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Try looking in the monthly archives. May 2016

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Zika set to hit Europe but WHO plays down risk

The Aedes mosquito is the most common carrier of the Zika virus.
Health officials are playing down the scares associated with the risk of a European outbreak of the infectious Zika virus – although they admit it is possible as the […]

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Queen’s Speech: Shadow minister and newspaper question ‘missing’ White Paper that Crabb dumped

HM The Queen reads the government-prepared speech at the opening of parliament. She is accompanied by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Immediately after the Queen’s Speech, Labour’s shadow minister for the disabled and a national newspaper both queried a […]

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Danger of ‘silent’ heart attacks is lack of recognition

Ultrasound scan, file picture.
There is no doubt that heart disease is a killer. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, it is the biggest killer – and is responsible for nearly half the deaths (48.6%) of all the 10 […]

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Secret reports, that ministers said did not exist, say they WERE warned that vulnerable being hit hardest

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iain Duncan Smith, former Work and Pensions Secretary, headed team of ministers who did nothing to protect vulnerable, says report.
Writer’s Declaration of interest: I have multiple sclerosis and receive both ESA (in the support group) and Disabled Living Allowance (both […]

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Ellie is one of many assistance dogs who make life so much easier for their partners with serious disabilities

Factfile: Canine Partners

Dogs are carefully matched to the applicants’ needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging, learning tasks and commands that will be of most use in that partnership
Dogs help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading […]

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Disability: There is no 20-metre rule, says minister

Baroness Altmann
Most readers of my blog will know that I have a disability, namely multiple sclerosis, that causes significant mobility issues. This means that I need to use a wheelchair to move more than 15 metres; and that’s on a […]

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Suitable for those with disabilities? Maybe not

Shared facilities are not the answer.
Restrooms or toilets provided for people with disabilities often fail to live up to the promises they appear to make. Probably, this is more to do with lack of planning and foresight but also may […]

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‘No further plans to cut benefits’ pledge lasts 51 days

Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb discloses his plans to the select committee.
Declaration of interest: I have multiple sclerosis and receive both ESA (in the support group) and Disabled Living Allowance (both care and mobility components at the highest rates).
 
Sneaky, […]

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Raising awareness of fibromyalgia worldwide

Yesterday, all around the world, was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day with a host of different events being staged in various countries to draw attention to the illness.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause […]

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Striving to make MS care fair

Pic: MS Trust
An ambitious project has been launched by the UK’s MS Trust with the most welcome aim of making sure that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can access the best possible care.
MS care is changing. As already featured in […]

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