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Meningitis research warns adults also at risk

The NHS state that 'Every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.' Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A family from Kettering are joining forces with the Meningitis Research Foundation to warn the public that adults are at risk of meningitis, not just adults.

Craig and Melanie Hook are supporting the campaign after Melanie contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia at the age of 31 in 2003.

Melanie survived but she is paralysed from the chin down and requires help to breath, and blinks to communicate.

These are the possible symptoms for meningitis:

  • have a high fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomit and refuse to feed
  • feel agitated and not want to be picked up
  • become drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
  • grunt or breathe rapidly
  • have an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
  • have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head
  • have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights
  • have convulsions or seizures

These symptoms can occur in any order and may be symptoms of other illnesses.

The NHS state that 'every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.'

Health report must be viewed as 'a national priority'

Seb Coe has backed the new health report Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lord Sebastian Coe, who backs a new report suggesting people in the Midlands are risking their health because of physical inactivity, says it should help to emphasise the scale of the problem.

He is calling for the government to establish how to tackle the issue, saying:

"The report, 'Turning the tide of physical inactivity', must be viewed as a national priority!"

CEO says 'urgent action is required' following health report

Following a new health report by ukactive, which suggests people in the Midlands are more likely to die prematurely because of physical inactivity, CEO David Stalker says:

Urgent action is required that challenges central government, local authorities and the activity sector to get more people, more active, more often.

– David Stalker

The report, called 'Turning the tide of inactivity', says that to make the changes necessary, it is critical for authorities to work together at both a local and national level:

We call on the government to develop and deliver a cross-party, cross-government and cross-sector national strategy. From ensuring that walking and cycling are the preferred modes of transport, to encouraging children to become physically literate from the earliest possible age, an industrial scale shift across society is needed to embed physical activity into people's lives.

– ukactive


Tips for the vulnerable in winter

Last winter there were 31,000 deaths in the UK linked to cold weather. With the cold snap approaching, Derby's 'Stay Warm and Healthy' campaign, looks to raise people's awareness of vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours.

Here's a few tips on how to keep warm and stay safe through the winter weeks and months. Experts say the elderly, in-particular, are far less likely to need hospital admissions if they get the right support.

Keeping your home warm and looking after yourself:

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Keep windows and internal doors closed to keep heat inside.
  • Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept.
  • Food is a vital source of energy; eat well to keep your body warm.
  • Layer your clothing, rather than one thick item.
  • Heat is lost through the head and neck, so wear a hat and scarf even indoors.
  • Use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm whilst sleeping.
  • Stock up on cold and flu medicines.
  • Find out if you are eligible for the flu jab.

For more information on how to stay safe through winter, visit the AgeUK or NHS websites.

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