Medical Notes

Daily Mail (London), September 9, 1997 | Go to article overview
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Medical Notes


Byline: JENNY HOPE

* EXERCISE is not only good for health and wellbeing but enhances mood and the ability of some people to think creatively. A study by Middlesex University psychologists published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine involved people spending 25 minutes doing aerobic workouts or dance. Most reported a 25 pc increase in positive mood, while some performed better in tests of creative thinking.

* CHILDREN with ME often have to be taught at home because they are too sick to attend school, but the illness creates mental difficulties in addition to physical problems. The charity Action For ME says three-quarters of tutors know little about ME, although pushing the child too hard can trigger a relapse. It has set up a contact network for home tutors, who can also send for a free pack providing information on ME in children by calling Kerry Tolley on 01749 679193.

* PIERCING the upper ear poses the risk of a more serious infection than conventional lobe piercing, says a report in the U.S. journal Paediatrics.

Doctors describe the cases of two teenage girls whose infections had to be treated with intravenous antibiotics and left them with minor deformities.

Piercing the upper ear may involve cartilage, which is more prone to infection than other tissue because it receives less blood.

* DESIGN a jumper which includes the logo of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and you could see it knitted using wool taken from Dolly, the famous cloned sheep. A competition being run by the trust and the Portman Building Society wants entries from three categories - junior (under 11), senior (12 and over) and professional (students and those working in clothes design) - by December 8.

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