Safety

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. […]

New App To Help Mobility Aid Users “Take Back Their Streets” By Reporting Illegal Parking

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  By Calvin Barnett in Thiis.   A new app giving disabled people the power to report parking infringements to their local councils is hoping to stop situations where people using mobility devices are forced to make unsafe manoeuvres to get past illegally parked vehicles. Developed by brother and sister team Alex Mühlhölzl, Chief Operating […]

Consultation Regarding Accessibility at Clifford’s Tower Area York

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  As you may know, a consultation process is under way with regard to the revamping of Clifford’s Tower area of York. This week I was invited by English Heritage to add my input with regard to accessibility for the area. The revamp will include removing the car park currently alongside the tower, which is […]

Trial By Error: An Open Letter To Dr Godlee About BMJ’s Ethically Bankrupt Actions

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      By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, about Archives of Disease in Childhood’s egregious decision to re-publish Bristol University’s Lightning Process trial with the original findings intact. Given the Bristol team’s flagrant methodological violations, the journal should have retracted the paper. […]

Video: Sliding Bollards To Protect York From Terrorist Attacks

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Permanent bollards could be installed on city centre streets to protect the area from terrorist attacks – if plans are approved by senior councillors. And the council will also work with the Counter Terrorism Unit to look at measures to protect Christmas shoppers this year. Permanent bollards will be installed […]

‘Dangerous’ Dockless Bikes Blocking Streets, Say Disability Activists

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  By Ella Wills BBC News.   Registered as blind for 15 years, Deborah Persaud travels around London with guide dog Lewis by her side. But on recent walks to work, the pair have faced a new challenge on pavements – dockless bikes for hire. “Lewis has to navigate around them [and] we often end up […]

Are Shared E-Scooters Good For The Planet ? Only If They Replace Car Trips

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  By Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University.   Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars. To properly assess these claims, it’s important to consider all relevant environmental factors, including the materials and energy […]

Heatwaves And Flash Floods: Yes, This Is Britain’s ‘New Normal’

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  By Hayley J. Fowler in The Conversation.   “It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we had a heatwave just last week?” Those words were spoken by a BBC news presenter, in front of graphic images of fire service rescues, as heavy rain caused floods and landslides which closed many roads and railway lines. In […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

Potential Dangers Of Exercise Or Activity For ME And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    From the How To Get On Blog.   We are taught that exercise is supposed to make us feel better. Staying active is supposed to make us healthier. Getting out of bed is supposed to improve our quality of life. Sadly, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” the opposite can […]

Practical Solutions To Everyday Spoonie Problems

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Having a chronic illness means everyday tasks can be challenging, exhausting and painful. But there are steps we can take to make life easier, to limit the stress caused and to conserve our energy for more enjoyable activities. Here are some practical solutions to […]

Tech Tent: Should You Trust Smart Machines ?

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    By Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC News. Should you be asking a voice-activated speaker intimate questions about your health? And is it important that the scientists behind AI systems actually understand how they work? These are two questions we seek to answer in this week’s Tech Tent podcast. Listen to the latest Tech Tent podcast on BBC […]

Opioid Painkillers: Doctors Urged To Be More Vigilant With Prescriptions – This Is Why

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    By Rachel Moss in Huffpost.   The amount of opioids doctors are prescribing patients has significantly increased over the past decade, potentially contributing to the rise of opioid misuse and addiction, new research suggests. Worldwide, the use of prescription opioid painkillers more than doubled between 2001 and 2013. The researchers said in some […]

DWP Admits Destroying Report On Safety Failings In Jobcentres

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      By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) destroyed a damaging internal report about its failure to ensure the safety of benefit claimants in jobcentres, preventing it being released under freedom of information laws. The report into safeguarding failures in south London jobcentres was written […]

Massive Increase In Cyber Crime In York

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Cyber crime in York has increased by nearly 85 per cent in the past year – because it is seen as a wealthy area with “less tech-savvy” residents, according to police. Assistant chief constable Ciaron Irvine told a meeting that there has been a “significant increase” in scams – particularly […]

Manchester Airport Disability Service Left Woman ‘Humiliated’

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    From BBC News.   A woman with chronic fatigue syndrome has accused Manchester Airport of treating her like “cargo” and “cattle” following a long-haul flight. Jessica Stafford, 29, booked a special assistance service as she needed help to move through the airport. But she found the experience “distressing” and “humiliating” after being asked […]

Five Things To Consider Before Speed Limiters Are Added To Cars

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    By John McDermid in The Conversation.   The recent announcement that EU rules for fitting speed limiters to new cars from 2022 will be adopted by the UK was welcomed by many, including the European Transport Safety Council, as a move that will save lives. However, not everyone is convinced by this “guardian angel” technology. […]

York City legend Andy McMillan Aims To Save NHS Thousands A Day

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    By Dave Flett in The Press. HE once tackled the likes of Ryan Giggs and Anders Limpar for the Minstermen, but Andy McMillan is now hoping to stop the city’s germs and bacteria in their tracks. The York City legend is taking a break from football to concentrate on an exciting new business […]

DVLA Driving Licence ALERT: Medical Conditions You Need To Inform The DVLA To Avoid A Fine

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By Luke John Smith in The Express.   MOTORISTS in the UK are required to inform the DVLA about a number of medical conditions as they could affect the way you drive and you could be fined £1,000 if you fail to do so.   Motorists could receive a fine of up to £1,000 for […]

Warning Over Scam Emails Claiming To Be From City Of York Council

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    By Simon Walton in York Press.   Fraudsters are sending fake emails claiming to be from City of York Council. The scam messages purport to be about council tax refunds – but they are trying to trick people into sharing confidential data. A spokesperson for City of York Council said: “Scammers are sending fake […]

Now Is The Time For York To Truly Embrace Pedal Power

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    From Yorkmix.   That’s the message from York Cycle Campaign – which says the plans to dual York’s outer ring-road offer a unique opportunity to create cycle superhighways into the centre of the city. The campaign says City of York Council’s ambition to draw traffic away from the centre of York means road […]

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 […]

Do Graded Activity Therapies Cause Harm In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Tom Kindlon in Journal of Health Psychology.   Abstract Reporting of harms was much better in the PACE (Pacing, graded Activity, and Cognitive behavioural therapy: a randomised Evaluation) trial than earlier chronic fatigue syndrome trials of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. However, some issues remain. The trial’s poor results on objective measures […]

Sainsbury’s Trials New Sunflower Lanyard Initiative To Help Customers With Hidden Disabilities

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    From Sainsbury’s website.   Sainsbury’s has announced the extension of a new trial to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. The trial enables customers with hidden disabilities to collect a lanyard which indicates to colleagues that extra support is needed Following a successful launch at Sainsbury’s Barnstaple store, the […]

Guidelines For ME/CFS Outdated And Dangerous

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By Felicity Nelson in Medical Republic.   NICE’s clinical guidelines still recommend potentially damaging treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, but they won’t be updated until 2020. The 2007 NICE guidelines currently recommend the use of graded exercise therapy (GET), a treatment that only helps a minority of patients and can cause significant harm in some […]

Best Stair Lift Companies

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  By Shelley Webb, Senior Products Contributing Editor in Consumer Affairs.   People who have trouble navigating stairs due to injury or disability, including those who can no longer walk at all, may be able to take advantage of stairlifts. Stairlifts allow users to sit comfortably in a seat that takes them up the steps using the […]

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

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  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 […]

How To Avoid Pension Scams

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  From The Financial Conduct Authority.   Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement – find out how pension scams work, how to avoid them and what to do if you suspect a scam. Pension scams can be hard to spot. Scammers can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible-looking websites, testimonials and materials that are […]

Woman In Mobility Scooter Thrown Off Northern Train

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  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 […]

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

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  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 […]

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