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Immigrants Gave Me Diabetes: exploring a week of Daily Express front-page headlines

by | 7th, March 2015

Immigrants gave me diabetes

 

Immigrants Gave Me Diabetes: a look at the news behind this week’s Daily Express front pages:

Monday: “Asylum Bill Hits £726,000 A Day”

The Express says it cost the “taxpayer” £726,000 a day to house and feed asylum seekers”. These are people seeking refuge in the UK. The Express then says this is becasue “of the strong desire by migrants from around the world  to live here”. The paper soon turns aslyum seekers and the cost of caring for them into a story on legal migrant workers.

The Government says :

You must apply for asylum if you want to stay in the UK as a refugee. To be eligible you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you fear persecution… You won’t usually be allowed to work while your asylum claim is being considered.

Migrant workers are legal and can work.

The story continues on Page 7. There readers learn “one in three Met arrests is a migrant”.

The Express makes no mention of how many of these arrests end up with a charge or conviction nor how many migrants were arrested more than once. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty seems to have gone out of the window.

The Express then invites a source to opine:

Steven Woolfe, Ukip’s migration spokesman said: “It is inevitable that with high levels of immigration comes a high level of crime.”

A story on asylum seekers has been conflated with evils of migration and immigration. It’s as if the paper and its sources have an agenda.

In 2009, research concluded:

Immigrants from the eight Central and Eastern European countries that joined the European Union in May 2004 are less likely to be claiming welfare benefits and less likely to be living in social housing than people born in the UK, according to a new paper from UCL. What is more, they have made a positive contribution to the UK fiscal system, paying more in taxes than they receive in direct and indirect public transfers (such as benefits, NHS healthcare and education).

Not all criminals, then.

 

Tuesday: “Paracetamol In New Health Alert”

TAKING a daily paracetamol tablet could put you at risk of deadly heart disease and kidney failure, a new study suggests.

The study was, reportedly, by Professor Philip Conaghan, MBBS, PhD, professor of musculoskeletal medicine, University of Leeds. He was aided by Emmert Roberts, from South London and the Maudsley Mental Health Trust, Maudsley Hospital, London. What the Express fails to note is that Prof. Conaghan told one medical organ:

Because this literature review was based on long-term observational data, there are many potential biases that could influence the results, so it cannot be called ‘hard’ data at all,” study author Philip Conaghan, MBBS, PhD… told Medscape Medical News .

“For example, one confounder that is impossible to measure is the use of over-the-counter medicines, which are usually not recorded and can include drugs with significant side effects, such as ibuprofen. Of course it’s almost impossible to get long-term data from clinical trials: They usually don’t run for many years, so we are dependent on this sort of imperfect data to explore long-term potential drug side-effects…

“[W]e should consider the benefit-risk ratio for particular conditions, and would need to see where paracetamol has demonstrated benefits. A recent study in Lancet suggested paracetamol wasn’t effective for treating acute lower back pain, although its safety was good over the 4-week period of that study,” Dr Conaghan said.

Such are the facts. And why let them stand in the way of a scary hadline?

 

Wednesday: “Arthritis Cure Is On The Way”

Just as it was in 2012 .

The story tells of  cartiledge replacements within five years. Great news. It cannot come fast enough. But nowhere in the study is “five years” mentioned. And Giles Sheldrick’s front-page scoop is a rehashed press release from Arthritis Research UK .

 

Thursday: ‘How Statins Can Cause Diabetes”

But it is ok becasue in 2014 the Express reported that Diabetes has been cured . Now the paper leads:

“Pills raise the risk of getting disease by 46% say experts”

One expert says:

London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said: “Although the benefits are clear in reducing the risk of death in those with established heart ­disease this is not the case for a low-risk population. Millions see them as a magic pill but they are not. This research shows you are more likely to develop irreversible Type 2 diabetes than prevent a non-fatal heart attack if you are at low risk.”

If you are at low-risk…

The Express fails to record this from the research’s senior author Markku Laakso, MD, from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital:

“Even if statin treatment is increasing the risk of getting diabetes, statins are very effective in reducing cardiovascular risk. Therefore I wouldn’t make a conclusion

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