Good luck to everyone taking part in the #LondonMarathon



RAF #Marham Family Fun Day



Rowing camp In aid of @H4H_SR @GBRowingTeam Open to wounded, injured & sick – serving & vets.

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Take the pledge to never let your dog die #RSPCA

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Karen Buckley classmates raise £16K through fundraising website

A fundraising website set up by the friends of missing Cork woman Karen Buckley has raised €16,000 towards helping the family of the missing 24 year-old student. Organised by Ms Buckley’s friends and peers from the University of Limerick Nursing class, the page was set up

“ in the hope of raising funds to help Karen’s family in any way possible during this difficult time.”

The money will go towards the Buckley family’s expenses, hotel, travel, and aid in paying for maintenance of their farm near Mallow, Co Cork, while they remain in Scotland.

After just fourteen hours, the account entitled Help Find Karen has already raised €16K.

LCpl Josh Leakey Receives His Victoria Cross From Her Majesty The Queen

The word ‘Hero’ is often well over used these days. Normally given to Footballers or Celebrities. However in the case of L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment it is simply not enough. Her Majesty The Queen has presented the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest order of gallantry, to Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment for heroic action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

.“What manner of men are these who wear the maroon red beret? They are firstly all volunteers, and are then toughened by hard physical training. As a result they have that infectious optimism and that offensive eagerness which comes from physical well being. They have jumped from the air and by doing so have conquered fear.

Their duty lies in the van of the battle: they are proud of this honour and have never failed in any task. They have the highest standards in all things, whether it be skill in battle or smartness in the execution of all peace time duties. They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack.

They are, in fact, men apart – every man an Emperor.”

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Photographer: Sergeant Rupert Frere



Being overweight ‘reduces #dementia risk


“Being overweight ‘reduces dementia risk’,” BBC News reports. The story comes from a cohort study of nearly 2 million UK adults aged over 40. It showed that being overweight or obese was linked to a lower risk of dementia up to 20 years later, compared with people who were a healthy weight. Underweight people were at a higher risk of dementia.

This result is surprising as it contradicts the current consensus of opinion, including the advice on this website, that obesity may be a risk factor for some types of dementia.

In the best scientific tradition, this study raises more questions than it answers. But it is important not to overlook the many serious health risks associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes.

As one of the key authors, Dr Qizilbash, rightly says, the findings are “not an excuse to pile on the pounds or binge on Easter eggs . You can’t walk away and think it’s OK to be overweight or obese. Even if there is a protective effect, you may not live long enough to get the benefits”.

In conclusion, a single study is unlikely to lead to a change in clinical guidelines, but it is likely to prompt further research into the issue.

The study was carried out by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and OXON Epidemiology; a London/Madrid-based clinical research company.

The study reports no funding for the work and the authors declare no conflicts of interest.

It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Dementia affected 45,507 people, just over 2 out of every 100 taking part (crude prevalence 2.32%).

Compared with people of a healthy weight, underweight people had a 34% higher risk of dementia (rate ratio [RR] 1.34 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.30 to 1.39).

Compared with people of a healthy weight, overweight people had a 19% lower risk of dementia (RR 0.81, 95% CI 0.79 to 0.83). The incidence of dementia continued to fall marginally for every increasing BMI category, with very obese people (BMI greater than 40kg/m2) having a 33% lower dementia risk than people of a healthy weight (RR 0.67, 95% CI 0.60 to 0.74).


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