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23rd July 2012
“UK pupils lose sleep to TV and computer games, warns study”
Nearly one in five 14- and 15 year-old boys said they spend more than three hours on their games console, while about one in seven spends the same amount of time glued to the TV, a study shows.
Many children are also sleeping with their smartphone under their pillows, said health visitor Maggie Fisher, of parenting website Netmums.
‘Research shows for each hour of sleep lost, IQ drops by a point so the cumulative effect of lots of late nights can have a serious impact on teen- agers’ studies at school.
“More than half of 14 and 15 year old girls are unhappy with their figures despite being healthy or underweight”
Schoolgirls as young as 12 are unhappy with their weight and some are skipping meals in an effort to be skinnier, a study has found.
Half of girls in year eight – who are aged 12 and 13 – said they wanted to be thinner.
And 58 per cent of girls in year ten, aged 14 or 15, said they wanted to lose weight, according to the study by the Schools Health Education Unit.
“Does fake tan 'risk infertility'?”
A “cocktail” of chemicals in bestselling lotions may pose a risk to a person’s health such as fertility problems, birth defects and even cancer, experts said.
Dangerous ingredients can also include hormone-disrupting compounds – which can harm babies – as well as carcinogens including formaldehyde and nitrosamines.
The increased use of fake-tan products can also have skin irritants and chemicals linked to allergies, diabetes, obesity and fertility problems.
“Visa cash card that also acts as proof of age to be launched for 12-year-olds”
A chip-and-pin Visa card for children as young as 12 has been launched.
The Visa CitizenCard also acts as identification, displaying a child’s date of birth and photograph.
Parents can load the card – which costs £15 to buy – with between £10 and £5,000 and can keep track of how the money is being spent. It can be used as a payment card in shops or online but cannot be used as a credit card.
“Boy, 17, found hanged days after A-Levels”
A public schoolboy hanged himself on the first day of the summer holidays.
Edmund Smith, 17, known as Ed to family and friends, was found by his mother, Helen, just days after completing his A-level exams.
The promising student was due to go to university to study biometric science after finishing his education at £14,000-a-year Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Surrey.
“£43m for bad dads”
Chasing dads who refuse to stump up for their kids costs taxpayers £43.6 million last year.
The Government is now hitting back, and the cost of collecting cah, seizing property and issuing court orders will be added to fees absent parents already owe.
“Church abuse goes to highest court”
The Roman Catholic Church takes an eight-year fight over a potential compensation bill of £7 million for victims of abuse at a children’s home to the Supreme Court today.
If you need to contact the media team call Ilana Rapaport on 020 7522 6928 or William Staynes on 020 7522 6919