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Written by edparnell

November 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

The mentally ill are still neglected and stigmatised – just as I found they were 10 years ago – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent

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Ten years ago I spent six months touring the country observing the care provided to people with mental illness for a book I was writing. Pure Madness, published in 2003, described a system “driven by fear”, in which risk reduction and protection of the public was the priority, rather than the care of patients. The public and political focus on the tiny numbers who posed a risk had distracted attention from the “huge majority of frightened, disturbed people whose suffering remains largely hidden”, I wrote.

When I was asked to join the Schizophrenia Commission last year I was delighted to have the chance to look again at the mental health service a decade on from my earlier investigation. What I found was profoundly disheartening.

Despite billions of pounds of extra investment in the NHS, which had brought many improvements in resources, staffing and buildings, the plight of the patients and their carers seemed, depressingly, unchanged.

via The mentally ill are still neglected and stigmatised – just as I found they were 10 years ago – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent.

Written by edparnell

November 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Death of woman denied an abortion causes uproar in Ireland – latimes.com

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The death of an ailing woman who was refused an abortion in an Irish hospital has inflamed longstanding concern about Ireland’s tight restrictions on when women can terminate a pregnancy.

Praveen Halappanavar told the Irish Times that his wife, Savita, was suffering intense pain and had been told her baby would not survive. Upset but resigned to losing her child, she was denied an abortion despite repeated pleas with their Galway hospital as she suffered shakes and vomiting, Halappanavar told the newspaper.

“The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. Savita said, ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic,’ but they said there was nothing they could do,” Halappanavar told the newspaper from India.

As long as the fetus still had a heartbeat, the husband said they were told, an abortion was illegal. Days later, the heartbeat stopped and the remains were removed, but Halappanavar grew sicker, eventually dying of blood poisoning, her husband told the Irish Times.

The Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group said it could not discuss the details of her case with reporters, but was reviewing the unexpected death in line with its usual procedures to establish what had happened. It extended its sympathy to her husband, family and friends. The Health Service Executive, a national body that oversees Irish healthcare, is also carrying out a review and will recommend any changes needed to prevent similar incidents, it said.

via Death of woman denied an abortion causes uproar in Ireland – latimes.com.

Written by edparnell

November 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Disgusting, Fail, Medicine, News

Man finds dead, mummified bat in cereal – Odd News – Digital Spy

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A man in Germany tucking into his breakfast received a shock when he found a dead and mummified bat among his cereal.

Man finds dead, mummified bat in cereal - Odd News - Digital Spy

Initially thinking it was a Halloween toy, he was horrified when he realised that the animal was real, according to Metro.

The incident was reported to health officials, who believe the bat may have flown into the plastic packaging by mistake and suffocated to death.

Food safety official Jorg Sturmer said: “I have never seen anything like it. This really is an unusual case.”

Scientists are now investigating whether the animal found in the box of Mini Zimties got in in the factory or after the packet was opened at the man’s home in Stuttgart.

via Man finds dead, mummified bat in cereal – Odd News – Digital Spy.

Written by edparnell

November 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Posted in Animals, Disgusting, Food

This Is Just Too OMF-ingG To Pass Up | DayRiffer

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We’re gonna need a better word than “hypocrisy.”David Siegel, a really rich guy who is head of Westgate Resorts and is also the man who with his wife built the largest new house in America known as “Versailles”, sent a letter out to his employees saying that, if President Obama were re-elected, and “[i]f any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company…Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.”

via This Is Just Too OMF-ingG To Pass Up | DayRiffer.

Written by edparnell

October 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

Posted in Disgusting, Politics

BBC News – Fox News apologises over live ‘suicide’ in Arizona

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The US network Fox News has apologised for showing a man fatally shoot himself in the head on live television.Fox News on Friday was covering a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix, Arizona, using a live helicopter shot.After driving for dozens of miles into the desert, the motorist stopped and ran on to a dirt road. He then put a handgun to his head and fired.TV anchor Shepard Smith later apologised to viewers for not cutting away. “We really messed up,” he said.Phoenix police say the chase may have started with a car-jacking.

via BBC News – Fox News apologises over live ‘suicide’ in Arizona.

Written by edparnell

September 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

Posted in Disgusting, Fail

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal | Ben Goldacre | Business | The Guardian

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Reboxetine is a drug I have prescribed. Other drugs had done nothing for my patient, so we wanted to try something new. I’d read the trial data before I wrote the prescription, and found only well-designed, fair tests, with overwhelmingly positive results.

Reboxetine was better than a placebo, and as good as any other antidepressant in head-to-head comparisons. It’s approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the MHRA), which governs all drugs in the UK. Millions of doses are prescribed every year, around the world. Reboxetine was clearly a safe and effective treatment. The patient and I discussed the evidence briefly, and agreed it was the right treatment to try next. I signed a prescription.

via The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal | Ben Goldacre | Business | The Guardian.

Written by edparnell

September 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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