Dogs Help Save Crash Victim

drawing by Pearson Scott Foresman

Two Dobermans used their keen sense of hearing to locate a car that had crashed more than a mile away. They dragged their owners to the secluded country road in Shropshire where the driver was trapped in her over-turned car.

Proud owner, trainee army officer Sam Lewis remarked “They might not look as cute as Lassie but they are just as heroic in our eyes.”

drawing by: Pearson Scott Foresman


Child Soldiers Rescued from the Militia in DR Congo

image by Rei-artur

Over 80 child soldiers have been freed following negotiations between the UN and militia groups operating in the province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A total of 163 children have been freed since the start of the year through the combined efforts of the UN and child-protection agencies in the province.

image by: Rei-artur

Significant Reduction in Crime

photo by AlteregoThere were 69 armed robberies of banks, building societies and post offices in England and Wales last year, compared with 500 a year in the 1990s. Last year fewer than 10,000 cars were stolen in New York, compared with around 147,000 in 1990.
photo by: Alterego

Decline in Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People

picture by Albert RoosenboomA Health and Social Care Information Centre survey of 7,590 young people aged 11 to 15 reports a significant reduction over the decade 2002-2012 in those who had drunk alcohol, smoked cigarettes or used drugs:

YEAR:                  2002                     2012

alcohol                 61%                      43%

cigarettes            42%                      23%

drugs                    27%                      17%

picture by: Albert Roosenboom

British Manufacturing is Roaring Back to Life

photo by William M Plate Jr

Manufacturing employment rose for the third successive month in July, with the rate of job growth reaching a two-year high. The PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) report is promising, with new orders rising to the highest level since February 2011.

The sharp improvement in UK manufacturing emerged amid signs of recovery among eurozone manufacturers also, bringing with it the promise of a broader regional recovery. The eurozone manufacturing PMI increased last month to its highest level since July 2011.

photo by: William M Plate Jr

Mental and Physical Health of 90-Somethings Shown to be Improving Significantly

photo by Ann Gordon

A new large-scale study published in The Lancet contradicts the assumption that a longer old age will inevitably be accompanied by more ill health.

In 1998 researchers in Denmark assessed 2,262 people born in 1905, when they were aged 92 to 93, using a series of thorough mental and physical tests designed to assess factors such as memory, grip strength and mobility. In 2010 a further 1,584 people born in 1915, when they were aged 94 to 95, were assessed using the same tests. Despite being 2 years older, those born in 1915  scored significantly better than those born in 1905 on both the cognitive tests and the activities of daily living score, demonstrating that they were mentally much sharper and found day-to-day life easier.

photo by: Ann Gordon

Asthma Significantly Reduced Since Smoking Ban

smoking ban

In England, where asthma affects almost 5.9% of the population and one in every 11 children, two independent studies have demonstrated significant reductions in asthma attacks since smoking was banned in public places in July 2007.

The first study, by researchers at Imperial College London, examined the number of children admitted to hospital with symptoms of asthma. They showed the reduction was equivalent to 6,802 fewer hospital admissions in the first three years of the law coming into effect and 12.3% fewer admissions in the first year with subsequent reductions in the following years. Prior to the implementation of the ban, hospital admissions for children suffering a severe asthma attack were increasing by 2.2% per year.

The second study, by researchers at the University of Bath, examined the 502,000 emergency admissions for asthma among adults aged 16 and over in England between April 1997 and December 2010. They showed the reduction was equivalent to 1,900 fewer A&E admissions for adult asthma patients each year since the ban and that results were consistent across the country. Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, commented “This is important new research that further demonstrates how the smoking ban has dramatically improved people’s lives”.

photo by: Coyau