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Many people do not realize how deadly a heat wave can be. In contrast to the visible, destructive, and violent nature of floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, heat waves are “silent killers.” More people die in an average year from heat-related conditions, than from all other weather types combined. A heat wave is a period of excessive heat lasting two days …

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Karachi Heatwave Death Toll Reaches 1,160

KARACHI: The heatwave continues in the port city as the toll from heat stroke related deaths has risen to 1,160. Several people are receiving treatment and emergency has been declared at hospitals in the city. At least 10 people lost their lives since Sunday night in government and private hospitals. During the last seven days 351 bodies have been brought to …

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Arist with motor neurone disease exhibits work painted using eye movements 01

Arist with Motor Neurone Disease Exhibits Work Painted Using Eye Movements

Sarah Ezekiel with her exhibition. Picture: Adam Thomas. A mother-of-two who has been left paralysed by motor neurone disease (MND) has exhibited artwork produced using special technology that tracks her eye movements. Sarah Ezekiel has become one of the world’s leading eye artists since being diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition 15 years ago and enjoyed a two-week exhibition of …

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Wrestlers with disabilities in Japan challenge stereotypes in film ‘Doglegs’ 01

Wrestlers with Disabilities in Japan Challenge Stereotypes in Film ‘Doglegs’

Filmmaker Heath Cozens hopes to smash stereotypes about the disabled with his new documentary “Doglegs,” about a handicapped pro-wrestling league in Japan. The New Zealand-born director discovered the wrestlers, who sometimes fight able-bodied opponents despite their physical and mental disabilities, while living in Japan for 18 years. The film premiered at the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in April. Cozens said …

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Workers with disability forced to take unfit jobs 01

Workers with Disability Forced to Take Unfit Jobs

Insecurity of zero-hours contracts and workplace cuts increase the ill-health of people with a disability, a new study shows Sarah Dean is not the image of a disabled person in work the government wants you to see. The 26-year-old has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Unable to cope with the anxiety of going through the “fit for …

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Victoria must seize chance to lead nation to safeguard people with disability 01

Victoria Must Seize Chance to Lead Nation to Safeguard People with Disability

The Ombudsman's report on abuse of people with disability shows they need advocates and oversight systems to protect them. The Ombudsman's report on abuse of people with disability, tabled in Parliament this week, has given Victoria the chance to lead the nation in protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens. By acting on this report, Victoria can set an example …

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USW Learning Disability student wins ‘best practice’ award 01

USW Learning Disability Student Wins ‘Best Practice’ Award

A University of South Wales student has come up with a novel way of involving people with learning disabilities in deciding on their own care. 23-year-old Jade Silver, from Torfaen developed an easy-read guide to care and treatment plans. At the ‘Strengthening the Commitment’ conference in Derby last week, Jade, who will graduate from USW with a degree in Learning Disability …

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Two men with disabilities plant 10,000 trees in China 01

Two Men with Disabilities Plant 10,000 Trees in China

BEIJING: A blind man and his armless friend together planted 10,000 trees in 10 years at Yeli village in northern China. Haixia is blind in both eyes while Wenqi armless. Jia Haixa and Jia Wenqi embarked on their heart-warming partnership 10 years ago after finding they were unable to secure jobs due to their disabilities. Haixia the 53-year-old was born …

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Turning fake pills into real treatments 01

Turning Fake Pills Into Real Treatments

  Placebos are the stooges of medicine, the character in any clinical trial that everyone is rooting against. But they also have some remarkable properties.  This may not sound like a good idea: Find people in pain. Enroll them in a study. Admit you can't do much to help. Give them a fake pill. Tell them that are exactly what …

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Police clash with disabled protesters as they try to storm House of Commons chamber during Prime Minister's Questions 01

Police Clash with Disabled Protesters as They Try to Storm House of Commons Chamber During Prime Minister's Questions

'Where is the Paralympic legacy we were promised?' asks one of the protesters in Parliament. 'Is this it? Being beaten up in the House of Commons?' Police have clashed with angry disabled protesters inside the Houses of Parliament after they tried to force their way into Prime Minister's Questions. Witnesses said one police officer "punched" one of the wheelchair user's …

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Living with disability 8.3m Pakistanis suffering from chronic diseases 01

PIPs Disability Benefit Delay Unlawful, Says High Court

A delay in paying welfare benefits to two people with disabilities was “unlawful”, the High Court has ruled. A judge said nine and 13-month waits for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) for two of the “most vulnerable people in society” were unreasonable. But the court ruled the pair’s human rights were not breached which means they are not entitled to compensation. …

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Legally blind Hobart man sees the light by making log lamps from Tasmanian timber 01

Legally Blind Hobart Man Sees the Light by Making Log Lamps from Tasmanian Timber

A legally blind man from Hobart has created unique log lamps made from Tasmanian wood waste to be sustainable furniture for the future. The log lamps are created to be hollow with warm and soft LED lights inside the log to create light through the cracks. Furniture and lighting designer Duncan Meerding has had Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy since he …

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I help deaf blind people go on the holidays they’ve always wanted 01

I Help Deaf Blind People Go on the Holidays They’ve Always Wanted

I’m part of the holidays team at the deaf blind charity Sense. We organize holidays and short breaks for people with multi-sensory impairments and other complex needs. Our short breaks give people the chance to get away from it all, try something new and have a lot of fun. They also give a much-needed break to families who support a deaf …

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Disabled should band together to bring living costs down 01

'Disabled Should Band Together to Bring Living Costs Down'

Consumers with disabilities should be "bold and loud" about their spending power, says disability costs commission. A year-long enquiry into the expensive lives that people with disabilities have has concluded that working together as a collective consumer force is necessary to bring down the cost of living. Despite the sizeable £212bn spending power that disabled people and their families have, …

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Disability and the Japanese art of mastering chopsticks 01

Disability and the Japanese Art of Mastering Chopsticks

In Japan, chopsticks are a cultural instrument, universally used and understood for the role they play. But for disabled people who may have limited movement in their hands, or missing fingers, they can be tricky to use. In the UK, using chopsticks badly might be met with laughter from friends and a bashful grab for a spoon. But in Japan, …

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College of Engineering network disabled in response to sophisticated cyber attack 01

College of Engineering Network Disabled in Response to Sophisticated Cyber Attack

Plans in place to allow teaching, research in the college to continue as University moves to recover UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State College of Engineering has been the target of two sophisticated cyber attacks conducted by so-called “advanced persistent threat” actors, University officials announced today. The Fire Eye cyber security forensic unit Mandiant, which was hired by Penn State …

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Changing attitudes about disability employment changes lives 01

Changing Attitudes About Disability Employment Changes Lives

Disability employment does seem to be firmly on the national agenda, with both the Human Rights Commission and the Federal Government looking into how we can get more people with disability that want to work, into jobs. The Commission has also just produced a new guide to help employers understand their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act. The majority of …

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Call for safety review after woman in wheelchair 01

Call for Safety Review After Woman in Wheelchair Flung from Moving Bus in Toowoomba

Queensland's transport department is under pressure to review its rules after a woman in an electric wheelchair was thrown from a moving bus on the Darling Downs. The 72-year-old's wheelchair skidded across the aisle into the door as the bus negotiated a roundabout in Toowoomba in March. She landed on her head after the door opened and spent almost two …

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A new study suggests that errors on memory 01

A New Study Suggests that Errors on Memory and Thinking Tests May Signal Alzheimer's up to 18 Years Before the Disease can be Diagnosed. The Research is Published in the June 24, 2015, Online Issue of Neurology®, the Medical Journal of the American Academy of Neurology

"The changes in thinking and memory that precede obvious symptoms of Alzheimer's disease begin decades before," said study author Kumar B. Rajan, PhD, with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "While we cannot currently detect such changes in individuals at risk, we were able to observe them among a group of individuals who eventually developed dementia due to Alzheimer's." For …

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