A selection of health and disability-related news from the last week or two.

 

Human rights violations of disabled people

The UN has been given a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that says that one in five people in the UK are suffering from an erosion of their human rights, due to the fact that they are disabled.

The report shows that for millions of  disabled people across the UK, conditions are getting worse, with “more and more disabled people finding it difficult to live independently, and be included, and participate, in their communities on an equal basis.”

M ore disabled people live in poverty than non-disabled people, fewer work, and they are paid less when they do find work, they are harder hit by welfare reforms, and the numbers of disabled people are increasing.

You can read a report in the Guardian.

 

Disabled women’s health

Disabled women are routinely excluded from regular healthcare opportunities, including the lack of accessible toilets, mammogram machines that don’t adjust to accommodate wheelchair users, lack of access to contraception (due to a pervasive view that disabled women aren’t, or shouldn’t be, having sex), and missing out on diagnoses of autism due to a medical misconception that women don’t have it.

There is a report in the Guardian.

 

Diabetes inpatients suffering medication errors

Diabetes UK has published a report which shows that in the region of a quarter of diabetic patients admitted to hospital suffered an error in their medication while there, putting their lives at risk.

Over 1 million patients with diabetes were admitted to hospital in 2017, and more than 260,000 of those had experienced medication errors. 9,600 of those suffered a serious, potentially life-threatening episode of hypoglycaemia because of this poor insulin management.

For an article, see the Independent, for the full report, see the NHS’s National Diabetes Inpatient Audit.

 

A glass of wine a day…

A daily glass of wine increases your risk of early death by 20%, new research has found.

Where one glass of wine every evening was previously considered to be safer than drinking a whole week’s worth of units in a single night, the new research has shown that regular drinking substantially increases the risk of premature death. The benefits to the heart from the anti oxidants found in red wine (as previously recommended) are outweighed by other risks.

Find out more via the Independent website.