Forbidden Corner’s Yorkshire Dales Castle Folly Must Be Demolished

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  From BBC News.   A castle folly built by a tourist attraction in the Yorkshire Dales must be demolished. The 32 foot (10m) decorative structure at the Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn, was built without planning consent. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said the folly was unsuited to the location. The Forbidden Corner has […]

The Loneliness Of Having An Illness Science Doesn’t Understand

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  By Lily Carollo in Science of Us.   If someone told you she had something called chronic fatigue syndrome, you might not take her very seriously. Who among us isn’t tired all the time? And yet chronic fatigue is a condition with a name that belies the very serious malady it’s meant to convey. While exhaustion is indeed […]

Disabled Passengers ‘Forced To Wait Hours To Disembark At Heathrow’

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    From The Guardian.   Disabled passengers arriving at Heathrow airport are being forced to wait up to two hours for help in disembarking aircraft, the aviation regulator has said. The west London hub is one of four airports where the Civil Aviation Authority judged the service for wheelchair users and other disabled passengers to be […]

Have You Experienced Disablism ? Share Your Stories

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  From The Guardian.   We’d like to hear from people who have a disability and have experienced discrimination or hostility because of it. Bullying and discrimination against disabled people remains a serious problem in the UK. According to a recent Equality and Human Rights Commission report“people with disabilities in the UK face harassment, insult and […]

Major Stanford Study Indicates Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Is Inflammatory Disorder

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   There’s been a great deal of controversy and confusion surrounding ME/CFS — even whether it is an actual disease. Our findings show clearly that it’s an inflammatory disease and provide a solid basis for a diagnostic blood test.” Mark Davis There’s nothing like a high-profile study from a […]

NICE Refuse To Take Down Harmful Treatments 25,000 Children Harmed ?

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  By Tina Rodwell.   I had my reply from NICE. For some reason David Hahalam did not want to talk to me. Well I am not important, am I? After all I am just one of the 25,000 parents that would like ME taken seriously to protect the children from harm. A good solid […]

Up, Up And Away ! York To Stage Three-Day Hot Air Balloon Spectacular

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        From YorkMix.   More evidence that ours is a super-soaraway city – as a hot air balloon festival is confirmed for York. Featuring three days of breathtaking flights and events, the York Balloon Fiesta 2017 will come to Knavesmire this September. A total of 50 hot air balloons, from all across […]

Grab Your Bucket And Spade ! York’s City Centre Beach Is Back

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  From YorkMix.   York may not be at the seaside – but it does have a pretty nifty beach… For the second year running urban beach Coppergate Strand has opened. And the free attraction will be here throughout August. The sands at the Coppergate Centre provide a place for youngster to play and the […]

A Plea From A Fallen Doctor On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  From Reddit.   I was educated at Baylor and practiced medicine for 30 years. I had a thriving practice, a rich social life, and excellent physical and mental health. I loved what I did and loved my life. I ran marathons, spoke at conferences, and chaired non-profits. I am now completely bedridden from post […]

Survey Suggests Chronic Fatigue In Canada Is ‘Even Worse Than We Thought’

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    From CTV News.   A new survey suggests chronic fatigue syndrome may be far more prevalent in Canada than previously thought, and more widespread than many more well-known conditions. The suggestion is based on a Statistics Canada survey in which respondents were asked whether their doctor had diagnosed them with chronic fatigue or […]

Metabolic Switch May Bring On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Andy Coghlan in New Scientist. It’s as if a switch has been flicked. Evidence is mounting that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is caused by the body swapping to less efficient ways of generating energy. Also known as ME or myalgic encephalomyelitis, CFS affects some 250,000 people in the UK. The main symptom is persistent […]

Bootham Crescent Stands In For Nazi Olympic Stadium In New Film – And The Internet Has A Field Day

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  From YorkMix. Both were built in the 1930s but there, you might think, the similarities end. Yet Bootham Crescent is now standing in for the Olympiastadion in Berlin, the huge stadium built by the Nazis to stage the 1936 Olympics. This week York City’s ground is providing the backdrop for a “period sporting drama” […]

Britain’s £246 m Battery Challenge Won’t Solve Energy Storage Problem

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By Kathryn Toghill and Dénes Csala in The Conversation. Renewable energy’s share of British electricity generation from wind and solar technologies reached record levels of 26% in the past year. This is excellent news for our national carbon emissions, but the grid is under increasing pressure to manage this intermittent power supply. The on-and-off nature of renewable energy means that to […]

The Importance Of Having A Partner Who Understands Your invisible Illness

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    By Hattie Gledwell in The Metro.   One of the most important aspects of being in a relationship when you have an invisible, chronic illness is that your partner is supportive.  There are a number of reasons for this, but it all mainly comes down to the fact that if your partner doesn’t understand what […]

Severe ME Day 2017; Sophia Mirza, Inflammation Of The Brain And Spinal Cord And The Role Of The Gut

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  From Let’s Do It for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.   Severe ME day is an initiative of the 25% ME group for the severely affected. It is held annually on 8th August to commemorate Sophia Mirza’s birthday and it’s purpose is to remember and raise awareness of those deceased and severely affected by ME. Sophia Mirza (1973 – 2005) died in […]

Jobcentre Staff Criticised For ‘Alarming Lack Of Confidence’ With Disabled People

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    By John Vale in Care Appointments.   Staff at Jobcentres have an “alarming” lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not “shoehorned” back into work […]

Women Pioneered Computer Programming. Then Men Took Their Industry Over.

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    By Josh O’Connor in Timeline.   Like many women in the 1930s, Jean Jennings Bartik had studied mathematics. During and after World War II, Bartik and other women actually worked as “computers.” They calculated by hand the trajectories of military rockets and artillery shells depending on how much soldiers elevated the weapon. Each […]

8 August: Understanding And Remembrance Day For Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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    By Jody Smith in Phoenix Rising.   August 8th, is Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, an important day in the ME community. It’s a day that is intended to bring attention to those whose voices are the most quiet, whose presence is so easily overlooked. Their footprint leaves next to no mark. […]

This Is Why I Quit Exercise Therapy

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  By Camilla Maxted in BuzzFeed.   It took 11 medical appointments across 20 weeks of pain and despair before I finally got a diagnosis. For months, I’d been suffering from exhaustion so extreme that bit by bit, I’d had to let my whole life drop away. For a long time I tried to ignore it – after all, […]

MPs Urge Government To Delay Universal Credit Rollout

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  By Rowena Mason in The Guardian.   MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship. David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, has been urged by 30 Labour MPs, and the Green party MP Caroline Lucas, to delay the expansion of the new universal credit benefit […]

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