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Why We Need To Keep Up Our Hand Writing Skills

Added October 7, 2019, Under: Children's Health, How To, Parents, Technology

It might be considered almost old fashioned today but handwriting remains an essential skill for both children and adults. For younger children, handwriting activates the brain more than using a key board - and this is because it involves more complex motor and cognitive skills. At the same time, handwriting contributes to reading fluency because when you write the letters, you gain a visual perception of them too. So parents, teachers - and those at the forefront of having a say at what goes ...

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How Safe Is Your Daily Cuppa?

Added September 30, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Technology

Here in the UK, we are a nation of tea drinkers - and most of us use tea bags to make our mug of tea. And "cuppa" is the slang for a cup of tea. But how safe is our cup of tea? Should we be concerned? Researchers at McGill University in Canada have found that a single tea bag releases around 11.6 billion microplastic particles, and 3.1 billion even smaller nanoplastic particles, into that mug.  This is thousands of times higher than the amount ...

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The Problem with Plastic Straws

Added September 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Most plastics don't decompose, or biodegrade, when we get rid of them.  Sadly, plastics can stay in landfills for hundreds of years - and plastic in the ocean floats around as small pieces (called microplastics) that can poison marine life and hurt the environment. Plastic straws are little, but they are part of a huge problem. When did it become such a way of life that seemingly no one could drink anything without having to use a plastic straw to suck it up?  Is it a ...

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Hearing Aids Could Have An Additional Benefit, Protecting Against Dementia

Added July 28, 2019, Under: Diseases, Technology, Vitamin D

With more and more of the aging population having their hearing tested and then opting to wear hearing aids, there is apparently an added advantage - apart from improved hearing. What did researchers discover? Researchers have found that those who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problem can benefit from better short-term memories and improved concentration. They came to the conclusion that, after two years of wearing a hearing aid, a person's ability to concentrate was approximately eight years younger than if ...

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Is there Still Life Ahead for those Old British Public Telephones?

Added May 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

One of the iconic symbols of Britain is its bright red telephone kiosk - and of course tourists love them! But sadly with the meteoric rise of the cell phone, and the landline telephone losing out,  those red boxes housing public telephones are fast becoming redundant. There has been a 90% reduction in calls made from the phone boxes in the past 10 years while today only an average of one call per day is made from these phones. So you can see ...

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What is OCT & its Link with your Eye Health?

Added April 29, 2019, Under: Diseases, Health, Technology

When attending a recent eye exam at my opticians, I was interested to see that there was a new procedure available for all patients.  It is known as OCT. OCT stands for Ocular Coherence Tomography and is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages. Similar to the ultrasound, which we are all familiar with, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye. The OCT machine captures both a fundus ...

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Those 6-Pack Plastic Rings Can Cause So Much Harm

Added April 21, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Those plastic rings used to connect drink cans together have been around since the 1970s - and it has long been known how lethal they can be for wildlife. Thousands of marine animals and birds are thought to die or become maimed by getting trapped in discarded six-pack plastic hoops each and every year. But why has it taken so long for something to be done about it? Much like the plastic straws, six-pack rings are often seen as enemies of the ocean. Though ...

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Why You Should Never Re-Use Plastic Bottles!

Added March 23, 2019, Under: Diseases, Environment, Technology

Single use plastic bottles have become a huge environmental problem, making many consumers feel very guilty if they have to go out and buy them - and with good reason. But don't think you will be helping the environment by re-using those single use plastic bottles. We need to get them completely out of the system. We know the numbers of single use plastic bottles are high but you might not realize that, although a million plastic bottles are purchased EVERY MINUTE worldwide, ...

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How Hygienic Is Your Smart Phone?

Added March 5, 2019, Under: How To, Technology

Never out of your hand, it is no wonder that today's smart phone could be a ticking "germ" time bomb. Of course, we are exposed to germs on all the every day things that we touch - money, handrails, shopping carts, gym equipment, toilet seats, washroom door handles and more. And we are encouraged to wash our hands when we get home, or to our workplace, especially before we start handling food and beverages. How smart phones are different When we touch our phones, ...

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Nude Shopping Is Right On Trend!

Added January 31, 2019, Under: Environment, Nutrition, Technology

But this is not about shopping in the nude! It is about looking for, supporting and then buying fresh fruit and vegetables that are being sold nude... Ditch the plastic The plan is for "food in the nude"  to mean the beginning of the end for plastic wrapping and packaging in supermarkets and other stores. A group of New World supermarkets in New Zealand have abandoned the use of plastic wrapping for virtually all of their fruit and vegetables in a project labelled - ...

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