The Guardian

Apparently Just By Talking About It, I’m Super-Spreading Long Covid

By George Monbiot in The Guardian.   Rejoice! A mystery has been solved. We now have an explanation for long Covid, a condition afflicting many thousands of people. A super-spreader has been identified. Important as this finding is, I’m reluctant to call for the vector to be eradicated. Why? Because it’s me. In a presentation to the reinsurance giant […]

Cake And Inner Calm: 10 Ways To Improve Your Mood – Without Exercising

By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   As lockdown continues, exercise is often touted as one of the best ways to promote good mental health. But as good as running and cold swimming are if they work for you, they do not appeal to everyone. Nor are they an option if you are ill, injured […]

The Guardian View On Disability Rights: A Deficit Of Attention

  From The Guardian.   Twenty-five years after discrimination was outlawed, progress towards inclusion and equality has gone into reverse. There should have been a feature film, or a primetime TV series. Maybe one day there will be. But this year, the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act – a landmark piece of legislation […]

Susanna Clarke: ‘I Was Cut Off From The World, Bound In One Place By Illness’

  By Justine Jordan in The Guardian.   Sixteen years ago, Susanna Clarke’s debut novel became a publishing phenomenon. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is an unlikely story of intellectual obsession, set in a Regency England in which the buried powers of English magic are reawoken by two scholar magicians. The prose style mashes together Jane Austen […]

York ‘No One Expected This’: York At Crossroads As Coronavirus Takes Toll

  By Josh Halliday in The Guardian. For a city that has been at the heart of major national events for 17 centuries, beloved both by medieval kings and warring Romans, York has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the years. But new questions about the future of the former Viking capital of England […]

UK To Launch World’s Largest Genetic Study Into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  By Haroon Siddique in The Guardian.   The world’s largest genetic study into chronic fatigue syndrome is to be launched in the UK after receiving £3.2m of funding from the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research. The research aims to shine a light on the debilitating long-term condition, about which little is […]

Disabled Workers Paid 12% Less, ‘Damning’ UK Official Figures Show

    By Patrick Butler in The Guardian.   Disabled people continue to face prejudice in the workplace campaigners have said, after latest government figures showed they were paid on average 12.2% less than those without impairments, equivalent to £1.48 an hour. According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, the median pay for disabled employees in […]

After I Revealed Whitehall Plans To Deceive The Public On Universal Credit, An Investigation Began. Its Conclusions Are Shocking

By Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian.   Early this summer, a national newspaper published a string of curious articles. Under the logo Universal Credit Uncovered, the features promised readers of the Metro the truth about this most notorious of all benefits. The series began with a giant advert wrapped around the cover of the paper, coupled […]

My Disabilities Are Invisible. I Shouldn’t Have To Prove Them To Strangers

    By Isabelle Jani-Friend in The Guardian.   I was recently on a packed Central line train into London. Luckily, I managed to take the last priority disabled seat. My osteoporosis and the fatigue I experience meant it would be hard for me to stand for the 40-minute journey to Oxford Circus. I felt a sense […]

Trial By Error: An Ill-Informed Article In The Guardian

      By David Tuller, DrPH People who know little or nothing about the illness or cluster of illnesses variously called myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS/ME, and ME/CFS can’t seem to stop writing stupid and ill-informed stories about it. And Professor Michael Sharpe seems to blame “Americans”–rather than his own disastrous research–for his […]

#MEAction Responds To Attacks On ME Community In The Guardian And Psychology Today

  By #MEAction.   In the past two weeks, The Guardian UK and Psychology Today US have published articles portraying the myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) community as an angry, misguided mob using social media to denigrate scientific research. Both articles focus on the criticism that Dr. Michael Sharpe, one of the key authors of the PACE trial and […]

Crippled: Austerity And The Demonisation Of Disabled People By Frances Ryan – Review

  By Yvonne Roberts in The Guardian.   Two years ago the United Nations released the findings of a secret inquiry into state-level violations of the human rights of disabled people. Its conclusion was that a “human catastrophe” was under way. In every sphere, including employment, housing, education and social security, disabled people are hugely disadvantaged. Shamefully, […]

Coming Soon: The Great Universal Credit Deception

  By  Aditya Chakrabortty in The Guardian. How to sell the unsellable? How to pretend utter chaos is a plan coming together? How to persuade the public, who just refuse to buy it, to at least keep on paying for it? I believe I have found the answer. It comes in the form of an internal […]

Cutting Disability Services Doesn’t Save Money. But It Does Damage Lives

By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   In times of deep inequality and shrinking services, politics is often framed like a David and Goliath battle. You see it in the mothers who this week challenged the London developers trying to stop their “social housing kids” playing in segregated play areas. Or the teachers and parents in Cambridge marching against […]

Abuse Prevention: How To Turn Off The Gaslighters

    By Anna Moore in The Guardian.   Gaslight was the play that made its writer Patrick Hamilton a very rich man. It opened in London in 1938 to exceptional reviews. Noël Coward was a fan. King George VI took his wife to see it. In 1940, it became a British film, followed four years later by the […]

Roman Holiday: How Chester Became The Most Accessible City In Europe

      By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   A step up to a restaurant and no threshold ramp in sight. A pub with its function room upstairs, making attending a friend’s birthday drinks impossible. A kerb that hasn’t been flattened, essentially imprisoning you in the road. To a wheelchair user, such as myself, […]

So When A High-Profile Civil Servant Is Disabled, The Press Finds Its Sympathy

  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Andrew McDonald’s case deserves attention of course, but most disabled people get a different reception when the benefits system casts them aside. I want to tell you about two very different disabled people, both going through Britain’s benefit system. “Disabled person 1” has Parkinson’s disease and terminal […]

Almost Impossible To Get A Fair Pip Assessment

  From The Guardian.   Ann Moore says the ‘health professionals’ often have little or no expertise in the medical condition or disability being assessed. Plus letters from Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty, and from disabled war pensioner Mo Stewart. I fully empathise and sympathise with the article about Andrew McDonald (Top former civil servant lambasts ‘hostile’ disability […]

Sorry, Netflix: We Don’t Need Another Freak Show

By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   Afflicted has enraged its participants, but it wouldn’t be the first TV show to use people with disabilities as entertainment fodder. An open letter to Netflix was published on Tuesday criticising its recent docu-series, Afflicted, which chronicles the lives of seven people with chronic illnesses. The letter highlighted what it called the […]

‘I Could Be Taken From My Home’: Why Disabled People Once Again Fear Being ‘Warehoused’

  By Frances Ryan in The Guardian.   In the 1970s, disabled people were often placed in out-of-town institutions. Then came the independent living revolution. Is the clock turning back? Ifear for my life,” Lucy Watts, 24, tells me from her family bungalow in Benfleet, Essex. Watts has a range of severe health problems – […]

How To Bring A High Street Back From The Dead

  By Kevin Rushby in The Guardian.   Thousands of high street outlets have closed in the last decade, leaving behind a wasteland of betting shops. But one community in York has found a simple way to reverse the decline. Could their model be used nationwide? It’s the stuff of nightmares. You wander down a […]

One In Seven GP Practices In England Failing On Safety

    By Patrick Greenfield in The Guardian.   About 7 million people are being treated at GP surgeries in England that have severe safety problems, according to the first performance review of its kind by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). One in seven GP practices are failing on safety, even after CQC inspectors have told them […]

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