What does the menopause do to the body?

But as women age and their store of eggs declines, ovulation, periods and pregnancies stop. And the body gradually stops producing oestrogen, which controls the whole process. This doesn’t happen overnight though. It can take several years for this crucial hormone to fall to low levels – and then it stays that way. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bones become weaker after the menopause, increasing the risk of osteoporosis When oestrogen production stops altogether, there is a long-term effect on the bones and heart. Bones can weaken, making fractures more likely, and women can become more vulnerable to heart disease and stroke. That’s why women are offered hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, which boosts oestrogen levels and helps to …

How one small step inspired a generation

Moon landing marked by new OS map Moon landing: 13 minutes that defined a century BBC Archive: Nasa’s Apollo lunar missions ‘Space cadets’ Chris Lee, now chief scientist at the UK Space Agency and 12 at the time, remembers being allowed to stay up very, very late at the start of the school holidays. “Mum, Dad, my younger brother and I were gathered around a tiny black-and-white TV, but I don’t recall too much about the late-night landing apart from the descent countdown. I certainly had no sense of how risky the landing had been. “I do recall the long, long wait for the Moonwalk to then actually happen. “My mum and brother fell asleep and Dad stayed with me …

Iran travel warning for dual nationals

British Council worker jailed in Iran named Iran’s conduct ‘worsened’ The Foreign Office updated its advice on Friday. Mr Hunt also warned that Iranian nationals living in the UK should exercise “caution” when returning to Iran to visit family and friends. Related Topics Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case Iran Foreign & Commonwealth Office Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Measles vaccination ‘should be compulsory’

How a preventable disease returned from the past ‘My baby’s eyes were swollen shut’ Minister considers ‘all options’ to boost vaccine uptake They have used computer modelling to predict how many measles cases could occur, the journal BMC Medicine reported. It found that the number of cases in the UK could double in the coming decades, leading the researchers to call for compulsory vaccinations as has happened in Italy, where children need to be vaccinated to start primary school. In England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organization …

Why I paint vulvas in public toilets

Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia was commissioned to design the vulvas on toilet cubicles in bars, pubs and other venues “I think it’s important to recognise that having a vulva or vagina isn’t something that makes a woman, but for a lot of women that have them they’re really important,” says Oliwia. Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia’s designs on cubicle doors at the Queen of Hoxton bar in London Girl’s guide to what a vulva looks like Although she’s drawing private parts in public spaces, Oliwia doesn’t think there’s anything offensive about her art. “I don’t think sexual organs, in and of themselves, should have positive or negative connotations attached to them as they are just …

Meet Larry – a football manager for 65 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLarry started managing a football team in the year of the Queen’s Coronation It is Sunday lunchtime, and match day for Chaplins against Belleaire in the Greenock and District Welfare League. Larry Barilli is in the Chaplins dressing room, dishing out the strips to his players. He is pretty angry – his only reserve for the match is the back-up goalkeeper. Larry’s task of managing Chaplins to victory just got a little harder. At least he has his experience to fall back on – Larry is 83, and has been a football manager for almost 66 years. A few fans are also here to support their friends. One young man defies the …

Scottish shops busier as they outpace UK

Performance at tills SRC director David Lonsdale said: “This is a more favourable set of results. “The resumption of growth in shopper footfall after nine months of decline is positive and bodes well ahead of the publication of our retail sales data for April. “The challenge will be for retailers to convert that into an enhanced performance at tills, and it appears those retail destinations which benefited from rising footfall were the ones which offered consumers a ‘day-out’ experience when shopping.” The improvement in Scotland came after poor figures last year. Diane Wehrle, of research company Springboard, said: “The context over the past two years is critical here, as the significant drop in footfall in April last year means that …

Baker fired over royal baby chimp tweet

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDanny Baker explains what happened when his 5 Live bosses called him The BBC has sacked Danny Baker saying he showed a “serious error of judgement” over his tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby. The tweet, which he later deleted but which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. The BBC 5 Live presenter was accused of mocking the duchess’s racial heritage. Baker claimed it was a “stupid gag”. The 61-year-old presented a weekend show on the network. Report End of Twitter post by @prodnose Report End of Twitter …

Prison’s ‘nursery rhyme bush’ cut down

His widow was made aware of the appeal for tree cuttings and was “delighted to assist with this project”, the prison said. The original mulberry died through beetle infestation and canker, a Prison Service horticulturalist found. Prison officer Simon Richardson, who helped to remove the dead tree, said: “It became a project because [the mulberry] is so important to Wakefield prison, it’s instrumental in the place, everything revolves around it. “Unfortunately it’s dead, but the aim is to replace it – we’ll have one here where the original was and possibly another one at the other end of the jail so everyone can see it.” Cuttings will be taken from the 30-year-old mulberry and attempts will then be made to …