Air pollution may significantly increase the risk of babies dying in their first year of life, a major study has found. Researchers tracked nearly eight million infants born in England and Wales between 2001 and 2012. They found babies in the most polluted areas had a 30 to 50 per cent greater risk of dying by any cause by the age of one. Air pollution may increase the chance of death in babies by up to 50 per cent, a study of 8million children has found Britain’s worst pollution hotspots was outside Earls Court tube station in London where the annual average of 129.5 micrograms per cubic metre of air. That's triple that of the World Health Organization's 40 mcg limit, according to research last month Experts have long warned air pollution poses a risk to health, but the new research contains some of the starkest findings yet of the extent of that harm. Scientists say the microscopic particles emitted by cars and industry are breathed deep into … [Read more...] about Babies who grow up breathing polluted air face up to a 50% greater risk of dying before they turn one, study of eight million infants warns
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My childhood dog was called Biff. Biff was a handful. He was a loud, cocky shetland sheepdog who oozed bravado and bravery. Yet, underneath it all, he struggled with the dog version of impostor syndrome. Biff was a bag of masked insecurity. He was like the kid in school who says he has seen all the scary movies, but refuses to go to any sleepovers where scary movies are played; the kid who has “a girlfriend at another school”. It was that fragile side I especially loved about Biff during my teenage years. We shared an insecurity that neither of us had the cognitive skills to put into words. This was a friendship – one that lasted as he grew older, grumpier and more infirm. He was an exceptionally licky dog, and loved nothing more than slurping his tongue over our jeans, shoes, socks and coats. Officially, this behaviour was something we attempted to quash – but, every few nights, I would tiptoe into the kitchen and allow him to lick my naked hands and wrists to … [Read more...] about Are pets really good for us – or just hairy health hazards?
I used to be proud of my carefree, adventurous attitude. I had travelled solo, jumped out of a plane and had a host of other adrenaline-filled experiences. But then, when I was about 27, something changed. I started to feel anxious about everyday things, such as going to the supermarket or driving. I worried about interacting with people, and hundreds of “what if?” situations that might arise when I was out. I have had bouts of depression for more than a decade. It comes in waves: one moment I am feeling better, then days, weeks, months later it comes crashing back down on me. But anxiety has emerged more recently, in the past four years. Before the anxiety really took hold, a friend who works in mental health told me that people who have panic attacks can make it worse by avoiding the things they worry about: the circle in which you feel safe can get smaller and smaller, and you become trapped inside it. Since then, I have promised to confront the things that scare me, no … [Read more...] about ‘I feel protected in the velodrome’: how track cycling helped ease my anxiety
While fireworks might be a sign of celebration for humans, they don't elicit quite the same reaction from dogs. Dogs have a very acute sense of hearing, making some everyday events like fireworks and thunderstorms troublesome for canines, as they can be too loud for them. However, Ford may have developed a solution with its noise-cancelling dog house. Scroll down for video While fireworks might be a sign of celebration for humans, they don't elicit quite the same reaction from dogs. Ford may have developed a solution with its noise-cancelling dog house The carmaker created a futuristic-looking dog kennel that uses noise-cancellation panels and Ford's active noise control technology to create an insulated environment for pets. It works similarly, in part, to noise-cancelling technology found in headphones in cars, according to Ford. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Controversial engineer at the center of Uber and Google... Shipwreck … [Read more...] about Ford unveils noise-cancelling dog house that can keep your pup calm during fireworks and thunderstorms
A mother-of-three has revealed how she turned to a 'super supplement' recommended by a friend, after male GPs dismissed her menopausal symptoms that left her feeling 'exhausted'. Gemma Asim, 52, from London, said life began to feel like 'a struggle' shortly before her 50th birthday, when menopausal symptoms left her feeling 'exhausted and flat'. The receptionist went to see her GP, who recommended she take HRT (hormone replacement treatment), but when Gemma admitted she was concerned about an increased risk of breast cancer, she said she felt 'dismissed'. After confiding in a friend, she was recommended a 'super supplement' called Lyma, containing ingredients including Vitamin D3 and Keratin, which Gemma credits with transforming her physical and mental well being almost 'immediately.' Gemma Asim, 52, from London, said she was struggling to cope with the menopause and that doctors 'dismissed' her concerns, but turned to a supplement recommended by a friend which transformed her … [Read more...] about Mother, 52, who was left exhausted by severe menopause symptoms claims a ‘super supplement’ made her feel better in a WEEK – after male GP ‘dismissed’ her concerns about HRT