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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…
Thousands of carers could be missing out on valuable rights which would help them build a bigger state pension, figures obtained by a mutual insurer suggest. Royal London said a scheme designed to help carers of disabled people build better state pension entitlement has failed to reach many of its…
The MS Society has said it is concerned that a proposal to withdraw five treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) from the NHS could limit people’s ability to manage living with the condition. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today recommended that five MS treatments should no…
Ministers have pledged to reform tests for disability benefits after accepting all the recommendations in an official review. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has accepted partially or in full all 14 recommendations made in Paul Gray's independent review of personal independence payment (PIP), which was published in March.…
Campaigners have launched legal action against the Government over a cap in funding for a flagship scheme to help disabled people back into work. The challenge over Access to Work concerns a cap on the amount of money people can be awarded through the scheme, which it is argued will…
Disabled people are seen as a burden on society "because the Government thinks we cost too much money", an Access to Work claimant has said. Julie Fernandez is an actor, trainer and entrepreneur who sold her craft business at the beginning of the year and is now working in a…
More than 200,000 original decisions on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been changed since April 2015, according to analysis of Government figures. Those unhappy with a PIP decision must first go through a mandatory reconsideration, in which the Department for Work and Pensions reviews the decision. Following that, a claimant…
More than one in five managers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person, believing they would struggle to do the job or citing concerns about the cost of workplace adjustments, a "shocking" survey reveals. The Leonard Cheshire Disability charity said its poll of more than 500…
Around 30,000 people with mental illness will spend Christmas with the prospect of a tribunal hanging over them, having attempted to claim disability benefits, campaigners have said. Analysis of Government figures by Rethink Mental Illness suggests some will spend the festive period missing out on upwards of £100 a week,…
A couple have lost a family court fight over the care of a disabled grandchild they had looked after since she was a baby after a dispute with social workers. Social services staff said the 11-year-old girl was at risk of significant harm if she stayed with her grandparents, and…
Nearly a third of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their initial claim for disability benefits rejected after the system was reformed, campaigners have warned. Data obtained by the MS Society suggests 31% of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) by people with MS were "disallowed" by…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
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