Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Opus Energy helps to power research into motor neurone disease

Opus Energy
Opus Energy's MD and his shooting team
Opus Energy, a business-to-business energy supplier, sponsored a one-day shooting event last week which raised over £56,000 for The Heaton-Ellis Trust, a charity set up to fund research into a cure for motor neurone disease.

The 4th Heaton-Ellis Shooting Challenge was held on Friday 25th May 2012 at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School where 23 teams took part in 10 competitive clay pigeon shooting drives. An auction was also held, with prizes including: a day’s entertainment at the British Grand Prix, a 4-night skiing and polo trip in the snow at Klosters, a track day at Silverstone racecourse, tickets to the Paralympic Games at the Olympics, a helicopter lesson, and rugby tickets to the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.

Through Opus Energy’s sponsorship of the event, £56,512 was raised on the day for the Heaton-Ellis Trust to fund research into discovering causes and cures for motor neurone disease, led by Professor Christopher Shaw at King’s College London.

For every £1 that was raised a further £3 will be contributed by the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the gene hunting effort.

Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director of Opus Energy, said: “Opus Energy has supported the Heaton-Ellis Trust’s shooting events over the previous two years, raising over £111,000 for the Trust. We’re always thrilled by everyone’s generosity.”

Christopher Shaw, Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics, commented: “Money from the Trust is helping fund research into the genes that cause motor neurone disease. This means that my team can stay focused on their vital research, with the ultimate aim that one day we will find a cure for this devastating disease.”

(PICTURED from left to right: James Johnston, Tim Paton, Charlie Crossley Cooke (Managing Director of Opus Energy) and Simon Eyers. Courtesy of Jill Hamilton.)

Last year’s shooting event raised £55,000. Further details are on the Opus Energy Website.

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Monday, 28 May 2012

Prudential reveals pensioners fail to count the cost of ill-health in retirement

Prudential has revealed research which shows that despite the ongoing debate about the need to fund long-term care for the elderly, only one in five people planning to retire this year have made financial provision for ill-health in retirement.

Prudential's 'Class of 2012' study into the finances and expectations of those planning to retire this year shows that just 20 per cent have set money aside for any care needs. This drops to 16 per cent among those aged 65 plus.

Prudential's research also found that less than half (45 per cent) of this year's retirees have planned for the fact that they may need more income in retirement as they get older.

However, funding long-term care has never been more important. Although average life expectancy for men over the age of 65 is 17.6 years, and 20.2 years for women, healthy life expectancy is just 9.9 years for men and 11.5 years for women.

Vince Smith-Hughes, retirement expert at Prudential, said: "People retiring this year realise that living longer may mean they will need a higher income as they get older, but few of them have made the connection between the risk of ill-health, and needing money to pay for healthcare.

"Although life expectancy is increasing, healthy life expectancy is flat-lining. With the average person now working until they are aged 63.4, people are enjoying fewer healthy years in retirement.

"Spending the first few years of retirement trekking in the Andes and running around after grandchildren may be a reality for some, but it is important not to forget that health will worsen as pensioners get older.

"Making financial provision for the possibility of ill-health in retirement should be an integral part of the retirement planning process."

Across the country, those planning to retire this year in Wales are the most likely to have prepared for the risk of ill-health in retirement (32 per cent), while those in the East of England (7 per cent) are the least prepared.

The Government is currently considering recommendations from the Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support which, in July 2011, proposed that an individual's contribution to social care should be capped at £35,000, with any additional costs funded by the State.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Big BBQ helps beat Big C.

In gardens all around the UK this summer men will congregate around the grill marvelling over their sausages. What men don’t love talking about though is their health and yet each year there are 37,400 men diagnosed with a male specific cancer.

Orchid, the male cancer charity, and celebrity chefs, the Fabulous Baker Brothers (Tom and Henry Herbert) are calling on men across the UK to fire up their BBQ’s and get their bangers out this June or anytime during the summer months to host their own ‘Big BBQ’ and raise awareness of male cancer.

With plenty of occasions to get the great British Summer underway, such as National BBQ Week (May 28th – June 3rd 2012), the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend (2nd June – 5th June 2012) and Father’s Day (Sunday 17th June), Orchid’s ‘Big BBQ’ initiative aims to get men fired up about their health and encourage them to get together with family, friends and colleagues during June to be the BBQ King and raise much needed funds for Orchid as well as awareness of testicular, prostate and penile cancers, highlighting signs and symptoms and encouraging self checks.

Organising a BiG BBQ couldn’t be simpler – visit www.the-big-bbq.co.uk to download a comprehensive information pack, which includes posters, celebrity chefs barbecue recipes, games and top tips on everything you need to make your BiG BBQ a BiG success.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Introducing New Springfield Collasense

Undenatured Collagen Type-II Clinically Proven To Be More Effective Than Glucosamine & Chondroitin

According to a recent study, Glucosamine & Chondroitin might no longer be the joint favourite for arthritis as undenatured collagen type-II was shown to be more than twice as effective in relieving joint pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in a first comparing study.

The clinical trial compared undenatured collagen type-II with glucosamine and chondroitin on 52 people with osteoarthritis of the knee suffering from joint pain and stiffness, over 90 days. In the collagen group pain decreased by 40% whereas in the glucosamine/chondroitin group pain decreased by 15.4%. According to the Lequesne index (a functional index for the effect of pain during daily activities) collagen type-II was more than three times as effective as glucosamine/chondroitin.

Collagen Type-II could be the answer to help ease aching joints and promote joint health to the 10 million people who suffer from arthritis in the UK. The most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA) followed by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). People with arthritis experience painfully stiff joints and decreased mobility.

In osteoarthritis the pain is often the result of wear and tear on cartilage, the protective shock-absorbing layer between joints. When cartilage wears away, joint bones rub together, causing pain and inflammation.

In rheumatoid arthritis the synovial joints are inflamed causing multiple joint destruction, as well as a wide variety of other features except the joints. Rheumatoid joint inflammation results from a deranged immune system attacking the body itself (auto-immune reaction) instead of defending it.

Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs relieve disease symptoms, but are unable to cure arthritis. Also anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) only slow down disease progression and cannot cure the disease.

New Springfield Collasense with undenatured collagen type-II relieves arthritic symptoms in a natural way. It adds a new mechanism of action to conventional drugs.

How does New Springfield Collasense work?

Collagen is the main structural protein in the connective tissue of the body. The collagen in joint cartilage is made up of 85-90% collagen type-II.
Undenatured type-II collagen exists from a triple helix-structure of three mutually linked (cross-linked) collage fibres. At oral ingestion, specific components of the intact helical structure are recognised by the immune system in the bowel. Repeated oral intake of undenatured type II collagen will positively influence immune cells involved in arthritic joint inflammation followed by decreasing degradation of affected joint cartilage. This results in a reduction of joint pain and swelling
Undenatured colllagen type II is extracted from the breastbone (sternum) of chickens.

Springfield Collasense undenatured collagen type-II 40mg Available from good health stores, and www.natural-alternative-products.co.uk. It is recommended to take one capsule a day before a meal. The RRP is £38.95 for 60 capsules. Not suitable for vegetarians or people with an allergy /hypersensitivity to chickencollasense

Top Tips for Alleviating Arthritis
- Exercise – keep moving. Don’t be afraid to use your joints. Many people become less active when they develop arthritis because of the pain and fear of causing damage. By developing strong muscles, joints become more stable and activities such as walking and climbing stairs are easier. The best forms of aerobic exercise for people with arthritis are walking, cycling and swimming. Build up slowly.
- Hydrotherapy - Gentle exercise can be carried out in hydrotherapy pools. The
warm water soothes joints, relieves stiffness, and promotes better blood circula-tion. The water enables gentle and low impact exercise.
- Home Help – make sure your home is streamlined and easy to use. Re-arrange cupboards and drawers so items are easy to reach. Use lightweight pans, mugs or kettle. An electric can opener, cap gripper, may come in handy. Use equipment with easy-to-use buttons and choose a good mattress to sleep on.
- Posture – Watch your posture, slouching can add strain on muscles and joints. Sit down when preparing food or use a trolley to move heavy items. Shift rather than lift – slide heavy pans along a kitchen top. Change positions often – shift position or stretch every half an hour.
- Watch your Weight - Excess weight compounds the problem by putting extra strain on damaged joints.
- Massage Magic – Massaging the muscles around the joints will help ease pain and help keep you supple. Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

GetLenses.co.uk finds blue eyes are UK favourite

GetLenses.co.uk, the online prescription and colour contact lenses supplier, found in a recent study that 50% of us believe blue eyes are the most attractive.

Results show those who are lucky enough to have naturally blue eyes are considered to be kind, polite and happy, having the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. The study, which surveyed over 2,000 UK residents about their contact lenses, glasses and dating habits, discovered how eye colour affects how we perceive other peoples personalities.

The study found brown eyed beauties project an aura of mystery, are sensible, dependable and practical, with others often confiding in them. Hazel eyes illuminate a lot about a person depending on their mood. With a mix of brown and green, their persona can be perceived differently, with results showing that the browner the eyes the more inviting; whilst those with greener eyes are more mischievous. The study found that those with hazel eyes are generally spontaneous, fun loving and sociable.

As one of the rarest colours, green eyes are perceived as being mystical and conveying freedom. They tend to be affectionate with close friends, but keep their distance when meeting new people. Those with grey eyes are seen to be the creative, imaginative and passionate. The survey found that people with grey eyes are perceived as being strong by nature, making them good leaders.

Brendan O'Brien at GetLenses.co.uk, said: “If our study results revealed your true colours, it’s easier than ever to change them. We see more and more customers opting for coloured contact lenses, even if they have glasses, when they fancy a change of appearance. You can add an air of mystery with striking green or an aura of intrigue with alluring shades of brown. The best bit is you can be back to your old self the very next day.”

GetLenses stock a wide range of coloured contact lenses, including Ciba Vision’s Freshlook Colourblends, which offer a more subtle change to eye colour. For a more noticeable transformation, Ciba Vision’s Freshlook Colors intensifies eye colour – with a wide range of choices from Amethyst to True Sapphire. CooperVision also offer monthly coloured contact lenses.

A breakthrough in allergy prevention

Highlights of new breakthrough clinical evidence were previewed at the Allergy + Free From Show (18-22 May 2012) which demonstrates that the daily intake of a specific strain of probiotics given to pregnant mothers and their newborn infants halved the child's potential development of allergic sensitization and atopic eczema.

Currently, the UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest incident of allergy (₂), with over 21 million UK adults suffering from some kind of allergic reaction (₃). Most children develop allergic sensitivity in the first two years of life, and if diagnosed with atopic eczema they stand up to 80% chance of this progressing to asthma by the age of 12.

The double-blind placebo controlled study was run by The College of Medicine at Swansea University and has been submitted to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by Professor Stephen J Allen MD who is also presenting the data in detail to healthcare professionals next week. The study was conducted on 454 mothers-infant pairs, who took a daily dose of ProVen Probiotics (providing 10 billion of the specific Lab4 probiotic strains*) from 36 weeks of pregnancy and during the first six months of life. The babies were assessed at 2 years of age and it was found that those taking the probiotic significantly reduced their chance of becoming allergic to common allergens such as pollen, cat dander, house dust mite, cow’s milk and egg by half (50%). Moreover, the risk of the children developing atopic eczema was reduced by 60%!

The Lab4 probiotic can be found in a new range of supplements - ProVen Probiotics - which is being launched at the Allergy Show in London this weekend. Five published double-blind studies have already demonstrated the benefits of Lab4, and there are 12 products in ProVen’s newly launched range with different formulations to suit all ages and lifestyles.

Dr Nigel Plummer, Managing Director of Cultech, manufacturers of ProVen commented: "ProVen is one of the most studied probiotics in the world. With six major scientific clinical human studies, all demonstrating positive benefits in intestinal and immune health, we have the broadest evidence of any probiotic on the market."

"This latest study for our Lab4 probiotics is a true breakthrough. We're delighted to be able to launch our brand ProVen Probiotics which harnesses the unique Lab4 probiotic strains to develop a comprehensive range of high quality supplements." concludes Plummer.

Allergic conditions such as asthma, rhinitis and eczema have trebled over the last 20 years (₉), and currently 40% of children and 30% of adults have one or more of these three allergic conditions (₁₀).

Dr. Carol Cooper, GP, and parenting writer commented: "There’s no doubt that allergies are on the increase and doctors, like others, feel powerless to stop the rise. In children, eczema and hay fever have soared, and now affect around three times as many youngsters as 20 years ago (₁₁). The NHS already spends £900 million on general practice care of allergies such as eczema, asthma and rhinitis alone (₁₂). This trial shows that the development of allergies could be tackled at a young age and this result is significant."

Professor Glenn Gibson also supports the launch of ProVen Probiotics, and the latest findings for Lab4. As Head of Food Microbial Sciences Research Unit and Head of Food Microbiology at the University of Reading, Glenn had this to say: "Over the years we have seen some exciting studies in this area. This study in particular is a breakthrough in terms of its size, length and depth. The results are extra exciting, when we consider the amount of money currently being spent to cope with allergies. This launch is significant given the amount of evidence we have about the benefits of taking probiotics and the concentration of LAB 4 in each capsule."

Products in the newly launched ProVen Probiotics range including specific formulations for Babies, Toddlers, and older children, as well as a high potency, and multi-nutrient products for adults. Prices range from under £5.00 to £19.95. ProVen Probiotic supplements are available on-line from www.provenprobiotics.co.uk as well as Lloyds pharmacies and leading health food stores.

Lowri Turner, Nutritionist and Broadcaster helping launch ProVen Probiotics at the Allergy + Free From Show this weekend confirmed: "Thanks to this new research, we can now offer mums concrete advice on how to prevent passing on allergies to their infants. Best of all ProVen Probiotics are drug free, completely natural and easy to administer to babies."

Thursday, 17 May 2012

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E45: Celebrating 60 years of British skincare

This year, another British icon is celebrating six decades on the job, as E45 celebrates its 60th birthday. First produced in 1952 by Boots, the distinct white and blue tub this year is enjoying a 60 year reign as a much loved treatment to dry skin.

E45 60 years on: 2012’s new launches

If you’re prone to sensitive skin, don’t miss out on using luxurious products. E45 Silky Radiance is a specially enriched body moisturiser with subtle shimmer and natural light boosters to leave skin beautifully hydrated and naturally radiant every day.

E45 Intense Recovery is a specially formulated moisture-control body lotion for extremely dry skin that locks in moisture and restores long-lasting softness in just 2 weeks. It’s perfume free and suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Ready for the Great Trail Challenge?

Get ready for a marathon experience like no other with the Great Trail Challenge from Karrimor! The new off road running event will take place on 17th June 2012 and leading running shoes retailer SportsDirect.com, have free places to give away to 10 lucky winners!

You can choose from a range of runs, including a 10k, half marathon and marathon trail run to put your determination and power to the test and all you have to do to be in with a chance of free entry is log on to the official SportsDirect.com Facebook and Twitter pages.

There are two different ways to enter the competition: if you’re a tweeter- SportsDirect.com are asking ‘In less than 140 characters- tell us what you love most about running ?’ and if you’re a fan on Facebook, you can tell them where in the World you would love to go running and why. One entry will be chosen at random as the winner each week from both sites.

The challenge itself will take place in Fitz Park, Keswick, in the Lake District. The course will consist of a long scenic lap, taking in views of Keswick, Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite from the path below Skiddaw, with a slightly shorter lap to accommodate the 10k trail. The half marathon runners will cover one large and one short lap, with the marathon runners tackling two large laps and two short laps.

So if you feel you’re ready for the challenge, step up and enter online today. You can also find full details on the event on the official Great Trail Challenge website.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Real Danger campaign - is it a balanced healthcare message?

Real Danger campaign website
The Real Danger campaign and website sponsored by the makers of Viagra, Pfizer, rightly attempts to dissuade patients from sourcing medicines online from potentially dangerous and illegal websites.

It is a well-funded and well-publicised campaign, partnered by major organisations in UK healthcare, and often features in mainstream media.

As a public health and awareness message however, it is only partially helpful – and fails to adequately address the main issue.

The British public are using the internet in their hundreds of thousands every year determined to buy prescription medicine online – the vast majority will not have a paper prescription from their doctor (or other healthcare professional).

One of the ‘real dangers’ in healthcare is a failure to give balanced advice. The balanced advice in the case of obtaining medicine online is that care needs to be taken, but that patients should not be put off from going online when this can be an effective way to improve their well-being.

A balanced healthcare message should provide clear guidance on how to do this safely, and remove the guesswork for the public who resort to search engines to provide the answers. Search engines do not vet their results, and the results can be manipulated.

The Real Danger campaign could serve the public better by providing a list of websites providing online prescriptions and genuine medicine from regulated services. The Real Danger website could be the go-to resource for the medicine-buying public.

From www.realdanger.co.uk/get-it-right:

"Buying medicines from websites that are not part of registered pharmacies can present a number of risks."

Registered pharmacies are only part of the process of obtaining prescription-only medicine – a patient must first obtain a prescription from a doctor (or other healthcare professional). A legal and valid prescription can be obtained online from a regulated online doctor/clinic service registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Many online doctor services partner with pharmacies to provide the full end-to-end service. A registered pharmacy that is not partnered with an online doctor service can only supply prescription medicine if patients post a paper prescription issued by their doctor.

Unfortunately the Real Danger campaign and website focuses as much on scare as on information, and makes little mention of the many regulated UK online doctor/clinics providing good advice and supplying safe medicine from regulated pharmacies. There is a lack of proper balance in the healthcare message of the campaign’s website.

People are sourcing more and more services online, from holidays to utility supplies, and medicine is no different. In response to demand for convenient safe medical services the UK has developed a pioneering system for regulating online clinics.

The Care Quality Commission registers online clinics. General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctors carry out the consultations. Accurate medical information is provided and prescriptions are issued. Medicine is posted out from General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registered pharmacies. The registrations of these services can be checked and verified online at the regulatory agencies websites.

Online electronic private prescriptions, sent directly to regulated UK pharmacies, are used routinely in the UK. Not everyone who is seeking prescription medicine from an online pharmacy will have a prescription to post from their GP. The role of online clinics is to assess patients and provide a complete package of care for a restricted number of medical conditions, prescription included.

Most of the websites which appear at the top of Google listings for search terms involving drug names in the UK will yield results of regulated pharmacies or regulated online clinics.

The Real Danger website mentions that GPs are an established source of assessment and advice, which is true. However the site omits to emphasise that hundreds of thousands of online consultations with doctors take place every year, and that for a restricted range of medicines, this is a safe and effective way of delivering healthcare for common conditions.

Patients use online clinics for a reason. They are generally convenient, avoid embarrassment, and can be low cost. Many of the medicines sourced online are not available to patients via their GPs, particularly medication to treat male impotence and travel medicine such as the malaria tablet, Malarone.

Patients looking for low cost healthcare need to be encouraged to seek that care safely, not be frightened off altogether. Positive health messages are useful. The message should be: ‘you can obtain medicine safely online, as many people already do, and this is how’.

To be fair to the Real Danger website and the campaign there is mention of Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated services on the Get it Right page, but this is perhaps too little, when patients in their thousands are voting with their cursors and already sourcing their medicine online.

Full story: http://www.doctorfox.co.uk/news/real-danger/

Monday, 14 May 2012

BootsWebMD.com reveals new research into our summer fitness regimes

BootsWebMD.com has revealed new research showing that Britonss are going for gold as they gear up for a summer of sport. However, the research also showed that many are sustaining unnecessary workout-related injuries.

Over half of survey respondents (53%) said they have started a new fitness regime in 2012, with the main motivation among those who have done so being to keep fit rather than lose weight.

Their good intentions are making them feel less stressed (44%) and more confident (31%), yet nearly one in five (16%) has sustained an injury. As well as bruises, the most common injuries are ankle or wrist sprains (26%), shin splints (23%), pulling a muscle (23%) and hamstring injuries (19%).

Over one third (39%) from the survey of 2,000 people who said they have started a new fitness routine in 2012 look online for fitness information. In fact, among the top ten search terms on BootsWebMD.com's fitness centre are 'hamstrings' and 'shin splints', reflecting the common injuries identified in the research.

Richard Callender, fitness instructor and TV trainer from ITV's 'The Biggest Loser', said: "It's really encouraging to see so many people getting more active in 2012. Everyone has different motivations for exercising, whether it's to keep fit, lose weight, de-stress or just to have fun and socialise with friends and family, but it's vital they all know how to exercise safely."

The research shows that for people to continue this positive step, stay healthy and prepare for a summer of sport, they need to be taking greater care when exercising. Over a quarter (27%) of people surveyed admit they do not feel confident they are exercising in a correct and safe way/ Reasons for injury include not following instructions properly (28%), exercising too strenuously (34%) or not being offered proper inductions (23%). A third (33%) of the injuries has led to a long-term health problem.

Dr Rob Hicks, GP and BootsWebMD.com contributor, said: "Exercising is one of the best ways for people to stay fit and healthy, and it's important that people look after themselves and follow the correct instructions when they exercise and know what level of exercise they should be adopting. There are both short and long-term health consequences of not exercising safely and people should ensure they feel comfortable with what they are doing before they start."

Further findings from the research showed that more women (54%) than men (52%) have taken up a new fitness routine in 2012. The age group most likely to have started a fitness routine this year is those between 18-24 (64%).

BootsWebMD.com is a collaboration between Boots, the UK's most trusted pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, and WebMD, one of the world's leading online health information sites. A team of UK-based health journalists and physicians ensures that all content on the site is relevant and medically accurate. In addition to original content, BootsWebMD.com has partnered with leading content providers such as the British Medical Journal (BMJ Best Treatments) and the National Health Service from NHS Choices. Other site highlights include the WebMD Symptom Checker, the Medicines and Treatment Centre, and Slideshows and Videos.

The WebMD Symptom Checker does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general information purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about one's health. People should never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something they have read on the Boots WebMD Site. If people have an urgent medical problem they should call their doctor, or NHS direct, immediately or in the case of emergencies they should, of course, dial 999.

British public back the electronic cigarette revolution, says E-Lites survey

E-Lites electronic cigarettesOver one-in-three British people believe electronic cigarettes should be made more widely available to smokers, so says a major survey commissioned by the UK’s E-Lites brand.
Some 36 per cent of survey respondents said electronic cigarettes should be more accessible to smokers, while 43 per cent agreed in principle that the recent introduction of the products represented good news for smokers. But 47 per cent said they didn’t know enough about e-cigarettes to give an opinion, which supports calls for more education about the products’ benefits for smokers.

The E-Lites survey, carried out by USurv.com, questioned 1,000 members of the public about their attitudes to smoking. Respondents comprised of 25 per cent regular smokers, 12 per cent occasional smokers and 63 per cent non-smokers.

Asked which three things they disliked most about smoking in general, the most common answer was the smell, cited by 58 per cent of respondents, and this was closely followed by bad breath, cited by 46 per cent of those surveyed.

This suggests the outward effects of smoking and their impact on personal appearance are more important to image-conscious Britons than the damage to health. Only 37 per cent selected damage to smokers’ health as a main thing to dislike, while 38 per cent cited the impact of smoking on the health of non-smokers as a key cause of complaint.

With the latest budget announcement pushing the average cigarette pack price to £7, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the top complaint among smokers was the rising cost of smoking, with 69 per cent naming that as their main gripe.

Yet 83 per cent of overall respondents confirmed that they were aware of electronic cigarettes such as E-Lites, which are an alternative option for smokers. Around one-in-three appreciate that electronic cigarettes are healthier than conventional cigarettes and only slightly fewer acknowledge that the smoking ban does not apply to these smoke-free products.

Interestingly, only 13 per cent accept that electronic cigarettes are cheaper than normal cigarettes, despite E-Lites, for example, being 70 per cent cheaper than their conventional counterparts. It’s estimated that a typical 20-a-day smoker would save around £162 per month by switching.

E-Lites, founded in 2007, is the UK’s most established brand, providing smokers with a reliable electronic device that’s safer, cleaner, healthier and cheaper than tobacco cigarettes, as well as being legally unrestricted for use in public places. The absence of tar, tobacco and other toxins allows E-Lites users to avoid the damaging effects of smoking, while still enjoying a familiar experience of nicotine inhalation. Being free of nasty smells and smoke, E-Lites present no passive smoking issues and are therefore far less objectionable to non-smokers.

E-Lites co-founder and director Adrian Everett said: “We commissioned this survey to get an accurate picture of how Britons feel about smoking in 2012. The results are extremely interesting. While smokers are fed up with the rising cost of tobacco cigarettes, non-smokers in particular object to the nasty smells, smoky environments and bad breath that are associated with smoking. It’s therefore not surprising that almost half of the British public agree that electronic cigarettes like E-Lites are a welcome innovation, simply because they eliminate all of these complaints in one. That’s precisely why we are working hard to further increase the availability of E-Lites throughout the country.

“However, what we also recognise is that many other people in the UK do not feel sufficiently informed about electronic cigarettes, so we must continue trying to educate the public about the advantages of these products as opposed to their increasingly outdated tobacco predecessors.”

E-Lites (www.e-lites.co.uk) was established in the UK in 2007 and is already a leader in its field, producing some of the most advanced electronic cigarettes on the market. The company is expanding nationally and internationally as demand grows for its innovative products.

Its latest range of new-generation E-Lites are the result of extensive UK research and development.

The evolution of E-Lites has been supported by significant investment in design and testing to ensure its electronic smoking devices are made to the highest standards and deliver the most authentic and luxurious smoking sensation possible. The company’s manufacturing facility uses the latest state of the art micro-electronic technology, ensuring E-Lites set the standard within the electronic smoking industry. E-Lites are globally patented, internationally trademarked, and are backed by an international parts replacement guarantee.

Michael Ryan, one of the founding directors of E-Lites, is also chairman of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA), a representative body which provides advice, guidelines and support to members, as well as working to ensure the correct regulatory framework is applied to such products. For more information, visit www.ecita.org.uk

New campaign calls for safer wheelchair accessible vehicles

A 'pass' sled test
Disabled Motoring UK is campaigning for a change in legislation that will improve the safety of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).

The charity believes it is a moral and human right for people who travel in a wheelchair to be able to purchase a converted vehicle that has been properly tested and is as safe as the original car.

The ‘No Compromises!’ safety campaign will urge buyers of wheelchair accessible cars to demand sled testing certificates – the only way to check a vehicle is as safe as possible. The campaign will also seek to change legislation so that only ‘sled tested’ vehicles can be sold.

Worryingly, the industry has seen up to 50 per cent of conversions that have passed other less significant tests fail the vital sled test.

A sled test is similar to the crash testing seen on TV, a dummy is strapped into a wheelchair within the car, which is then put through head-on collisions to check that both the belts and their fixings are strong enough to withstand a real-life accident and keep the wheelchair user secure.

The reason testing is so vital after conversion to a wheelchair accessible vehicle is because converting a car is a complex process involving significant structural changes to the vehicle such as lowering the floor. If this is not done properly, and by experts, the car may be unsafe.

Helen Dolphin, Director of Policy and Campaigns for Disabled Motoring UK Disabled Motoring, said: “It is amazing that vehicles are being sold that may not be safe for the drivers and wheelchair users and we feel strongly that this must stop.

" We will be calling on the Government to change legislation so that people don’t unknowingly purchase unsafe vehicles. Alongside this we will be educating people to make sure they ask the right questions before purchasing a converted car.”

Constables Mobility’s Constables Mobility Managing Director David Constable, one of the experts supporting the campaign, explains: “People who travel in wheelchairs have a right to a vehicle that has been properly tested so they are as safe as possible in the event of an accident. I strongly believe that all companies who convert cars should only be allowed to sell them if they have been successfully tested after conversion – including being sled tested - so the vehicle meets and exceeds the latest European safety standards. It’s a moral and human right to have a car that has been converted safely.”

From 29 April 2012, wheelchair accessible vehicles have to meet both the European standard for the car before it is converted and pass additional tests which check the changes made during the conversion process. However, not every conversion will have passed the same tests and it doesn’t guarantee that sled testing has been carried out.

Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) campaigns on behalf of all disabled motorists, passengers and Blue Badge holders. The charity represents their interests at both local and national levels, and engages with government and industry to ensure that the voice of disabled people is heard.

DMUK is the only UK charity that campaigns on behalf of disabled people in this way. Without DMUK and its parent charities the Disabled Drivers’ Association and the Disabled Drivers’ Motor Club, there would be no Blue Badge scheme, no Motability cars, and no mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to help disabled people defray some of the extra travel and transport costs that they incur.

Rugby star goes digital with new sports injury store

Roger Wilson and Allan Withers
Roger Wilson and Allan Withers
Irish International rugby star Roger Wilson has teamed up with a specialist sports injury retailer to offer physios and sports enthusiasts an online one-stop-shop for sports injury and rehabilitation gear.

Sports Injury Warehouse (www.sportsinjurywarehouse.co.uk) is aimed at professional physios, sports injury specialists and professional sports teams right through to the sports enthusiast in the street that needs strapping or ice products.

Roger Wilson, currently a No 8 forward with Northampton Saints, said: “I have been lucky enough to play professional sport for over ten years now and have had a few knocks.

“I’ve learned a thing or two about rehabilitation and the great work physios do piecing us professionals back together.

“I thought it would be a great idea to offer them a one-stop-shop where they can purchase all the equipment they need with just a few clicks and also to provide the growing number of sports enthusiasts with a convenient online resource for specialist gear.”

Allan Withers, Managing Director of First Response Supplies who is collaborating with Roger Wilson, said: “More and more people are turning to sports such as running and we hope to provide these people with a convenient, affordable online shopping destination for products that they might need from time to time.

“Roger’s knowledge of sports injuries and rehabilitation coupled with my emergency care experience means we are well placed to source high-quality products; they have been hand-picked to ensure they are the best available and we will continue to grow the range to respond to the needs of our customers.”

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Eddie gets Eagle Vision in new Optimax TV ad

Optimax, the laser eye surgery specialists, this week unveil a new TV commercial starring former Olympic ski jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

Britain’s favourite death-defying sportsman has recently appeared on BBC’s Sport Relief, dazzling the audience with his agile dance moves in the guise of Austin Powers.

Eddie had surgery with Optimax in 2003. His prescription meant that he was not suitable for laser eye surgery, so he opted instead for lens implants
(ICL treatment).

“I’d always worn really thick glasses since I was very young, and being able to see without them is wonderful” he said.

The 30 second TV ad shows Eddie jumping in the 1987 World Championships, He reveals that he regularly jumped in a state of near blindness as his trademark specs would steam up under his mask;

“It was very dangerous, taking off during a jump and not being able to see properly. Having the surgery has improved my whole life. I would recommend Optimax to anyone – it’s been fantastic”

“At Optimax we offer a wide range of vision correction options, including alternatives to laser treatment. This means we can treat almost any prescription” said Optimax chairman Russell Ambrose

The new TV ad is showing on UK Satellite channels.
To view the ad, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVkC1UZos_g

 Founded in 1991, Optimax is a laser eye surgery specialist with 29 clinics across the UK.

It is a specialist UK laser eye surgery clinic chain, with expertise gained from more than 350,000 treatments. Its recent GBP £5m investment in the latest technology means that more people than ever are achieving 20:20 vision.

(EDITOR: As someone who had lens implants when I had cataract surgery, I know the benefits of corrective lens surgery! Goodbye bottle bottom glasses, hello sexy new image!)

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Double Action Inch Loss Solution

30days™ Inch Loss Solution - the best-selling slimming supplement across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe - is now available in the UK. It is proven to help inch loss around the waist - targeting hard to shift tummy fat. And because the fat loss is natural and not dramatic, the skin retains its elasticity and shape, without sagging.

30days™has been developed to directly target the dangerous fat around the stomach area using a unique herbal blend, beta-glucans and colon cleanser. The beta glucans have been scientifically shown to reduce the stress inflammation and bad bacteria associated with abdominal fat and the herbs in the product help with the detoxification process. Combining this with a colon cleanser keeps the gut clean and healthy and prevents bloating and water retention, which can make you fatter. A double action which helps naturally and healthily reduce waist size.

Kelly Huntingdon, 33, from Cambridgeshire has successfully lost 8 inches (20cm) around her waist. She has been taking the 30days™ Inch Loss Solution for 4 months and has lost tummy fat progressively, importantly with no health impacts, and no sagging skin.

A double-blind placebo controlled study shows that many of the participants lost one, two, three or more sizes after trialling the 30days™ Inch Loss Solution for 30 days (one "size" equals about 1 inch or 2.5 cm). The majority of the test subjects lost at least one size around the waist and abdomen. [1] The product has rapidly become the leading food supplement in every country it has launched in with some amazing results.

Researchers have found that tummy fat is the most harmful fat on the body, having a larger negative effect on metabolism than fat from other places on the body. If a woman has a waist measurement of over 80cm (32 inches) or a man has a waist measurement of over 94cm (38 inches) they are in danger of developing metabolic syndrome - characterised by the storage of fat in the stomach and disturbances in the body fat and sugar metabolism - potentially leading to serious health issues. So it is important to tackle the problems of waist measurement, not just body weight.

Stress can also lead to an increase in weight. Researchers believe that the appetite hormone Y (NPY) is to blame for this effect. Studies have shown that the betaglucans found in 30days™ can reduce the stress level in the body by around 50% [2].Studies have shown that repeated stress combined with a diet rich on sugar increases the secretion of this appetite hormone. According to researchers at Georgetown University in the USA, this results in an increase of the undesired tummy fat in the stomach region.

It is recommended that the user adopts a healthy diet in conjunction with the 30days™ Solution. 30days™ directly tackles the built-up tummy fat and improves the body's ability to excrete waste matter, whilst a healthy diet will help prevent to build up of further fat. Once the desired size is achieved, a healthy diet should be enough to maintain this, without continuous supplementation.

Dr Paul Clayton, Consultant, IFBB, Oxford Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, BiotheraPharma, comments on the 30days™ Inch Loss Solution "Beta glucans derived from yeast are the most potent immuno-modulators known, and although we don't yet know how they might enhance abdominal fat loss, it is likely that the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is involved.

“Stress may also play a role. Stress can lead to increased eating, altered micro-flora of the gut, and indeed a range of hormonal and metabolic changes; the beta glucans reduce stress, so these are three more plausible and testable mechanisms. These are not mutually exclusive explanations, in fact they may all be contributing to the reported effects of 30 Days."
Dr Bob Lister has trained in Clinical Pharmacology, and is a Chartered Biologist and a consultant in nutritional and dietary supplements. He talks about the 30days™ Colon Cleanser: "From the evidence from both anecdotal studies and from what we know about the action of magnesium hydroxide, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, we can conclude that 30days™ Colon Cleanser has a beneficial effect on intestinal and digestive function.

“I would recommend it particularly for those who suffer from bloating, acid reflux, stomach acidity and constipation because it has a gentle, laxative effect but doesn't interfere with the natural healthy functioning of the bowel."

The 30days™ Inch Loss Solution retails at £49.98 for 30 days supply and is available from www.revital.co.uk www.nutricentre.com or call 0843 289 7227.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Nigel Lewis-Baker, terminally diagnosed with prostate cancer, has 150 miles to go to reach Land’s End

Nigel's long walk
Please text UGXF50 £5 to 70070

Tiverton, Wednesday 9th May

Nigel Lewis-Baker has raised a lot of awareness but little money, only £4,000 in online donations. Come on England!

Lots of radio interviews, quite a few press reports, yet our ‘Love Train’ John O’Groats to Land’s End Walk is struggling to raise any real online money. Our website (www.lovetrain.org.uk) has over 3,000 hits but not enough people are donating. If just half our visitors had gift aided us £5 we would have an extra £9,000 in the bank by now.

The Prostate Project Charity has admin costs of less than 3% so 97 pence in every pound you give us will go directly towards giving men a better chance of beating prostate cancer.

"It’s too late for me" says Nigel, "but please help me reach my £25,000 online target by texting UGXF50 £5 to 70070"

This heroic man is literally dying on his feet to help prevent more men being diagnosed too late as he was. He has given up 11 weeks of his limited lifespan to leave his wife and walk 1,000 miles from one end of the country to the other. He's raised a lot of awareness but little money. Now he's got just 150 miles to go to reach Land's End.

It really has been a massive effort by Nigel. He spends virtually every waking hour raising money and awareness for our charity. He’s been on the road since March 21st and we all desperately want him to reach his online fundraising goal of £25,000.

He’s got just 9 days left to achieve it. Hopefully coverage on BBC London and South and Points West News today will boost donations.

Please help him if you can.

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(EDITOR: Please forward this story.)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Millions suffer as doctors underestimate seriousness of female hair loss

- Five million women in the UK experience hair loss, leaving many depressed
- New clinical study reveals the severe psychological impact of condition often dismissed as “cosmetic”
- Billions spent on anti-ageing and weight loss but losing their hair is women’s biggest fear

In the UK £5.2 billion is spent every year on anti-ageing and diet products yet 45% of women say that losing their hair is their greatest fear above sagging skin (12%) and gaining weight (12%), leading experts to call for a wider acknowledgement and understanding of the psychological impact of female hair loss.

A new clinical study, published in May in European Dermatology Journal, "The Journal of Applied Cosmetology", reveals the psychological and quality of life impact experienced by women suffering from genetic hair loss - a condition often not taken seriously by physicians.

The research conducted on women aged 20-55 over a 24 month period shows that, if left untreated, genetic hair loss can lead to long term psychological problems which can increase patients’ susceptibility to psychosomatic diseases.

Conducted by leading trichologist and President of the World Trichology Society, Dr David H. Kingsley, the study assessed women against key psychological markers including anxiety, self-esteem, depression and social interaction with a view to establishing an overall quality of life (QOL) score for each patient.

The improvement in the women’s QOL score was monitored as they began a 6 month course of natural trichology treatments designed to help control further hair loss, support new hair growth, and improve the cosmetic appearance of the hair. The trichology treatments included a combination of topical and supplement therapies, including niacin, menthol, laser therapy, diet advice, and Nourkrin - a supplement containing Marilex, extracted from deep sea fish. All women, ranging from those whose QOL was ‘severely’ affected by hair loss to those who reported a moderate negative QOL effect, reported that their self-esteem and general outlook on life markedly improved.

Despite these encouraging results which can be achieved through the right professional advice and treatment, a survey of 2,000 UK women, commissioned by Nourkrin, reveals that one in five who sought advice about thinning hair from a GP or other non-specialist health professional felt that their condition was not taken seriously.

With the majority of women admitting that losing their hair would be the worst thing that could happen to their appearance, it is clear that the condition and its psychological effects should be given greater priority.

“Because we are still searching for a reliable cure for genetic hair loss, GPs often fail to take patients seriously when they present with signs of thinning hair. Although hair loss is not life threatening, it is life altering. Therefore, the message that we’re trying to convey from the World Trichology Society is that this is a serious problem and, though there is presently no 100% dependable cure, there are treatment options and combinations available that can greatly improve a woman’s psychological health and quality of life,” says Dr Kingsley.

As a result of hair loss being dismissed as a serious problem, over a quarter of women have been left feeling depressed, while a fifth worried if a serious disease may be the underlying cause. And with 60% of women believing stress to be a key reason for their hair loss, it seems there could be a vicious cycle at play for a large proportion of female sufferers.

Psychologist and author, Corinne Sweet explains how hair loss can affect women: “Unfortunately, women’s emotional distress at the state of their hair is often dismissed. However, there is a definite psychological loss of status, self-esteem and self-confidence when hair thins or even falls out. This is because hair is a ‘secondary sexual characteristic’, and as such, is a serious weapon in women’s sexual, and sensual, armoury. In films and novels women toss their locks to attract a man, it creates a ‘come hither’ signal, linked to flirtation and reproduction.

Thus, when hair drops, so can a woman’s self-worth. Serious hair loss can lead not only to depression, but agoraphobia, even suicidal feelings, as women can feel the the world is too harsh and judgemental for them to deal with. Women can fear they are no longer sexy or seductive, or able to compete at work or go out socially. Thus it is essential women receive the right advice about the treatment options available to them to help them achieve improved feelings self-worth and restore their enjoyment of life.”

Birgit Beer, a professional opera singer, explains the impact that hair loss has had on her life: “As someone who has to get up and perform in front of people for my job, confidence is absolutely everything. When I started losing my hair it affected me in every way. My confidence and self-esteem dropped and that had an effect on my performance. It was embarrassing and really difficult to talk to people about but it’s amazing knowing now how many women have been through the same situation. When I was looking for treatment I was worried about the side effects of prescription medicines might have so was so happy to find a product with a natural active ingredient like Marilex which is derived from the sea.”

Shoosmiths announces £10.8m payout for 11-year-old left disabled from birth

Access Legal from Shoosmiths has announced Milly Evans, an 11-year-old-girl left severely disabled from birth, was awarded £10.8 million compensation.

The national law firm Access Legal and its team of medical negligence solicitors helped secure the amount - believed to be one of the largest ever in the UK - at a High Court hearing.

The injury to Milly happened during her birth at Lincoln County Hospital. Milly's mother, Kate Evans, was already in established labour when she was admitted to hospital at 7pm on 1 March 2001. Her baby's heart was initially monitored, but later heart rate monitoring was totally inadequate. By 10pm it was discovered  the baby had an abnormal heart rate and was suffering fetal distress.

Milly was born at 10.20pm and transferred to the neo-natal unit, where she underwent resuscitation and suffered a seizure. Mrs Evans said if the baby's heart had been properly monitored, the midwife would have spotted the fetal distress sooner and Milly would have been delivered earlier and not suffered catastrophic injury.

After many years, United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Lincoln County Hospital, eventually admitted liability for its mistakes, but national law firm Access Legal from Shoosmiths had to fight to secure adequate compensation for Milly.

Milly suffers from cerebral palsy and requires 24-hour care. In addition to being confined to a wheelchair, she is unable to speak and is dependent on others for all daily activities. Milly's intellect has remained fairly well intact, and she communicates through an eye-gaze system.

Milly's parents will use the money to pay for past and future full-time carers, plus ongoing treatment, education, special equipment, transport, and loss of future earnings. Additionally, the compensation amount takes into account general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Mr and Mrs Evans have had to make many sacrifices for their daughter over the last 11years. Milly's father, Andy, was an RAF Squadron Leader and a former member of the famous Red Arrows display team. He was not able to continue with his career as a consequence of Milly's disabilities.

Milly will now be able to have a specially-adapted home featuring hoists and a hydrotherapy pool, and it will be big enough for Milly to access all rooms in her wheelchair.

Mrs Evans said: "We've all been through a very difficult time. The money will never make up for the mistake that condemned Milly to a lifetime of dependency on others. However, it will ensure that Milly is provided with full-time care and equipment throughout her life. We now want to build a loving and secure life for Milly in a new adapted home."

Access Legal partner and medical negligence specialist Denise Stephens said: "Milly is an amazing girl, with a beautiful smile and a sense of humour. She requires round-the-clock care and attention, and will do so for the rest of her life. It was crucial, therefore, that we were able to secure a compensation award of this size to provide for Milly's needs."

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Can honey really help you become an Olympic athlete?

Active Rainforest Honey 10+,20+,30+,40+To help ensure optimum health and fitness this summer Olympic hopefuls Jon Schofield, Liam Heath and Rachel Cawthorn are including a new kind of honey in their diet – Active Rainforest Honey!
Last month two man 200m sprint kayakers, Jon Schofield and Liam Heath and women’s 200m and 500m sprint kayaker Rachel Cawthorn, were buzzing when they secured their places in the Team GB Olympic canoeing squad to compete in the London 2012 games this summer.

All three athletes have been including the highly potent Active Rainforest Honey from Chile in their diet, provided by their sponsor, Lifeplan, one of the UK’s leading providers and exporters of quality nutritional products for the past 29 years.

The 100% pure Chilean honey is derived from the unpolluted and uninhabited volcanic areas of Chile and it is incredibly potent because it is raw and unpasteurised to maintain activity and biopotency. As a traditional edible honey it is available in four active strengths,10+, 20+, 30+ and 40+ with clinically proven health and wellbeing benefits include successfully tackling coughs, colds, sore throats, mild digestive complaints and dry skin conditions. Also available as an antiseptic topical honey, when applied directly to the skin it can improve dry skin conditions and assist in healing minor wounds including blisters – surely a must have for all Olympic athletes this summer!

The three athletes have been taking a spoonful of Active Rainforest Honey at night to help them burn fat whilst they sleep. Honey is historically well-known for its medicinal and healing properties and research also suggests that it may aid weight control too.

Jon Schofield commented, "Taking Active Rainforest Honey helps me cope with the demanding lifestyle of an athlete whilst maintaining a strong immune system and staying healthy."

Rachel Cawthorn who started canoeing through a talent identification scheme, added, "Active Rainforest Honey is great! It has become a staple part of my diet; I add a teaspoon full to my yogurt, muesli and fruit bowl as part of my first breakfast of the day. Tastes great compared to other fancy honeys and has useful weight-losing properties too. Handy for trying to get down to "race weight" at this time of year. There is a fine balance between pushing training as hard as possible and staying healthy, so dosing up on Rainforest Honey to help support the immune system is a great bonus. "

The London Olympic Canoe Sprint events start on Monday 6th August at Eton Dorney, Windsor and Lifeplan managing director, Jamie Christie is looking forward to watching the sprint canoe team.
He says; “Lifeplan has sponsored Jon Schofield, Liam Heath and Rachel Cawthorn for quite some time. I have got to know them well and am delighted that their dedication and hard work has paid off. Everyone at Lifeplan is extremely proud of them and enjoys following their progress. We have always made sure they have a constant supply of products whether they are in the UK or training in South Africa! We wish them the best of luck and I am looking forward to August.”

Add Active Rainforest Honey to your diet and feel the buzz like our Olympians!

The Active Rainforest Honey range is available directly from Lifeplan’s online shop at www.lifeplan.co.uk, from Boots, Morrisons, Harrods Pharmacy, independent health food stores, pharmacies and other online health retailers.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Don't brush your teeth to keep them clean and healthy!

Brushing your teeth using conventional manual and electric toothbrushes may become a thing of the past as the latest in ultrasound technology hits the UK oral care market.

German made Emmi-dent ultrasonic toothbrushes are set to change the way we clean our teeth. The clinically proven and patented toothbrush technology utilizes 'nano-bubbles' in conjunction with 100% ultrasound to clean teeth and safely destroy bacteria and plaque, deep in the gum pockets, where conventional and electric toothbrushes cannot reach.

The Emmi-dent ultrasonic toothbrush looks like any other electric toothbrush, but is used in a very different way. Brushing becomes unnecessary because ultrasound does all the work through microscopic `nano bubbles` that are created when the special non abrasive toothpaste and ultrasound interact.

You will need to resist the temptation to brush your teeth with the Emmi-dent toothbrush. Just position the brush head on the teeth (usually 3 at a time), allowing the ultrasound to work for about 5 seconds before moving on to the next set of teeth.

We have all developed the habit of brushing over many years, so it may difficult to stop brushing and let the ultrasound and 'nano bubbles' do the work, but If you persevere, the results may astound you! The Emmi-dent can destroy bacteria and plaque and make light work of hard to remove tea, coffee, wine and other stains, taking your teeth back to their natural colour in just 3 or 4 days of use.

Recent studies suggest that oral health and gum disease in particular are related to serious conditions such as heart disease. The Emmi-dent can help improve your oral health and reduce gum disease, potentially reducing other health risks. It is safe and effective for use with fillings, crowns, bridges and implants so your dentist is also likely to be pleased with you too!

The Emmi-dent 100% Ultrasonic Toothbrush was show-cased to dental professionals and other visitors to the 'Innovation Zone' at the British Dental Association Conference and Exhibition in April 2012 and is now available to UK consumers and dental professionals.

 For further information, contact the UK distributor:
SleepRight (Europe) Limited
+44 (0)845 299 7089

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Ageing past the menopause

The female body begins to age from as early as the age of 30, although we don’t necessarily notice any physical changes until much later on. The most visible changes affect the skin and hair, although ageing also has a significant impact on the brain and mind. If you are approaching or going through the menopause, there is plenty that you can do to reduce the risks of damage.

In the Spring 2012 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, gerontologist and anti-ageing expert Dr Marios Kyriazis looks at the effects of ageing at and around the time of the menopause. He concentrates on skin and hair changes (e.g. wrinkles and thinning hair) and memory problems, with advice on ways to combat the ageing process.

“No-one can escape the effects of ageing on the body, but it is possible to reduce the risk of noticeable changes,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “In his article, Dr Kyriazis discusses the role of food supplements, skin and hair products and cosmetic surgery.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Spring 2012 issue include who can’t take HRT?, bladder symptoms at the menopause and ovarian cancer. We have also included information on the talks and seminars given by Norma Goldman to women, healthcare professionals and organisations.

Take a look at Norma Goldman’s video ‘The Menopause – keep your cool’ on the home page of The Menopause Exchange website to hear general information on the menopause. Benefit from her top ten tips on how to cope with your symptoms, with information on HRT, complementary therapies and self-help lifestyle measures.

Visit The Menopause Exchange website at www.menopause-exchange.co.uk.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an
e-mail to norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk

NHS Scotland goes live with Advanced Health & Care’s Adastra patient management

Adastra out-of-hours patient management system is now used across all Scotland

Tayside, Forth Valley and Borders NHS Boards have recently gone live with Adastra from Advanced Health & Care (Advanced). Adastra, which is a market-leading patient management system designed specifically for out-of-hours, urgent and unscheduled care, is now used across all 14 NHS Boards in Scotland.

Adastra operates across seven locations in Tayside, three locations in Forth Valley and five locations in Borders, replacing a legacy patient management solution previously used across all three Boards.

The Adastra patient management system, which supports efficient and clinically safe case management over the phone, in consultation rooms and in the home, strongly supports the Scottish Government’s e-health strategy. This includes delivering integration with all the supporting e-health resources required by out-of-hours clinicians.

The e-health strategy mandates all Scottish health boards to use information and technology to maximise efficiency and savings; to enable people to communicate with NHSScotland; to contribute to care integration; to improve the availability of information and to improve the safety of people taking medicines.
Adastra is being used by the consortium to record all patient care activity and support effective clinical assessment.

Adastra links seamlessly to NHS24, an online and telephone-based service that is designed to provide comprehensive up-to-date health information and self-care advice which is available to patients 24/7.

Advanced’s Adastra system is used within organisations across the UK and Ireland including GP out-of-hours services; NHS 111 services; walk-in centres; urgent care centres; minor injuries units and community nursing teams.
For more information about the Adastra product or to arrange an appointment please contact Advanced Health & Care on 01233 722670.

Brain Injury Group runs free drop-in advice clinics for carers in Carer’s Week, June 18-24

The Brain Injury Group – which comprises expert brain injury solicitors, case workers and associated support professionals – is running a series of free drop-in advice clinics for carers of brain injured relatives and friends during Carer’s Week (June 18-24, 2012).

When a brain injury occurs in a family, the relatives and friends often have to step up to the challenge of caring for their injured loved one. This is a very demanding, life-changing role but help is available in terms of funding, guidance and support.

The Brain Injury Group’s drop-in clinics can advise carers of the opportunities that may be available to them.

“Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on the whole family, which is why it’s so important they receive the right legal advice and support services to help them manage the years ahead,” says Sally Dunscombe, co-founder and director of the Brain Injury Group. “The Brain Injury Group understands the vital role that carers play in the long term support and recovery of people with brain injuries,” she continues. “Our expert advisers can help carers cope and in many cases, where compensation can be claimed from a third party who caused the brain injury, our solicitors can help secure future financial stability for the brain injured person.”

Help in person
The Brain Injury Group drop-in advice clinics will offer free legal advice and support services without any obligations as well as general information and signposting to the other local services that may be available. So far clinics are confirmed in the following places:-

• Manchester - Wythenshawe Hospital Outpatients, Monday 18th June and Manchester Royal Infirmary Outpatients Wednesday 20th June
• Newcastle –Eldon Leisure Centre, Thursday 21st June
• Liverpool – St George’s Hall, Thursday 21st June
• Cardiff – details to be confirmed
• London – Argenta House, Camden, Friday 22nd June

This list is expected to grow so check www.braininjurygroup.co.uk. Carers who can’t access the drop-in clinics can call the Brain Injury Group free helpline on 0800 612 9660 to be referred to their nearest Brain Injury Group specialist solicitor who can help.

Help online
In addition to the clinics, the Brain Injury Group is publishing a carer’s microsite including advice articles, FAQs and signposting services. This will go live at the end of May at www.braininjurygroup.co.uk/carers

One carer’s story
Sue Organ, the wife and carer of Charles Organ, is pleased to see the Brain Injury Group reach out to carers of brain injured friends and relatives. “I am very fortunate in that Charles’ solicitor - Neil Elliot of Thrings, a Brain Injury Group member – fought hard for compensation on our behalf,” says Sue who co-founded the Brain Injury is BIG support group during Carer’s Week last year.

 “The compensation Thrings secured for us meant we could afford to employ professional care and source specialist equipment so that Charles could return home,” she continues. “It is vital that carers of brain injured people know where to find the help they need and I’m pleased to see the Brain Injury Group support Carer’s Week to raise awareness of the work carers do and the opportunities available to us on behalf of our brain injured relatives.”

For information about Carer’s Week visit: www.carersweek.org

E-Lites electronic cigarettes create a media buzz

E-Lites electronic cigarettes
E-Lites electronic cigarettes are getting rave reviews in the media as their popularity among British smokers grows to record levels.

Reviewers at FHM, Mixmag and a range of websites have heaped praise on E-Lites, the smoking alternative that’s cheaper, healthier and safer than standard cigarettes.

During a recent feature on smoking in FHM magazine, E-Lites were hailed as a great success after a reader put the leading electronic cigarette brand to the test to help alleviate her 10-20 day habit. She said: “I nearly always have an electronic cigarette rather than a proper one. All my friends thought they were weird, but now they think they're amazing and everyone wants one.”

E-Lites also survived the festival test when a Mixmag editor trialled them at a major music event last month. “I haven't smoked a real ciggie since March 16th so that's great. I’ve been singing their praises too.”

The electronic cigarette brand has also recently been trumpeted by Geekoid.co.uk as a healthier alternative to smoking “as (E-Lites) literally deliver the nicotine hit, without any of the poisonous smoke affecting you or the others around your vicinity. Oh, and …. you’re legally allowed to smoke them in restaurants, pubs and clubs.”

Ahead of No Smoking Day in March, E-Lites electronic cigarettes were featured in the Metro newspaper as ‘fags without the drag’.

Unlike standard cigarettes, E-Lites are free of the most damaging ingredients, such as tar, tobacco and other toxins. Instead, a measured amount of nicotine is inhaled in the form of a steam-like vapour to provide satisfaction without the nasty side-effects. Hundreds of thousands of UK smokers are now using E-Lites to reduce the harmful effects of smoking.

For those trying to cut down or quit traditional cigarettes, E-Lites electronic cigarettes offer an effective replacement aid to help control the amount of nicotine entering the body. They also have the added advantage of being legally unrestricted to smoke anywhere.

E-Lites founder and co-director Adrian Everett said: “We’ve been thrilled by the response from the media recently and there’s clearly growing public awareness about the advantages of E-Lites electronic cigarettes. Our products have introduced a new ‘harm reduction’ option for those who can’t quit smoking completely or simply don’t wish to, and we’re confident that 2012 will be our biggest year yet.”

To see the latest media reviews for E-Lites, please visit www.e-lites.co.uk/in-the-press

Access Legal from Shoosmiths to provide free wills for Marie Cure Cancer Care

Access Legal from Shoosmiths has announced it will become the national free wills provider for end of life care charity Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Access Legal will support Marie Curie's Free Wills Scheme by writing wills for anyone over 55. The service will be provided with the hope some people will include a gift in their wills to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity; however, there's no obligation to do so.

In addition to Access Legal from Shoosmiths, other law firms and will-writing providers will continue to work for the charity as well.

Tevor George, Partner and Head of Access Legal's Wills, Family and Wealth Team said: "We feel privileged and very proud to be associated with such a highly respected UK charity in this way.

"We'll work closely with Marie Curie Cancer Care to ensure that both the charity and its supporters benefit from the free Will writing service our knowledgeable legal advisers are able to provide.

"This is a new and exciting relationship, and one we hope will last for many years to come."

Marie Curie Cancer Care is dedicated to providing quality end of life care to patients and their family members. In addition to its home nursing service and nine hospices, it also supports terminally ill patients with more logistical advance care planning- often with the help of its partners. Advance care planning may include making advanced funeral arrangements, setting up an advance directive and writing a living will.

Access Legal is highly qualified to take on this charitable endeavour, as it devotes a large portion of its consumer services to wills, family and wealth. It offers legal advice on probate, making a will, contesting a will, inheritance tax and estate administration. The Access Legal website features will-related case studies, useful legal guides and an extensive FAQ section on wills and family law.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

CyclingBuddy goes global

CyclingBuddy.com the FREE website that helps members find other members to cycle with are today celebrating their 2 month anniversary. The site already has over 2,300 cyclists signed up and rapidly gaining traction in other markets too.

CyclingBuddy was launched on the back of a very successful running equivalent (www.joggingbuddy.com) which already has members in 99 countries around the globe.

Its founder Tony Piedade, said "CyclingBuddy is developing into a great community of cyclists. Since the launch 2 months ago our members have already logged in excess of 80,000 miles and shared over 650 of their favourite cycling routes. I am very pleased that members overseas area already signing up too. We now have members in China, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada and many european countries. Its early days, but very exciting"

Members who sign up to the site are able to also benefit from a number of neat features like planning a route, saving it and downloading the GPX files ready to be uploaded into a navigation product for the cyclist to follow. Members are also able to log all of their rides and keep track of their progress.

While it is still early days for CyclingBuddy.com, industry partners like Madison and Chain Reaction Cycles have already seen the potential and have secured a relationship with what promises to be the leading Social Networking website dedicated to cycling.

To sign up users should simply visit www.cyclingbuddy.com

For further information contact info@cyclingbuddy.com