Thursday, 28 August 2014
The housing crisis facing the UK’s sick and disabled
The United Nations has launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations" of disabled people's human rights.
The UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which is carrying out the unprecedented inquiry, has the power to launch a formal probe if it receives "reliable information" that human rights violations have occurred in a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Low and moderate drinkers had better scores for physical function, ability to work, the number of work days missed, fatigue and pain, than people who abstained. Moderate drinkers who had between three and seven standard drinks a week seemed to have less pain than low or heavy drinkers, even when the results were controlled for confounding factors. A standard drink is equivalent to 12 American oz / 355ml (1.25 units) of beer, 5 oz/ 148ml of wine (1.8 units), or 1.5 oz/ 44ml (1.8 units) of distilled spirits. Similar results were seen for the quality of life scale including social functioning, vitality and general health.
Monday, 25 August 2014
Researchers have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of aging. It has been suspected for a long time that these are linked, and this paper provides a prototype mechanism of how nutrient and senescence signals converge to regulate the function of T lymphocytes.
The real simple answer would be to eat if you are hungry and don’t eat if you’re not. Some people are not hungry in the morning, whilst others will pass out if they don’t eat.
A recent study published on The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition debunks the myth that having breakfast is required for weight loss success. The researchers hinted that if breakfast is not your thing, it’s okay to skip it.
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Very telling this:
Some hospitals are so bad even their own staff would warn people not to go there.
Almost half the employees at six NHS trusts said they would advise loved ones against working for them or having treatment.
The findings prompted the Care Quality Commission – which assesses medical standards – to brand the trusts “at risk”.
The numbers of 'suicide tourists' going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled within the space of four years, reports a study. In all, residents from 31 different countries were helped to die in Switzerland between 2008 and 2012, with German (268) and UK (126) nationals making up almost two thirds of the total. Other countries in the top 10 included France (66), Italy (44), USA (21), Austria (14), Canada (12), Spain and Israel (each with 8).
Monday, 18 August 2014
So quite without the UK public suspecting a thing and without the UK media feeling the need to let anyone know, the UK has become the first country to so undermine the rights of sick and disabled people, that the UN have chosen to look into whether they have violated the convention on the rights of people with disabilities. A convention that the UK - and most of the rest of the world, including Russia - have signed up to and ratified. The UK is accused of "retrogression" - taking sickness and disability provision backwards.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
We are pleased to announce the first study to report epigenetic modifications throughout the genome in female ME/CFS patients compared to a matched sample of healthy controls. This research conducted in partnership and funded by the Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) was published today in the high impact and open access journal PLOS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0104757).
Monday, 11 August 2014
The UK is attracting high levels of immigration because the benefit system in allowing too many British born people to escape work, says Iain Duncan Smith.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, will further demonise benefit claimants in a speech on Monday. He will say that immigrants are coming to the UK because unemployed Brits are preferring to live on benefits, rather than accepting the jobs on offer.
Friday, 8 August 2014
Severe ME Day is upon us again. This is a relatively new event following it’s launch last year under the banner of Severe ME Understanding and Remembrance Day 2013 which focused on those who had sadly lost their battle to this dreadful disease.
Many people received this day of remembering the severely affected sufferer with open arms and some other ME organisations advertised it by highlighting it within their own publications and websites to help raise awareness.
This year we want to highlight the “ME Cover Up”.
We want to feature this “Cover Up” within our Severe ME Day section of the website, and have asked members, if possible, to send in photos of themselves covered by a sheet and holding up an awareness slogan.
Through this, we want to show that many sufferers feel they are invisible to the outside world and feel that ME is not taken seriously.
We also want to make the point that sufferers really want and need so desperately to be “seen, heard and recognised” and to show that we refuse to be ignored or to be invisible to the world. We may not be able to present ourselves to the world because of severe ill health but we want to be listened to and heard by the appropriate authorities and to receive services, and appropriate help. We would also like to see more biomedical research undertaken, and cognisance taken of the body of biomedical research that exists at present.
We want the medical profession and general public to understand the seriousness of the illness and remember that underneath the sheet there is still a human being.
“Severe ME Day” (8 August) is a day designated by the 25% ME Group for us all to specifically remember those with Severe ME. We are equally determined to make sure that ME sufferers who are unable to leave their beds, or their homes, are not forgotten or overlooked on that day. You matter to us. Your struggles are at the heart of all we do – to find treatments and a cure for this horrid illness.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Many popular cheeses on sale in UK supermarkets contain high levels of salt, despite meeting government reduction targets as part of the drive to improve public health, campaigners have warned.
Halloumi and imported blue cheese such as Roquefort contained the most salt – more than sea water – while cottage cheese contained the least, according to a major new research study carried out by Cash (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) and published in the British Medical Journal.
The latest development of Ian Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit scheme will soon mean that people made unemployed will have to wait at least five weeks before getting any financial support.
At present it’s two weeks; still a long time to wait when you have bills to pay and mouths to feed.
Monday, 4 August 2014
What we have here is a propaganda screed, riddled with inconsistencies and running against reason, that has been used to support the government’s position on sickness and disability benefits. As an argument in favour of current policy, it is worse than useless. In fact, it should be a tool for campaigners to use against that policy.
The three women, who have not disclosed their identities and run the website from a house in the North of England, say that Jobcentre staff are being pressurised into referring claimants for potential sanctioning.
Former DWP Staff Set Up Website To Help Wrongly Sanctioned Jobseekers
Friday, 1 August 2014
How we farm matters, writes Pat Thomas - not just for water, insects, birds and the wider environment, which benefit from organic farming, but also the nutritional value of our food. It's time to value the quality of what we eat, instead of prizing quantity above all.