Monthly Archives: March 2011

Encourage people, autistic people as well as others, to bring a carer

The government will ensure that the Personal Independence Payment, being introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance, will protect the most vulnerable, peers have been told.

During question time on 10 March 2011, Work and Pensions Minister Lord Freud said one of the things the government wanted to get “absolutely right” when designing the new scheme was “how we look after the most vulnerable”.

His comments came during an exchange with Conservative peer Baroness Browning, who asked the minister what impact the changes would have on people with autism.

Breakthrough for lupus sufferers


Lupus Foundation: FDA Clears First Lupus Drug Since 1955

Editor’s Choice Main Category: Lupus Also Included In: Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals Article Date: 10 Mar 2011 – 7:00 PST

This week, after 56 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Benlysta (belimumab), to treat patients who are receiving standard therapy, including corticosteroids, antimalarials, immunosuppressives, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Lupus is a serious, potentially fatal, autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissues. It disproportionately affects women, and usually develops between ages 15 and 44.

Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and corticosteroids, were approved in 1955. Aspirin was approved to treat lupus in 1948.

An old lady’s poem

When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee, Scotland, it was wrongly assumed that she had nothing left of any value.
But later, when the nurses were going through her meagre possessions, they found this poem.
Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.