“Crystal Meth Actually Good For You” Admit Doctors

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Doctors have today admitted that they have been wrong about crystal meth this whole time and that the powerful narcotic is actually amazingly beneficial for health and well being.

“It increases concentration and drive, providing a much needed energy boost for the carrying out of petty crimes and handbag robberies,” confirmed Department of Health spokesperson Dr. William Gould. “A strict diet of crystal meth is shown to improve brain function making it easier to count coins collected on the street by begging with a coffee cup.”

Dr. Gould claimed that crystal meth contains “zero saturated fats and is perfect for people who are on a low carb diet” while also providing “100% of your daily methamphetamine needs”.

“A strict crystal meth diet also helps people shed unwanted pounds, hair and teeth and promotes the growth of healthy scabs and unclean fingernails,” continued the report which assessed the health of 1000 meth addicts and concluded that they had the rugged lean health of a 19th century street urchin with taut, tense muscles from constant alertness coupled with an immunity to most infections from living in their own filth for long periods at a time.

“It’s absolutely fantastic as an appetite suppressant, often meth users will simply forget about having to eat which will eliminate a flabby stomach and give the face a beautiful sunken emaciated look,” continued Dr. Gould who recommended that crystal meth should be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet that involves plenty of alcohol, cigarettes and unprotected sex.

“If people follow the crystal meth diet then they can expect to see results ranging from a reduction in unwanted bone density, a decrease in harmful bowel movements and removal of unwanted restorative sleep, within mere days of trying the super drug.”

Crystal is available from all good health food outlets, dodgy blokes on motorcycles and Silk Road.

One bereaved mum’s mission to support others through grief

Bronwyn Evans, right, with her son Storm, 16, and daughter Chelsea, 13A heartbroken mother whose daughter died at the age of four-and-a-half battled with her grief for nearly nine years before finding salvation – and now she wants to help other families. Bronwyn Evans, 34, lost her daughter Roxy suddenly on October 20, 2007, leaving the mother-of-three and partner Wayne Palmer devastated. The youngster, who was born 11 weeks early on May 4, 2003, had spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy as well as severe learning and developmental delay, which also affects her twin sister Chelsea. Bronwyn, who lives in Church Street, Hemel Hempstead, said: “It was absolutely devastating. I would not wish this burden on anyone. It’s so sad. “Roxy had a fever so I gave her some Calpol and put her down for a nap while I made her dinner. “When I went to wake her, she had died.” In the painful weeks and months that followed, Bronwyn and Wayne struggled to cope with their grief and they found there was scant support for bereaved families in Hertfordshire – only groups for those who had lost babies through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Bronwyn, who is also mum to teenage son Storm, 16, said: “I internalised my grief. I could not talk about it. “In the early days, I did not want anyone to talk to me. It was a minefield for others, because they did not know what to say. “I actually had someone cross over the street so they didn’t have to talk to me. “Talking about children dying is taboo – it’s unnacceptable. No one wants to think about it happening to their family. “By talking to me, it made it real and scary for them.” In the weeks following her death Roxy’s body had to undergo an autopsy which added to the couple’s pain, meaning they had to wait more than a month before they could lay their daughter to rest. The inquest and post-mortem found that the youngster had a lot of debris in her lungs, caused by her lack of the normal swallowing reflex when eating. As a result, Roxy regularly suffered from severe chest infections and high temperatures. On this occasion, the fever had become too much for her little body and it had shut down. This discovery led to health bosses allowing Chelsea to be fitted with a feeding tube to stop her choking every time she was fed by her parents. Bronwyn, who works as a systems analyst, said: “We were desperate for people to help us, we were telling them ‘these girls are choking, but they wouldn’t listen. “Because her sister died, Chelsea lives.” In the years following the girls’ early entry to the world, the family lived in the knowledge that the twins had a limited life expectancy. “We always knew that we would be burying our daughters one day, because of their complex health issues, but we could still not imagine the magnitude of the loss. “Nothing can prepare you for that.” The tragedy put a heavy strain on Bronwyn and Wayne’s relationship and the couple realised they were better off apart. The pair remain good friends and are devoted to caring for Roxy’s twin sister Chelsea, now 13. Wayne, 34, cares for Chelsea at home in a specially-converted bungalow in Hatfield and the teenager goes to school at Watling View in St Albans. Bronwyn, who moved to Hemel in 2008, said: “He has done an amazing job with her, and he is a fantastic dad. “We work together and our kids come first. We will always be friends.” Due to the lack of outside support in the months and years that followed Roxy’s death, Bronwyn found talking about her daughter extremely painful to the point she would not look at photos. She said: “I kept the photos privately in a drawer, but if I was rummaging for something and came across one of Roxy it would bring it all back and I would get very upset.” Recalling her daughter’s personality, Bronwyn remembers how fiesty she was. “She was stubborn, she was switched on. When she wanted something, she wanted it now! “With the girls’ conditions, their muscles can get very tense and go into spasm. “Sometimes when you had Roxy on your lap, she would get this look in her eye and you would know what was coming. “She had a very strong left and right hook, and she thought it was the funniest thing in the world – her laugh was infectious. “She was our strongest girl, so it was even more of a shock to lose her.” Talking about the death of a child can be difficult to raise in a conversation, as Bronwyn has found. In the nearly nine years since Roxy’s death, she says she had never spoken to another bereaved parent so she always wondered if the strength of her emotions were ‘normal’. It wasn’t until she suffered a back injury earlier this year and took part in a ‘fit for work’ programme, she began chatting to a woman about the loss of Roxy. “She told me about The Compassionate Friends, who support people who have lost a child at any age and in any circumstance, so I gave them a call,” said Bronwyn. “But they told me they had no branch in Hertfordshire, so I found myself saying ‘Well, if I set one up would you help me?’”. n Next week: find out about Bronwyn’s new Compassionate Friends support group for bereaved families, based in Hemel but serving the whole county.

Millionaire mom who killed autistic son gets 18 years in jail

The unrepentant pharmaceutical millionaire who force-fed her autistic son a fatal dose of prescription drugs insisted she did it for his own good Thursday in Manhattan court just before a judge sentenced her to 18 years in prison.

“I loved Jude more than anything in this world and I believed that he would live and die in unbelievable agony, and there’s no sadder person in this world than me over Jude’s death,” a sobbing Gigi Jordan, 54, whined to Justice Charles Solomon. “I can’t touch and smell his hair or see him smile. My only way of surviving is the hope that I can do good for other children that suffered Jude’s pain.”

Jordan claimed once again – as she had at trial – that she murdered her son February 5 of 2010 at the luxury Peninsula hotel because she feared that her ex-husband Raymond Mirra would kill her.

And then her son Jude Mirra would be condemned to a life of sexual abuse at the hands of his biological father Emil Tzekov.

Jordan, wearing a beige pantsuit and sitting at the defense table beside her four lawyers, read a passage from the Bible about God affording King Solomon wisdom and compassion.

“I pray that like your namesake, you will find compassion,” she said without uttering a word of apology or contrition.

During the bizarre six-week trial, Jordan’s defense argued that she committed the horrific crime in a state of extreme emotional disturbance out of fear of her ex-husbands. The jury agreed finding her guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. Had the panel convicted her of murder, she would have faced 25-to-life.

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Jude MirraPhoto: Gregory P. Mango.

The judge blasted Jordan for her lack of compunction, challenged her honesty and said that most of her claims had “no credible evidence.”

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Gigi Jordan shares a tender moment with Jude Mirra.

“You’d think the defendant would say, ‘What a terrible thing I did! How could I kill my own son? How could I do that to my own flesh and blood?’ Solomon said. “But she never said I’m sorry.”

He continued to lambast her, “The defendant attempted to portray this as a tragedy — there are tragedy’s here: first and foremost, is Jude Mirra, a smiling, happy 8-year-old boy that was killed by his mother. All the money and all her resources — she decided to kill him.”

The judge told Jordan, who is worth an estimated $50 million, that he did not believe Jude had been abused – although he conceded she might have believed it to be true. And he challenged her claim that after she murdered her son, she tried to kill herself with a deadly concoction of pills and vodka.

Prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos asked Solomon to give little Jude justice by sentencing his mother to the maximum.

“As your honor well knows the true worth of any society is not by how it cares for its wealthy, its best and brightest, the real value of a society is how it protects its weakest, its most vulnerable,” he said. “Few if any, your honor, have come across this courtroom who have been as dependent, as vulnerable as worthy of our protection as Jude Mirra and we failed him…I’m asking this court to take care of him in death like we didn’t in life.”

Jordan’s defense lawyers blasted the prosecution’s request as “punitive” and “vindictive” and condemned the hefty sentence.

We are extremely disappointed,” said defense lawyer Norman Siegel. “She’s (Jordan) extremely disappointed.” He said that Jordan plans to appeal.

The Manhattan District Attorney applauded the lengthy prison term.

“No one – and particularly no child – deserves the type of death that Jude Mirra suffered at the hands of his mother,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “The poisoning and killing of an 8-year-old boy is a premeditated act of child abuse. After five years, justice has finally been served with today’s sentence of 18 years in state prison.”

For the Last Time, I Have Type 1 Diabetes, Not Type 2 Diabetes! There’s a Big Differences

Here I go. But first, to all my brothers and sisters struggling with and managing Type 2 diabetes, my hat is off to all of you. As you endure the daily grind of judgment, fluctuating blood glucose levels, pain, diet, exercise, and scrutiny from society and loved ones, we, as Type 1s, empathize with you, but as you know, we are not you. Since you are strong in numbers, and we are not, (about 5 percent of the diabetes population), we ask that you stand with us and help us spread the word about the difference between your plight and ours. Remember that we are not trying to differentiate from you because we don’t understand what you go through on a daily basis, we just need a different set of diabetes social awareness and education.

That being said…

It was 1994 — I was a newly-hired diabetes sales representative, and I had an interesting conversation with a clinic doctor who was a month away from retirement at that time. Our conversation went something like this:

Well-Meaning Doctor: “You know, Peg. If you loose 10 pounds, you could go off insulin.”

Peg: “No. I have Type 1 diabetes.”

Well-Meaning-But-Now-Defensive Doctor: “That doesn’t matter. All you need to do is lose some weight and then you wouldn’t be on insulin.”

Peg: “No, Doc. I have Type 1 diabetes, not Type 2. It doesn’t matter how much I weigh, or what I eat, my kind of diabetes is always insulin-dependent, and I need it to stay alive.”

Appallingly-Uninformed-Doctor-Who-In-My-Personal-Opinion-Needed-To-Go-Back-To-Medical-School interrupts here: “You’re wrong! Just lose some weight and you can go off insulin! You’re fat!”

At this point, he is literally leaning across his desk with both hands gripping the wooden top, glaring at me. I could hear water dripping in a sink in another room. This was… awkward? Shameful?

Peg: “No. Uh… Wow. Sigh.”

(P.S. I was NOT fat, but that’s another blog.)

In all fairness to that now long-retired doctor, when he was in medical school, our type of diabetes was called juvenile diabetes and those of us who did make it to adulthood many times were very ill or disabled from the ravages of this condition and there were many of us who simply didn’t make it at all. We didn’t have the self-management knowledge or the real time day-to-day diabetes medical devices we have now. We didn’t have better insulins that help us manage our roller coaster blood glucose levels. And because we didn’t have those tools, our Type 1 diabetes management was always a shot in the dark guestimate at any given moment in our day. In short, it was just dreadful.

So because I was sitting in this doctor’s office, healthy and productive, and no longer a juvenile, he made the assumption that I had to be a Type 2. Well, SURPRISE! I’m Type 1, I’m not sick, I didn’t die, I pay my taxes and I’m here to cause some trouble. And I was reminded that someone had to come in last in their medical school class and perhaps I was sitting across from him at this very moment? Just a thought but I digress.

Actually, that doctor wasn’t the only misinformed health care professional I had come across in my diabetes career. I was once asked by a young pharmacy student, “At what point does a Type 1 diabetic become a Type 2 diabetic?” I literally laughed out loud because I honestly thought he was joking. But he wasn’t.

Today, most health care professionals clearly and specifically know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. But there is a group of people who are still lagging behind the times and who simply need more information and that is society at large. It’s very confusing to them, and as a result, they lump all of us under a singular “diabetes” umbrella, as they believe that we are all the same. So it seems that we adult Type 1s who have officially aged out of the juvenile stage and who aren’t sick are now going around confusing everybody.

Sorry. I lived.

Let’s start with an analogy. Heart disease. Most people are aware that there are many different kinds of heart disease, some genetic, some lifestyle, etc. And even though some of the time they share similar treatments, complications or outcomes, we know that they are looked at and treated very differently. What may work for one heart condition may be irrelevant in the case of another type of heart condition.

Now apply diabetes to this simple analogy and you will see that, we too, are different, with different needs and treatments. In short, we are not your grandma’s diabetes, even though there are now grandmas with Type 1 because remember, we live!

But lets be clear, both Type 1 and Type 2 are defiant and time-consuming. But because we, as Type 1s, are completely life-dependent on daily insulin in order for our very survival (no matter what we eat, how much we weigh or our age), we suffer a daily acute condition. As Type 1s, we must become vigilantes, balancing our blood sugar numbers, our food, our exercise, our insulin all the while keeping track of where we are and what we are doing and what we will be doing. It is exhausting beyond measure, but we have to do it. We have to pay stealth attention to what is going on with our bodies at any given moment because if we don’t, we could literally kill ourselves by accident. In short, we live on the edge, baby. And we are a tough lot and nobody scares us. It’s that simple.

As a Type 1, I don’t know how long I would actually survive without insulin, but I have my guess. I remember once waking up with a 140 blood glucose before breakfast and by lunch, I was 180. I looked at what I was eating, counted the carbs and used my insulin pump to take my insulin. A couple of hours went by and I noticed my sugars had climbed to 250. I couldn’t imagine why, as I had taken the proper amount of insulin, etc., so I took a little more insulin to counter the high and went about my day. Two hours later, I began to feel strange and quickly checked my blood glucose and found an astounding 450 BG! What the? At that point, I knew something was wrong, and I looked at my insulin pump site that was attached to my abdomen. And that’s when I noticed that I had accidentally pulled the tubing from the site and that for the last six hours at least, I was not getting any insulin at all. I checked my sugars again… 487… then again… 501. Yikes! My sugars were going up right before my eyes. So what this tells me is that in the course of a few hours, I was hitting numbers I hadn’t seen since my diagnosis. At that point I realized that I wouldn’t survive very long without insulin. I thought maybe 2-3 days before I would slip into a coma? I’m not sure and I know everyone is different, but I really don’t think I could survive much longer.

I believe that many Type 1s will agree with me that this condition is cruel. In the beginning of our diagnosis, many of us had what is called a “honeymoon phase” where, after being put on insulin, our bodies kind of “woke up” and began to produce some insulin again. And the dialogue in my head went something like this: “OMG! Was I cured? Perhaps I didn’t really have it, maybe the lab made a mistake? I’ll be good! I promise. Yeah! I dodged a bullet with that one, etc.” And then, wham, the body decides, “OK, now that I’ve taunted you with a reminder of what you used to have, I will take it all away… again.”

Welcome to your new life. And you know, I think that that glimpse of “normalcy,” that window of remembrance, is just mean. Sinister really.

As people with Type 1 diabetes, we walk the line of life and death every single day. Literally. We look normal and healthy one minute, and then “sick” the next when our blood sugar numbers take us down. And then right after it’s corrected, we go about our day as if nothing happened. When I look at it from that standpoint, it seems to me that Type 1 is a perfect example of a Jekyll and Hyde syndrome, if there is such a thing.

So, back to my original point, how do we begin to education society on our Type 1 plight? Here’s what I do… I never say that I have diabetes. I always say that I have Type 1 diabetes. And then, if possible, I give that person a 30-second explanation of the difference. I figure that’s the best I can do at this point. And I look for opportunities to keep educating. I think of it as a grassroots effort to educate those around us. I know, sometimes it feels pointless or useless or you just don’t want to talk about it. But believe me, it really works. Try it. It creates a domino effect of knowledge.

And now I will leave you with a few things that you should never say to a Type 1:

If you lose weight, you can go off insulin. (Nope.)

Do you still have diabetes? (Uh… Duh.)

You shouldn’t eat that. (Just shut up already.)

Why is your blood sugar so high/low? Why do you always do that? (Oh, I thought it would be fun.)

My grandma died from diabetes. Poor thing, she had no feet. (Again, shut up.)

Oh, so you have the “bad” kind of diabetes? (It’s all bad.)

Aren’t you too old to have juvenile diabetes? (Yes. When I hit 21, “poof!” my Type 1 diabetes vanished — not.)

And the biggee. As the person with diabetes runs to the kitchen and begins to rapidly drink juice five minutes before dinner, never say, “Don’t spoil your dinner.” (That’s just rude.)

Couple’s funny ‘infertility announcements’ find the humor in heartbreak

Whitney and Spencer Blake, 30, were about three years into their struggle with unexplained infertility when they came up with an idea while on a road trip together. “We had been talking about how it feels to hear pregnancy announcements and thought it might be funny to create our own infertile versions,” Spencer Blake told TODAY Parents. “We were cracking ourselves up as we brainstormed in the car.”

Courtesy of Whitney and Spencer Blake

The result of that mobile brainstorming session is a series of “infertility announcements” on their blog, playing off of popular pregnancy announcements on the internet. The Blakes, who live in Nampa, Idaho, didn’t create the announcements to actually send them out to friends and family, but rather to raise awareness about infertility and express how it can feel to be on the other side of those joyful announcements when you don’t have good news of your own to share.

Courtesy of Whitney and Spencer Blake

“We’re glad that it seems like mostly the reaction has been positive, and that many people who struggle with infertility have been able to relate to them in some way,” said Spencer Blake. “Sharing anything personal like that is a little vulnerable, but getting comments like, ‘Thank you for bringing a little humor to a very difficult issue,’ makes us glad we did it.”

Courtesy of Whitney and Spencer Blake

The Blakes were diagnosed with “unexplained infertility,” says Whitney Blake. “After trying for a baby for about three years both with and without medical assistance, we started considering adoption. We both pretty quickly felt a lot of peace with the decision to finally draw a curtain on fertility treatments and focus our attention on growing our family through adoption,” she said.

Courtesy of Whitney and Spencer Blake

Their story has a happy ending: The Blakes adopted son Mason, now 4, about eight months after they received approval to adopt. They adopted son Kellen, now 2, two years later.

Courtesy of Whitney and Spencer Blake

Whitney and Spencer Blake with their sons.


CDC Admits 98 Million Americans Were Given Cancer Virus Via The Polio Shot Vaccination

The CDC has admitted that between 1955–1963 over 98 million Americans received one or more doses of a polio shot which was contaminated with a cancer-causing virus called Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40).  The CDC quickly took down the page, along with Google, but the site was luckily cached and saved to symbolize this grand admission.


To further confirm this unbelievable admission, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Loyola University in Chicago Dr. Michele Carbone has been able to independently verify the presence of the SV40 virus in tissue and bone samples from patients who died during that era. He found that 33% of the samples with osteosarcoma bone cancers, 40% of other bone cancers, and 60% of the mesothelioma’s lung cancers all contained this obscure virus. This leaves the postulation that upwards of 10–30 million actually contracted and were adversely affected by this virus, to be deadly accurate.

Service Dog Case Headed To Supreme Court Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said late last month that it will consider the case of a 12-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy and a goldendoodle named Wonder, deciding whether Ehlena Fry’s family can sue for damages from a school district that balked at the service dog’s presence in the classroom.

Stacy and Brent Fry brought the case against Napoleon Community Schools and the Jackson County Intermediate School District in 2012 under the Americans with Disabilities Act, arguing that school officials — who initially prohibited Ehlena from bringing Wonder to school — denied her equal access to programs and ultimately the chance to interact with other students at Ezra Eby Elementary.
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“This case could once and for all remove unfair legal hurdles for victims of discrimination across the country that prevent them from seeking justice guaranteed by the ADA,” said Michael Steinberg, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan, which brought the suit with the Frys. “To force a child to choose between her independence and education is not only illegal, it is heartless.”
In their opposition to the Supreme Court’s taking up the case, however, lawyers for the school district argued that Wonder’s initial barring from the classroom was because officials felt a human aide satisfied Ehlena’s needs and that if her family had followed standard procedures for challenging the districts’ decision, the dispute could have been resolved within months.
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“The dispute whether Wonder could accompany (Ehlena) to school continued for nearly three years without petitioners utilizing IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) procedures. Had they done so, the dispute could have been resolved in less than 105 days,” wrote Timothy Mullins, a Troy, Mich. attorney representing the districts. “Most, if not all, of the alleged harm could have been avoided.”
At the heart of the case is an esoteric legal question: whether the Frys were required to exhaust their options under the IDEA — which calls for an administrative hearing and doesn’t allow for cash damages to be awarded — before bringing a claim under the ADA, as the Frys did. In their claim, they requested unspecified damages and attorney fees, but U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled against them.
The Frys and the ACLU maintain there is also a conflict between the federal appellate circuits and how they apply the law, meaning the U.S. Supreme Court should settle the question. A hearing will be scheduled in the next term, which begins in October, and both sides will have a chance to argue before the high court.
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The family says it bought Wonder for Ehlena — who was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that limits her motor skills and mobility but doesn’t impair cognitive abilities — in 2009, when she was 5 years old on the advice of a pediatrician. The dog was certified and trained and was able to help her retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, switch lights off and on, and perform other tasks.
But even though Ehlena’s pediatrician prescribed Wonder to be with Ehlena at all times to solidify their bond, the school district initially refused to let her bring the dog to school from October 2009 to April 2010. After lawyers intervened, Ehlena was allowed to bring Wonder to school for a “test period,” but the dog was required to sit at the back of the class — and she was prohibited from taking Wonder outside for recess or to the library or lunch.
At the end of the school year, the school district again prohibited Wonder altogether.
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The Frys then home schooled Ehlena and filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the school district of violating the ADA. OCR found on the Frys’ behalf — after which the district agreed to permit the dog to return to the school with Ehlena. But after meeting with school officials, the Frys had what they called “serious concerns that the administration would resent (Ehlena) and make her return to school difficult.”
They ended up enrolling Ehlena in another school district altogether where the dog was welcomed.
The ACLU and the Frys said they were encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to take the case: In order to grant a hearing, four or more justices must agree that there are elements to a case that make it worth taking on.
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“As a parent, I’ll never forget the smile on Ehlena’s face when she first began working with Wonder and was able to do things on her own without my help,” said her mom, Stacy. “We’re hopeful that the Supreme Court will make it clear that school can’t treat children with disabilities differently and stand in the way of their independence.”

Allergies : Acklam schoolboy Mason Douglass died of a severe allergic reaction, mum is told

Suzzanne Douglass, mother of Mason Douglass (inset) who died in July 2016

A much-loved teenager whose sudden death left police and doctors baffled is believed to have suffered a fatal allergic reaction.

Nearly ten months after Mason Douglass died at their home, his mum Suzzanne continues to battle for answers.

She found her 13-year-old son and “best friend” collapsed in the conservatory of their Acklam home.

Allergies :Despite desperate attempts to save his life, the youngster was pronounced dead in hospital.

A consultant paediatrician at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust has now told the grieving mum it is believed Mason died of anaphylaxis.

Suzzanne and Mason

Suzzanne and MasonSuzzanne and Mason
Allergies :But she has also been told they may never know the exact cause.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and extreme allergic reaction, with common causes including certain foods, bee or wasp venom and penicillin.

Although the condition is life-threatening, deaths are rare – only about 20 a year in the UK.

Allergies :Up until the tragedy on july 5 last year, Mason had been healthy and happy.

Allergies :Mason with nephew Connor
Suzzanne said he had a minor hay allergy but she knew of nothing else which had ever affected him.

“He had his horse but we used to keep him away from the hay and straw,” she said.

“If he had a bit of a reaction we gave him Piriton and he was fine. He didn’t have any other allergies I knew about.”

Allergies :She believes her son brought home a chemical from school that day and used it in an experiment in the bathroom.Mason with his brother Reece

Allergies :Mason with his brother ReeceMason with his brother Reece
A box containing a scorched material was found inside and Suzzanne believes Mason may have inhaled the fumes.

“I know he was bringing things home from school,” she said.

“He was curious about what happened to things when they burned.”

The paediatrician said there is “no way” of confirming the type of allergen which can cause inhalation-led anaphylaxis.

Allergies :Cleveland Police told the Gazette the investigation has now concluded into Mason’s death and a report has been prepared for the coroner.

Allergies : An inquest will be held on a date still to be set. The hearing will discuss what happened, but Suzzanne fears she may never know exactly what caused Mason’s untimely and tragic death.

HOW COULD SHE? Mum forced her son to pretend he had AUTISM SPECTRUM for ten years in £375k benefits scam

Web of sick lies meant children even had SURGERY they didn’t need

A SICK mum is facing jail after getting her son to pretend he had AUTISM Spectrum, and tricking doctors into carrying out unnecessary medical procedures on her young kids so she could claim benefits.

The 48-year old also falsely claimed more than £375,000 in disability benefits during the decade-long case of Munchausen by proxy – which sees parents or carers fabricate or exaggerate medical conditions.

A mum has been found guilty of faking that her children had severe medical conditions in order to claim almost £400k in benefits

A mum has been found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of faking that her children had severe medical conditions in order to claim almost £400k in benefits

She was found guilty of fraud and child cruelty at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.

The jury heard that over the course of at least ten years, the mother took her young son and daughter to various doctors, health and education professionals.

She maintained that they suffered from serious health problems and a series of symptoms, which ranged from severe asthma, autism Spectrum, urology problems and gastric complications.

As a result her healthy children underwent invasive medical treatment, including SURGERY to have gastronomy tubes fitted to their stomachs, enabling them to be fed through a tube – despite the fact that both children were perfectly able to eat normally.

Steroids were also given to her son despite him not displaying the signs of “severe” asthma as the woman insisted and he did not have the chronic wheezing and breathlessness she reported to doctors when he was at school.

The vile woman also encouraged her son to pretend he had symptoms of autism Spectrum and stopped the child’s nursery from toilet training him.

But despite her description of behaviours he displayed at home, none of the traits were witnessed at school.

As a result of the fabricated illnesses she received £87,500 in Disability Living Allowance, between October 2003 and February 2014.

Despite living with her partner, who was earning up to £38,000 a year, she also falsely claimed Income Support benefit.

As a result she falsely claimed benefits of more than £375,000.

Detectives went to her home in May 2013 and arrested the woman and her partner for child cruelty and neglect.

During a search of the property, police discovered a large amount of unused prescribed medication including asthma drugs, nappies and gastro milk and feeding equipment – worth a whopping £146,000 to the taxpayer-funded NHS.

She was found guilty of four counts of cruelty to a person under 16, two counts of obtaining money transfer by deception, seven counts of making a false representation and two counts of fraud by false representation.

The conviction follows a three-year investigation by detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Stuart Parsons, said: “This truly was a complex investigation, where the evidence we painstaking gathered has resulted in the jury convicting a woman who committed cruelty against her own children for financial gain.

“The investigation was meticulous and detailed, and in order to prove the offences we looked at all aspects of the family, their lifestyle and their financial, medical and education history.

She will be sentenced for her crimes next month

She will be sentenced for her crimes next month

“The level of detail required would not have been possible if it were not for the multi-agency work that took place between the police and other partner agencies such as social services, the local education authority, the Department for Work and Pensions and a number of healthcare providers including local care at home teams.

“One hundred and fourteen witnesses provided evidence for the prosecution, including a number of experts who interpreted complex medical and psychological information for the court to consider.

“It is staggering to think that the mother’s wilful actions resulted in the children undergoing unnecessary surgical and medical interventions.

“She lied at every opportunity, presenting herself as a lone parent coping with ill and vulnerable children.

“The reality was that she resided with her partner and fabricated her children’s conditions for personal financial gain.

“I am pleased she has been convicted today and now faces a considerable term of imprisonment.”

The woman will be sentenced on August 15 at the same court.

Judge Invalidates Patent for Johnson & Johnson Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug

TRENTON, N.J. — A cheaper version of Johnson & Johnson’s top-selling drug, the expensive rheumatoid arthritis treatment Remicade, could be available in the United States two years early after a federal judge ruled that a key patent on the drug is invalid.

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it planned to appeal a summary judgment issued by the District of Massachusetts federal court in a high-stakes patent fight with rival drugmaker Pfizer Inc. The appeal process could take a year or more, Johnson & Johnson said.

Pfizer likely will make the somewhat-risky move of launching its competing version, called Inflectra, within a few months.

That could bring patients and insurers savings analysts have estimated at 15 to 30 percent. Remicade is approved for treating chronic conditions in which the immune system goes haywire and attacks part of the body, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease.

The drug costs roughly $1,600 a month or more without insurance, depending on the condition being treated, the patient’s weight and whether they have just started on Remicade or are on continuing therapy. Pfizer hasn’t announced a price for Inflectra.

Remicade is an injected biologic drug, “manufactured” in living cells rather than by mixing chemicals. Its just-invalidated patent would have blocked so-called “biosimilars” — nearly identical copies of biologic drugs — until September 2018.

Remicade has been Johnson & Johnson’s biggest revenue generator for several years, pulling in $6.6 billion in 2015, two-thirds of that from United States sales. Pfizer is seeking a big slice of that pie after having won Food and Drug Administration approval in early April for Inflectra — only the second biosimilar drug approved in the United States.

The approval allows sales of Inflectra beginning Oct. 3. It would be made by Pfizer’s Hospira unit, bought last year to bring Pfizer to the top of the nascent field of biosimilars.

Hospira specializes in making biologic medicines and other sterile injectable medicines. While only one biologic has reached the United States market, more are on the horizon and several have been on sale for a few years in Europe. Government health programs there negotiate drug prices and press for cheaper versions.

“We are committed to bringing biosimilars to patients in the U.S. as quickly as possible, and are continuing with the preparation of our launch plans for Inflectra for 2016,” Pfizer said in a statement Wednesday. A spokeswoman could not provide a more-specific time frame.

But if Johnson & Johnson wins its planned appeal of the federal court ruling and Remicade’s patent is upheld, Pfizer could be on the hook for paying its rival drug maker big financial damages.IF YOU LIKE THIS Post Please Like My Page :Rheumatoid Arthritis