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Endometriosis – is a debilitating, chronic medical condition. The pain for the female sufferer is severe!

(Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)Finally, women’s complaints about how their endometriosis has been handled by doctors has been vindicated. ‘Sexist’ advert showing old man and young woman will be taken down after backlash Women aren’t exaggerating their pain. They’re not overreacting. Their pain is real and doctors aren’t doing enough to help them with it. BBC… via Women with endometriosis aren’t being diagnosed quickly enough or receiving adequate treatment — Metro Advertisements

Pollution and how it affects the skin

We chat to Dr Anjali Mahto, a Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson. who explained how pollution can affect the skin: “As skin is your outermost barrier, it is one of the first and largest targets for air pollution. So, what exactly is air pollution? Air pollutants include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), oxides, particulate matter, ozone, and cigarette smoke. Prolonged and repetitive exposure to these agents can have negative effects on the skin. Scientific studies in both animals and humans have shown that these components of air pollution can contribute to premature skin ageing (wrinkling, pigmentation spots) and worsening of inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. One major mechanism is via the generation of reactive oxygen species that can damage DNA in skin cells.” She adds “For many of us settled in city life, it is worth thinking about taking extra precautionary measures to protect against noxious chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. We may not be able to control the environmental factors …

SUNBURN: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY GET BURNT

The primary advice from the British Skin Foundation is to avoid sunburn in the first place. However, accidents can happen, so with this in mind, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, Dr Anjali Mahto shares some simple advice on how to reduce pain from sunburn and limit further damage. Act quickly and get out of the sun Cover up the affected areas and stay in the shade until your sunburn has healed.  Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to “breathe” over the sunburnt areas. Take over the counter pain relief Analgesia or painkillers can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn.  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are ideal and should be continued for a period of at least 48 hours if there are no contraindications.  Paracetamol will help with pain but has little effect on inflammation. Cool the skin Apply a cool compress to the skin e.g. a towel dampened with cool water for 15 minutes, or take a cool bath or shower.  Aim to keep the temperature just …

3M – TSS BUSINESS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2016

What’s to know about the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company? Well, apart from the fact it is now known as 3M, there’s so much more. For a start, 3M helped put a man on the moon! Image owned by BNPS – Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575515/ 3M is an American Worldwide Enterprise Multi-Industry company which manufactures products for Business and for the Consumer. Not bad going for something that was originally a small-scale mining venture, established in 1902, by five founders 3M is fundamentally a science-based company and a global diversified technology giant of a corporate business. 3M’s many technology platforms touch almost every aspect of modern life. Nowadays, the majority of 3M products across the majority of those platforms rely on polymer processing 3M has been creating innovative products which cater for a wide variety of end markets, far too many to mention in a 500 word profile but now follows an interesting list: Image Source – MST 3M employee Richard Gurley Drew (see above) invented masking tape in the laboratory, 1923, and went on to develop a transparent tape based on cellophane, …

SUN, SKI & SKIN A must-read for those taking a skiing holiday this winter

News from the British Skin Foundation charity is that if you are taking a winter skiing holiday this year don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Your skin can burn in the snowy ski slopes, leaving you with a sore red face. For every 1,000 feet above sea level you may travel, the amount of UV rays that reaches the earth’s surface increases by up to 5% plus both ice and water reflect UV radiation. This means that areas which are typically exposed to the elements such as the hands, face and head are the key areas to cover up or to protect. Liberally apply sunscreen, which is at least SPF30 or higher – don’t forget to look for a sunscreen with a high level of UVA protection. Top tips Re-apply sunscreen as frequently as you would in the summer time to all exposed areas of the skin. Don’t forget any exposed areas that we often miss when applying sunscreen such as the ears, lips and back of the neck and of course wear goggles with UVA …

Femfresh Pocket Wipes – Festival Themed packs

A short, but concise review of Limited Edition FEMFRESH pocket wipes   I was a first time user of the Femfresh wipes but I’ll definitely be purchasing them again. The pack is a handy size and the floral design meant that they looked just like a pack of pocket tissues when I popped them in my bag. My daughter has been using wipes to freshen up since she started her periods a few months back and promptly took a pack for her school bag to take to summer camp. They are perfect for the summer heat and although I am highly sensitive to anything on my skin after using I was left feeling refreshed without any irritation. Consider me converted!  By Guest Blogger Amy W from Wales. Femfresh pocket wipes – Festival  addition are available now at Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets and chemists nationwide. All products are dermatologically and gynaecologically tested

The CO-9X FireAngel Carbon Monoxide Detector

The presence of fully functioning Carbon Monoxide Detector(s) within the home can save lives. Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas and so without a detector it is particularly hard to identify that an appliance, generator or boiler may be seeping CO, and so be deemed as being unsafe. CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home owner, from a mansion to a mobile home, to get equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. Ideally, it is good safety practice to have a CO detector in any room that has any of the following: an OIL/GAS BOILER a PORTABLE GENERATOR an OIL OR SOLID FUEL COOKER a GAS OR PARAFFIN HEATER a GAS APPLICANCE any FOSSIL BURNING APPLIANCE NOTE: the items listed above are the more common CO sources in the home, there are others; everyday things like lighted cigarettes and barbecues and burning candles made from paraffin wax. Whether you are a private house owner, landlord or letting’s agent, it should be imperative that gas (and electrical) systems and appliances meet specified safety standards and that …

ALDI SPECIALBUYS – JANUARY 2015 plus WINTER SALE ITEMS AT ALDI STORES – A Blog Feature

This post features Yoga pants, Yoga capri pants (for women), also kettlebells and dumbbell pairs all of which are Aldi Specialbuys. Note: these items are part of a new yoga and fitness selling campaign which begins on the 2nd January 2015 in store and which includes yoga gear, home gym equipment and fitness accessories.      On a separate note, Aldi Specialbuys Winter Sale goes in store on 8th January 2015, and they have all sorts of products to help people banish the January blues, without having to spend a fortune! It is called the ‘Aldi Challenge’, please click on the link below for details – https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/about-aldi/tv-campaigns/aldi-challenge/ or use the hashtag #AldiChallenge to join the conversation A list of some of the products on sale from 08.01.15 and available while stocks last (Original Prices listed against the Sale Prices below) Scratch & Sniff Books £1.99 £0.99 Car Windscreen Cover £1.99 £0.99 Children’s Slipper Socks £2.29 £0.99 Ladies Fleece Slipper Socks £2.49 £1.49 Boys and Girls T-shirt £2.49 £1.49 Ladies Soft Lounge Socks £2.99 £1.49 Ladies Slumber …

TSS Business of the Month for December 2014 is Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd)

Our Business of the Month, Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd) is the company responsible for producing the world’s first thermostatic shower.     The company was first established in London. It formed a base in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in its early days and remains there today, (sites also at Gloucester, Wolverhampton and a factory in Hull, Humberside). The business was privately owned by members of the Walker family who originally manufactured the Leonard shower mixer valves that were used widely in industry, schools and hospitals.   In 1959, the Leonard 722 (one from the company’s original Leonard brand) was introduced. This was the first thermostatic mixing valve designed to control water temperature and flow under UK pressure conditions. After 42 years the Leonard brand was retired and replaced by Mira Thermostatic. The company itself has had a few name changes since the original Walker, Crosweller and Co (est:1921). It became a subsidiary company in 1963 and was bought out in 1974, and in efforts to up the ante perhaps, was sold on three times and now rests …