General Interest

‘I’m Only Here For MY Beer !’ Dame Judi Dench Knocks Back A Can Of – Dame Judi Quench

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    From YorkMix.   After a hard day’s filming, there’s nothing better than cracking open a can of beer with your name on it. Hollywood and theatre legend Dame Judi Dench is pictured here tucking into a cold can of Dame Judi Quench – the unique beer created in her home city by Brew […]

York Prepares To Mark Remembrance Sunday

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    By Daniel Willers in The Press.   York will pay its respects to fallen soldiers and ex-service personnel at the city’s official Remembrance Sunday service and parade this weekend. The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker, the Civic Party and City of York Council representatives will be among those attending the service and […]

Fake Drugs That Could Kill Are On The Rise In Western Countries – Here’s Why

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    By Susanne Lundin and Rui Liu in The Conversation.   Fake medicines – illegal and substandard pharmaceuticals – have until now largely been a problem in low and middle-income countries. Ranging from lifestyle products to lifesaving medicines, such products are now also on the rise in the Western world. The spread is concerning, […]

The Unknown Warrior

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November 7th was the day Four bodies taken from where they lay All exhumed from their battlefield grave Just four of the many warriors brave The soldiers digging not told why Their comrades were not left to lie The fallen four with names unknown Then taken from the combat zone In the makeshift chapel at […]

General Practice Is Disintegrating Due To Its Serial Reforms

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        By David Zigmond in BMJ Opinion. Why is it so difficult to get continuity of care, or even an appointment, with your GP? And why is the GP workforce now so unhappy and depleted? David Zigmond offers some explanations beyond those of increasing demands and how we finance them. Recently both the BBC and several […]

Calls For Fresh Law To Tackle Pavement Parking

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  By Stuart Minting in The Press.   FRESH laws are needed to tackle the problem of motorists parking on pavements – according to a council meeting. North Yorkshire County councillors were told residents including children, wheelchair users and pedestrians face significant issues created by inconsiderately parked cars. And that the problem was present in […]

URGENT RECALL Two New Alerts Over Common Heartburn Drug Recalled Over Cancer Fears – Including Boots And Morrison Own-Brands

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    By Lizzie Parry in The Sun.   COMMON heartburn drugs sold over-the-counter have been urgently recalled – over fears they could contain cancer-causing chemicals. It’s the third major recall of its kind, six types of prescription-only Zantac were recalled earlier this month. Now, six more products have been added to the list, the Medicines and […]

Gut Microbes Can Be Picky Eaters – Here’s Why It Matters

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    By Tim Spector in The Conversation.   We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we should also take our gut microbes’ preferences into account, a new study published in Cell suggests. The bacteria in our guts, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome, live on […]

Ministers Push Ahead With Single Face-To-Face Assessments For Disability Benefits

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Ministers are pushing ahead with controversial plans to merge two disability benefit assessments into one, despite concerns raised by disabled campaigners. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to offer a single face-to-face assessment – with the agreement of the claimant – that would […]

Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard For Fragrance-Free Allergy-Friendly Rooms

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From Fragrance Sensitivity Australia.   Scandic Hotels, which has hotels in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Poland, is the first hotel chain in the world to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect rooms prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish […]

Why Friendships Can Be Difficult With A Chronic Illness

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    By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   There is a saying that goes, “It’s amazing how chronic illness turns friends into strangers and strangers into friends.” Maintaining friendships can be difficult for those of us with chronic illness. It may be hard for friends to understand the challenges we face, and the limitations our ill-health places on […]

Unsolicited Health Advice Is Intrusive & Invalidating – Please Stop

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Everyone living with a chronic illness has had to deal with unsolicited advice about their health. Whether it’s from strangers on social media or from well-meaning friends and family, uninvited advice is a frustrating part of living with an incurable chronic illness. It’s […]

The Cure For Toxic Positivity

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  By Rebecca Renner in Forge.   When my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 52, I was flooded with emails, calls, and in-person pep talks from friends and acquaintances. Anyone who’d ever met me, it seemed, was eager to offer up a platitude. “Think positive,” they told me. “It will be okay. […]

Teen Housebound By ME Threatened Wiith Fine By School For Being ‘Truant’ – Now Benefits Assessor Says She’s Not In Enough Pain

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  By Claudia Tanner in iNews. Georgia Whyard claims teachers said she had ‘school phobia’ despite having an official diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis In brief The once A* pupil suffers pain, extreme exhaustion, and migraines Mother says she was branded ‘school phobic’ due to poor attendance Department for Work and Pensions ruled she is not […]

Rocket In Brass, Steel And Fire

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    From Visit York.   About Behold the single most important object in the modern age and meet the humble makers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables, in Brass, Steel and Fire at National Railway Museum. Meet Rocket, the world-changing locomotive which kick started a golden era of innovation. Journey through […]

Socialising As A Disabled Person Can Mean Forking Out £70 For Brunch

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    By Samantha Renke in the Metro.   If you think we live in an equal society, ask yourself this: have you ever payed £70 to eat brunch? This is exactly what happened to me just the other week. Besides work I’ve found myself socialising less and less over the past years. In part […]

Pavement Parking in York

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  PAVEMENT PARKING UPDATE FOR FULFORD AREA. Just to keep you up to date, I’ve received the following, and have asked to be kept in touch with any further action is taken, as their action must be proactive. If we call 101 as suggested, we can’t wait for the incident to be attended, as we […]

The Victorians Caused The Meat Eating Crisis The World Faces Today – But They Might Help Us Solve It

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    By Paul Young in The Conversation.   Increasing consumption of meat rich diets throughout the world in the 21st century raises pressing concerns about human health, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Too much mass-produced meat is bad for us, bad for the livestock we eat, and bad for the planet on which we live. […]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre Goes Into Liquidation

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      By Chloe Laversuch at Minster FM.   The theatre say they’ve suffered “unsustainable losses” from it’s recent seasons in York and at Blenheim Palace. THE closure of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, which has gone into liquidation, “will be a loss” for York. Organisations have reacted with sorrow to news that the theatre – which […]

Why The Way Healthcare Professionals Measure Patient Pain Might Soon Be Changing

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    By Richard Day in The Conversation.   The last time you went to see a doctor, it was probably because you were in pain – it’s by far the main reason people access the health service. And if you did go because of pain, your doctor probably asked you to rate it on […]

York Ghost Merchants – The ‘World’s First’ Spook Shop – Opens In Shambles

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  By George Dodd in The Press. THE “world’s first” ghost shop has opened its doors in York – stocking more than 1,000 spooky collectables. The York Ghost Merchants, located in the former Pinder and Scott’s bakery shop at number 6 Shambles, stocks unique ghost-related souvenirs for visitors to take home. The shop has been created and […]

The York ME Community – York Inter Company Fantasy Football League For The York ME TGA Shield – Update

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  The York ME Community runs an Inter-Company Fantasy Football League sponsored by TGA Mobility. This is to help raise awareness of the illness that affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and 800 in the York area alone. Of those around York, 200 are likely to be severe, meaning house or bed bound.   […]

Why You Can’t Always Trust Online Customer Reviews

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  From Which?   Which? has found a range of home and tech products that seriously failed to impress in our tough lab tests – but online customer review scores might have you believe they’re a sure thing. Five products that scored so poorly in our tests we rated them as Don’t Buys looked largely […]

York Balloon Fiesta

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      About York Balloon Fiesta York Balloon Fiesta returns for 2019 with the biggest hot air balloon festival York has ever seen. This free festival brings a weekend of hot air balloons, children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts, food and drink, as well as a funfair with rides never seen before in York. […]

I’m Disabled & I Rely On Single-Use Plastics – Please Don’t Judge Me

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      By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Reading through this month’s writing prompts, the one that sparked my interest the most was ‘Reusing’. When I think of ‘reusing’ I automatically turn to the need to reduce single-use plastic, and the detrimental effect plastic has on our oceans. It’s been […]

High Street Businesses Losing Millions By Shunning Disabled Consumers, New Research Reveals

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    From Purple. More than 13 million people in the UK – a fifth of the population – are disabled. A new poll of people who consider themselves to be disabled has found that more than half of respondents are struggling to make purchases of a product/service due to their disability. Disabled young people […]

MPs Call For Overdue Government Action To Ban Pavement Parking

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.     A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations. The Commons transport committee says in a new report that pavement parking […]

Drinking A Little Whiskey Might Actually Help Relieve Cold Symptoms

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    By Kate Bratskeir in The Huffington Post.   There’s no real cure for the common cold, but a little bit of whiskey or bourbon (that’s a little bit, we said) could offer some relief. The classic hot toddy, typically made of whiskey, honey, lemon juice and hot water, can subdue the injustices of your inevitable winter cold. The hot […]

How Social Media Helps Shield Me From The Social Isolation Of Being Sick

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By Amber Blackburn in The Mighty.   When it comes to social media, we often hear about the negative aspects of each platform –like the fact that social media is full of highlight reels rather than what’s actually real. We only get to see what influencers choose to show us, which is usually only the […]

York-Based GP Service Doc-OneStop Put Patients At ‘Risk Of Serious Harm’

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    By Ed Horner in York Press.   AN ONLINE GP service in York has had its registration suspended after it was found to be putting patients at “risk of serious harm”. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the care provided by Doc-OneStop to be ‘inadequate’, following an inspection carried out in July 2019. […]

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