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Photo credit: Wikipedia This just in: An example of what happens when people change conclusions based on the data rather than digging in their heels in favor of a pet hypothesis. In this case, the UK government has reversed a previous decision regarding the 2009-2010 European Pandemrix vaccine for swine flu and its link to narcolepsy , a sleep disorder that can seriously disrupt activities of daily living. As a result, per The Guardian : The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contacted people turned down for compensation last year to explain that, after a review of fresh evidence, it now accepts the vaccine can cause the condition. The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu. The Pandemrix vaccine is no longer in use and was applied for that specific pandemic. One of its ingredients was an adjuvant, intended to enhance the immune response, called ASO3. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no influenza vaccines licensed in the United States contain adjuvants.

UK to open 8 Sikh ‘faith schools’ to inculcate tolerance

More kids Safina Qureshi, a grade six student, and her sibling Zain Qureshi both of whom come from Islamic families, are meditating with their Sikh friend Harjinder Pal Singh inside one of the large halls of Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes in Middlesex. These students are part of the UKs first state funded Sikh secondary school that was inaugurated in 1993 by then British home secretary Jack Straw and went to attain the same status of an academy as Roman Catholic and Anglican Church schools in the state sector. Nearly 20 years later, UK government has now officially announced opening of 15 similar new faith schools, including eight Sikh schools. The objective is to arrest the problem of racism and intolerance for other religions. The plan, as part of 102 new free schools, which are to be opened from 2014 and beyond, was approved in July this year by UK education secretary Michael Gove. Free schools in the UK are run by teachers rather than a local or central government authority and have the freedom to decide the length of the school day and term, the curriculum, and how they reward their teachers and spend their money. In cosmopolitan countries like the UK, where you have a big number of Sikhs, Buddhists from China or Shinto Japanese, the objective is to strengthen bonds between home, community and school and providing a preparation for each pupils entry into the wider community. This is where faith schools are the next big future of our society, said British Indian MP Paul Uppal, who opened a similar Sikh ethos school in his constituency Wolverhampton. According to a 2011 Race for Equality report by National Union for Students (NUS), a confederation of 600 students unions, amounting to more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK, showed that 1 in 6 Black students have experienced racism in their current institution. Such is the growing popularity of faith schools that one Nishkam School in Houslow in West London due to open in September had received nearly four applications for each seat. The Nishkam School Trust, which already runs a primary school in Birmingham, claims the Hounslow School will be the UKs first all-round faith school, catering to pupils from the age of four to 18. These schools are also aimed at providing community elders such as grandparents to share their skills in sewing, cooking and storytelling with the kids of single working parents. The purpose is to bring back diminishing respect for family values.

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But there was no bad behaviour on their part. At one point one of the officials did get angry but I stayed cool so there was no problem,” Ramdev said in reference to his detention. Ramdev is in the UK to chair a series of yoga shivirs and talks organised by the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust. Vaz, who had accompanied the yoga guru from a gathering in Leicester for the meeting here today, said he would make further inquiries into the reasons behind the hours of questioning. “No Indian citizen travelling on a valid visa should be held in this way. I hope this will not stop Baba Ramdev from coming to the UK again. All his belongings and passport with a two-year valid UK visa have now been returned to him,” Vaz said. “It has certainly been an odd arrival but he can now go about with his planned itinerary,” the Leicester East MP said The UK Home Office refused to comment on what it described as an individual’s questioning over immigration issues. Ramdev’s spokesperson S K Tejarawala dismissed reports that he was detained for carrying some medicines. “He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects. It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained,” he said. His detention has been criticised by the BJP which urged the Centre to intervene. BJP President Rajnath Singh termed the detention of the yoga guru as “serious” issue and asked the Centre to take cognisance of the matter.