The sister of a disabled man who died after being left destitute by having his benefits sanctioned has launched a high court legal challenge over a coroner’s refusal to hold an inquest into his death. David Clapson, who had diabetes, died in July 2013 as a result of an acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowance sanctioned. Because he had no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have kept the fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and he had also run out of food. An autopsy held after his death found his stomach was empty, and the only food left in his flat in Stevenage was six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account. But despite the circumstances of his death, and clear links with the sanctions system, no inquest was ever held, even though DWP admitted that it knew he was insulin-dependent. Now Clapson’s sister, Gill Thompson, has issued a
Are the newest versions of insulin worth the bigger price tag?
Giving young children doses of insulin to “educate” their immune systems might work to prevent type-1 diabetes, researchers reported on Tuesday.
A very early trial in a few children who have a high genetic risk of diabetes showed some indications that the approach might work, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Ezio Bonifacio of Dresden Technical University and colleagues tested 25 children at very high genetic risk for type-1 diabetes — the form that develops in childhood and that’s caused when the body mistakenly attacks and kills the insulin-making cells in the pancreas.
“The mechanism seems to be that the immune system is just not seeing insulin appropriately or enough insulin early in life enough to see that it is part of its own body,” Bonifacio said.
“It just makes sense to try and help the immune system by trying to give insulin to these kids,” he added. “We should be able to tell whether this will work and prevent type-1 diabetes.”
The approach works in mice, but humans are far more complicated.
The team gave oral insulin to 15 children and placebo doses to another 10. “We were giving insulin orally to children who hadn’t started the disease process…like sort of a protective vaccination,” Bonifacio said.
They saw signs that might suggest a healthy immune response to the insulin, Bonifacio and colleagues report. The next step will be a bigger trial in more kids to see if the doses really can prevent the development of diabetes.
Other experts noted it will have to be done with care. There’s a chance that giving insulin to very young children could help diabetes develop, rather than preventing it.
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An obesity ‘tsar’ should be appointed at every NHS trust to tackle a crisis affecting millions, leading doctors say. Is this feasible, can the NHS afford for each trust to appoint an Obesity Tsar, when apparently there is already a NHS funding crisis. Wards closing, fewer nurses and complaints rising, perhaps an additional member of staff for each Trust is pushing it.
But what can be done, lets have a look. Over the years some other activities have been cause for concern and they were or are being dealt with.
Cigarettes are bad for your health, so they are heavily taxed, advertising is virtually banned, plain wrapped cartons with explicit health warnings. Alcohol is bad for health, still heavily taxed and threat of minimum prices and buying offers to be banned to try to restrict binge drinking.
Now it is obesity, lets look at some causes, lack of exercise, bad diets and drinking. What more can be done about drinking, with the exception of banning it completely. Oh, just a minute, tried in the USA 1920-1933. Exercise, favourable taxes could be applied for Gym membership, but this would favour some of the rich (Labour and Lib Dems object) and no money available due to current financial circumstances of the country.
I know, what about banning or heavily taxing fast food, precedent set , see cigarettes and to some extent drinking. This is unlikely to affect the rich, therefore Tories may be in favour. But just a minute, what about the not so rich, Oh go ahead, does anyone care.
But obesity is a problem, but is mainly of ones own making, the only way for obesity to be tackled is for everyone who has an obesity problem, to want to over come it. But in the first instance, it may be convincing some people that they have an obesity problem. Possibly a second is the thought that they have a right to be obese, if they so wish. Obesity will be a major problem for some time, possibly for ever, do you have the answer?
So The Royal College of Physicians needs to alter their thinking, an ‘Obesity Tzar’ is not required, just reduce sugar content.
But if sugar content is reduced, how will the food taste, we have all grown accustomed to the sweetish taste in our foods.
Lets face it, ingest too much of anything and it is in some way not good for you.
There are now so many answers to so few questions, so how do we know what to do?