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All the day’s politics news, with Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Grimsby, and Jeremy Corbyn at Scottish Labour conference
‘Let’s get it done’: May urges MPs to back her Brexit deal Hunt: future generation ‘will blame EU’ for talks failure
Home Office ad campaign tells EU citizens how to stay in UK What happens if May’s Brexit deal is voted down? And if it passes? Updated
Jeremy Corbyn at the Scottish Labour conference. Photograph: Duncan McGlynn/Getty Images Ben Quinn and Kevin Rawlinson
Fri 8 Mar 2019 19.17 GMT First published on Fri 8 Mar 2019 09.43 GMT
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Key events Show 1.58pm GMT 13:58 Corbyn: poverty and class is real divide in UK society 3.

23pm GMT 15:23 Barnier after May speech: EU ‘not interested in blame game’ 2.

04pm GMT 14:04 May warns of a “moment of crisis” if MPs reject Brexit deal 3.

17pm GMT 15:17 Government internal splits undermining Brexit talks – report 2.31pm GMT 14:31 Tory MPs unlikely to back May deal, ERG figure indicates 12.41pm GMT 12:41 May: Britain may “never leave” EU 12.54pm GMT 12:54 No Brexit could do “profound damage” to democracy – May Live feed Show 7.

17pm GMT 19:17
Closing summary We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and for all the comments. Here’s a summary of the latest events:
While he said Labour should focus its fire on the Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn said he was “utterly determined” to rid the Labour party of antisemitism during his speech in Dundee. Corbyn also said the “real divide in our society” is about poverty and class and called on his own party to unite.

The Labour peer, Lord Falconer, said he would not lead an investigation into antisemitism if the EHRC opened its own. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, set out a proposal on the backstop that was quickly shot down by the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay. The DUP’s Nigel Dodds also rejected it, saying it represented “nothing new”. You can read a summary of the day’s earlier events here .

And, for those wanting to read more, my colleagues Peter Walker , Daniel Boffey and Heather Stewart have the full story:
‘A slap in the face’: Barnier sets May on course for Brexit defeat Read more Facebook Twitter 6.47pm GMT 18:47
Lord Falconer , the Labour peer who has been in negotiations with the party about being appointed to examine its handling of antisemitism cases, has said he would take a step back if the Equality and Human Rights Commission decided to hold its own formal investigation.
He has told Jewish News :
In light of the commission coming in, I think we’ve got to put it on hold, see what the commission is going to do. If they are minded to do an investigation, they will have a range of statutory powers to get documents, emails, Whatsapp messages and witnesses, and they will do an investigation that will be completely independent from the Labour party.

So there is no point in me, with my firm of solicitors, coming in and doing exactly the same thing because it won’t carry the same degree of statutory support as the commission has.
Facebook Twitter 6.38pm GMT 18:38
Michel Barnier’s proposal on the backstop has not gone down well with the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay , who has tweeted:
Steve Barclay MP (@SteveBarclay) With a very real deadline looming, now is not the time to rerun old arguments. The UK has put forward clear new proposals.

We now need to agree a balanced solution that can work for both sides https://t.

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March 8, 2019 Nor was it particularly popular with the Brexit-supporting DUP, whose deputy leader, Nigel Dodds , had this to say:
Nigel Dodds (@NigelDoddsDUP) Nothing new in what Barnier is offering.
This is a retreat back to the proposal of an Northern Ireland only backstop previously rejected by all sides in the House of Commons.

March 8, 2019 The EU’s chief negotiator outlined his ideas in a series of tweets following Theresa May’s speech earlier today:
Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 👇 I briefed EU27 Ambassadors and EP today on the ongoing talks with #UK . Following the EU-UK statement of 20 Feb, the EU has proposed to the UK a legally binding interpretation of the #Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Most importantly:
March 8, 2019 Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 2/5 The arbitration panel can already, under Article 178 WA, give UK the right to a proportionate suspension of its obligations under the backstop, as a last resort, if EU breaches its best endeavours/good faith obligations to negotiate alternative solutions.
March 8, 2019 Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 3/5 EU ready to give legal force to all commitments from January letter of @eucopresident and @JunckerEU through joint interpretative statement. https://t.co/kCUbTk4nYA This will render best endeavour/good faith obligations even more actionable by an arbitration panel.
March 8, 2019 Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 4/5 EU commits to give UK the option to exit the Single Customs Territory unilaterally, while the other elements of the backstop must be maintained to avoid a hard border.

UK will not be forced into customs union against its will.
March 8, 2019 Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 5/5 The EU will continue working intensively over the coming days to ensure that the UK leaves the EU with an agreement.
March 8, 2019 Facebook Twitter 6.22pm GMT 18:22
A little more from Jeremy Corbyn’s speech in Dundee. He has insisted he is “utterly determined” to rid the Labour party of antisemitism.

He said that, rather than fighting within itself, his party should turn its fire on the Tories, whom he criticised for their “desperate” handling of Brexit negotiations and austerity policies.
With Labour struggling to deal with complaints of antisemitism, he said the party “must lead the fight against all types of racism”.
The only thing that can hold us back is if we were to turn our fire on each other rather than on the Tory government and the wealthy establishment interests they represent.
His speech came after an equality watchdog began enforcement action that could lead to it gaining access to internal communications between staff handling complaints.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced on Thursday it was launching an enforcement process which could lead to a formal investigation. Corbyn said:
Racism, religious bigotry and misogyny have no place whatsoever in any part of our movement. And we will root out antisemitism in our party, and in society at large. And I am utterly determined to achieve that.
He said it was important to return Labour to power both at Westminster and at Holyrood, so the party could deliver “real change”.

To get there, we as a party have to be united. That doesn’t mean we have no room for debate and disagreement, discussion.

They are the lifeblood of our democracy. But there is no justification for the abuse of anybody.
Facebook Twitter 6.14pm GMT 18:14
Responding to the Guardian’s investigation, which has found teachers are cleaning and paying for books and pens to plug the gaps in school funding, the Lib Dems’ education spokeswoman, Layla Moran , has said:
We are clearly in the midst of a crisis over school funding and these revelations must result in direct action by the Conservatives. This investigation should shame the Tory government.
With teachers covering for cleaners and parents donating money for essential services there is no way Conservative ministers can deny there is a lack of funding for our schools.
The secretary of state must begin an urgent listening exercise with frontline staff and reverse the budget cuts pursued after coalition, otherwise this crisis will only get worse. To fail to act is to leave both teachers and children in the midst of what is clearly a crisis.

You can read the full story here:
‘It’s dangerous’: full chaos of funding cuts in England’s schools revealed Read more Updated at 6.15pm GMT
Facebook Twitter 6.06pm GMT 18:06
A disabled MP has said she has to continuously fight with parliamentary authorities to get the support she needs to do her job.
During a debate on International Women’s Day, Marsha De Cordova said she has been denied the help she needs, adding: “It has made it very difficult for me.”
The Labour MP for Battersea and shadow disabilities minister said the House of Commons is “the one place where equality should be” and where people “shouldn’t have to fight for the support they need”.
She was talking about the inequalities women still face in 2019, saying they are “so much worse for working class women, for black women, women from ethnic minorities, and like myself, disabled women”.

And it is as a disabled woman that I want to just share something. I have faced many barriers in my life, many barriers in education, the workplace and so forth.

So, actually getting elected here was a huge achievement, but unfortunately obtaining the additional support that I need in this place to operate and function as an MP has been challenging.
I’m having to continuously fight for additional support.
De Cordova said the authorities know she has additional needs but said they told her they would not support them.
It has made it very difficult for me. I should be here, the people of Battersea have sent me to represent them, I shouldn’t be fighting the authorities here to get the additional support that I need.
But I will fight on, because that is what I have had to do throughout all of my life, to continue to fight.
A House of Commons spokesman has said:
It is vital that all democratically elected MPs are able to carry out their duties in and around Parliament, and we are very sorry to hear that Ms De Cordova has found it difficult to get adequate support from parliamentary authorities.
We have provided tailored support and tools to Ms De Cordova and are committed to addressing any outstanding concerns.

Facebook Twitter 5.57pm GMT 17:57
Eleven candidates have been confirmed for the upcoming Newport West by-election following the death of the Labour MP, Paul Flynn .
Newport city council published the full list of parliamentary candidates on Friday evening for the vote, which will be held on 4 April and will represent the first electoral test following the UK’s planned exit from the EU on 29 March.
The city has traditionally been a safe seat for Labour, but the result will be seen by commentators as a sign of how party support has been affected by Brexit , for which Newport voted by 56% to 44%.

The confirmed candidates are:
Labour – Ruth Jones Conservatives – Matthew Evans Ukip – Neil Hamilton Plaid Cymru – Jonathan Clark Welsh Liberal Democrats – Ryan Jones Green Party – Amelia Womack Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party – Richard Suchorzewski Renew – June Davies SDP – Ian McLean The For Britain Movement – Hugh Nicklin Democrats and Veterans Party – Phillip Taylor Flynn held the Newport West seat for 32 years and had a majority of 5,658 (13% of those who voted in 2017).
Facebook Twitter 5.43pm GMT 17:43
Here are some more details from Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee.
Advance excerpts had indicated he would seek to downplay the significance of the battles over crises over Brexit and Scottish independence by claiming “the real divide in our society” is about poverty and class and by focusing on climate change as one of the most pressing issues facing the UK.

My colleague, Severin Carrell , was at the conference and reports that the Labour leader has told delegates:
It’s working class communities that suffer the worst pollution and the worst air quality. It’s working class people who will lose their jobs as resources run dry. And it is working class people who will be left behind as the rich escape rising sea levels.
Big corporations will never do anything serious about it. The Conservative government will never do anything serious about it either. But Labour will make it a central objective of our industrial strategy.
We need to reduce our net emissions to zero by 2050 at the latest – it’s not just an ecological priority, it’s a socialist priority too.
Some of Labour’s pro-EU parliamentarians believe Corbyn’s remarks were designed to highlight his hostility to the anti-Brexit forces within the party.

Ian Murray , a Scottish Labour MP at the forefront of the pro-Europe campaign, said Corbyn was right to point out poverty and climate had been overshadowed by Brexit . But he added:
Where he is completely wrong is we can’t resolve these issues with Brexit because Brexit makes delivery on them that much harder. His timing is off. The most meaningful vote on Brexit, the biggest vote in parliamentary history, is next Tuesday.

So we need laser-like focus on that please, and the rest we can deal with later.
Stephen Doughty , a pro-referendum Welsh Labour backbencher, said Brexit is a “right-wing Tory project that threatens communities that depend on Labour. [There] is no such thing as a Labour Brexit or a jobs-first Brexit”.
Updated at 5.43pm GMT
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Early Evening Summary • Theresa May has urged parliament to “get it done” and back her Brexit deal, in an impassioned speech that offered no new concessions for wavering MPs before next week’s crucial vote.
Speaking at a dockside warehouse in the pro-leave town of Grimsby, May repeatedly declined to accept any personal responsibility for the ongoing uncertainty or give any clues as to what she would do if the vote was lost.
The speech prompted a withering response from the CBI, whose deputy head said the prime minister’s message was “not good enough”.
• The EU has made a counter offer to Theresa May in what would effectively result in a border being drawn in the Irish Sea, a scenario which the British government has already ruled out.
The prime minister’s apparent attempt to apportion the blame on the state of the negotiations to the EU left senior figures in Brussels deeply unimpressed.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said that he was confused by her suggestion that “one more push” by the EU could win the House of Commons around to the deal.
“The Brexit date is getting ever closer.

The ball is still rolling toward the cliffs of Dover,” he said.
• Jeremy Corbyn has said poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country than Brexit.
In advance excerpts of a speech to the Scottish Labour conference, Corbyn said his party was not “obsessed by constitutional questions like the others are.

We’re obsessed with tackling the problems people face in their daily lives.”
In what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to shift the focus away from his party’s deep divisions over Brexit, Corbyn said the greatest challenge posed to the UK was global warming.
• Relatives of people killed by security forces have met the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, and asked her to resign for defending fatal shootings by soldiers during the Troubles.
A delegation of family members sat down with Bradley at Stormont House in Belfast on Friday to express concern over her comments in Westminster on Wednesday, when she said security force killings were not crimes and were the actions of people “fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”.
Bradley invited the relatives to her office to repeat apologies she made on Thursday, but Frances Meehan, whose brother Michael Donnelly was shot with a plastic bullet in 1981, said her position was “untenable”.

Updated at 5.25pm GMT
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Relatives of people killed by security forces have met the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley , and asked her to resign for defending fatal shootings by soldiers during the Troubles.
A delegation of family members sat down with Bradley at Stormont House in Belfast on Friday to express concern over her comments in Westminster on Wednesday, when she said security force killings were not crimes and were the actions of people “fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”.

Bradley invited the relatives to her office to repeat apologies she made on Thursday , but Frances Meehan, whose brother Michael Donnelly was shot with a plastic bullet in 1981, said her position was “untenable”.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Meehan said Bradley’s apology was not sufficient to undo the damage given her position in cabinet.
Relatives for Justice, a group of bereaved families that sent members to the meeting, said afterwards: “They looked her in the eye and told her she needed to resign.”
Relatives 4 Justice (@RelsForJustice) Families emerge from meeting with Karen Bradley – they looked her in the eye and told her she needed to resign pic.

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March 8, 2019 Updated at 4.

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Facebook Twitter 4.36pm GMT 16:36
Michel Barnier has been tapping away on his iPhone in the last half an an hour to outline a bit more about what the EU is prepared to offer the UK
How to see this? One view is that the EU is making these proposals public in order to mitigate the impact of a ‘blame game’ if talks break down.
Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 5/5 The EU will continue working intensively over the coming days to ensure that the UK leaves the EU with an agreement.

March 8, 2019 Updated at 4.36pm GMT
Facebook Twitter 4.30pm GMT 16:30
We’re hearing that Jeremy Corbyn is due to take the stage in about ten minutes at the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee.
Facebook Twitter 4.21pm GMT 16:21
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has told ambassadors from member states that the block is willing to give Britain a unilateral exit from single customs territory while preserving other elements of the backstop agreement, according to FT Brussels Corresondent Mehreen Khan.
Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) Barnier’s other solutions on the backstop include giving legal force to the Tusk and Juncker letter in a joint interpretive statement. EU side think this will bolsters the “best endeavour/good faith” language on how the backstop arbitration panel works
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‘The future of the human race’: Scientists call for temporary global ban on gene-edited babies

Share on Reddit reddit Concerns over the creation of a sub species of humans has led to a call from global scientists for a temporary ban on the use of powerful DNA editing tools to make genetically modified children. The move is intended to send a clear message to rogue international scientists that experiments to…

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imageShare on Reddit reddit Concerns over the creation of a sub species of humans has led to a call from global scientists for a temporary ban on the use of powerful DNA editing tools to make genetically modified children. The move is intended to send a clear message to rogue international scientists that experiments to rewrite the DNA of sperm, eggs or embryos destined for live births is unacceptable. The demand for a global moratorium on the issue comes after last November’s shocking announcement that gene-edited twins had been born in China in an experiment that was widely condemned by the scientific community. Mainstream scientists generally oppose making babies with altered DNA, citing concern over tinkering with heritable genes. Such genetic changes may be passed to future generations, unlike gene editing done in parts of the body not involved in reproduction. Advertisement Advertise with NZME.

The need for a moratorium has been cited by 18 researchers from seven countries who published a commentary in the journal Nature. “There has been growing interest in proposals for genetic enhancement of humans,” the scientists noted. But the potential risks are too great without scientists agreeing to international standards or controls. The idea is that a moratorium “will place major speed bumps in front of the most adventurous plans to re-engineer the human species”.

Professor John Rasko from the University of Sydney School of Medicine supports the ban despite harbouring fears the horse has already bolted. “The subtlety here is that we thought we’d already asked for a moratorium,” he told ABC radio this morning. “I’ve always been of the opinion that the future of the human race is through an international framework, through guidelines, through regulatory embrace.” Roughly 30 nations already prohibit making gene-edited babies, and the desire for a global “pause” on the science is largely aimed at China. The country has drawn the ire of the scientific and medical community after Dr He Jiankui claimed he had altered human embryos with a powerful new tool resulting in the birth of genetically edited twin girls.

The incident is often referred to as the CRISPR baby scandal because of the scientific technique used in the experiment. CRISPR is a recently emerged technology that can be thought of as acting like a tiny pair of molecular scissors that can cut and alter nucleotides that make up DNA, enabling scientists to find and modify or replace genetic defects. It has the potential to help us fix diseases that have plagued humans for millennia. But if we get it wrong, we could do irreparable harm to all the generations to come. There is a plausible concern that such a technique could accidentally introduce an error into the human gene pool, thereby inadvertently creating a new disease that could be passed on for generations.

The use of CRISPR has also set off a fierce debate about the ethical implications of potentially using the cutting-edge science to pick and choose the human condition. Despite the lack of understanding about the precise heritability of intelligence, it is plausible that CRISPR could be used to enhance the intellect of unborn babies, not just their physical traits. Among the proposals voiced by international researchers calling for a moratorium is for individual nations to pledge to block such research for a specific period, perhaps five years. Following that, each country could decide on its own about what to allow but only after taking steps like providing public notice, joining international discussions and determining whether its citizens support proceeding with such gene editing.

The proposal does not cover gene-editing experiments that don’t involve trying to establish a pregnancy. Herald recommends.

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Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all | Greta Thunberg and others | Opinion

Greta Thunberg and her fellow climate change strikers around the world urge adults to join their fight. I t started in front of the Swedish parliament, on 20 August – a regular school day. Greta Thunberg sat with her painted sign and some homemade flyers . This was the first school climate strike . Fridays…

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imageGreta Thunberg and her fellow climate change strikers around the world urge adults to join their fight. I t started in front of the Swedish parliament, on 20 August – a regular school day. Greta Thunberg sat with her painted sign and some homemade flyers . This was the first school climate strike . Fridays wouldn’t be regular schooldays any longer. The rest of us, and many more alongside us, picked it up in Australia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Uganda. Today the climate strike will take place all around the world.
This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.

We knew there was a climate crisis. Not just because forests in Sweden or in the US had been on fire; because of alternating floods and drought in Germany and Australia; because of the collapse of alpine faces due to melting permafrost and other climate changes. We knew, because everything we read and watched screamed out to us that something was very wrong.
That first day of refusing to go to school was spent alone, but since then a movement of climate strikers has swept the globe.

Today young people in more than 100 countries will walk out of class to demand action on the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.
These strikes are happening today – from Washington DC to Moscow, Tromsø to Invercargill, Beirut to Jerusalem, and Shanghai to Mumbai – because politicians have failed us. We’ve seen years of negotiations, pathetic deals on climate change, fossil fuel companies being given free rein to carve open our lands, drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. We’ve seen fracking, deep sea drilling and coalmining continue.

Politicians have known the truth about climate change and they’ve willingly handed over our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence.
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This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice. Last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on global warming could not have been clearer about the extreme dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global warming. To have any chance of avoiding that extreme danger emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we will be in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a transformed world.

Play Video 2:55 ‘I want you to panic’: 16-year-old issues climate warning at Davos – video
The students who are striking in cities, towns and villages around the world are uniting behind the science. We are only asking that our leaders to do the same.
If those in power today don’t act, it will be our generation who will live through their failure.

Those who are under 20 now could be around to see 2080, and face the prospect of a world that has warmed by up to 4C. The effects of such warming would be utterly devastating. Rivers would flood, storms would wreak havoc on coastal communities and coral reefs would be eliminated. Melting polar ice caps would lead to dramatically higher sea levels, flooding coastal areas. Places on Earth will become uninhabitable.
Scientists have also shown us that burning fossil fuels is “the world’s most significant threat to children’s health”.

Nine out of every 10 children around the world are breathing dangerous air . Our lives are being compromised before we are born.

Toxic particles from exhaust fumes pass through the lungs of pregnant women and accumulate in the placenta. The risk of premature birth, low birth weight and cognitive dysfunction this causes is a public health catastrophe. Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of our lungs, leaving us damaged for life.

Toxic air from burning fossil fuels is choking not only our lungs but our hopes and dreams.
And the worst effects of climate change are disproportionately felt by our most vulnerable communities. This is not just about cutting down emissions, but about equity – the system we have right now is failing us, working only for the rich few. The luxury so few of us enjoy in the global north is based on the suffering of people in the global south.
We have watched as politicians fumble, playing a political game rather than facing the facts that the solutions we need cannot be found within the current system.

They don’t want to face the facts – we need to change the system if we are to try to act on the climate crisis.
This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.

The vast majority of climate strikers taking action today aren’t allowed to vote. Imagine for a second what that feels like.

Despite watching the climate crisis unfold, despite knowing the facts, we aren’t allowed to have a say in who makes the decisions about climate change. And then ask yourself this: wouldn’t you go on strike too, if you thought doing so could help protect your own future?
So today we walk out of school, we quit our college lessons, and we take to the streets to say enough is enough. Some adults say we shouldn’t be walking out of classes – that we should be “getting an education”. We think organising against an existential threat – and figuring out how to make our voices heard – is teaching us some important lessons.
Play Video 1:20 Thousands of UK students strike over climate change – video
Other adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.

” But we don’t want your hope. We don’t want you to be hopeful. We want you to panic and we want you to take action.

We want you to join us.
We’ve relied on adults to make the right decisions to ensure that there is a future for the next generation – surely we don’t have all the answers.

But what we do know is that we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose.
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And we are no longer alone.

Tens of thousands of scientists from around the world have released statements in support of the strikes by children. The scientists have been very clear about what we need to do to tackle climate change. We are uniting behind the scientists. We are only asking that our leaders do the same.

It is so important that this happens now. The kind of changes that need to happen mean everyone recognising that this is a crisis and committing to radical transformations. We strongly believe that we can fight off the most damaging effects of climate change – but we have to act now.
There is no grey area when it comes to survival.

There’s no less bad option. That’s why young people are striking in every corner of the globe, and it’s why we are asking that older people join us on the streets too. When our house is burning we cannot just leave it to the children to pour water on the flames – we need the grownups to take responsibility for sparking the blaze in the first place. So for once, we’re asking grownups to follow our lead: we can’t wait any longer.
This movement had to happen. And now, you adults have a choice.
• Greta Thunberg is a youth climate strike leader in Sweden, Anna Taylor in the UK, Luisa Neubauer in Germany, Kyra Gantois, Anuna De Wever and Adélaïde Charlier in Belgium, Holly Gillibrand in Scotland, and Alexandria Villasenor in USA
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This Arthritis “Cure Shot” Could Bring Relief to Millions

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Millions of people living witharthritis just received some amazing news: a single injection could soon end a lot of their aches and pains.
One of the primary causes of arthritic pain directly stems from nerve growth factor, or NGF.
So scientists began asking: what if they could develop a vaccine that inhibited or completely eliminated the pain associated with NGF?
As of now, many people afflicted with arthritis have few options for dealing with their pain: they either use over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or prescription solutions like corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers.

The problem with these treatments is they don’t last, often become ineffective after a while, and have a range of side effects, from stomach issues to lower immunity to other illnesses.
Then there’s the question of opiates, which, as anyone who’s been on them for prolonged periods of time will tell you, are rife with issues. It’s easy to become addicted and physically dependent on them. There’s a reason why a worldwide opioid epidemic , not to mention other problems associated with opiates like suppressed appetites and constipation . Source: istock
They also come with the same issue as OTC pain medications: your body becomes acclimated to the drugs, so you need more over time for effective pain relief..

It’s also worth mentioning that opiates don’t necessarily numb targeted areas of pain: your body gets put in an overall funk. So those who take the pills suffer from a dip in quality of life.
What makes this vaccine so revolutionary is the injection targets only specific joints where arthritis pain occurs.

Professor Tonia Vincent, who helped co-author a study at Oxford University regarding the treatment, made glowing remarks about the medical/scientific breakthrough, saying it’s the first of its kind. Source: istock
“This is the first successful vaccination to target pain in osteoarthritis, one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our generation,” she said.
The vaccine stimulates the body’s immune system to release antibodies that fight against NGF. It was first tested on mice with hindrances in their hind legs, a sign of osteoarthritis.

The vaccine seemed to cure their physical ailments.

The mice were no longer in visible pain and began distributing their weight evenly across all of their legs.
When doctors monitored the antibody levels in the rodents, researchers noted a marked increase.
The breakthrough could affect a huge portion of the world’s population, especially senior citizens. Out of people surveyed in the U.K ., a whopping 25 percent of those who suffer from osteoarthritis reported they weren’t provided with adequate treatment for their condition. Source: istock
Professor Tonia Vincent went on to say she’s hopeful the vaccination will be safe for wide use: “Whilst there are still safety issues that need to be considered before these types of approaches can be used in patients, we are reassured that this vaccine design allows us to control antibody levels and thus tailor treatment to individual cases according to need.


Versus Arthritis, a charity that helps those afflicted with the condition, finds the research behind the vaccine — and its potential to change the lives of millions of people for the better — game-changing. Dr.

Stephen Simpson, who is affiliated with Versus, said, “We know that for the ten million people with arthritis, persistent pain is life changing. Too many people living with pain do not get effective relief from the treatments that are currently available.” Source: fox
He continued, “And that is why the development of more effective pain killers, with fewer side-effects, is vital for people living with arthritis. Although at an early stage, this is highly innovative research and these results are very promising. We are proud to support research such as this, which aims to tackle this urgent problem and discover new ways to help people overcome pain.


What do you think? Would you or anyone you know with arthritis pain be down for a vaccine against pain associated with the condition? More from Distractify .

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