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Spells sitting down 'linked to higher health risks'

Extended periods sitting behind a desk are linked to an increased risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The seminar in Cardiff will debate how best to tackle sedentary behaviour at work. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Even with factors such as age, smoking and amount of exercise taken out, higher health risks still exist for those who sit for long spells at work, according to research.

Around half of the UK working population have sedentary occupations - most notably office-based jobs, where more than 75% of the working day is spent sitting.

Today, health specialists from across Wales will gather in Cardiff on a seminar relating to the risks of sedentary behaviour at work and discuss ways in which to reduce it.

Sitting at work is the main source of sedentary behaviour for many working age adults...We'll also be encouraging delegates to take regular breaks in their sitting time throughout the seminar, in order to ensure we are all practising what we preach.

– Dr Jemma Hawkins, Specialist in public health research, Cardiff University


Woman dies in ambulance queue outside Swansea hospital

The patient was waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital Credit: PA

A woman has died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital.

The patient, who hasn't been named, died this afternoon at approximately 3.40pm after being transferred from another hospital.

In a joint statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

The Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital has been very busy with a high number of ambulances arriving in a short space of time. Escalation plans have been activated and staff across the hospital are working closely with colleagues from WAST to keep delays to a minimum.

At approximately 3.05pm this afternoon, Thursday 17 September, a patient arrived via ambulance at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital from another hospital.

The patient was assessed immediately upon arrival and remained in the care of a doctor and the ambulance crew whilst waiting to be admitted into hospital.

Sadly, at approximately 3.40pm the patient passed away. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

We will be urgently reviewing the circumstances to ensure we have a proper and full understanding of what happened. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.?

– ABMU Healthboard & Welsh Ambulance Service


Vincent Tan to lead search for new manager

Its believed Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan will lead the search for the man to replace Solskjaer.

In January Cardiff Chairman Mehmet Dalman was tasked with finding a successor to Malky Mackay and spent weeks trying to persuade Solskjaer, then manager at Norwegian Side Molde FK, to take over at the City Stadium.

When Ole was revealed to the media Dalman made it clear that Cardiff only had one man in mind for the job.

Ten months on and Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is ready to sack the manager they worked so hard to capture.

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