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Internet = Two-thirds of UK homes now online

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

The world wide web (or www = world wide wait) is becoming a part of everyday life, with the latest official figures showing that the number of UK households with internet access rose to 16.5 million this year. PRimage wonder how we all managed before the internet!? We certainly seem to spend more and more time online, for work and pleasure — do you?

Wine drinking – La vie en rose!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Most people these days enjoy a glass of wine – Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team certainly do! So we were interested to read that almost two-thirds of regular wine drinkers are consuming more rosé than three years ago, according to the WSTA trade body, while a third of port, sherry and dessert wine drinkers have cut back on the amount that they are consuming.

MPs urge sex education drive

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

As a former School Governor Judy Viitanen agrees with the views of a cross-party group of MPs, and supports their call on the government to make advice on sexual health and relationships mandatory in all schools. What’s your view on this?

Higher risk of other cancers for skin-cancer sufferers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We were interested to read this morning that US researchers have shown a significant link between having non-melanoma skin cancer and the chance of developing other types of cancers in the body over one’s lifetime. Yet again, PRimage take the opportunity to highlight the risk of skin cancer from excessive sunbathing: so do remember, when you’re in the sun, it’s important to use high protection sunscreen!

Self harm statistics – PRimage comment

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team are concerned at new studies that show that up to 14% of 15 and 16-year-olds across central Scotland have self-harmed – and that Manchester has been named as the European city with the highest rate of self harm.

No excuse for obesity, claim Tories – PRimage agree!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

PRimage has long believed that obesity is a real healthcare ‘timebomb’ facing the UK – so we agree with the views of the Tory health team, who have said that overweight people need to face up to reality to conquer obesity and live healthily. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said it was time to “take away the excuses” so that overeight  people started exercising and eating more fruit and vegetables. Launching plans for a “Responsibility Deal” on public health between business and Government, the Tories said it was important to be positive about the “fun and benefits” to be had through healthy living. The speech at think-tank Reform will mark the launch of a new working group – headed by Unilever chairman Dave Lewis – to consider various public health proposals. The Tories said they would focus on delivering an improved diet rather than a “narrow focus based on a fear of junk foods”. The promotion of “traffic light” labelling would stop under a Conservative government. The working group will also be asked to consider direct local business involvement in campaigns to promote exercise, community sport and healthy lifestyles.

Tories have record lead over Labour – PRimage say ‘well done’ Cameron!

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team are delighted to read this morning that Cameron and the Conservatives have opened up a record lead in opinion polls: The new Ipsos MORI survey shows that support for the Tories among likely voters was 48 percent, while support for Labour was just 24 percent, with the polling firm saying it believed the 24-percentage-point gap was the widest in the history of British telephone polling!

We think David Cameron must be heartened by this, because were those results replicated in a general election, due by May 2010 at the latest, the Conservatives would likely win a landslide victory.

Conversely, this latest indication of voters views must be a further blow for the Prime Minister, and it’s timing comes just a day after Brown insisted he would win the next general election, despite bleak overall poll ratings and persistent talk of a leadership challenge! … If nothing else, Brown is an eternal optimist!

In our view, Brown and his cabinet cannot ignore the fact that these latest poll results mark a sharp turnaround for Labour, which held a double-digit lead in most opinion polls in late September 2007, but has been hurt as the British economy has taken a turn for the worst, coupled with a series of personal data loss blunders and heavy losses in recent by-elections. PRimage is sure that Labour will also be disheartened to find that according to the poll’s findings, it is rated below the Conservatives on every aspect of policy except for healthcare, where it holds a narrow three-point lead.

Concern for Diabetes care – PRimage comment

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Judy Viitanen was concerned to read that five years after the launch of the diabetes national service framework, a Department of Health report suggests that although prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes are improving, the needs of pregnant women, children and emergency cases are still not being fully met.

Inflation set to soar = bad news for all, say PRimage!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

In recent days PRimage has read consistent reports predicting that UK inflation levels are set to soar: last week there was news that a record surge in the cost of goods leaving factories reinforced expectations headline inflation will leap over the summer; and now the Bank of England predicts 5% plus inflation. It has conceded inflation is likely to remain well above target during the near future in its quarterly inflation report. Let’s hope that business and households don’t once again have to cope with the repurcussions of soaraway inflation!

PRimage welcome call to end animal pain-research

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team are all animal lovers, and we support a number of animal welfare charities. We have long been against the use of animals in research, experiments and product testing. So we were pleased to learn that a panel of UK experts has said that the use of animals in pain research has “limited value” and should be replaced by newer technologies.