Cancer experts have called for more research after four friends brought up in the same part of Gwynedd were diagnosed with aggressive brain tumours in the last two years.
One of the men died in June and an oncologist treating them said the Ardudwy cluster was of “concern”.
Another expert told BBC Radio Cymru it indicated it had “significance”.
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Richard A. Montoni – the boss of US firm Maximus who will soon be carrying out the despised assessments for sickness and disability benefits – received a salary and compensation package worth over a staggering five million dollars in 2013.
Maximus specialise in outsourced government contracts. They already run Iain Duncan Smith’s disastrous Work Programme in some parts of the UK, along with a new scheme to harass people on sick leave by declaring them fit to return to work on the back of a short phone call. As well as operating in the US, Canada and Australia, Maximus also have a welfare-to-work contract with the Saudi Arabian government – where women are segregated in the workplace and forbidden from carrying out many jobs. From March next year they will take over from Atos running the Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) designed to strip…
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Guest post by Amanda from Stockport, whose six-year-old daughter Lucia has cerebral palsy. Here she talks about how people’s attitudes can make life awkward for her family.
The moment other parents hear that Lucia has cerebral palsy, we have to deal with their preconceptions about what disabled people are like. We get people talking loudly and slowly, and people saying ‘What’s wrong with her?’ The answer is that nothing is wrong with Lucia. She just has cerebral palsy, and sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around. ‘Lucia’s wobbly legs’, as our other two children, Roman and Georgia, describe it! You get almost pitying looks from other parents – and you know, I wouldn’t change Lucia for the world.
I joined Scope’s online forum soon after Lucia was diagnosed, and it has been brilliant. Sometimes, when Lucia is ill or tired, we do feel…
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