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Living My Life In The Grey Area Of Disability

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    By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.   When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism. Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. In the last nine months of my […]

Sunlight Offers Surprise Benefit — It Energizes Infection Fighting T Cells

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    From Science Magazine.   Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central […]

4 Strategies For Dealing With Chronic Illness

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  Having chronic illness or pain can be very frustrating and debilitating. It affects all areas of your life and your physical as well as your emotional well-being. The upside is that it can be manageable with the right approach and mindset. Review the following four strategies so that you can better deal with chronic […]

18 Things I Learned In 2018

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    From the Life Of Pippa blog.   Although I’m not a particularly superstitious person, there’s always been something about the number 18 in my family. It’s when all the birthdays and anniversaries and life events seem to fall, it’s the addresses we live at, and it always seems to be an intrinsically lucky […]

Officials Fail To Collect Data On People Wanting To Apply Offline For Online-Only Universal Credit

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  By Simon Rushton in iNews.   Officials behind Universal Credit are being criticised for failing to track data on people who want to apply offline. Universal Credit is the government’s first digital-only service, and claimants must apply online for the Department of Work and Pensions benefit. But there worries that the system is excluding […]

‘Widespread And Dangerous’: Facing Medical Uncertainty, Some Doctors Tell Patients It’s All In Their Heads

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  By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN.   (CNN)When 7-year-old Bailey Sheehan arrived at a hospital in Oregon partially paralyzed, a doctor said the girl was faking her symptoms to get her parents’ attention because she was jealous of her new baby sister. But that doctor was proved wrong when an MRI showed that the girl had acute […]

Government Announce Consultation For Mandatory Changing Places

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    by Katie Campbell in Unite. The government have announced a consultation which will go ahead this year to examine proposals which will make it mandatory for newly build shopping centres, stadia, and theme parks to include Changing Places. Announced by Conservative MP Rishi Sunak on Christmas Eve, the proposal will ensure all newly built public […]

4 Essential Limitations To Set When You’re Chronically Ill

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By Tony Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today? For many years after I became chronically ill, I was in denial about the need to set limitations in order to keep my symptoms as manageable as possible. I refused to believe that I might not recover my health. I thought: “You get sick; you get better. It’s as […]

Where Is Bros Star Craig Logan now ? – (ME Story)

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    By Tom Eames in Smooth.   Craig Logan was one third of the biggest boyband of the late 1980s, Bros. But he soon quit the band, leaving Matt and Luke Goss as the sole members. But what has he been up to since? Craig began his career as a bassist in the pop band Bros. His nickname […]

Not All Disabilities Are Visible……..

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One of my favourite Christmas presents this year, a sticker for the car from my wife and daughter…… There is a need for a Government backed, nationwide TV and Radio educational campaign to raise awareness of Invisible Illnesses and Disabilities.    

Do You Have Family Or Friends You Haven’t Heard From In A While ?

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    At this time of year we hear the cry go up for keeping in touch with family and friends.  Maybe to also call on someone elderly nearby. Whilst I totally agree with these sentiments, maybe we should be doing this throughout the year.  It’s too easy to forget those who were in our […]

Christmas Can Be Isolating For Young Carers – They Need Time To Be Children

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    By Jo Aldridge in The Conversation.   Most children look forward to the Christmas holidays as a time for fun and families. But for some young carers – children who provide care for someone in their family who is ill or disabled – the Christmas holidays are a mixed blessing. Dani* is one […]

When You’re Stuck In The Middle Of ‘Sick’ And ‘Well’

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  By Cherilyn Schutze in The Mighty.   Stuck in the middle of sick and well. That’s how I feel. Chronic illness is never easy, whether you are the person who’s sick, or the caretaker or family member of a person with a protracted illness. Before I became ill, I was very busy multi-tasking, care-taking, mothering, wife-ing, and working. […]

Inside The Mind Of A Chronically Ill Person Debating If They Should Post On Facebook

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  By Jennifer Steidl in The Mighty. Nobody is “normal.” Everyone is unique. That said, long-term illness can change a person; it can change your mind, your emotions, your perspective, your way of thinking… (to say nothing of your body). And the places in your mind that change can be impossible to perceive; what is caused by […]

Things Like This Stop Me From Living My Life The Way I Want To

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By julieannereynolds in Scope. Bal is a post graduate student at Staffordshire University, disability activist, former President of their Student Union and has Generalised Dystomia. In this blog Bal shares her campaign story to ensure taxi fares charge the same for all and how she helped change the law. In 2015 I led a campaign to […]

Disabled Peer Calls For ‘Heavy Fines’ For Air Travel Access Failures

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. A disabled crossbench peer has called on the government to start handing out “heavy fines” to the air travel industry when it fails to ensure that its services are accessible to disabled passengers. Baroness [Jane] Campbell asked the government on Monday what action it was taking to encourage all UK […]

UN Day Of Disabled People: Government Could Face Court Over Universal Credit

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government could be forced into court to defend its failure to make the much-criticised universal credit benefit system accessible to disabled people. A parliamentary meeting held to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on Monday – and to call for universal credit […]

Nationwide Joins Purple Light Up Movement To Recognise Contribution Of Disabled Employees

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  By Sid Hayns-Worthington in the Swindon Advertiser.   The society’s Employee Disability Network organised sessions at the HQ to have open conversations about obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, understanding anxiety and stress, and also included a mental health resilience workshop. The company held around 35 events across the country, coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities […]

Motability Charity Boss To Go After Extra Bonus Revealed

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    From BBC News.   The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The […]

More People Are Experiencing Severe Food Allergies Than Ever Before

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  By Mattew Smith in The Conversation.   The recent inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from anaphylaxis after eating a Pret A Manger baguette she was unaware contained sesame, could lead to a change in labelling legislation. Indeed, a recent investigation found that undeclared allergens were present in a quarter of foods sampled. But a more fundamental issue […]

‘Invisible’ Disabilities Campaign Calls On Community To ‘Think Outside The Chair’

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  By Laura Collins and Lucy Robinson in ABCNews Australia.   Living in an Australian society that understands and accepts all forms of disability is no longer a pipedream for New South Wales woman Marni Walkerden. Ms Walkerden is the brains behind the Think Outside the Chair campaign, which is launching in the NSW central […]

If Someone With Chronic Illness Says They’re Tired, Please Think Before Responding, ‘Me Too’

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    By Kaisha Holloway in The Mighty.   When being “tired” is more than just feeling tired… Don’t you just hate it when people try to get one up on you, by always striving to be worse off than yourself? Don’t you just hate it when people assume that tiredness is the same for […]

DWP Admits Failing To Keep Track Of Disability Discrimination Claims By Its Own Staff

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By John Pring in Disability News Service. The government department responsible for running the Disability Confident employment scheme has admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints of disability discrimination are made by its own staff. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) repeatedly brags about its much-criticised scheme, which aims to help employers recruit […]

15 Signs That People Needed To Take Time Off For Their Health

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  By  Julia Metraux in The Mighty.   If you have a chronic illness, you know that managing your symptoms can feel like a full-time job. There’s a chance that you also have different responsibilities in your life besides managing your symptoms, like work, school, or taking care of your family. But what happens when you need […]

Overwhelming Public Support For Sugar And Calorie Reduction

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From The Yorkshire Times. A new survey from Public Health England (PHE) shows overwhelming public support for reducing sugar and calories in everyday foods. The survey, carried out by Ipsos MORI, found around 9 in 10 people support the government working with the food industry (manufacturers, supermarkets and the eating out of home sector) to […]

The Isolation I Feel as I Parent Kids With Disabilities

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    By Laura McLean in The Mighty. Raising children with disabilities can be challenging and rewarding, often within the same day — or even hour. Our emotions as parents are complicated. We can simultaneously feel like giving up and also be ready to go to the ends of the earth for our children. We […]

Why You Shouldn’t Take Antibiotics For Colds And Flu

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  By Carol Kelly in The Conversation. Winter is well and truly on its way. For many, this conjures up images of log fires, mistletoe and festive feasts. But it can also mean cold, damp mornings, short hours of daylight and the dreaded cold and flu season. Tickly throats, headaches, fevers and generally feeling rotten […]

96 Patients Prescribed Medical Cannabis

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by Denise Grech in Times of Malta. Ninety-six patients have been prescribed medical cannabis since the law was amended in March this year, Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci said. The 96 patients were under the care of 14 doctors, she said, adding the superintendence was also following the cases closely. Many of these patients suffered from fibromyalgia, […]

Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

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    By Rachel Wearmouth in The Huffington Post . ‘You feel that whatever you say may be taken out of context,’ says former Paralympian. Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent”, campaigners say. New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) […]

The Struggle To Gain Adequate Care While Living With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

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    By Corina Duyn in ME Advocates Ireland.   I have been ill with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) for twenty years. But it is only in the past year, and more so in the past six months that my most basic needs are not being met, at a time when my illness has become more severe again […]

Invisible Disabilities: Just Because You Can’t See it Doesn’t Mean it’s Not Real

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  From Healthy Living Facts.   Have you ever heard diseases like fibromyalgia called an “invisible disability?” Essentially, invisible disabilities are conditions that can’t be seen but still have serious effects on your ability to live a normal life. The term makes a distinction between conditions like cerebral palsy, where the effects of the disability are […]

Trial By Error: Some Thoughts About NICE

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  By David Tuller, DrPH. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which develops clinical guidelines for a range of medical conditions, is currently selecting a committee to develop a new guidance for the illness it refers to as myalgic encephaloymyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The new guidance will replace one written in 2007, when […]

Understanding Your Blood Pressure And How To Help Control It

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      By Ruth D’Alessandro in The Huffington Post.    It’s important to get your blood pressure checked at least every five years because the higher your blood pressure the higher your risk of developing problems with your health’, is the advice of Sue Williams, a practice nurse at a busy Surrey GP surgery. […]

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