Philippine Cerebral Palsy Tue, 24 May 2022 20:10:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Philippine Cerebral Palsy 32 32 Newsom’s ‘CARE Court’ faces an enemy: shortage of treatment beds, housing Tue, 24 May 2022 15:00:51 +0000

“It just seems to undermine a lot of the principles of disability rights, the right to self-determination, the need for services to accommodate people with disabilities,” said Lili Graham, an attorney with Disability Rights California. “And there’s this coercive component because it’s within the mandate of the court.”

But Hull is also optimistic. If there is any chance that CARE Court can help, she would welcome the change.

“Sometimes there are a lot of things you don’t like and you have to do it,” Hull said. “So yeah, if it’s a chance for someone to be housed and get the word out, I’m all for it.”

Newsom’s administration poured $12 billion into homelessness and mental health programs last year – with another $2 billion proposed this year. But the state still faces severe shortages of behavioral health workers, treatment programs and housing. And Hull’s most recent help-seeking experience illustrates the hurdles that CARE Court will have to overcome to ensure that Hull, and others with similar experiences, can break the cycle of homelessness and successful treatment.

A slow process

When Hull realized hospital staff were going to send her back to the streets, she called her sponsor in a panic. He called the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco.

This is how Hull first met Christin Evans, owner of the Booksmith, an independent bookstore in San Francisco, and also a volunteer with the coalition. Evans stepped in as a defender to help Hull find a place to stay.

Hull has a paid social worker appointed by the city. But with a heavy workload, Evans said, the city’s social worker isn’t always able to give Hull as much time as she needs.

Across California, the behavioral healthcare industry faces a labor shortage, and it is expected to grow. A 2018 study from the University of California, San Francisco found that by 2028, California will have 50% fewer psychiatrists and 28% fewer psychologists, licensed therapists and social workers than neededdue to retirements and attrition.

The pandemic has only exacerbated that shortage, said Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey, CEO of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies. And Newsom’s administration estimates that 7,000 to 12,000 people will qualify for CARE Court each year, adding to that workload. All of these people will, by definition, be high-need cases.

“As the system currently stands, we’re already struggling,” Harvey said. “We need to be able to have reliable, well-trained workers within this CARE justice system to make it a success. »

Without Evans’ volunteer support, Hull said she would have been lost.

“I would be downtown, going to case manager after case manager, praying there was an opening somewhere, praying I was safe, sleeping in the doors,” Hull said.

Evans was able to take action. She started by convincing the hospital to keep Hull for a few more days – days that Evans spent trying to find accommodation.

She could not place Hull in an emergency shelter in the Tenderloin, where Hull knew the heroin dealers. Sober for a week, Hull didn’t want to be tempted to use drugs again.

“The options for her for emergency shelter were really limited,” Evans said.

She found a drug treatment program that agreed to do an initial assessment, but not right away.

In the meantime, the hospital discharged Hull, who was able to stay with her godparents over the weekend. It wasn’t a long-term option, as they only let Hull stay with them when she’s sober and undergoing treatment.

However, when it came time for the program to conduct the initial assessment, staff determined that Hull needed more care than it could provide. She wouldn’t find a bed there. So Evans started again, looking for a place that could provide both addiction and mental health treatment for Hull’s dual diagnoses.

“We started doing cold calling, basically,” Evans said. “We were informed that there were really no readily available dual diagnosis beds for her to go to that night.”

To enter the dual diagnosis programs, Hull had to fill out a five-page application, get tested for tuberculosis and get a referral from a primary care doctor, which took several days. Hull spent those nights with her godparents and in an overnight urgent care facility.

Finally, she entered The Avenues Transitional Care Center. But it was only temporary.

She had to wait a few more weeks until a bed was opened at Baker Places Inc., which operates a 90-day treatment program in San Francisco. The whole process took about a month.

“I really believe that in her case, she’s not service-resistant,” Evans said. “The system resists serving it.”

Mourners gather at the Civic Center Plaza to commemorate the homeless people who died in San Francisco, December 18, 2014. Supporters at CARE Court say it’s about preventing the deaths of people living on the streets with a untreated mental illness. (James Tensuan/KQED)

california faces a shortfall of nearly 5,000 psychiatric beds for short- and medium-term care, according to the RAND Institute, as well as nearly 3,000 long-term care beds.

Last year the the state budget included $2.2 billion to create or acquire residential treatment facilities, including pensions and retirement homes for people with mental health problems. This year’s proposed budget includes an additional $1.5 billion for short-term housing for people exiting homelessness and entering behavioral health treatment programs.

But Michelle Doty Cabrera, executive director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, said all of these facilities will need continued funding.

“These are buildings. These are not the people to work in buildings,” Cabrera said. “We still haven’t increased funding at the state level to support the expanded services that would be needed to accompany these buildings.”

Governor’s proposed budget includes $65 million to implement CARE Courtincluding $39 million to facilitate county court proceedings, $10 million to fund a support program through the state Department of Aging, and $15 million to provide county governments with training and technical assistance.

It does not specify any additional funds to increase services for new CARE Court registrants. But that includes an $11.6 billion proposal for county behavioral health departmentswho are responsible for providing services to people on Medi-Cal – an increase of nearly 50% over the previous year’s budget.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said in an interview that it was about prioritization.

“Our objective [is] on prioritizing this population,” Ghaly said, “not only making sure they are no longer out of line, but that they are on the front line and getting these services as a priority.

Shortage of housing

Hull does not know where she will go when her treatment program ends in early July. Evans fears that all the work done to get Hull sober and stabilized will be undone if she returns to homelessness.

The shortage of affordable housing remains a huge problem in California, especially for people who often need on-site services to help them stay in stable housing. Nearly 14,000 homeless people voluntarily sought mental health services last year, but only half were placed in housing, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California.

For the other half, there were simply not enough affordable options to meet the needs of people with complex behavioral health needs.

“We kind of fell victim to the boiling real estate market in California,” Cabrera said, noting that the state has lost many residential treatment facilities in recent years. “We ourselves have very limited resources to meet the housing needs of our clients.

The CARE Court legislation, as currently written, does not require the county to provide housing, only that it provide a list of options and provide assistance in applying for them. There is no guarantee that the accommodation will actually be available.

Hull is trying not to think about what will happen to her in July, “because I don’t want to fall into a depression,” she said.

She will be 31 in September and she is still far from her goals. Sitting in the cafe at San Francisco’s Civic Center, she said she knew that ultimately it was up to her to get there.

“At the end of the day, the government has this and they have that,” she said. “That’s really up to you to fight for.”

She turned her face to the golden dome atop City Hall.

“But the fight shouldn’t be that hard,” she said.

MONEY: Calculating the value of disability insurance Tue, 24 May 2022 14:57:07 +0000

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Do you have enough insurance?

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I am surprised at how many working Canadians still have so little insurance to protect their families or their way of life in the event of the unexpected. Even as we come out of the pandemic, I still see a lot of people who just think it’s too expensive to get insurance.

Let me ask you a question: what do you think is your greatest asset? It’s not your home, your car, or your coin collection. It’s you. Your greatest asset is your future earning potential and ability to earn employment or self-employment income.

Here’s another question to ask yourself: what are the chances of something happening in the future that will have a substantial impact on your current lifestyle? Well, of course, unless you look into a crystal ball, no one can answer that one. Most people think they have adequate insurance coverage for their home or vehicle, but many overlook the risks associated with personal disability.

Ask any insurance agent, they’ll tell you. You are much more likely to become disabled than to die from an accident. Sure, many Canadians buy disability insurance through their employer as part of a group coverage program, but many never check to see if it’s really enough.

Over the past 35 years, advances in medicine have allowed us to live longer, improving your chances of surviving serious illness. Deaths from heart attack and stroke are down 50% from the 1980s and today more than 70% of people will still be alive five years after suffering their first heart attack.

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Survival rates for many types of cancer have also increased dramatically. Overall mortality rates have declined; however, our morbidity rates have increased. Every day, the number of people living with a serious illness increases and, according to Statistics Canada, 33.2% of Canadian seniors retire with a disability.

It is important to also mention that Canadian women have the highest prevalence of disability in all age group studies (2019).

So what should you do? Start by identifying your potential risks. Everyone will have a different situation. While you may receive some benefits from your employer or even a CPP/QPP disability benefit, ask yourself if this will be enough, especially in the long run? The fact is, most people are highly dependent on their ability to earn an income, and many live paycheck to paycheck. If you were faced with a disability, do you have the insurance in place to protect your family and your lifestyle? No one wants to suffer serious irrecoverable financial hardship.

Risk management anticipates, prepares and implements a solution to any potential risk to your financial security. Of course, you won’t be able to tone down everything life throws at you; but you can mitigate the damage with good insurance, constant planning, saving for your future, and a good emergency fund to fall back on if needed.

Good luck and best wishes

Christine Ibbotson

Christine Ibbotson is a national radio host and author of three books on finance, as well as the Canadian bestseller, How to Retire Debt Free & Wealthy. For more information, visit or send a question to

Neuronascent Receives Rare Pediatric Drug Designation from FDA for NNI-351 Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome Tue, 24 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000

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ROCKVILLE, Md., May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neuronascent Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing neural-generating therapies for rare developmental disorders, today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States had granted rare pediatric designation for NNI-351 for fragile X syndrome.

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is an inherited monogenic disorder and is a major cause of intellectual disability and autism. Currently, there are no effective therapies to treat hippocampus-related deficits such as social anxiety, learning disabilities and hyperactivity as well as impaired neurogenesis.

Evaluation of NNI-351 in preclinical models of FXS (supported in part by the FRAXA organization, by selectively inducing neural progenitor cells to become neurons, i.e. neurogenesis, NNI-351 reverses behavioral deficits to normal levels. Neuronascent’s oral therapy could therefore slow and potentially reverse the behavioral deficits of FXS in young people.

With a marketing application for NNI-351 for young FXS patients, Neuronascent as a sponsor will request the award of a good priority rare pediatric disease. The FDA’s Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Voucher Program is designed to incentivize companies to develop new therapies to treat rare disorders with fewer than 200,000 people and that primarily affect those under the age of 18. The priority review voucher could then be used for a subsequent drug, or can be sold to another pharmaceutical company, which speeds time to market and provides greater value for rare pediatric treatment, even with a small pool of population.

“Receiving this rare pediatric designation from the FDA allows Neuronascent to become eligible for the Pediatric Priority Review Voucher, which brings significant value to our first-in-class therapeutic NNI-351 for FXS in young people,” said the founder and CEO, Judith Kelleher-Andersson, PhD. “With a large unmet need for new therapies that can directly address pediatric behavioral deficits in FXS, for example to improve the education and social outcomes of these young patients, this designation highlights the true potential of NNI-351. “

About NNI-351

NNI-351 is Neuronascent’s patented new lead chemical entity aimed at reversing developmental disorders by producing new neurons after birth to enhance neurogenesis that is slowed during the early development of diseases such as FXS. The ability of NNI-351 to reverse behaviors in a number of models of developmental disorders, including the rare pediatric disorder, FXS, suggests this new therapy may be the first therapy to show true clinical benefit in young patients. with FXS.

About Neuronascent, Inc.

Neuronascent, Inc., a private, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, was founded to discover and develop new therapies that treat CNS disorders with high unmet needs by replacing and enhancing the number of neurons, not just connections. Through its proprietary phenotypic discovery platform, Neuronascent has discovered a pipeline of patented small molecule neuron regeneration candidates, including clinical therapy NNI-362 for age-related disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s and of Parkinson’s.

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Anti-TNF for the treatment of Dupuytren’s disease Mon, 23 May 2022 19:21:25 +0000

The Rheumatology Network interviewed James Woody, MD, PhD, to discuss recent positive results from treating Dupuytren’s disease with tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Woody is the CEO of 180 Life Sciences.

Dupuytren’s disease, a localized autoimmune fibrotic process, begins as a lump in the palm of the hand and moves the fingers together over time until they twitch. The wasting disease, if left untreated, can render patients unable to perform common tasks, such as tying their shoes, and may ultimately lead to surgery to correct the condition.

Current treatment plans use a “wait and see” approach until there is a finger twitch. Unfortunately, at this time, the patient is already struggling with a disability. “My wife went through that with an entire year of steroid injections, which did nothing,” Woody said.

Jagdeep Nanchahal, BSc, PhD discovered that these unusual cells, called myofibroblasts, were driven by the cytokine TNF. When he injected these nodules with anti-TNFs, Nanchahal was able to block this process and potentially prevent disease progression.

In the recent phase 2b trial, 140 patients received 4 injections of anti-TNF or placebo 3 months apart. The main criterion was the hardness of the nodule and its evolution after 1 year. The investigators found that the nodules were much softer after the anti-TNF injections. The nodule was still softer at 9 months after the last dose. The secondary endpoint was whether the nodule had increased in size. The results indicated that at 12 months his height had decreased by 39% and continued to decrease by 52% at 18 months. This is clinically significant because “some studies show that the size of the nodule over time predicts whether or not a person will have contracted fingers,” says Woody.

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American workers’ least understood policy highlighted during Disability Insurance Awareness Month in May, says Allsup – InsuranceNewsNet Mon, 23 May 2022 17:49:47 +0000

Belleville, Ill., May 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Millions of WE workers may not understand the importance of their disability coverage through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), according to Allsupwho created a infographics to highlight SSDI during Disability Insurance Awareness Month May 2022. Allsup, a national provider of SSDI representation and disability appeal services for veterans, joins disability services and insurance providers across the country in shining a light on this annual celebration.

“Social Security Disability Insurance Covers More Than 156 Million People WE workers, many of whom don’t know how it works and why they might ever need it,” said Steve Perrigo, vice president of Allsup. “Disability Insurance Awareness Month gives us an annual opportunity to educate and remind working Americans of the vital benefits they have already paid for when it comes to suffering a disability somewhere on the road.”

The SSDI, which is funded by FICA taxes paid by workers and employers, provides significant benefits over the course of someone’s career, and those who are uninformed may miss out on these supports – when faced with a serious medical problem that interrupts their work.

Allsup offers a infographics with key facts about eligibility, the SSDI process, and the importance of representation when applying for SSDI benefits.

  • Nearly 2 million people with disabilities apply each year.
  • More than 838,000 people are waiting for their claims to be reviewed by the SSA.
  • 64% of initial requests will be refused.
  • The likelihood of receiving application approval increases by 23% with a representative like Allsup.
  • The average monthly SSDI benefit is $1,358.

Learn more about Social Security Disability Insurance also visiting SSDI 101providing SSDI basics online.

“The Social Security Administration (SSA) says that one in four 20-year-olds will become disabled at some point in their career,” Perrigo said. “When this happens, SSDI provides financial support in the form of income and return-to-work assistance when medical issues take center stage for workers.”

“As we continue to experience the impact of Long COVID and other debilitating conditions, more and more people are turning to the essential SSDI program to manage their health, financial and work issues, and Allsup is here for you. help,” he added.

For more than 38 years, Allsup has helped more than 350,000 people with disabilities receive SSDI benefits, which include monthly income, Medicare coverage, Social Security protection in retirement, and free return-to-work assistance.

Click here to see the infographic from Allsup.

To hear from an Allsup customer about their experience, watch this video.

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Growing up in care ‘should be a protected characteristic’ under Equality Act Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr MacAlister called on companies ‘to play their part’ in helping care leavers who lack a family support network and to eliminate nepotism when hiring by working with councils to providing mentorship, internships and training opportunities.

“It is now up to the government to decide whether it wants to keep pouring money into a leaky bucket that is yielding bad results or invest in reforms that control spending and, more importantly, help children and families,” he said.

In response to the review, the government did not immediately commit to most recommendations, but said they would be considered over the longer term. However, an insider from the Equalities Office said that at present there are no plans to review the Equality Act or the protected features it contains.

Nadhim Zahawi, education secretary, said the government was up to the challenge and will release plans for “bold and ambitious change” in the coming months.

A government spokesperson said: ‘This report will be essential in advancing our ambition to ensure that every child has a loving and stable home, and we will continue to work with experts and people who have experience of caring for make changes on the ground. We will outline our plans for bold and ambitious change in the months ahead. »

We need employers to step up and create well-supported programs for care leavers

By Josh MacAlister, chief executive of social work charity Frontline

Aunt Sarah might have heard there was a job in her office or Uncle Mo might point out an apprenticeship program at his engineering company. This is how families work, but what about young people who start life without a family network? About 13,000 young people leave the English healthcare system each year. For too many people, their 18th or 21st birthday is a cliff edge when the state slips away.

I have spent the last 15 months chairing the Independent Child Welfare Review. It was a privilege to hear from children and young people still in care and from adults who have had time to reflect on the impact growing up in care has had on their lives.

Today I set out ambitious plans to reform child welfare in England. It is now up to the government to decide whether to continue pouring money into a leaky bucket that is yielding poor results or to invest in reforms that control spending and, more importantly, help children and families.

While waiting for their full response, there is a lot we can do as a society. One area where we can act is that of employment. While 12% of 19-21 year olds are not in employment, education or training, this figure rises to 41% among people leaving care at the age of 19-21.

Business can’t solve all of society’s ills, but it can play an important role in helping young people who don’t have Aunt Sarah or Uncle Mo to help them get ahead in life.

What might this look like in practice? Companies could partner with great charities like Drive Forward or join the Care Leavers Covenant – which I recommend should be elevated to the same status as the Armed Forces Covenant. Employers could work directly with councils to provide mentoring, internships or training opportunities or provide tailored staff support and pathways to leadership positions.

So that businesses and the public sector can take into account that these young people have been through so much at such a young age, I recommended that the care experience become a protected characteristic.

Many employers are already doing this type of work by creating bespoke apprenticeship and internship programs. Last year, led by Dame Sharon White, John Lewis made it clear that it wanted to hire people with experience in care and help them gain skills and experience.

As I undertook the review, I saw the power of the Public Service Leavers Internship Program. What we need now is more employers to step up and create well-supported programs. It’s a double win because it supports young people to whom we all have an obligation and it’s smart business because it helps employers access the unique contributions and experiences of those who have been supported. .

On Monday, I’m calling on more businesses to play their part, to step up for children and young people and provide them with the path to employment they may not get through family and friends.

How is the California State Disability Insurance benefit calculated? Sun, 22 May 2022 19:13:18 +0000

California is one of five states that has state-mandated term disability insurance that replaces a portion of lost wages due to “disability” incurred outside of the workplace. “Disability” can include illness or injury, whether physical or mental, as well as pregnancy and childbirth or even elective surgery, among other medical conditions.

State disability insurance (SDI) is a short-term program that pays benefits for up to a year, unlike Social Security which is for conditions that last at least a year or could result in death. The exact amount that beneficiaries could receive depends on their income and the amount they have contributed to the program.

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How much does California state disability insurance pay?

The amount of your weekly SDI benefit is estimated at 60-70% of the salary you earned 5-18 months prior to application. The maximum you can receive in 2022 is $1,540 per week for a total of $80,080 if you qualify for the 52-week maximum. The weekly benefit calculation and maximum amount are the same for California Paid Family Leave (PFL), but this benefit can only be taken for eight weeks.

To find out more about how your weekly allowance is calculated, you can visit the online website Disability insurance and paid family leave calculator. These are estimates, so you will need to contact the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The fastest way to file a claim is to do so using the EDD online IDS page.

You can also file your SDI or PFL claim by mail. You will need to request that a copy of the application be mailed to you through the ESD website or by contacting the Disability EDD or PFL numberand once you have completed the application, you must mail it to ESD Office closest to your residence. SDI and PFL claim shapes are available in Spanish and English with guides for completing forms in other languages.

SDI and PFL form numbers

FROM 2501 Application for Disability Insurance Benefits
OF 2501F Application for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits
OF 2502 Application for Disability Insurance Benefits – Religious Practitioner Certificate
OF 2502F Practitioner Certification for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits

Who is eligible for California state disability insurance?

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) states that you must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SDI benefits. You must have earned a minimum of $300 from which SDI deductions were withheld during your base period, a calendar year. Citizenship and immigration status do not affect eligibility.

The health problem must have prevented you from performing your regular or usual duties at work for at least eight days or caused you to lose your salary. If you were not employed when you became disabled, you may still be entitled to benefits provided you are actively looking for work at the time.

File a claim for SDI and PFL

Within eight days of the onset of “disability” you must be under the care and treatment of a physician or medical practitioner who is licensed or an accredited religious practitioner. To continue to receive benefits, you must still be in care and treatment.

You cannot apply for benefits until nine days have elapsed from the onset of your disability and no more than 49 days after the onset of the medical condition or risk losing your benefits. There are situations where a claim filed after this time may be accepted, see the EDD.

You must have the medical certificate part completed by your doctor, practitioner or religious practitioner. If it is within their scope of practice, a nurse practitioner can certify your disability. For a normal pregnancy or childbirth, the medical certificate can be completed by a registered midwife, nurse midwife or nurse practitioner.

We need to improve the system for children in care, says LYNN PERRY | Express a comment | Comment Sun, 22 May 2022 10:38:19 +0000

The care system exists to support children who cannot live with their biological parents or who do not have a stable and supportive family life. At best, it can protect children from harm and help them recover from traumatic early experiences.

At Barnardo’s we know from our direct experience of supporting thousands of children in care across the UK that one of the biggest challenges they face is instability.

For far too many children, living in care can feel like being ‘jostling’ through a system, with frequent changes of residence leaving them constantly destabilized.

In his first speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spoke of the need to “level up across Britain”.

I firmly believe that for this vision to succeed, we must achieve lasting change for the nation’s most vulnerable children.

We must intervene earlier to help families in difficulty and improve support for children who need to be placed in foster care or in an institution.

The number of children in care is now at an all-time high of over 80,000 in England alone.

Many of them carry burdens that young shoulders shouldn’t have to bear.

They are three times less likely to be in education, employment or training when they reach the age of 19 and almost half of the children in care suffer from a mental health disorder.

We cannot fight against this inequality without ensuring that effective early support is at the heart of the healthcare system.

The government is reviewing the child welfare system in England.

We now have a unique opportunity to give these children the same opportunities that we expect of our own young people.

With the impact of the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis threatening their future prospects, urgent support for families has never been more necessary.

Children and young people are cared for when they cannot stay at home. It’s either because it’s not safe for them to be there, or because their parents can’t take care of them.

Some of the most common reasons a child or young person is in care include abuse, neglect, family breakdown, or the illness or disability of a parent or child.

Through the work of our Family Hubs, we know it is possible to help families access crucial support before things reach a boiling point. The key is early support. We want to see the government provide earlier support for the country’s most vulnerable families: so children can have safer childhoods and more positive futures.

As a society, we need to provide parents and caregivers with the “village” it takes to raise a child.

Whether it’s help with nutrition and mental health, or support for issues like poverty or domestic violence, we need to make sure families get what they need, when they need it, to bring about lasting positive change in their lives. Early support also makes financial sense.

Barnardo’s research shows that providing intensive, personalized support to families through community centers can save taxpayers millions of pounds a year and, crucially, improve the future of children and families.

We are proud to be a caring country, a country that supports its most vulnerable.

It cannot therefore be fair that children who grow up in childcare are much less likely to acquire good qualifications, get a job or have good mental health.

It is not fair that children who experience the care system are more likely to become homeless or end up in prison.

It is not fair that, during their most volatile moments, children in care can move from one pillar to another.

And it cannot be right for us as a society to let all of this and more happen without demanding change.

Correcting this fundamental inequality for children in care is a major undertaking.

However, if the government can get the care and support system in place, then we can really start to “improve” opportunities for everyone, everywhere in the country.

Long-term Covid symptoms and treatment: what we know so far Sat, 21 May 2022 16:06:40 +0000

Among the many confounding aspects of the coronavirus is the spectrum of possible symptoms, as well as their severity and duration. Some people develop mild illness and recover quickly, with no lasting effects. But studies estimate that 10-30% of people report persistent or new medical problems months after their first coronavirus infections – a constellation of symptoms known as long Covid. People who suffer from mild to moderate illness, as well as those who have no underlying medical conditions, can still experience debilitating long-term symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, erratic heartbeat, headaches, dizziness, depression, and memory and memory problems. concentration.

These persistent medical problems are so varied that a study by a patient-led research group assessed 203 symptoms that can fluctuate or even appear out of the blue after people seem to recover.

As Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, head of research and development at the VA St. Louis Healthcare System and clinical epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, said, “If you saw a patient with a long Covid, you’ve seen a patient with long Covid.

There is little consensus on the exact definition of long Covid, also known by the medical term PASC, or post-acute sequelae of Covid-19. While the World Health Organization says the long Covid begins three months after the first episode of illness or a positive test result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegs the timeline at just over a month.