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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a university lecturer. Police were called to the home of Dr Barry Hounsome in Southcroft Road, Gosport, Hampshire, at 5.30pm on Monday. A murder inquiry was launched after the death of the health science lecturer who died of a head…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
The Government is spending more than £700,000 reassessing people with the most severe cases of Parkinson's for disability benefits, even though they will never get any better, campaigners have claimed. Charity Parkinson's UK said the figures showed the assessments process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) "is rigging the game against…
Back to the Future star Michael J Fox has pledged more than £100,000 in funding toward the UK development of a new system for monitoring Parkinson's Disease sufferers' symptoms.The Hollywood actor, who himself lives with the long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, founded The Michael J Fox Foundation…
Scientists have created an algorithm which can detect a side effect of Parkinson's treatment that causes involuntary jerking movements. Prolonged prolonged exposure to the dopamine replacement drugs can lead to dyskinesia, causing involuntary jerking and spasms of the whole body. Heriot-Watt University academics have conducted clinical studies that prove their…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not "shoehorned" back into work as a result of…
The Scottish Conservatives will lodge legislation to extend free care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia at Holyrood today. A member's bill brought forward by Tory MSP Miles Briggs seeks to implement the so-called Frank's Law, named after footballer Frank Kopel. Mr Briggs will be joined at the launch…
Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
Research into new treatments for Parkinson's disease is falling behind and in urgent need of extra funding, a charity has warned. Without greater progress, patients with the progressive shaking disease face a bleak future, according to Parkinson's UK. The charity has launched its first public fundraising campaign as it marks…
A self-employed woman forced to take a pay cut to become a full-time carer has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to "see sense and reconsider" his controversial increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs), claiming: "You are risking my livelihood." Claire Hovey, 32, and partner Chris Edwards, also 32, have been live-in…
Charity BRACE has provided funding to University of Plymouth scientists for a pilot study which could find a new drug treatment for dementia Scientists from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) have received funding of more than £58,500 from BRACE, a charity which supports research into Alzheimer’s…
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