Steve Ford

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What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 11:10 AM

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?'

Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from his incurable neurological condition.

But it wasn't a friend in the pub. It was an assessor deciding whether Philip was capable of...

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Volunteers Are the Lifeblood of Charities

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 5:31 AM

Stephen, Carole and Sharon are Parkinson's UK volunteers. Each one lives in a different place, comes from a different background and has a different role but they have one thing in common - they are part of the Parkinson's UK team helping to find a cure and improve life for...

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"You Only Die Once"

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

That's the powerful message from this year's Dying Matters Awareness Week.

How and where you or your loved one dies is a hugely important issue. To die with dignity in the place of our choice is something we all hope for but all too often, understandably, put to...

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Hostility and Rudeness Blight Lives of 69,000 With Parkinson's

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Richard, 33, has been living with Parkinson's since he was 26. When he was first diagnosed, he had trouble walking and couldn't control his arms and legs which made him extremely self-conscious when out in public. He was at a petrol station trying to pay, he fumbled with his card...

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When Hospital Isn't the Safest Place to Be

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 6:00 PM

When we are seriously ill we look to our doctors, nurses and other health professionals in hospitals to support us, to help us to recover and get us 'back on track'. In the UK we can take a lot of comfort in the fact that the NHS is there for...

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A breath Test to Diagnose Parkinson's - Hard Science or Hot Air?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:49 AM

No doctor will say with absolute certainty that someone has Parkinson's. They might be eighty, ninety, even 99 per cent sure, but not until someone has died and they can look inside the brain can a diagnosis finally be confirmed.

We've been struggling for decades to find the answer...

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People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Suzanne was alone when the words 'you have Parkinson's' were delivered by her neurologist. During an appointment she described as being 'as short as speed dating', she was hit with the unexpected, life-changing news she had Parkinson's. Like most people, Suzanne knew little about this degenerative condition which...

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Parkinson's, What Do We Really Know?

(5) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 6:00 PM

This summer, Bob Hoskins became the latest member to join a small but select group of high profile figures - including Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali - to be diagnosed with Parkinson's.
This shock revelation and the flurry of press activity that followed, helped to...

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