miércoles, 20 de junio de 2018

Exam review

GROUP HHMIA2 (4.30 - 7.00)

Date: Thursday 21st June
Classroom: A 3
Time: 17.00 - 17.30

GROUP KMIA2 (7.00 - 9.30)

Date: Thursday 21st June
Classroom: A 3
Time: 20.30 - 21.00

Matt Hancock: schools across the UK should ban mobile phones

Should we propose the same for theSpanish schools?

The culture secretary who heads up the digital brief says tech makes parenting harder

The culture secretary has called on more schools to ban mobile phones.
Matt Hancock said he admired those headteachers who did not allow their use during the school day and linked social media use with the problem of bullying among young children.
Hancock told the Guardian last week that he does not allow his children to have their own phones or to use social media, but dismissed the idea of legislating to stop their use in schools.
And, he returned to the subject in an article for Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph, in which he put the onus on headteachers.
He said: “Technology makes being a parent much harder. And schools have a big role too. I enthusiastically support using technology for teaching. But we also need to teach children how to stay safe with technology. Why do young children need phones in schools?
“There are a number of schools across the country that simply don’t allow them. I believe that very young children don’t need to have access to social media. While it is up to individual schools to decide rather than government, I admire headteachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day. I encourage more schools to follow their lead. The evidence is that banning phones in schools works.
“Studies have shown mobile phones can have a real impact on working memory and fluid intelligence, even if the phone is on a table or in a bag.”
Last week, Hancock – whose brief includes digital policy – told the Guardian he believed “parents have a responsibility to ensure that children use technology appropriately. For instance, I allow my children to do their homework online, but I don’t let them on to social media”.
He added: “They don’t have access to the devices. They don’t have phones. Why do they need phones? They’re children, they’re 11.”
Hancock said the government had a responsibility to ensure internet companies “properly police their own terms and conditions”. But he dismissed suggestions the UK government should follow the lead of its French counterpart, which has banned mobile phones on school premises.
In his Telegraph article, Hancock said: “Modern digital technology is a powerful force for good ... But with all of the exciting doors that the internet opens, like any new technology it brings challenges, especially for our children.
“We all recognise children need more protection on the internet. If a child is being bullied during the day and they have access to social media, the bullying doesn’t necessarily stop when they walk out of the school gate. I want bullying to be as unacceptable online as it is in the playground.”

martes, 19 de junio de 2018

Singles 'more at risk of heart disease than married couples', study finds

What do you think about this?

People who are single, divorced or widowed have a far higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a study has found.

Married people are less likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those who are single, according to new research.
Drawing on 34 studies across 52 years, involving more than two million people aged between 42 and 77, the research by a group of universities in the UK, US and Australia found that people who were divorced, widowed or had never married had a 42% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
They were also at a 16% higher risk of coronary artery heart disease and a 42% higher risk of dying from it, and 55% more likely to have a stroke.
It is the same bleak outlook for both men and women, with divorce and being widowed both hugely increasing the likelihood of heart disease and strokes.
Lead researcher Chun Wai Wong, of Keele University, said: "Our analysis showed that, compared to married individuals, being unmarried was associated with increased coronary heart disease and both cardiovascular heart disease and stroke mortality in the general population.
"Our findings suggest that marriage has a protective effect on cardiovascular diseases, however, this could be attributed to the additional social and emotional support provided by having a spouse."
Among the possible explanations for the findings are that people who are married have their health problems recognised sooner by virtue of having a partner.
Those who are married are also more likely to have better financial security and friendship networks, experts from the universities suggested.
Marriage is said to be great for the heart
Supporting Keele in the study were the Universities of Aberdeen, Arizona and Macquarie, as well as University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and the King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital.
Professor Phyo Kyaw Myint, of Aberdeen, said: "There are several possible mechanisms that may explain why people who are married had reduced risk of heart disease.
"They may adopt balanced diet and lifestyle for example, through encouraging their partner to lose weight, do more physical activities or simply encouragement to go and see a doctor for seemingly minor ailments such as heartburn which can be due to heart disease.

lunes, 18 de junio de 2018

Oral exams Tuesday 19th June

Group 4.30 - 7pm:

As there is only 2 people called, both of you have be there at 4.00.

Good luck!

martes, 12 de junio de 2018

Embrace Mediterranean or Nordic diets to cut disease, WHO says

 Major study suggests Britain could lower its rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by promoting the diets

Britain could lower its rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by embracing Mediterranean- or Nordic-style diets, a major study into the benefits of healthy eating suggests.
A review by the World Health Organization found compelling evidence that both diets reduce the risk of the common diseases, but noted that only 15 out of 53 countries in its European region had measures in place to promote the diets.
The authors of the report compiled evidence on the health impacts of the two diets from academic journals, conference papers and books, then reviewed government and health ministry websites for national policies and guidelines on healthy eating.
Eight countries including Ireland, Spain and Greece promoted the benefits of the Mediterranean-style diet, while seven including Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland recommended people adopt a Nordic-style diet to remain healthy.
“Both of these diets are really good in terms of impact on health. That is not in doubt,” said João Breda from the WHO’s European office for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. “We wanted to know whether countries were using them to inform healthy eating policies.”
In England, the government recommends people eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day on the back of evidence that such a diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But ministers have been accused of doing too little to discourage unhealthy eating, despite a rise in childhood obesity rates to 10%.
The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, cereals and olive oil, includes a moderate amount of fish and poultry, and has very little dairy, red meat, processed meat and sweets. The Nordic diet is similar, focusing on vegetables, berries, pulses, whole grain cereals and fatty fish such as herring, mackerel and salmon. Instead of olive oil, the Nordic diet favours rapeseed oil.
According to the report, both diets helped to reduce cases of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. Many of the conditions are driven by obesity. According to Cancer Research UK, more than one in 20 cancers are linked to being overweight or obese. The number of adults and older teens with diabetes has doubled in the past 20 years on the back of rising obesity rates, with 3.7 million people aged 17 or older now living with the disease.
“All countries need to do more in terms of promoting good diets, because we have an emergency here,” Breda said. “We are not recommending any particular diet, but when countries think about the improvements they want to make, they might be inspired by these diets. If you adopt them, you save the health system money. There are lots of advantages.”
The Guardian,  Science editor

So proud of him!

Rafael Nadal sheds tear for French Open court he has made his own 

The Spaniard’s 11th Roland Garros title was emotional as the demolition workers prepared to smash up Court Philippe Chatrier but thoughts turned immediately to Wimbledon  

The tears were new but otherwise things were as they always seem to be in Paris. Rafael Nadal duly collected his 11th French Open title here on Sunday with a brutal, brilliant, resilient and ruthless performance, just as he had done 10 times before. But as Nadal’s uncle, Toni Nadal, said shortly afterwards, “this is not normal”.
Less than an hour after the match was completed, demolition workers began to smash up Court Philippe Chatrier, part of the continuing redevelopment that will lead to a roof being in place over the stadium court in two years’ time. This, though, is Nadal’s court, the place he has dominated like no other. His emotions were on show as he shed a few tears when the national anthem of Spain was played in his honour for the 11th time, an obvious sign of what this tournament means to him. Nadal’s 11th title takes his grand slam tally to 17 and even at 32, despite the miles in his legs, who is going to stop him making it 12 in a year’s time?
When he was recovering from injury this year, for the umpteenth time in his career, he was focused on this title and nothing – certainly not Dominic Thiem – was going to stand in his way. Even a cramp in his left hand early in the third set, which required a rub-down of his left forearm, did not stop him as he closed out for victory.
Uncle Toni, no longer his nephew’s coach but back in his customary seat on the end of the players’ box, two seats down from the current coach, Carlos Moya, summed it up perfectly. “When someone wins 11 times here, for me it’s unbelievable,” he told reporters. “To think that Rafael has won 11 times, it’s unbelievable. I think he is really good.”
The understatement was classic Toni but there was nothing understated about Nadal himself. It was his best performance of the fortnight, as Nadal confirmed on court, just when he needed it most.
Right from the start of the tournament the Nadal camp knew Thiem was the biggest danger, having seen at first hand what the Austrian can do when he defeated their man in Madrid last month. Having also beaten him in Rome last year, he is the only man to defeat Nadal on clay in the past two years, and the way he had played on the way to the final threatened to make it a classic match.
That it was not was testimony to Nadal’s level, which never wavered, despite everything Thiem threw at him. Nadal threw himself across the baseline, retrieving everything. When he had the chance, he thumped his forehand with his customary effect, his dazzling footwork still a marvel even as he enters his 33rd year.
The momentary cramp in his left hand gave him a brief scare but he was simply too good, yet again. He is now three grand slam titles short of Roger Federer, the pair having shared the past six slam titles between them. Might he catch him? “I want to think that is possible but I know maybe in a month Federer will win Wimbledon again. I don’t know,” Toni Nadal said.
It is eight years since Nadal last lifted the Wimbledon title and he has not been past the last 16 since he reached the 2011 final. The transition from clay to grass is a tough one for him, the loading required particularly difficult for his chronic knees, which nevertheless have held up amazingly well over the years.
Last year, he looked good only to lose against Gilles Müller of Luxembourg in a five-set match. It is a tough assignment but with the confidence earned here it is possible. “I think so,” Toni Nadal said. “I thought last year he could win. I thought it, because he played really good, but in the end Gilles Müller just played too good.”

lunes, 11 de junio de 2018