Blog: This is a fight that I know we can and will win

It was great to be in Liverpool today, to stand shoulder to shoulder with striking care workers from Alternative Futures Group. Across the North West, these workers are striking against cuts to their pay – which is already far lower than they deserve. It’s clear from speaking to them today and previously that the AFG strikers have received incredible support from their communities and from across our union and our movement. That support was out in force today, as each speaker and everyone attending the rally spoke with one voice against this injustice. MPs Laura Smith and Alison McGovern continued to give their steadfast support – as I know they have in Parliament and in their constituencies. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson reminded us once again that Labour councils don’t want to see these vicious and unnecessary attacks on low-paid workers. Paula Barker, our regional convenor, spoke passionately on behalf of all UNISON members in the North West. And Mark, himself a striking care worker, wove poetry and conviction together to show the real steel that’s at the heart of this dispute. The fight against pay cuts at AFG is vital for our union. It’s about dignity and respect – vital in care but all too often denied to those who deliver it. It’s about showing, once again, that employers who pick on low-paid workers underestimate their collective strength. And it’s about showing that our union will never accept attacks on “sl...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - Category: Food Science Authors: Tags: General secretary's blog News AFG Source Type: news

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Publication date: August 2019Source: Epilepsy &Behavior, Volume 97Author(s): Francesca Felicia Operto, Grazia Maria Giovanna Pastorino, Roberta Mazza, Michele Roccella, Marco Carotenuto, Lucia Margari, Alberto VerrottiAbstractIntroductionBenign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is a common epileptic syndrome in childhood, characterized by brief and infrequent partial motor seizures, with or without generalization and mostly recurring during sleep. Because of its favorable efficacy, tolerability, and safety profile, levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy is often administered in these patients. Long-term effects of L...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusion: In this study, non-western immigrant women described benefits in everyday life, increased strength, relieved pain and improved sleep quality. The findings can provide valuable knowledge for healthcare providers meeting women with physical weakness, musculoskeletal pain and/or poor sleep quality after childbirth. Further studies using a longitudinal design and larger samples are warranted. PMID: 31232674 [PubMed - in process]
Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being Source Type: research
Many factors can cause irritability, including life stress, depression, a lack of sleep, and premenstrual syndrome. In this article, we look at the possible causes of irritability and tips for managing it.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental Health Source Type: news
There are a number of things that can increase the risk of dementia: age, of course, as well as certain genetic profiles and behaviors such as smoking and drinking. Some of the same things that contribute to heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels and the build up of plaques in the blood vessels, can also boost the chances of developing dementia. And in a large study published in JAMA Internal Medicine conducted in the UK, researchers report another possible factor: a group of drugs known as anticholinergics. These include prescription medications for treating depression, pulmonary disease, and Parkinson’s, as...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Brain Dementia Drugs Source Type: news
Authors: Cancienne JM, Brockmeier SF, Deasey MJ, Werner BC Abstract BACKGROUND: A few investigations exist which evaluate the influence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) on complications after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. METHODS: A database was queried for patients undergoing rotator cuff repair with and without OSA and further subdivided into those with and without a billing code for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. Thirty-day and 6-month adverse events were assessed. RESULTS: After regression analysis, patients with OSA had markedly increased emergency department visits and hospital admission (P
Source: The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Am Acad Orthop Surg Source Type: research
The countless recent studies and articles about the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle likely haven’t sat well with desk workers, for whom standing desks and walking meetings are some of the only ways to avoid near-constant sitting during the workday. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has some encouraging findings for the desk-bound. Sitting at work, it says, may not be as bad for your heart and longevity as sitting and watching television during your free time. “There’s been a lot of talk about how sitting is the new smoking,” says first author Jeanette G...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized embargoed study Exercise/Fitness Source Type: news
Conclusion. Our results indicate that PROMIS provides a reasonable estimate of health utility in adults presenting for lumbar or cervical spine surgery. Level of Evidence: 1
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: CLINICAL CASE SERIES Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 June 2019Source: Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial SurgeryAuthor(s): Diego sergio rossi, Michele romano, Ahmed Hassan Sweed, Alessandro Baj, Aldo bruno Gianni, Giada Anna BeltraminiAbstractIntroductionAlthough multilevel surgery is the mainstay treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), bi-maxillary surgery (maxillomandibular advancement [MMA]) is the most efficacious single procedure for the expansion of the whole pharyngeal airway. MMA is an alternative to the gold standard of continuous positive airway pressure and is equivalent to tracheotomy.Patients and MethodCo...
Source: Journal of Cranio Maxillofacial Surgery - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
Conclusions: The management of individuals with comorbid ADHD and anxiety disorders could be challenging for clinicians, and assessing the developmental course is crucial in order to shed light on individualised treatment. Keypoints The comorbidity between ADHD and anxiety disorders changes the clinical presentation, the prognosis and treatment of patients with ADHD across lifespan. ADHD and anxiety disorders shared common neurobiological dysfunctions but have also different neurobiological abnormalities suggesting that they are different diagnoses. These patients are less likely to benefit from cognitive behavioural treat...
Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to investigate possible circadian pattern of psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, which could be reflected on the dosing schedule/regimen, i.e. chrono-pharmacology. Patients with schizophrenia (ICD-10) who reported having auditory hallucination, receiving monotherapy with risperidone, olanzapine or paliperidone for at least two weeks were included. The subjects were provided a diary and asked to record the time and duration of auditory hallucinations during the eight time periods (i.e. 00:00–03:00, 03:00–06:00, 06:00–09:00, 09:00–12:00, 12:00–15:00...
Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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