Kirklees adult social care cuts approved

Kirklees adult social care cuts approved
Adult social care in Kirklees is being scaled back as the council makes millions of pounds of savings following government funding cuts.

Vulnerable people will now have to be in “critical” need in order to access care as part of changes to the service.

Kirklees Council said the new approach would result in £2m savings a year, contributing to the £80m savings the council has to make by 2014.

The proposals were voted through at a meeting on Wednesday night.

The council said a person defined as “critical” included those whose life was threatened or had significant health problems.

A spokesman said there would still be discretion for people with “high substantial needs” to get support.

The changes have come under fire from protesters who say vulnerable and disabled people will suffer.

Drink cherry juice to recover quicker

Drink cherry juice to recover quicker

Gym-goers and joggers have been advised to drink cherry juice after a study found that it helps reduce muscle damage caused by exercise.

7:00AM GMT 11 Feb 2011

Researchers gave 10 trained athletes one ounce of an antioxidant-packed cherry juice concentrate twice daily for seven days before and after an intense round of strength training.

The athletes’ recovery after the cherry juice concentrate was significantly faster compared to when they drank other juices without the same nutrient content of cherry juice.

After drinking cherry juice, athletes returned to 90 per cent of normal muscle force in 24 hours, compared to only 85 per cent of normal at the same time point without cherry juice.

This significant difference could affect an athlete’s next performance.

Researchers at Sports and Exercise Science Research Centre at London South Bank University believe that the powerful antioxidant compounds in cherry juice cut damage to athletes’ muscles – the damage that normally occurs when muscles are worked to their maximum – allowing muscles to recover more quickly.

The research is the latest linking cherries to muscle recovery.

Researchers attribute the benefits to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds in the red fruit called anthocyanins, also responsible for cherries’ bright red colour.

Dr Wendy Bazilian, a registered dietitian and expert on super nutrients, said: “Cherries are what I call the ultimate superfood.

“Not only are they a perfect complement to a training routine since they are available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms, but they taste great.”

Dr Bazilian says some of her favourite ways to include cherries in the diet range from topping dried cherries in oatmeal to enjoying a smoothie of cherry juice and low-fat yogurt.

In addition to the benefits of recovery after exercise, researchers also suggest cherries could reduce inflammation which is linked to heart disease and arthritis.

The research was published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

http://goo.gl/UbUMu

MS Society funds second stage of myelin repair research

MS Society funds second stage of myelin repair research

07 Feb 2011

In December, we announced great news that scientists at the University of Cambridge had found a way of reversing damage to myelin using stem cells. The work was funded by the MS Society. Today we’re delighted to announce we’ve committed more than £2 million over the next five years to fund the second stage of this research. Professor Robin Franklin and his team at the MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair will work collaboratively with world leading experts in MS (like those based at the MS Society Edinburgh Centre for Translational Research and the MRI unit at the Institute of Neurology) to carry out the next stage. In the first stage of the study researchers found a drug that could potentially repair myelin; in stage two they’ll: 1. test this treatment for how effective it is in people with MS, and at what dose 2. trial it for safety in people with MS 3. build on recent advances in myelin repair research, so it’s possible to identify more potential MS treatments in the future This next phase of the study will start in April 2011 and finish in 2016. If the work proves successful, further clinical trials in larger numbers of people will take place to reveal whether the potential treatment is safe and effective for people to use. Then it’ll then need to go through the necessary regulatory hurdles before it’s licensed and available. We’re still some way off a drug coming through, but these are positive steps. Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the MS Society, said: “We’ve been consistently impressed with the world class work of the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair and we’re delighted that the generosity of our supporters enables us to continue funding this outstanding research centre.”

http://goo.gl/5QfVT

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