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Movember - raising awareness of health issues affecting men.

What’s yours? The Crossbar, Horseshoe, Pencil or the Magnum P.I. Chevron moustache?

Every November, Movember aims to raise awareness of health issues affecting men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide and encourages men to take some time to pause and consider their own health. It is important to be proactive about your health and healthcare. By being aware of your health and body it is easier to notice any changes which might occur; any concerns should be discussed with your doctor.

Dr Simon Gillson, Founder and Medical Director of Concierge Medical, talks about Men's Health in his November blog.

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A resource for anyone interested in further study around the Covid-19 crisis. The aim is to include factual information subject to ongoing review to ensure it's as accurate as possible and to take on board new data.

Categories include origin, symptoms, prevention, treatment, measures, economy, resources and data.

Free Psychology Guide

Worry isn’t just in our heads. When it becomes excessive we feel it as anxiety in our bodies too.

This useful guide was sent to us by Regina Doh of Teenage Survival Guide...

'Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage, it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love. Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times, and when it takes over it can become all-encompassing. At Psychology Tools we have put together this free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times. Once you have read the information, feel free to try the exercises if you think they might be helpful to you. It's natural to struggle when times are uncertain, so remember to offer care and compassion to yourself, and to those around you. Wishing you well, Dr Matthew Whalley & Dr Hardeep Kaur.'

By Poppy Age 7

Here are some things that I think about the Covid-19 situation:

  • Danger – because we don’t really know a lot about it, do we? We don’t know how long it’s going to last for, we don’t know if we can get it more than once, we don’t know how poorly it will make us.

  • Stay at home – we don’t know who has got it, who has had it, who will get it, we can’t go into the future and ask “hello, Future, will this person get Covid-19?”

  • School – everyone misses their friends, their teacher and, like, they should send work so you know what to do and you can still get educated, just as home.

  • Things to do – I play Roblox, I Facetime my friend Nina and I think, well, it like cheers me up because I get to see her and I get to chat to her and, probably, you could do work with them and I just think it’s just nice to talk to my friends.

  • Food – I think food is a situation because, well sometimes you really need an ingredient and you get to the shop but there’s nothing there, not the ingredient you need and well if there isn’t food that’s a really big situation and I think they should keep stocking up every single day so when you go to the shops you can get everything you need.

  • Boredom – well things you can do at home is: paint stuff, draw things, sketch things, play games, Facetime friends, read a book or even if it’s a sunny day just lay outside and have a sleep, if you’ve got a pet then just have fun with it – unless you’ve got one like ours who is just knackered all the time.

  • Exercise – what I think is you could, no matter what – if you’ve got any sort of garden, a grass garden or gravel – is that you could do laps and you can skip, even on a grass garden. If you’ve got a big garden you can play as much football as you want.

I think we should just all stay at home. Listen to the president (Boris Johnson) and listen to what he’s saying so that we don’t get it. Because we’re not scientists and we don’t know how this thing got here, especially the little kids, we don’t know how this thing got here and we don’t know what it’s going to do to us.

2 April 2020

5 Mistakes Householders Make

2 April 2020 - Our Remedial expert Mark Williams of J&M Remedial Surveys has created a list of 5 mistakes that householders make:

  1. Householders buy a fan for a bathroom and at best get an electrician to wire it to the light switch - so for 6 months of the year it's light in the morning and evening so the fan isn't switched on.

  2. Cooker hoods comply with new build extract requirements but are directional extract designed to take steam and cooking vapour and particles - ambient fans take warm moist air and extract the kitchen moisture build up - the public find cooker hoods make too much noise and try not to use them.

  3. Humidity control fans work well if correctly installed but if you open a window near the fan or same room this will effect the humidity sensor and through the winter months will not switch the fan on.

  4. Black mould often in rooms other than bathrooms and kitchens is usually a direct result of poor ventilation of the kitchen and bathroom and is the first sign that we survey for!

  5. Installation of PIV units (positive input ventilators) do not replace extract fans, most ventilation issues are lack of extraction, so install the fans first before considering PIV units.