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Students in western India have developed a 'speaking glove' for the speech impaired that can interpret sign language and convert the message into speech through a mobile application. A similar glove was developed last year by researchers in California. The One Show: BBC1.

Simon Kindleysides becomes the first paralysed man to complete the London Marathon after a 26.5-hour race. Kindleysides, from Norfolk in England, walked the 26.2-mile marathon course using a "Rex" exoskeleton suit. Kindleysides was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013. This left him paralysed from the waist down, according to UK media. "I've proven a point: anything is possible," he said in emotional scenes surrounded by friends and family after completing the race. NewsFlare.

Globally, one in three people around the world is myopic (short-sighted). There are studies to show that by 2050, half the world, 1 in 2 people globally will have myopia. Its not the genes that's the cause of the increase - it's our environment. urbanisation and lifestyle. Outdoors activities will help reduce it. Playing computer games, staying indoors staring at screens will have a far greater risk of developing myopia. Donald Tan: Singapore National Eye Centre: University of Singapore medical school. CrowdScience.

Paralysed people could be able to 'speak' simply by thinking, thanks to a research at the University of California in Berkeley. They have improved an algorithm which translated the brain activity of people who were imagining speaking into digitally synthesised sound. The original, developed in 2014 produced extremely crude aspects of speech. The ultimate goal is to produce a speech prosthetic device that can be used by people who are severely paralysed. Metro,

Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes.The total number of disabled people granted legal aid in welfare cases has plummeted from 29,801 in 2011-12 to just 308 in 2016-17, cutting some of the most vulnerable people in society adrift without expert advice in often highly complex and distressing cases. Richard Lane, head of communications at disability charity Scope, called the figures “shocking”. He said they were proof that disabled people were now in “a weaker position to challenge inaccuracy and poor decision-making within government welfare systems”. Kamran Mallick, chief executive officer of the charity Disability Rights UK, said: “Access to justice is a fundamental human right as well as a sign of a civilised society. We’d urge the government to reverse the changes that are hitting disabled people so heavily.” Guardian. 


Britain’s transport system is great - if you’re not disabled. The truth is that the time, comfort and effort of disabled passengers is not a priority across our transport system. Nobody is responsible for refunding the additional care costs incurred because of the length of a journey. Nobody pays for taxis when a necessary tube route isn't accessible. Nobody takes responsibility for making sure we can complete our journeys. Instead we’re left to fend for ourselves, rushing between platforms, constantly misinformed and often unable to travel alone. This isn't good enough. Poet and artist: Jamie Hale. Guardian. 

Hundreds of children in the UK who have lost limbs through illness or disability are to get activity prosthetics from a £1.5 million government fund. Sky News.

April 9, 2018. If you live with a disability in London, finding a suitable seat can be near impossible. 3.3 million deaf and disabled people go to live music events, and a new report has found that three-quarters of disabled people feel discriminated against, with not only the booking process, but at inaccessible venues. Charities have demanded action. A review has been scheduled next March to make venues accessible. ITV News.

Fitness fanatic, 22, who has broken her bones 200 times due to a rare condition, can be found doing push-ups and crunches to inspire other disabled people to get active. Jasmine Manuel has brittle bone disease, leaving her immobile and in agony. Ms Manuel, who was born with six fractures, has endured 22 surgeries in her life. She enjoys being active to prove to those who doubt her she can do anything. Ms Manuel wishes to change the mindsets of people who doubt disabled people. Her mother Wanda says she has always been determined to live a positive life. Mail.

1 in every 100 people are now thought to be autistic, yet, its still one of the least understood conditions. There is a huge and often conflicting range of signs, skills, and sometimes disabilities. Experts now believe thousands of people are  on the spectrum, and living with autism without even knowing it. Are You Autistic? Ch 4.

Cannabis is curing my cancer - Now I want it legalised. Cancer patients should take cannabis oil. I take ali alkaline shakes because cancer can't survive in an acidic body. Joy Smith. ITV This Morning. 25 years of evidence of tissue studies and quite remarkable profound effects, although there have been no clinical trials. Big pharmaceutical companies would be quite opposed to cannabis treatments because it would potentially eat into their profits. It does not work for all cancers, and not for all individuals, because we all have different susceptibilities to cannabis. THC can help people with multiple sclerosis, and various other conditions and pain relief. Matthew Atha: Research consultant on cannabis consumption. ITV This Morning.

People who grow up in sunny climate are up to 55 percent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, a study by the University of British Columbia in Canada has found. Metro.

Nepal is launching the first 'hiking trail' for disabled treckers. BBC World Service.

A teenage girl is battling a rare condition that causes her to live like a toddler that affects a minuscule 70 people worldwide. Kelly Breden, 14, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, was the 14th child to be diagnosed with PACS1-related Syndrome. PACS-1 related syndrome is characterized by intellectual disability, developmental delay , and mildly distinctive facial features. People with this syndrome may also have seizures , difficulty eating and gaining weight, and autism. PACS1-related syndrome is caused by a specific change or mutation in the PACS1 gene. Liveleak.

The outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria which has made hundreds ill and has killed at least 43 people. Symptoms include bleeding from eyes, gums and noses. Survivors can be left with life-long deafness. it shares some similarities with Ebola but is less infectious and can sometimes be mild. Its usually passed on a by a particular breed of rat and more rarely, from person-to-person. The UK public health rapid support team is preparing to send people over to Nigeria if required. Health Check: BBC World Service.

The UK government has announced plans to issue parking tickets for disabilities such as autism. Sky News.

Mother-of-two, 34, claims she was left blind, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and covered in a rash 'after having the 'flu jab' and fears she may never recover. Jennifer Whitney (left: before having the shot), from Mukilteo, Washington, had the vaccine due to the insistence of her boss. Tests revealed she had developed multiple sclerosis, which has no cure, and she was left blind for ten months as well as unable to have another child. The mother-of-two's naturopath claimed it was all down to her flu vaccine - despite an array of evidence claiming the shot is completely safe. Mrs Whitney's case comes amid warnings of the worst flu outbreak in 50 years, which has prompted officials to urge the population to get vaccinated. Mail.

Tens of thousands of disability and sickness benefit claimants may have been underpaid and it could cost up to £500m to correct the error. The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed it had identified errors in the payment of employment and support allowance (ESA) that could affect 75,000 people who transferred to it from incapacity benefits. The errors affected people who applied for ESA between 2011-12 and 2014-15 and were identified by the DWP late last year, according to BBC News, which uncovered the error. The department has contacted about 1,000 of the people who could be affected so far, according to the BBC, and has begun making repayments. News.

Britain is in danger of becoming a nation of pill-poppers where people use drugs to fight chronic illnesses like heart disease instead of living healthy lives. Cholesterol-lowering statins are already taken by up to seven million Britons deemed to be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, while some academics advocate those over 45 should take low-dose aspirin to  help ward off cancer. By all means over-eat and don't take any exercise, but in today's world you may find that means 20 years of chronic disability at the end of your life.Telegraph.

Women whose children were harmed in the womb by the powerful epilepsy drug sodium valproate have called for a public inquiry. Its estimated 20.000 children in Britain were left with physical and learning disabilities after being exposed to the medication. The drug's manufacturer Sanofi said patents health is its primary concern, adding that sodium valproate is an important medication which some people reply on. BBC World Service: News.

A United Nations committee has told the government it needs to do much more to protect the rights of disabled people. Following a review, the U.N issued the UK with the longest recommendation for any member state. The government said, it was disappointed with the report which it said had failed to recognise progress. BBC Radio 4 News.

A study by the disability charity Scope has found that over a third of disabled people think the attitude towards them have got worse since the London Paralympics 2012. Sky News.

'Trauma' kills 50 people each day and 6 million people around the World every year. About 200 people are left severely disabled everyday from trauma. Trauma is when you're injured  and the consequences of being injured physically and mentally. Either bleeding. A serious accident. Falling off a a ladder, being stabbed, or in a car accident. Professor Karim Brohi. Trauma Surgeon. This Morning. ITV.

I think the 'cancer drugs fund' makes no sense. It's an illogical phenomena. Fundamentally I'm against it. They've set aside this money for cancer drugs, but why can't we have experimental drugs being funded for people with multiple sclerosis or with heart failure. Why are we not pouring money into that. The  reason is those diseases do not evoke the same kind of passions in people as cancer. does. Dr Max Pemberton. Psychiatrist and Journalist. NHS 2 Billion a Week.

'Sativex' used in the treatment of people with 'multiple sclerosis' took 12 years and 200 million pounds to develop - we're not seeking to make an outside return on that money, but it's not unreasonable for us to recoup the cost associated with that. Justin Gover. CEO GW Pharmaceuticals. NHS 2 Billion Pounds a Week.

A new drug that slows the progress of 'Multiple Sclerosis' has been called a break through. According to a pair of new clinical trials, the medication ocrelizumab reduced the advancement in MS in advanced patients by 24%. the results from the clinical trial we're compared against data who received a placebo. News.

Scientists say 'cheese' could cure deafness. They reckon that eating cheese can help repair hearing damage because cheese contains a chemical compound called D-methionine which has proved in tests with animals to reverse damage to nerve cells in the ear. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning.

2.8 million people over 65 will need nursing and social care by 2025 due to a significant rise in dementia-related disability. Lancet Public Health Medical Journal.

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