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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.'
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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!"
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.
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.
A new health report released today, suggests that people in the Midlands are more likely to die prematurely because of the failure of local councils to tackle physical inactivity, with 29% of adults in the East Midlands not doing any exercise.
The report by ukactive, backed by Lord Sebastian Coe, details the health and financial cost of what it calls 'a growing physical inactivity pandemic' and links premature death rates with a lack of investment by councils.
For the UK, the report indicates that physical inactivity contributes to more deaths than obesity or type two diabetes.
The report also suggests that green spaces and leisure facilities can help people become more active.