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Thursday December 25th 2014

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Racing driver showing encouraging signs

The seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is “showing moments of awakening” after three months in a coma in a hospital in Grenoble, his manager revealed today.

Previous updates on Schumacher’s condition had spoken of the motor racing legend showing signs of responding to stimulus. Today’s statement implies that he has progressed beyond that stage but medical precedents suggest that, after three months in a coma, his chances of complete recovery are slight.

Schumacher crashed head first into a rock while skiing off-piste at Meribel in the French Alps on 29 December last year. He has been in a coma at Grenoble University Hospital since.

Career in Pictures: Michael Schumacher
The 45-year-old has undergone two operations to reduce pressure on his brain caused by swelling and remove haematomas, and the news today comes as his first significant improvement since effort began at the end of January to awaken Schumacher.

Schumacher’s manager said no further details of his conditions would be released at this stage.

The German was skiing with his son between three and eight metres from the piste when his skis struck a rock hidden in the snow. He was projected for two to three metres and his head struck another rock. His helmet was split in two by the force of the collision.

What is a Medically induced coma?

Can be induced by powerful anaesthetics and is broadly similar to the sedation and artificial ventilation used during surgery.

Used to shut down many brain functions, lowering blood flow and pressure.

Taking a patient out of an induced coma is a delicate process, especially after a prolonged period of sedation
Doctors and relatives are looking for any signs of returning consciousness and recovery.

Last month Schumacher’s relatives said in a statement that he had been showing “small, encouraging signs”.

Investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of “a very good skier” at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.

He had been skiing off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.

Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher’s skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.

He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

Source: The Independent, The BBC

Secrets of long life revealed!

We’d all like to live forever but the one thing in life that is a certainty is death! But this is good news stories and we’d like to report on some ways of extending your life as long as possible!

So what makes people live so long — nature or nurture? “The average person should be able to live to 90 years old if they exercise, eat well, and avoid smoking,” Thomas Perls, M.D., a professor of medicine at Boston Medical Center, the director of the New England Centenarian study, and co-author of Living to 100, told Yahoo Shine. “Before the age of 90, genetics only accounts for 25 percent of a person’s lifespan; 75 percent is their healthy habits. If a person lives past 90, we have to look to a stronger genetic reason.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Once believed to be the amount everyone needs for proper hydration, a longevity essential, a 2002 study from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, debunked the 8X8 rule. As Dr. Goldberg explains, “there’s no magic number of glasses,” emphasizing it’s more about getting fluids, not necessarily from straight-up H20. Herbal tea and juices are hydration helpers (though soda isn’t), but fruits and vegetables (like celery and leafy greens) are an even healthier way to get your liquids.

Cut out booze.
A daily glass of wine not only can help your heart but also add years to your life. University of Texas at Austin researchers found that moderate drinking, such as a small glass of wine (about four ounces) a day, reduces mortality among older and middle-aged adults. Dr. Goldberg says it’s because heart disease is the leading killer of women, and wine is chockfull of antioxidants, which prevent serious sickness. So fill ‘er up-without overflowing that glass.

Get eight hours of sleep every night.
While research suggests snoozing fewer than six or more than nine hours a night raises your mortality risk, everyone has different sleep needs, says Shelby Harris, PsyD, director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. So if you wake naturally after only, say, six-and-a-half hours a night, forcing yourself to reach eight hours won’t lengthen your life. To learn how much sleep you need, try awakening without an alarm for a week, if you can swing it. If you feel good and have enough energy most of the day, you’ve found your ideal amount of rest.

Make sure if you ever travel from your home country you have good travel insurance from sites such as over80.co.uk to ensure you are covered in the event of something going wrong!

Don’t let a cold get you inflight!

Are you taking a long haul flight soon and worried about the prospect of catching a cold or worse?

We’ve all been there — you’re on a full flight, stuck in the middle seat between a cougher and a sneezer with nowhere to turn. Are you doomed to get sick? Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of “The Doctors,” says there may be something you can do.

If germy particles are floating in the air, switch on your overhead air vent to the highest setting, aimed downward at your face. “The air will actually help push those particles away,” he says.

While many stock up on vitamin C and take other supplements designed to strengthen the immune system for travel, Stork says, wellness is more in your head than you think. “All of those supplements out there, a lot of it is the placebo effect,” he explains. “If you’re more optimistic and you believe you’re going to get better, your immune system strangely fires up.”

Tips…

Stay hydrated. It turns out that drinking plenty of water will not only counter the overall dehydrating effects of air travel, which can lead to headaches, stomach problems, cramps, fatigue and more, but can actually fortify your preemptive natural immune mechanisms to function considerably better. Of course, this is the case in normal daily life — when exercising, during prolonged sun exposure, etc. Even caffeine and alcohol consumption can dry you out. However, in an airplane, where your nose and throat are on the front lines of the war with exceedingly dry air, these are the first places to suffer.

Keep your hands clean. Your hands are the most consistent point of first contact with cold, flu and other germs. It is a direct line from armrest/ handshake/seat back to fingers to fork to mouth to full-blown fever a few days later. Scientists report that the viruses that cause colds and flu can survive for hours on your skin or on objects such as armrests, TV remote control handsets, tray tables and other similar surfaces. However, the simple act of washing your hands with hot water and soap is a formidable rampart against this transfer of harmful microorganisms.

Wear a face mask. The NIH cites airborne germs as one of the top two sources of cold virus infection; some travelers have taken to wearing masks either to prevent infection, or when they themselves are already infected. Personally, I would not last more than a half-hour or so behind a hot mask, but this may be an effective prevention tactic nonetheless.

Top Luxury Casinos around the world

As the summer season draws around, people start planning their trips abroad. There are so many different types of vacations that you can take. A popular choice is a casino holiday. This is where you choose some of the most extravagant casinos to visit. A lot of the biggest casinos are part of resorts which house luxury hotels, multiple entertainment options, and amazing architecture as well as the gambling, so it’s easy to see why people might make a casino holiday their first choice. You don’t have to be a high roller to do this kind of holiday either. Many people just observe in the gambling halls, some people go as first timers, and some people go as experts, the level varies.

South Africa has many luxury casinos. The Sun City Casino isn’t too far from city of Johannesburg which is a popular holiday destination. You can find all the usual casino games here such as blackjack and American Roulette. Salon Prive and the International Rooms are the rooms to go to if you are a high roller-here there are high betting limits.

The Rio Casino is in the city of Klerksdorp. It has a Brazilian Carnival theme and offers slot machines and table games. Lots of South African casinos have a theme, but the Rio casino has really gone all out, and aside from the gambling, you can enjoy fine dining and entertainment.

American roulette is very popular in South Africa, so you might have to brush up on this if you are more used to the European version. Nowadays it’s only really professional gamblers and possibly users of online casinos like www.gamingclub.com/au/online-roulette. If you are wondering what the difference is, it is basically the wheel. The American Roulette wheel has an extra slot on the wheel, the 00, which doubles the casino’s advantage. You need to bear this in mind when deciding to play or not.

Woman Reunited with Daughter after 70 years

Now this is a lovely story…

Brooke Mayo never stopped thinking of the rosy-cheeked little girl she gave up for adoption nearly three-quarters of a century ago.

She was certain, though, that she’d never again see the child she had named Delphine. After all, she’d been told in 1945 that the girl had died.

Indeed, it wasn’t until this past July that the little girl, whose adoptive parents had renamed her Patricia, walked through the door of Mayo’s Paso Robles home.

‘I was in a daze,’ the 89-year-old woman told the San Luis Obispo Tribune, which reported on the reunion Sunday. ‘I’m still in a daze. I can’t believe this. The people I talk to say it’s like a book or a movie or something, it’s just so amazing.’

We love a happy ending!

Boston Marathon runners run final mile

After the terrorist attacks in Boston it was nice to see that some of the affected runners came back to the city and were cheered on by over 2000 people to complete the last mile again.

 

 

UK Public sector staff to lose auto pay rise

The British chancellor announced today that annual incremental pay increases in the British civil service would be axed in 2015 and a fresh push to remove automatic pay rises for time served in NHS, prisons and police. The armed forces will be excluded from the changes.

He told MPs: “Progression pay can at best be described as antiquated; at worst, it’s deeply unfair to other parts of the public sector who don’t get it and to the private sector who have to pay for it.”

Mr Osborne also announced a cap on the total amount the government spends on welfare each year, including housing benefit, disability benefit, tax credits and pensioner benefits – but excluding the state pension.

While many public sectors will no doubt be horrified by this the reality is many have very cushy jobs and they do not deserve to have a better deal than private sector staff, especially when the likes of teachers seem to spend most of their time on holiday.

Tibetan monks to perform at Glastonbury

Tibetan monks who have been exclied from their homeland are to be given a slot to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom.

They are currently on tour with the exiled spiritual leader, but will take a break from their schedule for their appearance in Green Fields at Glastonbury on June 27.

The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence, and the monks will also build a symbolic picture of the universe out of coloured sand.

It is also believed that they have been given a record deal in the United States.

 

The Euro Project is Failing

A very influential player in German economic politics has give the EURO currency about five more years to run, and these are conservative estimates.

The EURO has been plagued with problems ever since its inception in 2002. The basic issue is that you have very rich powerful countries like Germany sitting along side weak countries such as the so called PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) who are all completely screwed and slowly falling down the World order.

In fact many young people from these countries are already escaping to go and live in Third World countries in Latin America and better off regions such as Asia / Pacific.

The fallout of the EURO failing will be felt for many years.

If you are travel regularly to Spain, Portugal etc ensure your holiday insurance is up to date.

BBC loses on Lonely Planet

The BBC have lost a huge sum of money buying out and subsequently ruining the Lonely Planet brand.

Lonely planet make travel guides that are some of the most used in the world. In fact it seems like every other backpacker in SE Asia has a lonely planet book.

The blame for the massive loss has been placed on the strong Aussie dollar compared to the USD/GBP and EUR.

If you are travelling abroad then ensure you have taken out decent travel insurance over 85s  in case you have a medical emergency.

 

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