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Health Breakfast Choices

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Breakfast is seen by many as the most important meal of the day and we have known that many cereal staples, that make up our breakfast, can be full of sugars.

Health and nutritionist Amanda Hamilton – who is the UK based spokesperson of a new healthy breakfast cereal called Quinoa Crack – who tells us how we can get a free trial cereal box.

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It’s MOVEMBER!

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We are nearly half way through Movember – how’s the tashe growing going guys (and those few ladies)?

All hail Movember, the month of the moustache, when men grow their finest handlebar to raise awareness of prostate cancer. And it’s good news for those charitable hairies, because the latest survey has revealed that a Movember moustache could make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

According to the study, over a fifth of women said they’d be more likely to date a guy growing a ‘tache this month, with 55 per cent saying raising money for charity makes a potential date more attractive. And 80 per cent of women also said a moustache can make a guy look ‘fun’, ‘generous’, ‘rugged’ and ‘outdoorsy’.

But who exactly should the ‘tache growing’ man channel?

tumblr_myhpykiaWX1ruc976o1_500The study asked women about their favourite moustachioed celebrities. The top celebrity lip fizz wearers were Johnny Depp, James Franco, George Clooney and Freddie Mercury… as well as Ned Flanders from the Simpsons.

Last year Movember raised £92million with 1.1million Mo Bros taking part from around the world.

The state of men’s health is in a crisis. Simply put, men are dying too young.

Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Moreover, poor mental health affects men more than women: three quarters of suicides are by men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on lives is substantial, with prostate cancer being the second most common cancer in men worldwide and the number of cases expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.

Hidden Danger in Swimming Pools – calls for change

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Every year thousands of people swim in hotel, leisure centre and private pools without realising there may be a danger in the pool. When a child dies in a pool, the accident is most often attributed to ‘drowning’ without revealing that a child could have been trapped by the single main drain in that pool. Pools need two main drains to avoid the very serious risk of entrapment.

Another child dies because of entrapment: The most recent publicised case of entrapment happened in July when an 11 year old was drowned in a public pool at Terrasson-Lavilledieu whilst holidaying in the Dordogne, France. The boy drowned when his leg became trapped in the powerful suction of the pool’s only main drain.

Entrapment is preventable: In the case outlined above the pool had recently undergone refurbishment, yet was not fitted with a second main drain which would have prevented the child’s death. Alternatively, an anti-vacuum device could have been fitted; it would have released the child instantly.

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How entrapment occurs: The primary reason is the lack of two main drains in the bottom of the pool. When a bather gets too close to a single main drain they are pulled onto the drain and become trapped by tremendous pump suction and it is almost impossible to break free. An experiment showed that it took 225kgs of weight to release an object trapped on a single drain. Adoption of relatively inexpensive measures would ensure that pools are safer.

Entrapment Incident records: The 2012 US Consumer Product Safety Commission report records 106 entrapment accidents between 1999 and 2011. This includes 12 fatalities and 89 people who suffered hospitalisation. The majority of these cases involved under 18 year olds. Tragic stories are easy to find, for example, 6 year old Zachery Chon died after being trapped by the arm, 33 year old John Van Hoy was trapped in a spa at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, a 14 year old girl died in Tunisia after jumping into the pool. The last recorded UK incident occurred in Runnymede when a young girl was disembowelled.

Industry inertia: Many operators of pools in hotels, holiday parks and leisure centres shy away from closing a pool for remedial work because it is a major undertaking involving closing and draining the pool, installing the second outlet, refilling the pool, chemical treatment and re-heating the water.

Pool safety standards: Newly introduced UK and European standards exist to ensure pools are equipped with two main drains, but many operators sidestep this requirement. In the UK, modern pools should be built to comply with BSEN 15288 and SPATA standards take into account the need for two drains and where necessary an anti-vacuum system fitted. This responds within a millisecond to any increase in filter pump suction, releasing a trapped bather from life-threatening suction.

Eliminating the risk: Installing an anti-vacuum system on a private pool should cost no more than £1,600. This involves modification to the pipework of the main circulation pump, which takes a few hours. A commercial installation would possibly cost more due to the increased size of the discharge pipework and would normally involve more than one main circulation pump. Estimated cost is around £3,000 depending on site conditions. This action will prevent the risk of being trapped in a drain and make swimming pools safer.