasized its importance and made this issue a priority."

    tags: depression cosmos

  • "Swales asked that Burstow put pressure on the MRC for biomedical research only.
    Asked that the appropriate and correctly targeted biomedical research must be funded into the cause of the disease.
    That GPs must be properly appraised on the specifics of M.E
    That there must be a better understanding of M.E by the Department of Work & pensions re benefits.
    That M.E must be properly recognised and classified.
    That the terrible injustice & neglect of M.E sufferers ends.
    That current "treatment" is unacceptable"

    tags: me_cfs uk politics benefits health cosmos

  • "What would it be like to be well? I don’t know what it would be like. I can’t remember any more."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "... if you have a disease of the musculoskeltal system and connective tissue – such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus or arthritis – you have a 49% chance of being found fit for work. "

    tags: fibromyalgia cosmos uk benefits

  • "The Budget is on 23 March, but commentards must get their emails in by three weeks before the big day - so get busy before 2 March."

    tags: uk politics cosmos

  • "Along with Rumania and Bulgaria, Narnia joined the European community on January 1st." Almost believable: I'm surprised this wasn't a Daily Wail story.

    tags: uk dailywail humour cosmos

  • "Glad to see that at least the UN agrees that human population growth is out of control and something must be done about it.

    However, governments won't do anything about it because growth is good and we need an infinite population to buy an infinite number of rubbish in an infinite number of shops with our infinitely worthless Pounds, Dollars and Euros."

    tags: environment politics cosmos

  • "Not contented with their hugely untrue story about Incapacity Benefit last week (see Sue's analysis on her own blog), today the Mail are going after DLA claimants with a story massively deficient in facts."

    tags: uk benefits dailywail cosmos

  • "I don’t see many people except a few close friends but watching tv characters I am clueless – I can’t distinguish between people so story is hard to follow. "

    Ahha moment: I didn't think I had a problem - except that my eyesight is failing - but I can identify with this occurrence.

    tags: fibromyalgia me_cfs cosmos

  • "Induction of fatigue by cytokine injections in humans, and relief of fatigue in RA after treatment with biologics, support this hypothesis, and may give rise to future fatigue-specific treatment. Exploration of oxidative stress and gene studies in relation to fatigue offers hope for further understanding of this complex phenomenon. "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "“Try to think more positively” the psychiatrist says. How the fuck can I think positively when my entire world could be turned upside-down based on a few points of perceived eligibility."

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

  • "CBSM is something most patients learn over time. They learn, among other things, to pace themselves, to distract themselves, to seek support, and to break an overwhelming project down to bite-size pieces.

    Are those techniques helpful? Yes.

    Do they get patients back to work or school? No.

    Do they enable patients to socialize with their friends and family regularly, or lead normal lives? No. "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "In novel studies at the University of Newcastle using magnetic resonance scanning of peripheral muscle in ME/CFS patients (a scanning technique which looks at the way in which muscle is working), significant abnormalities in the handling of acid within muscle during exercise have been observed.

    It might be that acid build-up during exercise in ME/CFS patients results from reduced function of an important energy-generating enzyme within the mitochondria (the “batteries of the cell”). "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "The memory and concentration problems frequently known as "fibro fog" or "brain fog" are common in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and new research shows that they're also common in people with chronic spinal pain."

    tags: fibromyalgia pain cosmos

  • "With endless apologies to any Jewish people reading this and all ready to take offence – look into your own history and if you hate what you see there, rise up in protest and make an outcry. And to everyone reading this who has a human conscience, do the same : rise up in protest and make your voices heard. Cry out on behalf of those who so often cannot."

    tags: uk disability cosmos

  • "These very ill patients are often denied appropriate medical treatment and care, denied appropriate insurance entitlements and other medical benefits and are often accused of malingering by doctors, welfare agencies and the media (and in turn even their own friends and family). "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Researchers at the University of Dundee found abnormalities in the white blood cells of children with ME - myalgic encephalomyelitis - which suggested they had been fighting off an infection."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "It is very common for severely affected patients to spend 2 months, 6 months, 12 months or even YEARS or longer recovering from a hospital trip. "

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Antibacterial products containing Triclosan are found to put your health at risk and compromise the immune system's ability to defend itself. "

    tags: cosmos

  • "Following tuition fees, abolishing universal child benefit and hiking VAT, this is the worst example yet of this Government’s calculated dishonesty."

    tags: uk health politics cosmos

  • "Professor Simon Wessely plays an important part in a network of psychiatric medical professionals whose views and research are almost completely coincidental with those of the government policies of Britain and North America. He has access to funding, media and support, which enables him to shape and promote the prevailing view about a number of issues which are of importance to those States."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "Dedicated to all those who live with chronic illness, who find themselves walking less and resting more."

    tags: cosmos

  • "The adjustment process is very much like the grieving process we go through when someone close to us dies, and really we are grieving the loss of our pre-illness lives. "

    tags: me_cfs fibromyalgia cosmos

  • "We have had to put systems in place to manage the energy levels. Just as you can spend money only once we can use energy only once so we have to budget how it is spent. If we do something today, even as simple as having a friend over, then we can do nothing for the next few days."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "People can be idiots. They just have no clue what we ChronicBabes go through when we live with chronic illness and invisible (or even visible) disibility. Some folks are well-meaning but ignorant, and I can give those folks some leeway; they often see the error of their ways if you explain your situation, and go on to be awesomely understanding. But there are other folks who are just plain blind to the experience of others. So for this carnival, we offer up a few examples of their idiotic comments and resulting ridiculous situations, and some snappy comebacks (and a few thoughtful analyses thrown in for good measure)."

    tags: me_cfs fibromyalgia cosmos

  • "This is an important issue. Please support those campaigning for social justice for those least able to cope in these times. A mark of a truly Big Society is one with the heart to protect the weakest."

    tags: uk benefits disability cosmos

  • "Are we becoming a nation of insomniacs? Are we in the midst of an epidemic of sleep disorders, caused by stress at work (or by the lack of work), soaring anxiety levels and the pressures of a 24/7 lifestyle? It would seem so, judging by a survey of more than 6,000 British adults, in a report published last week by the charity the Mental Health Foundation. It found that nearly two-thirds have problems getting a good night's sleep while about one in three may suffer from chronic insomnia, affecting mental and physical health, mood, energy, concentration levels, relationships and day to day functioning. Insomnia, it says, is a "massive public health problem", the most commonly reported mental health complaint in the UK."

    tags: sleep uk cosmos

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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