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21 January 2013

PIP mobility criteria a major blow

Action for M.E. says the Government’s decision to exclude the existing qualifying phrase – ‘reliably, repeatedly, safely and in a timely manner’ – from the criterion used to decide whether a person can carry out essential activities, and therefore decide their eligibility for the new Personal Independence Payment’s enhanced mobility component, will move the entitlement threshold to such a high level that it alters the entire benefit, and far fewer people will qualify.
The Universe, p 22

Self-help books ease depression

A study has suggested that prescribing self-help books on the NHS is an effective treatment for depression. Patients offered books, along with sessions guiding them in how to use them, had lower levels of depression a year later than those offered usual GP care, the study found., online

Pledge to end pain scandal
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil has promised to end the ‘scandal’ of pain patients being sent all the way to Bath, Somerset, for treatment, by getting an in-patient service in Scotland.
Scottish Daily Express, p 15

Pilates helps Katie
Katie Willocks, who was diagnosed with M.E. two years ago, tells how pilates has helped her improve her energy levels.
Blackpool Gazette, p 14

No ‘pretzel pose’ required
Yoga teacher Victoria Woodhall says people with FMS do not have to adopt ‘pretzel poses’ to feel the benefit of meditation., online

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