Medical General

Why The Netflix Docuseries ‘Afflicted’ Is Harmful For The Chronic Illness Community


  By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   “Afflicted,” a new Netflix docuseries that premiered on August 10, follows seven people who live with chronic illnesses. I originally thought “Afflicted” was going to shed light on less-known illnesses and elevate the stories and voices of those who struggle with them, but the docuseries did the opposite. Instead […]

What I Was Really Telling My GP When I Swore At Her In The Exam Room


  By Suzette Bishop in The Mighty.   I’m not proud of cursing out a former GP. On top of that, I think she may have been even shorter than me, a very petite and soft-spoken woman. I had been going to her for over a year, and I was back for a routine follow-up.  I was […]

Martin Lewis: A Drugs Bust – Stop Letting Big Pharmaceuticals Rip You Off !


  By Martin Lewis in   Harry Potter’s got nowt on the pharmaceutical industry. It’s full of real wizards – both those who make drugs that help, and the marketers who have a raft of tricks to persuade us there’s hidden magic in their brands. Drug companies spend millions promoting ‘only-use-the-name-you-know’ messages… but it’s […]

“Sticky Blood” – Antiphospholipid Syndrome, POTS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia – The Dysautonomia Conference #4

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This blog is part IV in a series of blogs covering the issues presented at the 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. As if we needed another syndrome.  Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), fibromyalgia (syndrome), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are old-timers in the ME/CFS/FM world. In the last […]

Research That Predicted The 2018 Heatwave Says It May Come Back For The Next Four Years


  By Luke Bailey in iNews.   The research was carried out before the summer heatwaves that sent temperatures in the UK and other parts of the world soaring this year. The next four years are likely to see more global heatwaves, say scientists in research from before the 2018 heatwave hit. The researchers were looking […]

DWP Refuses To Pay £125 To Discover Number Of Disabled People In Full-Time Jobs


  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers are refusing to commission work that would cost just £125 and would show how many disabled people are in full-time paid employment, and how that number has changed under successive Tory-led governments. Ministers, including the current work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, have repeatedly boasted of […]

2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes


  By James Kelly in Contract Hire & Leasing.   The blue badge disabled parking scheme is undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change? Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. […]

Benefits Calculator


  From Age UK.   What is the benefits calculator? Our personalised benefits calculator can tell you if you’re potentially entitled to claim extra money, based on the information you provide – such as whether you’re single/in a couple, where you live or if you care for anyone. It’s easy to use, quick, free and all […]

The RCCX Hypothesis: Could It Help Explain Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia And Other Diseases ?


  By Remy in Health Rising.   The RCCX hypothesis blog by Remy is the third in a series of blogs by Health Rising which highlight hypotheses produced by health care professionals which attempt to shed a new light on the chronic fatigue syndrome / fibromyalgia spectrum of diseases. Chronic illness is exploding in modern […]

When Gaining Weight Because Of Chronic Illness Is A Common Story


  By Lorna Fenech in The Mighty.   Even before I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), I always found it hard to love myself and my body. Low self-esteem and body dysmorphia contributed to a generally negative perception of myself, particularly my weight. Over the years I tried to manage this by staying healthy. I have […]

Woman In Mobility Scooter Thrown Off Northern Train


  by Katie Campbell  in UNITE.   Sara Jane Harvey, who blogs as Agony Autie, posted a startling and disturbing video on Thursday of her being thrown off a Northern train because she was using a mobility scooter. Sara, who underwent surgery two weeks ago and has a heart condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and autism, was told […]

Why Private Alternatives To The NHS Are So Much More Expensive


  By Cam Donaldson in The Conversation.   The NHS has survived to the age of 70 and now costs the UK just over £120 billion per annum. Many advanced economies spend even more on healthcare per head of population. Why do fully paid-up capitalist nations persist with this Stalinist approach to healthcare? Instinctively we might cite humanitarian and […]

Dehydration Symptoms And Signs You’re Suffering, Plus How To Treat It


  By Natasha Hinde in HUFFPOST.   Another week, another influx of scorching weather. While it’s great news for those looking to spend their summer holiday in the UK, there are risks attached to heatwaves and dehydration is one of the major factors. Registered GP Dr Kenny Livingstone tells HuffPost UK he has received calls from “a lot more […]

Northern Rail ‘Sorry’ Over Mobility Scooter Mishap


  From BBC News.   Northern Rail has apologised after a passenger who is disabled was told she could not travel with her mobility scooter despite being sold a ticket. The 31-year-old, who has autism and the debilitating Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, filmed her experience on board a train on her way to a wedding on Thursday. […]

The Questions I Ask When People Refuse To Believe ME Exists


  By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   I have been in my local paper twice recently raising awareness about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Both times, spiteful comments have been left by members of the public stating: “ME doesn’t exist.” “It’s all in their heads.” “You are just lazy.” It’s a stigma we, the ME community, […]

Twitter Unleashes Fury Over Medical Exam Question – And For Good Reason


  By Kayleigh Dray in Stylist.   Karina Wagenpfeil, a writer and scientist, first brought the issue to the internet’s attention when she tweeted photos of a problematic practice question for a medical licensing exam. Grey’s Anatomy fans will no doubt recall the episode where Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) – a talented and adept surgeon, with a wealth […]

Esther McVey Loses In Court On Universal Credit – But Says She Will Still Fight Others

Esther Mcvey

  By Ros Wynne Jones in the Mirror.   The long waits for help under UC continue to drive impoverished families below the breadline. In May I wrote about the ­distressing case of two men – one dying and one disabled – fighting Esther McVey in the high court over cuts to their support due to Universal […]

Watchdog’s ‘Issues Of Concern’ Over Regulator’s Treatment Of PIP Complaints


    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports. The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) agreed in January to look at concerns about the way […]

GP System Updated to Reflect M.E. As Neurological


    From Action for ME.   The latest update to the electronic health records system used by GPs in England was launched yesterday, listing M.E. as a neurological disorder. Previously it had sat under two unhelpful and inaccurate headings, mental disorder and multisystem disorder. The system, SMOMED CT, provides a standard mechanism for recording and collating data across […]

What I Wish People Knew About My Illness, Even When I Look Fine


  By Deema H in The Mighty.   I haven’t quite decided what I think is worse: living with a chronic illness or living with an invisible chronic illness. I’ve come to find people don’t realize it’s offensive, not a compliment, to say, “But you don’t look sick!” Let me tell you something: Looking healthy doesn’t make […]

The UK Has Serious Shortage Of Wheelchairs And People Are ‘Trapped’ In Their Homes, Red Cross Warns


  By Benjamin Butterworth in iNews.   Millions of people risk being “trapped” in their own homes because they are left without wheelchairs as they recover from illness, the British Red Cross has warned. The charity found that while most people needing a wheelchair for more than six months had been offered one, more than […]

8 Wheelchair Travellers Share How They Pack And Travel All Over The World


  From DisabledGo.   It’s no secret that a wheelchair makes packing a bit more complicated, but that doesn’t need to stop you from travelling. To inspire more wheelchair users to travel and to improve everyone’s packing, Mighty Goods have talked with 8 experienced wheelchair travellers and asked them to share their best advice. Read […]

Blue Badge Parking Permits To Cover ‘Hidden Disabilities’ In England


  From BBC News.   Blue badge parking permits are to be made available for people in England with “hidden disabilities” such as autism or mental health problems. The Department for Transport said people with non-physical disabilities would have an equal right to free parking from next year. Currently the rules do not explicitly exclude […]

Esther McVey And Her Department Are Now Totally Out Of Control

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  By Steve Topple in The Canary.   Last year, the UN accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and successive governments of creating a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in the UK. Since then, the situation has seemingly got worse. The department is now out of control. But is the misery and torture the DWP […]

Meditation 101: Practices, Postures, And Pretty Much Everything In Between


By Meredith Jade in FITNESS GOAT. “I am incapable of meditating,” admitted a friend of mine just the other day. “It ends up being just me silently agonizing over my to-do list.” I totally get it; meditation is difficult. It’s definitely not a practice you’ll excel at right away. Just like you can’t pick up […]

Fact Check: Is It Bad For Your Health To Eat Food Fried In Olive Oil ?

Olive Oil

  By James Brown and Rachel Adams in The Conversation.   It recently has been suggested that using vegetable oils to fry food may be bad for your health due to the production of toxic chemicals called aldehydes during the heating process. Aldehydes are simple organic structures – compounds which contain a carbon-oxygen double bond – and […]

Fool’s Gold: What Fish Oil Is Doing To Our Health And The Planet

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By Paul Greenberg in The Guardian.   Omega-3 is one of our favourite supplements – but a huge new study has found it has little or no benefit for heart health or strokes. How did it become a $30 bn business? The omega-3 industry is in a twist. Again. Last week, Cochrane, an organisation that compiles […]

‘Postcode Lottery’ Claims Over Treatment For ME


  By Geraldine Scott in the Eastern Daily Press.   “Postcode lottery” claims have been made over treatment for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in Norfolk and Suffolk, as one sufferer said variations in care had left her angry and abandoned. Jo Moss, 43, from Norwich, was diagnosed with ME 12 years ago. She described feeling like […]

Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas


    By Aaron E. Carroll in The New York Times.   The medical research grant system in the United States, run through the National Institutes of Health, is intended to fund work that spurs innovation and fosters research careers. In many ways, it may be failing. It has been getting harder for researchers to obtain grant support. A […]

#SCOOTERGIRLCAMPAIGN – A Chat With Tanyalee Davis

Tanilee and Pippa

  From The Life Of Pippa.   As I’m sure many of you have seen, comedian Tanyalee has had her fair share of public transport issues lately. From being asked to move her mobility scooter to give priority to a passenger with a folding pram, to literally being left on a train when assistance failed […]

Video: Disabled Comedian Left Stranded By ‘Unacceptable’ Mistake At York Station

Tanyalee Davis

  From YorkMix.   A comedian who hit the headlines after being forced to move her mobility scooter from a disabled space on a train has had another railway nightmare – at York station. Tanyalee Davis said she was on a train from Peterborough to York to perform at the Greater Yorkshire Fringe on Friday […]

York GP Surgery Goes Into Special Measures After Being Rated ‘Inadequate’


    From YorkMix.   A York GP group has been put into special measures over failings including long waiting times for patients. Unity Health, which has surgeries at Kimberlow Hill and Wenlock Terrace, has been rated ‘inadequate’ by inspection body the Care Quality Commission. A CQC report said that Unity was not meeting national […]

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness In 2017 To 2018 Season

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Public Health England (PHE) has published data on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in the 2017 to 2018 season. The data show that overall, flu vaccine was 15% effective in all age groups. However, effectiveness varied considerably. By age-group, the vaccine was overall: 26.9% effective in children aged […]

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