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Which types of treatments are available to reduce the risk of heart failure?

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With recent research showing an increase in heart failure by consuming too much non-prescriptive drugs such as ibuprofen. Are there any other factors that need to be considered that can contribute to the increased risk of heart failure?

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Diclofenac – 50%   Ibuprofen – 48%

Naproxen – 53%     Rofecoxib – 58%

Source: NHS

 

Treatments for heart failure:

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor – The inhibitor opens the blood vessels to allow the heart to pump blood around the body more smoothly.

Beta-blockers – These are used to reduce the heart rate by reducing the effects of adrenaline which increases the heart rate and blood pressure of the body.

Hydralazine with nitrate – This tends to prescribed by a cardiologist as some patients cannot take an ACE inhibitor. The drug is used to relax the blood vessels.

Diuretics – These are designed to reduce ankle swelling and breathlessness by causing the body to remove large quantities of urine.

Digoxin – Is used to strengthen cardiac muscle contraction as well as reducing heart rate.

Ibuprofen and the side effects

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What is ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a painkiller that is used to counteract toothache, fevers as well as swelling.  Ibuprofen is a non-prescriptive drug that can be purchased at any store.

Ibuprofen is most known to be a tablet but it can also be available as a capsule, liquid or a type of gel.

It usually takes between 20-30 minutes to have any effect. If applied to the skin it can take up to two days to have any effect.

 

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What are the side effects of taking too much Ibuprofen?

If there is a high concentration of ibuprofen in the body; it can lead to vomiting, tiredness and breathing difficulties.

It is recommended by the NHS that you take the box of the of the ibuprofen with you, should you feel any of the above symptoms.

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Risk of heart attacks from common painkillers

 

Paper to plastic

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Out with the old, in with the new

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The paper five pound note is set to be cut off circulation by the end of today.

It is estimated that around 165million paper notes are still in circulation. Some shops in local areas are still accepting the old paper notes but only for a short while.

Betting shops and local pubs have already exchanged the old paper five notes and will no longer be accepting the note.

A shop owner in Harrow on the hill is still willing to take the old five pound note: “I will still accept it because I know that people will not have the new five pound note. After a short while, I will no longer accept it.” says Rajesh, local newsagent owner.

The Bank of England has said they are willing to exchange the note in return for a new, if local shops are not willing to accept the old one.

 

Formula 1 cancels practice

Poor weather Conditions have led to the cancellation of the second practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The medical helicopter was unable to land due to a lack of clear visibility.

The weather conditions forced Formula one to cancel practice but conditions are said to become worse on race day, with the rain expected to return.

Source: YouTube

Lewis Hamilton reacted on twitter to the postponing of the second practice:

 

Grand National Donate 10k

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Grand National – Source: Manchester Evening News

Saturday the 8th of April marks the return of the biggest horse racing event of the year, the Grand National.

Rule the world won last years race, with the Last Samuri finishing in second place.

Although the runner-up will look to rectify last years defeat. The Last Samuri is not considered to be clear favourite with odds of winning at 14/1.

Vieux Lion Rouge seems to be the clear favourite in winning the Grand National with odds at 10/1.

Below are the list of the top ten favourites to win the Grand National:

Horses Jockeys No. Odds
Vieux Lion Rouge T Scudamore 16 10/1
Definitly Red D Cook 17 11/1
More of That B Geraghty 2 12/1
Blaklion N Fehily 10 12/1
The Last Samuri D Bass 1 14/1
Cause of Causes J Codd 14 14/1
Ucello Conti D Jacob 18 14/1
Pleasant Company R Walsh 21 14/1
One for Arthur D Fox 22 16/1
Saphir Du Rheu S Twiston-Davies 5 18/1

The Grand National on Twitter:

 

Can Southgate bring England to international triumph?

England’s national team still needs work despite the young talent coming through.

Why the current national team still needs work to bring them the all-important glory?

The England football team in recent years has had some of the greatest players representing the nation.  The likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and David Beckham. Yet, they never fulfilled their full potential on the international stage and it has been a long time coming.  Wayne Rooney being sent off in the quarter final against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho. At the time, it was inevitable the loss would soon follow.  The defeat back in 2006 could have been the year for England to rectify a 40 year wait for the World Cup.

Current England Manager, Gareth Southgate has a handful of players who could become world class. The likes of Marcus Rashford who has been sensational for Manchester United last season scoring two goals against Arsenal.  He managed to score on his debut for England’s U21’s, which has given the fans something to look forward to in the future. Harry Kane is another player who has the potential to become world class for both club and country, scoring 19 goals so far this season for Spurs.

The embarrassing loss to Iceland in the Euro’s still showed some weaknesses in the side; one thing is for sure the mentality of team needs lots of developing. Some tactical decisions made by Roy Hodgson at the time, were questionable throughout the tournament. Harry Kane, a centre forward, yes a CENTRE FORWARD taking corners in the tournament will always be something that will haunt fans.

Why Captain Wayne Rooney, should no longer be a starter for the side or even in the squad?

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Source: Reuters

Wayne Rooney in his recent years has lost his fighting edge that we all grew up with and adored about the Manchester United skipper.  England’s record goal scorer is not the goal machine he once was, the man who you could rely on to get you the last-minute goal. Simply put, he is no longer the game changer.

Rooney has settled as a leader of the side and with his midfield role. But, his playing style has proven to be a liability for both club and country. The fact that he is no longer a regular starter for United could mean that should England qualify, he might not make the list.

His goal tally has dipped in recent seasons, with only managing to score two goals so far this season for Manchester United:

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England have always had the players to compete in the top level, but do the regular fixtures cost the players?

Many managers in the Premier League, have had their say on the fixtures in critical times of the season. Jurgen Klopp, in the festive period discussed his issues with Liverpool’s schedule: “I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem. But now having a match day with two days between there should be another possibility.”

Jose Mourinho, current Manchester United manager has expressed his views on United’s upcoming run of games: “It’s difficult to play Monday night, it’s difficult to play with ten men, it’s difficult to play Rostov. It’s difficult to play 12 o’clock on Sunday.”

The FA Cup, the EFL cup and the league itself as well as teams playing in Champions League and the Europa League, all have a mountain of fixtures to deal with on a monthly basis. Which could be taking a toll on English players who want to compete for their country on the international stage.

Where should Southgate focus his efforts?

Gareth Southgate has only managed three teams throughout his managerial career, the current England squad, the England U21s and Middlesbrough FC.

Southgate has a win percentage of 82% with his England U21s. Which is higher than his current squad and his time at Middlesbrough FC.

The manager quite bluntly, needs to win matches for the side. Whether it is against countries like San Marino or France. The only way the team will improve and grow in confidence is if they beat every team they face.

Southgate needs to ensure past experiences with the England side does not affect the players. The previous loss to Iceland, the devastating defeat against Germany in the 2010 World Cup. Let’s not forget the defeat against Croatia on home soil where the side lost    3-2,  costing them the opportunity to qualify for the Euro’s back in 2008.

Countries such as San Marino and Iceland should be team’s fans expect to win against. Whereas teams such as France, Germany and Italy especially in the international tournaments are the greater challenge for the side. A win against teams like that will always prove to more beneficial.

The teenager who coaches 70 year olds

Whilst many teenagers spend their time sitting in front of a console. Some are busy training 70 year olds.
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Meet Ben Wesson, a young 17 year old lad studying electrical installation at Bromley College, but what makes him different from your average teenager?

Well to start off with, he is far from a typical teenage boy. Ben’s represented Bromley in the London youth games in Judo, winning multiple awards in the process. Not only has he taken part in the youth games, but he’s managed to begin coaching Judo classes.

Whilst drinking his hot chocolate on a Sunday morning, he caught me off guard with the age of one of his students he has coached: “The oldest student I have had was a 70 year old man. He still comes to train.”

He began to criticise the thought process of a modern day coach by highlighting their lack of experience in competition: “The problem with some coaches, is that they have never competed and they will go based on their word. They will stick by it as if it is gospel.”

So where did the interest for Judo begin? Sitting back, slouching in the chair he began to share his personal anecdote: “Originally, I started off with Karate. My mum got me into it. We was looking through a booklet and we just decided I should go and give it a try. I’ve been doing it for about ten years. I got one off a black belt, then I decided to transfer into Judo.”

After his Karate coach recommended that he should transition into Judo, it was inevitable he would find success. Ben managed to complete three gradings in the space of four months: “After I got introduced to Judo, there was a point where I took it more seriously than Karate.”

After discovering Ben has won bronze all the way up to gold in the youth games, which is a great achievement in itself. I began to wonder, how does someone at a young age prepare for a huge event? For most people his age and many older than him, music seems to be the key: “On my way to a competition, I listen to my music which is metal, different for some but works for me. When I’m warming up I listen to fast sort of metal, so the drum beat is going to be fast and I will do my exercises to that.”

Despite winning multiple medals and having such a huge number of achievements at a young age, what is the ideal future plan for this particular teenager? Not many of us, at his age had a clear plan, but Ben is considering to become an official rather than a competitor in Judo: “If I was going for the Olympics I would look to be a referee and not a competitor.  The competitive aspect, especially in judo means you will never have a long competitive career. So it makes more sense for me to be an official.”

Although becoming an official is still part of his plans, he has not completely removed coaching as an alternative option for his career path: “It has a lot of commitment involved in it, there is a lot of stuff that I am required to do so I have less time for competition and whatever. At the start it is quite a balancing act with school work, judo and coaching.”

Judging by his previous success, whichever path he decides to go on. It is obvious Bromley will have a name to remember.

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