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Tuesday 11 November 2008

Ill with stress

We hear lots about stress in the workplace. When you’re effectively ‘trapped’ in a job and can’t escape the cause of the stress, it’s a terrible thing. But recently I’ve discovered that stress can creep up on you slowly and unexpectedly.

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Filed under: Health,Personal — GS @ 3:40 am
Thursday 18 September 2008

Dust from depleted uranium weapons causes a cancer epidemic in southern Iraq

‘…consider the devastation of Iraq’s health, once the best in the Middle East, by the ubiquitous dust from British and US depleted uranium weapons. A World Health Organisation study reporting a cancer epidemic has been suppressed, says its principal author. This has been reported in Britain only in the Glasgow Sunday Herald and the Morning Star. According to a study last year by Basra University Medical College, almost half of all deaths in the contaminated southern provinces were caused by cancer.’

John Pilger writing in The New Statesman


Filed under: Health,Politics — GS @ 4:19 pm
Thursday 3 May 2007

How to live 40% longer?

Scientists believe that a reduction in calorie intake by 60 per cent of normal, while maintaining a healthy diet of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, could prolong our lives by up to 40 per cent. The Telegraph.


Filed under: Health,Science — GS @ 6:31 am
Sunday 29 April 2007

In the news

Good manners to be taught in schools

Scientists demand inquiry over Wi-Fi

Birds and bees are hit by phone waves

Britain becoming a Big Brother society, says data watchdog

April was the hottest in 350 years

Online sales ‘will hit £78bn’

Deluge of complaints on minimum wage abuse


Filed under: General — GS @ 3:55 am
Tuesday 24 April 2007

Update on the eye test/spectacles drama with Boots Opticians. But good service from Glasses Direct

This is an update on this entry. Very pleased with the spectacles from Glasses Direct. I ordered a semi-rimless pair for distance (£25) and a pair for reading (£15). I placed my order by telephone on Wednesday 28 March and they arrived just over seven days later on the Thursday.

I’m going to order a second pair for distance and maybe some to use as sunglasses in summer. The prices mean you’re not stuck with only having one or at most two pairs of glasses — which has always been my situation in the past.

The problems have been with Boots Opticans, Market Street Manchester branch, whom I paid to (more…)


Filed under: Health,Shopping — GS @ 7:11 pm
Wednesday 4 April 2007

Pollution in our cities — ten tips on how to minimise your exposure

The air in our cities contains a cocktail of airborne pollutants that could be seriously damaging your health.

The Guardian offers ten tips on how you can reduce your exposure.

Take the more quiet back routes to avoid the worst pollution on busy roads


Filed under: Environment — GS @ 1:34 am
Sunday 1 April 2007

Blair’s acting career and grow-your-own Viagra craze hits garden centres

Two interesting stories today:

Blair: I’ll be treading the boards again — following his appearance on Comic Relief, Tony Blair has been asked to appear at the Old Vic in a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Grow-your-own Viagra craze hits Britain’s garden centres – a gardener has discovered that winter-flowering heather has the same effect as Viagra.


Filed under: General — GS @ 10:53 pm
 
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