Friday, 14 October 2011

Links of the day 10/14/2011

  • "Expats are being encouraged to pressure the Government to remove the time limit on their right to vote, after a cabinet minister said that the issue was being looked at. "

    tags: expat cosmos tenerife

  • "When you have arthritis it is important to look after yourself to reduce further damage to your joints. This might mean learning new ways of carrying out everyday tasks to reduce the stress on your joints. To protect your joints you should:"

    tags: arthritis pain cosmos

  • "Treatment of shin splints includes rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Rest is the best way to treat shin splints as this gives the shins the full time necessary to heal. This can be a couple of weeks in mild cases up to about three months for severe cases. "

    tags: pain cosmos

  • "The Equality Act sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone, such as direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation and failing to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person."

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "Often, while attempting to navigate the medical system, and seeking social services, I have felt like my diagnosis may as well be “hysteria” at times. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” is a heavy weight around my neck, practically begging for stigma and ignorant attitudes. There is a noticeable percentage of people I meet who tiptoe around me like I have a severe mental illness, rather than a legitimate physical disease. And I admit, sometimes I begin to feel hysterical when I am not being taken seriously. I have been bullied, refused public accommodation, laughed at, and turned away because of this disease."

    tags: me_cfs cosmos

  • "The onset of narcolepsy appears to follow seasonal patterns of H1N1 and other upper airway infections, according to a new study of patients in China that was led by Stanford University School of Medicine narcolepsy expert Emmanuel Mignot, MD."

    With sleep disorders being characteristic of fibromyalgia and ME and the viral onset of at least the latter of those conditions, this research may well be relevant.

    tags: cosmos me_cfs fibromyalgia

  • "In the last two years or so in our leg-tatorship, anyone who doesn't conform to this political definition of disability feels that they simply mustn't have any kind of life at all. I regularly get messages or comments from people who are too scared to leave their homes at all. I am constantly horrified by people who know that anything they try to do may be caught on camera and used against them. We live in a culture of fear that is just so sad. "

    tags: cosmos uk benefits

  • "According to Beth D. Darnall, PhD, writing in the publication MDNG Pain Management [PDF here], women are not only more likely than men to acquire a chronic pain condition in their lifetime but women’s pain occurs more frequently, is more intense, and lasts for a longer duration of time. Women are more likely than men to seek medical attention for their pain conditions, but this does not always translate into better or appropriate care."

    tags: cosmos pain

  • "New research published in The Journal of Headache and Pain even suggests that people with chronic migraines and chronic tension headaches who also have anxiety, sleep disturbance, and pericranial tenderness (pain on the outside of the head) are especially likely to develop fibromyalgia."

    tags: cosmos fibromyalgia me_cfs

  • "The treatments that help most, in the top right corner of the chart, are simple lifestyle changes: rest, heat, sleep, stress reduction."

    tags: cosmos fibromyalgia

  • "A new poll puts Britain at the bottom of the league in terms of quality of life compared to its European neighbours. "

    As I've been saying for years.

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "Officials confirmed a 21 per cent rise in the difference between the number of people arriving and the number of people who have scraped together just enough money not to have to put up with this relentless torrent of raw, over-priced sewage for a minute longer than they have to."

    tags: uk cosmos

  • "... it will be opened first in a royal mail sorting office, bundled into relevant piles and only then sent on to the correct department."

    So much for privacy, eh?

    tags: uk benefits cosmos

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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.


ronsrants said...

But really, why should expats have the right to vote at all? After all, if they don't want to live here, why should they have any say in how the country is run?

Pamela said...

Actually, I agree with you, but it would be right to bring British expats' right to vote in line with other European expats, who can go on voting in their country of origin's elections indefinitely.

In Europe, we Brits can vote in local council elections in our new country, but not General Elections. We only retain the right to vote in UK General Elections for 15 years.

On the other hand, I'm not convinced that expats learn enough about their new countries and cultures to be allowed to vote there. They tend to still make voting choices based on what they always voted, which might be highly unsuitable in the new environment.

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