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HEALTH NOTES: Two-thirds of Britons are ‘at risk of intimate injury’ at wax salons, study shows

HEALTH NOTES: Two-thirds of Britons are ‘at risk of intimate injury’ at wax salons, study shows

Two-thirds of Britons may be at risk of an intimate resin injury.

Around 60 per cent of those who wax regularly don’t know if their therapist has qualification or liability insurance – which is a legal requirement – according to a survey of 1,000 British women.

Just under 65 percent do not know which products are used on their skin, while less than half receive no aftercare advice.

Experts say practitioners with a Level 2 NVQ, or equivalent, in beauty therapy have received basic safety training.

Two-thirds of Britons may be at risk of intimate waxing (stock photo)

Rebecca Crawford, founder of Salon Rated, who carried out the research, said: ‘Unfortunately, cutting corners and using cheap, harmful products has become the norm for some salons in the UK.’

Qualified services can be found on the website of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (babtac.com).

Early babies struggle in school

Babies born prematurely are more likely to struggle when they start school.

One study suggests that teens born before seven months of pregnancy get lower grades on math and language tests than teens who are full-term.

However, the study, which analyzed the education data of more than 1.2 million Danish teenagers, found no major difference in general intelligence.

The NHS considers children born before 37 weeks of pregnancy to be premature – about eight out of 100 newborns.

Babies born prematurely are more likely to struggle when they start school (stock photo)

Babies born prematurely are more likely to struggle when they start school (stock photo)

We share many things with the people we live with – including the bacteria in our mouths, it seems.

Scientists from the University of Trento in Italy studied organisms in the saliva of those living in the same households and found that one-third of oral strains of bacteria were shared among people who lived together.

This trend was seen whether the relationship between cohabitants was romantic or not. In contrast, only three percent of mouth bacteria were the same among those who did not live under the same roof.

Researcher Professor Nicola Segata says the results show how common it is to share bacteria with others and suggest that transmission is by people breathing in the same spores that linger in the air.

Two aspirins a day may be just as effective as blood-thinning injections in preventing fatal complications in bone fracture patients.

About one in 100 broken bones can cause life-threatening blood clots, so injectable blood thinners are given to hospital patients to reduce this risk.

University of Maryland scientists enrolled 12,000 people who had suffered a serious leg, arm or pelvic fracture. After 90 days of medication, there was no difference in the number of blood clots between patients who received aspirin as opposed to blood-thinning injections.

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