# Saturday, October 29, 2011

If you need another reason to drink wine then this article is worth a read. It suggests that a glass of wine a day can help to strengthen the bones. A study has found that drinking moderate amounts of wine can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The study looked at 1,000 pairs of female twins and explored the relationship between diet and fracture risk. Dietary patterns were monitored and correlated to the number of broken bones. The results found that moderate wine intake was associated with higher bone mineral density. Other alcoholic drinks such as beer and spirits do not appear to have the same effect.

posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:27:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 28, 2011

At 32 weeks in my pregnancy I am now visiting the midwife at fortnightly intervals for all the relevant check-ups. Up to now my baby has been positioned the wrong way around as far as birth is concerned with her head up and the feet down. It now appears that she has moved into what is called a transverse presentation, meaning she is lying across the stomach. At this stage there doesn’t appear to be any need to worry as she still has plenty of time to turn around. If she does, however, stay in this position is it likely that I will need a c-section, something I would rather avoid. For now I am hoping the baby will decide to turn but I guess I can only wait and see.

posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 9:14:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 27, 2011

article-2050901-01776062000004B0-548_306x423It seems the flat cap is the thing to buy at the moment. Whilst, we might not think of them as particularly on trend sales of flat caps have rocketed by 75%. Their popularity appears to be down to the number of celebrities who have been pictured wearing them such as Brad Pitt in this picture. To keep up with demand M&S have increased it’s range of flat caps by a third as they become more popular amongst younger men. I must admit I did notice one of these in my husband’s cupboard,

posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:22:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 26, 2011

These knickers have recently been launched by lingerie design house Nichole de Carle to go on sale at Selfridges. They feature a real diamond in a solid silver charm and ivory silk and cost £232. The lingerie is part of of Selfridges annual white themed Christmas gift room. I wonder how popular they will prove to be.

posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:00:16 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Japanese have found another use for old bras. If this article is to be believed they are turning them into fuel. Triumph International and Wacoal have been collecting used bras from customers and turning the raw material into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF). This can be used to power industrial boilers and power generators. The two companies collected nearly 380,000 bras over the last few years which was turned into 32 tons of RPF.

posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:06:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 24, 2011


A new design has been chosen for electricity pylons  in a contest run by the National Grid. This T-shaped design by a Danish company was the winner out of six finalists. The company called Bystrup will receive £5,000 of prize money and will work with the National Grid to develop the design further. It is not yet clear how long it will take to see the new design appearing across the UK.

posted on Monday, October 24, 2011 9:56:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, October 23, 2011

As someone who has suffered a miscarriage in the past I find this article a little disturbing. It suggests that in a small number of cases some pregnancies are being terminated unnecessarily. Researchers have found that in the first six weeks of a pregnancy there is too much room for error in ultrasound scans. A small number of viable embryos at this stage may wrongly be thought to have miscarried when they are in fact still healthy. Whilst the scale of the problem is unknown a study suggests as many as 400 viable pregnancies could potentially be misclassified as a miscarriage. Currently two results are used to diagnose a miscarriage and thus the decision to terminate the pregnancy. These are that the embryo is greater than 6mm in length but without a heartbeat or that there is a pregnancy sac greater than 20mm but with no visible embryo. However, it is possible for this diagnosis to be incorrect as in the case studies in this article where the embryos were later found to be perfectly healthy. It seems, then, that the advice in the early stages of pregnancy is to err on the side of caution and request a second scan up to a week a later. An early scan can often be hard to read and not detect a heartbeat in a small embryo whereas a slightly later scan can sometimes give different results. Whilst miscarriages are still very common and as many as one is three pregnancies do end in a miscarriage it does seem as though these guidelines need to be reviewed if so many cases are misdiagnosed.

posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:05:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Nepal government has been asked to consider installing portable toilets on Mount Everest to give mountaineers somewhere civilised to go. Apparently waste is becoming a problem on Everest, with it becoming littered with the debris of past exhibitions. Some of this waste such as human excrement can take decades to decompose due to the extremely cold conditions. Environmental groups believe that the installing lavatories will go some way to reducing the amount of waste left on the mountain. The Eco Everest Expedition, a Nepal based coalition of environmentalists who campaign to keep the mountain clean, have collected more than 13 tonnes of rubbish, 400 kilogrammes of human waste and four bodies from the mountain since 2008.

posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 9:37:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback