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Happy news: Johnny Ruffo makes heartwarming announcement

<p>Just two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, <em>Home and Away</em> actor and musician Johnny Ruffo has announced he is returning back to work.</p> <p>The 31-year-old underwent a lifesaving operation to remove a seven-centimetre brain tumour.</p> <p>He then underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy to get rid of the remaining 5 per cent of the mass.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmIl6SDBVYj/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmIl6SDBVYj/" target="_blank">Today is exactly a year since i was rushed to hospital to have an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour, it has been a crazy ride and im not quite finished yet but i want to share some snaps of the past year and say thank you to everyone who has been there for me and supported me throughout this time 😃 #braincancer #fuckcancer</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/johnny_ruffo/" target="_blank"> Johnny Ruffo</a> (@johnny_ruffo) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s now been six months since Ruffo was told he was in remission and he’s proud to announce he is ready to return back to work.</p> <p>He told Channel 7’s <em>The Morning Show</em> hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies about the good news.</p> <p>"I'm getting back into work ... slowly keep kicking on," Ruffo said with a smile.</p> <p>"Now that I have the all-clear in the health part of things, I'm going to get back into television, back into acting, might even dip my toe into theatre – if the role is right," Ruffo revealed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">We catch up with <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyRuffo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnnyRuffo</a>, who's got big plans for the future after beating brain cancer. 💪 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TMS7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TMS7</a> <a href="https://t.co/4UVW8yGtvI">pic.twitter.com/4UVW8yGtvI</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1131350394330763265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Although it’s unlikely that he will return to Summer Bay, Ruffo has plans to get back into singing.</p> <p>He was on <em>The Morning Show</em> to promote his new single called<span> </span><em>Broken Glass</em>.</p> <p>"This song is a ballad – the first I've ever done - and it's about the support group around you and not being afraid to ask for help. When you're down sometimes you need someone to pull you back up again, and it's about that.</p> <p>"Everyone goes through something that's tough that they might feel is too hard for them to handle on their own," he added.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BitHxQXhEYn/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BitHxQXhEYn/" target="_blank">thanks for being there for me when i needed you 😜 happy mothers day to my mum, haha excuse the socks 🧦</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/johnny_ruffo/" target="_blank"> Johnny Ruffo</a> (@johnny_ruffo) on May 12, 2018 at 9:57pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ruffo admits that it’s down to luck that he’s still here today. He told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10154996481588441" target="_blank"><em>The Project</em>’s</a> Carrie Bickmore about his story.</p> <p>"The surgeon said if I hadn't gone to the hospital that night I would have died in my sleep that night. It is just sheer luck that I went in when I did and everything happened the way it did otherwise I wouldn't be here," he admitted.</p> <p>Ruffo revealed that he experienced headaches regularly, but just thought it was due to his lifestyle.</p> <p>"Anything that may have been a symptom, I just put down to normal life. Headaches – I played sports and copped a million and one knocks in the head," he said,</p> <p>"You never thought it may have attributed to it or not. You wake up with a bit of a hangover and you think, 'it is a headache from having a drink,' but this particular time I hadn't gone out at all and I just had a really bad headache. It grew from that.”</p>

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Food authority issues urgent recall on popular Woolworths item

<p>A popular chicken item has been recalled after it was found to contain potential choking risks.</p> <p>Those who have purchased Ingham’s Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev from Woolworths have been advised to not consume the food item.</p> <p>The warning comes from the NSW Food Authority as they claim the chicken may carry a potential contamination risk, as a foreign substance, identified as blue rubber, was discovered in the meat.</p> <p>“The presence of foreign materials presents a potential choking hazard,” it warned.</p> <p>The recall is only applicable on products purchased from the deli counter in Woolworths stores in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA and metropolitan stores in VIC, from Sunday May 19 to Tuesday May 21.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/recall?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#recall</a>: Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev. The recall only applies to product purchased from the deli counter in Woolworths stores in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA and Metro stores in VIC only on 19, 20 and 21 May 2019. <a href="https://t.co/74sAWJ7fhh">https://t.co/74sAWJ7fhh</a> <a href="https://t.co/fg0T1QPMum">pic.twitter.com/fg0T1QPMum</a></p> — NSW Food Authority (@NSWFoodAuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWFoodAuth/status/1131347077416574979?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The recall does not affect chicken that was purchased outside of these dates.</p> <p>The item affected is the deli cuts of Ingham’s Sweet Chilli Chicken Kiev, 150g per kilogram, which would come wrapped in paper and ticketed.</p> <p>The Food Authority has recommended those with the affected item to return to their nearest Woolworths deli counter for a full refund.</p> <p>If purchased from a freezer or chiller case, the recall does not apply.</p> <p>For more information contact Ingham’s on 1800 785 940 or visit,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.inghams.com.au/" target="_blank">www.inghams.com.au</a>.</p>

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Prince William’s adorable nickname for Princess Charlotte

<p>In a private moment between Prince William and his daughter, it has been revealed the very special nickname he calls the young Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>The revelation came after a video shared by Kensington Palace showing both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing with their three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4 and Prince Louis, 1.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/prince-louis-first-steps-caught-on-camera-in-stunning-new-royal-photo-album" target="_blank">The little royals recently visited the Chelsea Flower Garden</a> in London to see their mother’s co-designed garden, Back to Nature.</p> <p>In the video, the whole family are enjoying their time together when Prince William asks his son: “What would you give it out of 10? How many marks out of 10 would you give it — 10 being the highest?”</p> <p>An excited Prince George replied “Twenty!”</p> <p>“Twenty out of 10? That’s pretty good,” the royal heir joked, adding, “I think Mummy’s done well.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">How many marks out of 🔟for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RHSChelsea?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RHSChelsea</a> Back to Nature Garden, Prince George? <a href="https://t.co/rJ44lUrHzd">pic.twitter.com/rJ44lUrHzd</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1130548748654768129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Prince William is then shown on the garden rope swing, calling Princess Charlotte over to “give [him] a push.”</p> <p>“Mignonette?” he asked her, to which the little royal princess responded: “Yes?”</p> <p>“Mignonette” is derived from a French word, “mignon”, which mean “cute” – “mignonette” translates to “dainty” or “darling.”</p> <p>The royal family have spent a lot of time playing outdoors these days, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s new garden space proving to be a fun time for the little Cambridge kids. </p> <p>The garden also appeared to be a hit with other members of the royal family, including the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/royals-likes-weve-never-seen-them-the-queen-and-duchess-kates-garden-date" target="_blank">Queen who visited the Chelsea Flower Show event recently</a><span> </span>in support of the Duchess. </p> <p>Back to Nature is a garden co-designed by Duchess Kate, as well as Andrée Davies and Adam White, which was made to bring people together to “connect with nature,” according to Kensington Palace.</p>

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True crime: Grace was her name

<p> </p> <p>I have never met Grace Monte. But not a day goes by when I don’t think about her and what her life was like, her few happy moments along with her many difficult ones. I’ve always wondered about the sound of her voice and the kind of life she had once imagined having before she married my father. Her actual life was short and troubled, stuck on a dead-end path with a deadbeat man, with a child to raise and the threat of physical violence a constant presence.</p> <p>In late October 1946, Grace was 24, and my father, Mario Carcaterra, was 29 and already set in his troubled ways. Their daughter, Phyllis, was six. Grace and my father were separated for the third or fourth time – their few friends couldn’t keep track of the on-again, off-again marriage. Grace had taken a small room in a third-rate hotel about 1.6km from the cramped New York apartment they’d shared. She was weary of the unpaid bills, angry outbursts, and painful blows that were inflicted on her and then followed by tearful apologies and pleas for forgiveness. She could no longer tolerate the affairs my father carried on with a string of women – some of them her friends – and the near-daily interference from her mother-in-law, a domineering figure with a hypnotic hold over her son.</p> <p>Grace opened the hotel-room door after my father’s second knock. She stood there in a slip, her dark hair covering one side of her face. He barged in and began the routine that she was all too familiar with: he spoke of a new job coming through, a new place to live, a better life for them. His words had worked in the past but not on this cold autumn morning. Years of lies, abuse, and frustration weighed on Grace, and she wanted so much to be free of them. She lashed out at my father, telling him their marriage was over, the love she’d once felt for him had dissipated, and this time their separation was final.</p> <p>Then Grace said she was in love with another man.</p> <p>The short leash that barely held my father’s temper in check snapped. He tossed her on the bed. They struggled, Grace scratching, kicking, and clawing at him, but my father was much too strong a man. Straddling her thin body, he grabbed a pillow. He saw the fear in his wife’s eyes, pushed the pillow against her face, and held it there, his hands and arms keeping it tight.</p> <p>Within several minutes that must have felt like hours, my father, his body drenched in sweat, removed the pillow and stared down at the woman he loved.</p> <p>Grace Monte was dead.</p> <p>My father was no longer a wayward husband and a gambler. He was no longer a man dominated by his mother. My father was a murderer.</p> <p>I was 14 years old in 1969 when I heard the name Grace Monte. I was in Italy, visiting relatives on Ischia, an island off the coast of Naples. It was there on a beautiful beach in the middle of a sun-soaked morning, the two of us walking along the shore, that my mother shared with me the dark secret she carried in her heart. She was concerned that I was spending too much time in my father’s company and that of his friends. She dreaded the possibility that I would become who he was, a man she lived with and feared. She felt that this spot, far from our Manhattan neighbourhood, was the safest place to tell me the truth about my father.</p> <p>In short order, I learned he had confessed to the crime and was convicted of second-degree murder. He served nearly eight years in prison. Shortly after his release, he married my mother in an arrangement brokered by their families. She was a widow with a son – my half-brother, Anthony. She knew that my father had been in prison but claimed to have not known about the murder until the first night of their honeymoon.</p> <p>I have no choice but to believe her, to be convinced that even in her loneliness, in her desire to offer a better life for her son, she would not have married a wife killer. She said that she felt numb when he told her of the homicide in a manner as relaxed as if he were ordering a late-night meal. From that moment, she knew she had made the gravest mistake of her life.</p> <p>I spent the rest of the day alone and in stunned silence. I sat on that beach until well into nightfall. I had thought I knew my father as well as any son my age could. But after that day, I would never think of him in the same way again.</p> <p>I had, to that point, not been close to my mother. At best, she and I had had a frosty relationship. I couldn’t understand why she harboured such anger toward me. She seemed to resent the fact that I resembled my father. A deeply religious woman, she had few friends, detested my father’s family, and never learned to speak English. Yet she was dependent on an undependable man for all her needs.</p> <p>As I grew older, I came to understand her anger. She had made a horrific choice and was a prisoner in a loveless marriage for 34 years, not to be freed until my father’s death from cancer in 1988. She then moved back to Italy, where she lived, a shell of a once-vibrant woman, until her death in 2004. We spoke regularly during that time, and I sent her money whenever I could. But our relationship had been poisoned from birth.</p> <p>Years passed before I spoke to my father about the murder. But my knowing about it altered our close bond. I no longer felt at ease in his company, and I looked for excuses not to spend time with him. Our laughter-filled days at the racetrack and nights cheering on fighters at Madison Square Garden became distant memories. Instead, I devoted the bulk of my free time to finding out what I could about the woman he had killed and the child he’d left behind.</p> <p>My father’s family shut the door to any questions I had about Grace. To them, her murder was a shame and a horror that they did not want to relive. Over the years, a few pieces of the stained puzzle of my father’s past slipped out. Once, at a relative’s house, I spotted a copy of a true-crime magazine from the 1940s. The cover story was about my father and Grace, with a headline that blared “No Other Man Could Have Her”. And there was the photo that fell out of a family album. I didn’t have to be told whose picture it was; all I needed to see was the reaction of the other people at the table, frantically hiding it. But I had seen enough. She was as beautiful as I’d imagined her to be, her eyes filled with passion and with a smile as bright as any light.</p> <p>I did meet my half-sister once at a wedding reception I attended with my father. I was ten, and she was 24. We were introduced by a cousin who told me she was a family friend, but as drinks were poured, lips became looser. An old woman from the neighbourhood pulled me aside, smiled, pointed at her, and said, “That young girl is your sister. You’re not supposed to know about her, and that’s wrong. But you should know – a brother deserves to know.” I was struck by how much she resembled my father.</p> <p>My most lingering memory of my half-sister occurred at the end of the evening. She and I were sitting in the backseat of a crowded car. With one arm around my shoulders, she leaned down and kissed me gently on the top of my head. “I hope we see each other again,” she whispered.</p> <p>After the car pulled to a stop, she got out and walked away. I wanted to jump out and hug her. I felt a connection to her, a bond. I was later told by relatives that she was prohibited by law from having anything to do with her father or his family. But she and my father secretly kept in contact and, I came to learn, met once or twice a year. Later still, I found out that she had five children and had moved numerous times. Although I want answers, my half-sister has wanted peace. At the very least, I feel I owe her that much.</p> <p>I was a married man with two children of my own by the time I finally spoke to my father about Grace Monte. Although I had tried numerous times to broach the subject, I could never muster the words or the courage. In 1988, he was dying of cancer, in the late stages of a disease that had sapped him of his strength and forced him to direct his anger at his illness instead of at others. He knew that I had been told about his crime, and he wanted to tell me that while he had loved my mother in his own way, Grace Monte was his one true love.</p> <p>His powerful sense of loss, the emptiness and loneliness he had endured in silence for all those years since that horrible day in the hotel room in 1946 – that was his real punishment. “I ask myself one question every day,” my father said. “The same question. Why? Why? Why did I kill her? Why?” He had mourned for Grace every day since her death. My father was a tortured man, sentenced to live and die under the weight of an unforgivable crime.</p> <p>Grace Monte is as much a part of my life as she was a part of my father’s. Even now, I try to learn as much about her as I can. I know she loved to dance and heard Frank Sinatra sing live at the Rustic Cabin in New Jersey. She enjoyed going to the movies and, like my father, preferred James Cagney to Humphrey Bogart. She had a sharp sense of humour and a quick temper, and she doted on her only child. She didn’t care much for religion or neighbourhood gossip. She liked reading, and despite her lack of money, she always looked stylish.</p> <p>Grace Monte is my constant shadow, a woman never known but always seen, a woman I will never be able to forget. I have come to think of her in the same way that one thinks of an old friend long gone or a first love. We are linked – Grace and I – and we always will be. It is a link forged by murder and blood, but it exists, and nothing can sever it.</p> <p>Not now.</p> <p>Not ever.</p> <p><em>Written by Lorenzo Carcaterra. 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"The highlight of my life": Peter Overton's special night off

<p>Nine newsreader Peter Overton was nowhere to be seen on screen Wednesday as he spent the evening attending to a special commitment.</p> <p>The father-of-two revealed that he locked in a night off for a major event on the school calendar at the request of his eldest daughter, Allegra.</p> <p>“She came to me and said, ‘Don’t forget, it’s the father-daughter dance this year and you have to have the night off,’” Overton told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/" target="_blank">9Honey</a>.</em></p> <p>“She really wanted me there and I really wanted to be there as well, so I said to her, ‘Of course I’ll be there’.”</p> <p>The 53-year-old said his supervisor was more than supportive of his leave. “I went and told the news director and he said, ‘That’s a no-brainer, you’ve got to have that off’.”</p> <p>At the event, the father-and-daughter pair went to join dozens of fellow Year 6 students and their fathers or grandfathers to have a go at Macarena, barn dances, YMCA and other classics.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxeb4M4l2ni/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxeb4M4l2ni/" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on May 15, 2019 at 12:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It was the highlight of my life,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.2gb.com/the-highlight-of-my-life-peter-overtons-special-night/" target="_blank"><em>2GB</em></a> about the night.</p> <p>“It was lovely to go and do it without having to do the news, just completely devoted to the little one.”</p> <p>Overton said he is determined not to let work commitments prevent him from being present for his daughters’ milestones. The conviction came after a chat with his cameraman, a fellow father of two.</p> <p>“He was telling me one of his greatest regrets was that he’d missed just about every milestone in his daughters lives because of the job,” Overton said.</p> <p>“I, at that moment, said, ‘That’s not going to happen to me.’”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvaL08PBEqp/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvaL08PBEqp/" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on Mar 24, 2019 at 4:15pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Overton shares two daughters – 12-year-old Allegra and 10-year-old Giselle – with wife Jessica Rowe. “I’ve never loved in such a pure way as I love my children,” he said on <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/peter-overton-talks-about-his-family" target="_blank">Super Mums</a> </em>podcast.</p>

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5 ways sex could save your life

<p>From burning calories to boosting your immune system, here are 5 ways scientists have found sex can enhance your health.</p> <p><strong>1. Sex protects your heart</strong></p> <p>Men who make love once a month have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease over men who have nookie at least twice a week.</p> <p><strong>2. Passion relieves pain</strong></p> <p>Your pain threshold can leap by up to 74 per cent as you reach orgasm.</p> <p><strong>3. Sex burns calories</strong></p> <p>It’s the equivalent of a 1km walk followed by a climb up two flights of stairs.</p> <p><strong>4. Making love reduces stress</strong></p> <p>Volunteers who’d had intercourse were least stressed, with blood pressure returning to normal faster.</p> <p><strong>5. Intimacy boosts your immune system</strong></p> <p>Having sex once or twice a week may result in higher levels of an antibody called IgA, which protects against infections.</p> <p><em>Written by Susannah Hickling. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/5-ways-sex-could-save-your-life">Reader’s Digest.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a> </p> <p> </p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Say goodbye to bad breath

<p>If you suffer from bad breath, there are simple things you can do in addition to regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. Don’t forget to brush the top of your tongue with your toothbrush, too, to get rid of food particles and bacteria.</p> <p><strong>1. Drink plenty of water</strong></p> <p>Coffee, beer, wine and whisky leave residues that infiltrate the digestive system, so that for some time afterwards each breath expels traces of them.</p> <p><strong>2. Cloves, fennel and anise seeds</strong></p> <p>These are effective breath fresheners. Mix together a small amount of each and carry a small bag of them so you can chew some after meals – if you don’t mind the rather strong taste.</p> <p><strong>3. Avoid highly spiced foods</strong></p> <p>Foods such as garlic, onions, chillies, salami, strong cheeses and smoked foods recirculate through essential oils left in your mouth.</p> <p><strong>4. Chew a few sprigs of Mint or parsley</strong></p> <p>The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralises odours.</p> <p><strong>5. Try gargling lavender</strong></p> <p>Lavender is an effective mouth-freshener. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil in warm water and gargle.</p> <p><strong>6. Try a sea salt rinse</strong></p> <p>Rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water after flossing. Salt’s mild antiseptic properties help to get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath.</p> <p><strong>7. Brush with tea-tree oil</strong></p> <p>Use a toothpaste that contains tea-tree oil, a natural disinfectant. If you can’t find it in the pharmacy, look for it in health-food shops.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/Say-Goodbye-to-Bad-Breath">Reader’s Digest.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a> </p> <p> </p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Is there room for alcohol in your diet if you have diabetes?

<p>Is there room for alcohol in your diet if you have diabetes?</p> <p>Yes, unless your GP has asked you to avoid it for a specific medical reason.</p> <p>But bear a couple of points in mind.</p> <p>Firstly, alcohol lowers blood glucose levels owing to its effect on the liver.</p> <p>Secondly, it is high in kilojoules – almost as high as fat – but with few nutrients.</p> <p>Here are some useful tips in managing alcohol consumption: Pair alcohol with carbohydrate containing food. This acts like a sponge, helping to absorb some of the alcohol and in turn minimising its effect on blood glucose. Likewise, sip your drink slowly to slow absorption. Or add a sugar-free mixer to make it go further.</p> <p>Don’t drink when your blood glucose is low. By taking consistent daily blood glucose readings, you will be in a much better position to make an intelligent decision as to whether to drink or not. If your blood glucose is already low, avoid causing more problems and don’t drink alcohol.</p> <p>Observe the safe drinking limit. The safe alcohol drinking guidelines for people with diabetes are the same as for the entire adult population.</p> <p>The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends not more than four standard alcoholic drinks a day for men and not more than two for women.</p> <p>It is also recommended that you have two alcohol-free days per week. But note that these are the maximum recommended amounts, and drinking less than this is, of course, preferable.</p> <p>One standard unit of alcohol is equal to:</p> <ul> <li>300 ml beer</li> <li>30 ml sherry, aperitif, liqueur or spirit (such as vodka or gin)</li> <li>100 ml wine</li> </ul> <p>Don’t drink every day. Try to space your drinking throughout the week and to have two or three alcohol-free days each week.</p> <p>Alcohol can cause hypoglycaemia (a ‘hypo’, or low blood glucose)</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diabetes/there-room-alcohol-your-diet-if-you-have-diabetes"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a> <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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“It’s stressful, lonely, scary”: The Project’s Carrie Bickmore reveals struggles of motherhood

<p>TV personality Carrie Bickmore has revealed what her “third stint of motherhood” has been like in a honest and raw column for <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar" target="_blank"><em>Stellar</em></a> magazine.</p> <p>She posted the column to Instagram, explaining to her followers that motherhood can be “stressful, lonely, scary and incredibly challenging”.</p> <p>She wrote the column for <em>Stellar</em> when baby Adelaide was only a few months old and things were “super tough”.</p> <p>“I hope it can provide a tiny bit of comfort if you are struggling with a new bub. You are not alone,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWiVfln2V-/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWiVfln2V-/" target="_blank">Motherhood isn’t always breakky in bed and handmade necklaces...it can stressful, lonely, scary and incredibly challenging. Here’s my first column back for @stellarmag I wrote it when Adelaide was only a few months old and we were finding it super tough. I hope it can provide a tiny bit of comfort if you are struggling with a new bub. You are not alone 💕</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bickmorecarrie/" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on May 11, 2019 at 11:17pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The column written by Bickmore goes in depth about the sleepless nights and crippling anxiety that comes with having a newborn baby.</p> <p>She explained that the early months with her third baby Adelaide have been “one of the most challenging periods of my parenting life”.</p> <p>“I realise now I had it pretty easy during the newborn phase with my other two kids,” she wrote in <em>Stellar</em>.</p> <p>“This little poppet has needed to be held day and night for six weeks straight.”</p> <p>Bickmore also goes into detail about what it was like dealing with Adelaide’s struggle with severe reflux, which led to many sleepless nights.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8C6i2nvtN/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8C6i2nvtN/" target="_blank">Every time I look at this photo of Addie it makes me forget that she woke on the hour every hour last night. 😩 Will continue to look at it all day!!! ❤️ #needcoffeenow</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bickmorecarrie/" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on May 1, 2019 at 4:23pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Sounds like such a gentle affliction, but it’s genuinely torn us a new one,” she says.</p> <p>Bickmore tries her hardest to hold onto perspective by reminding herself of other mums out there.</p> <p>“I try to hold onto perspective, reminding myself there are new mums doing it tougher with really sick babies, no support networks, or twins,” Bickmore said.</p> <p>“But keeping perspective with no sleep is like trying to catch a fish that’s just been shot out of a cannon.”</p> <p>However, five-month-old Adelaide has recovered from reflux with the help of medication.</p> <p>“I think we’re through the toughest bit,” she writes hopefully. “Tomorrow will bring new challenges, but today I feel lucky.”</p> <p>She ended the piece with well wishes for other mums out there who might be struggling.</p> <p>“I wish you calmer times ahead. Keep telling yourself: the nights are long, but the years are short.”</p>

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Need pain relief? Grab a beer instead of an aspirin

<p>A recent <a href="http://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900%2816%2930334-0/fulltext">study</a> from <em>The Journal of Pain</em> found that drinking beer, besides giving you a pleasant buzz, can actually make you feel less physical pain. Study author Trevor Thompson, PhD, told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3440973/two-pints-of-beer-are-better-than-paracetamol-for-beating-pain-and-cut-agony-by-a-quarter-doctors-claim/">The Sun</a> that alcohol could even be “compared to opioid drugs such as codeine,” and that “the effect is more powerful than paracetamol” (comparable to Tylenol). According to their findings, drinking two beers is more effective at relieving pain than taking painkillers.</p> <p>For their research, the scientists—from London’s Greenwich University, conducted a total of 18 experiments in which 404 participants were given either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. Next the team administered 13 pain-threshold tests as well as 9 pain intensity ratings. What they found was that alcohol had a significant analgesic effect, meaning it greatly reduced pain. The tipping point was a legal driving blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08.</p> <p>Although the effect was clear, the research team couldn’t determine whether the pain relief came from an effect on pain receptors or just maybe a lowering of anxiety, which could lower perception of pain. Regardless of exactly how beer works to ease pain, the researchers did note that people who suffer from chronic pain tend to drink more due to the pain-dulling effect.</p> <p>While a few drinks a day could dull your pain, the study caution that there are numerous unhealthy effects that may not make beer your go-to analgesic (in short: keeping your drinking in check is the way to go). And as with any study, more research is likely needed to confirm the results.</p> <p><em>Written by Chhaya Nene. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/flu/need-pain-relief-grab-beer-instead-aspirin">Reader’s Digest.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></p> <p><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"></a><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Ita Buttrose’s important message for people with this disease

<p>Ita Buttrose, the new Chair of the ABC, has urged those with a history of macular disease to get regularly checked for the degenerative eye condition.</p> <p>She wants all Australians to know that if a family member has macular disease, which is also the nation’s leading cause of blindness and vision loss, there is a whopping 50 per cent chance a member of the same family will contract the disease.</p> <p>As the patron of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia, 77-year-old Buttrose has been vigilant in raising awareness about the disease.</p> <p>“We are trying very hard to get the message across that if you have a family member with macular disease, you have to be very vigilant and you have to have your eyes checked on a regular basis — every two years — and you have to make sure the specialist or the optician checks your macular,” Buttrose said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/ita-buttrose-urging-families-with-history-of-macular-disease-to-get-their-eyes-checked/news-story/8f353ef02d703281bf7fdc5da1b2d0aa" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>Buttrose has been personally impacted by the disease, as her beloved father Charles contracted the disease in his 70s and never recovered his eyesight before his passing in 1999.</p> <p>“There were seven siblings in dad’s family and of the seven, four got macular degeneration, so you can see how hereditary it is,” she said.</p> <p>“When dad was diagnosed, there was no Macular Disease Foundation, so I contacted the Royal Blind Society and I got every helpful device that I could find — things for phones, things that could make prints larger — whatever might help him.</p> <p>“His great joy in life was reading the newspapers every morning and suddenly he couldn’t because you lose your central vision — your macular is what provides your central vision. It’s just behind the retina so it’s what enables you to read, to do fine needlework, distinguish faces, drive … All these sorts of things.”</p> <p>She also explains that 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 display some sign of macular degeneration.</p> <p>Her father’s brother, Gerald, has been luckier than his older sibling, but has also had over 100 injections to save his eye and his vision.</p> <p>“My Uncle Gerald — he’s 96 in August — his vision was saved because we now have injections for wet macular. There are two types of macular, wet and dry — there is no treatment for dry. He managed to drive until he was 93, he’s given it up now, but he still reads, he still writes family histories.”</p> <p>Due to Buttrose’s family history, she remains ever vigilant.</p> <p>“I’m very vigilant. I get my macular checked every year because I know I am at risk because of the family history. The ophthalmologist always says, “Oh, your macular is pristine”, and it’s good, thank you.”</p> <p>An eye examination once a year and a macular check every two years is a standard recommendation for those over 50 with a family history of the disease.</p>

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What to do when someone faints

<p><strong>No matter the cause of fainting</strong>, if someone suddenly appears sweaty or has a vacant look in her eyes, suggest she sit down and bend over so her head is lower than her chest. If she’s willing, lying down is even better. If she starts to fall, try helping her down so she won’t get hurt.</p> <p>Never keep her upright, because this may continue to keep blood from getting to the brain. Once the head is as low as or lower than the heart, the victim should regain consciousness, albeit probably in a groggy state.</p> <p>Have her stay in that position for several minutes until the fainting symptoms subside. Check her pulse and blood pressure if you have a cuff. Make sure they’re normal before she tries to get up. Let her sit for a few minutes, and if there are no symptoms, she could slowly try to stand.</p> <p>If the fainting symptoms recur, help her lower herself again, let the symptoms subside, and slowly try once more.</p> <p>If the person is able to sit up for a few minutes and eventually stand, the cause is likely vasovagal (associated with a temporary fall in blood pressure), especially if you can pinpoint a trigger, such as a fright or the sight of blood. If you’re not sure it’s vasovagal, call emergency services or a doctor.</p> <p><strong>When it may be dangerous</strong></p> <p>Often, the likely reason for the fainting is pretty obvious, such as if the person has lost a lot of blood or is dehydrated from vomiting.</p> <p>However, there are some red flags that indicate that something serious is going on and that expert treatment is needed. These include sudden onset; heart palpitations; passing out while exercising; severe headaches; excruciating back or stomach pain; and double vision.</p> <p><em>Written by Dr. James Hubbard. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/What-to-Do-When-Someone-Faints"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a> </p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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How to survive anything

<p><strong>1. How to Survive… A Plane Crash </strong></p> <p>The smallest bump feels like an earthquake at 35,000 feet. But plane crash fatalities are low despite high-profile media coverage – and with a few precautions, you can make them a little lower.</p> <p><strong>– Forget first class </strong></p> <p>A Popular Mechanics study of 20 commercial jet crashes with both fatalities and survivors found that passengers seated in the rear cabin (behind the wings) had a 69 per cent chance of survival, compared with just 49 per cent for those in first class. If you fear flying, it’s worth giving up the legroom for peace of mind in the rear cabin.</p> <p><strong>– Brace yourself </strong></p> <p>In a 2015 crash simulation, Boeing found that passengers who both wore their seat belts and assumed a brace position (feet flat, head cradled against their knees or the seat in front of them if possible) were likeliest to survive. Seat-belted fliers who did not brace suffered serious head injuries, and those with no seat belts who also didn’t brace died on impact.</p> <p><strong>– Don’t dally with the mask </strong></p> <p>During a loss of cabin pressure, the drop in oxygen can knock you unconscious in as little as 20 seconds. Listen to the safety advice of your flight attendants: always secure your oxygen mask before helping others. You can’t help if you can’t breathe.</p> <p><strong>2. How to Survive… Being Stranded in the Wilderness</strong></p> <p>As longtime editor of many RD survival stories, Beth Dreher learned a lot about how to stay alive in dire circumstances. Here, she gives us her most important how-tos.</p> <p><strong>– Find water </strong></p> <p>As the subjects of my stories know too well, you can last only about four days without water. To ward off dehydration, search for animals, birds (especially songbirds), insects (especially honeybees) and green vegetation, all of which can indicate that water is nearby. Rock crevices may also hold small caches of rainwater.</p> <p><strong>– Find food </strong></p> <p>You can survive up to three weeks without food, but a growling stomach will set in much sooner. These items are reliably edible: grass, typha (often called cattails or bulrushes), acorns and pine needles. And if forced to eat berries, this rhyme could save your life: “White and yellow, kill a fellow. Purple and blue, good for you.”</p> <p><strong>– Brave an animal ambush </strong></p> <p>We’ve all read about bear and shark attacks. But what about other outdoor ­aggressors? Regardless of species, your best bet is to stand your ground; running can often trigger an animal’s chase mentality, and unless you’re trying to avoid a snake, you’ll likely not run fast enough.</p> <p><strong>– Signal a rescuer </strong></p> <p>The subjects of many of my stories are able to attract the attention of rescuers using a reflection or a signal fire or by making a lot of noise. To increase your chances of being discovered, go to an open area on a hilltop, then use a mirror, CD, belt buckle or water bottle to reflect light towards the pilot of a plane or a helicopter overhead. To create white smoke, which is easy for rescuers to see, add green vegetation to your fire.</p> <p><strong>– Splint a broken bone </strong></p> <p>The people in the stories I read climb cliffs in remote areas, survive plane crashes, fall hundreds of metres without a parachute – and often break bones. One key to their survival? A splint, which can help reduce pain, prevent further damage and allow you to move to a safer place. Basic rule of splinting: if you break a bone, immobilise the joints above and below it; if your joint is injured, immobilise the bones above and below it. Either way, first pad the injury with something soft like a shirt or socks; next, lay out something hard, like a tent pole or a sturdy stick, that extends past either side of the injury; finally, tie it all in place with duct tape, strips of clothing or a padded rope from your camping gear. Don’t tie it so tightly that you lose circulation. One injury is enough.</p> <p><strong>3. How to Survive… A Terrorist Attack</strong></p> <p>Following the Paris attacks of November 2015, the BBC surveyed survival experts and came away with some confidence-building advice.</p> <p><strong>– Get in the habit of casing the room </strong></p> <p>In the attack on the Bataclan concert hall, a security guard led a group of people to safety through a fire exit left of the stage. But there won’t always be a guard to help. Make a point of identifying emergency exits for yourself.</p> <p><strong>– Make yourself smaller </strong></p> <p>“Where there’s cover from sight, there’s cover from gunfire,” advises Ian Reed, a British military instructor and chief executive of the Formative Group security firm. Hard cover such as a concrete wall is the best option. If there’s no cover available, play dead.</p> <p><strong>– ‘Run, hide, tell’ </strong></p> <p>In its report on ‘dynamic lockdowns’, the UK government’s advice is to run if there is a safe route out. If you can’t run, hide. If you escape, immediately tell an official what’s happening. Separate from gathering crowds; always assume there’s going to be a secondary action.</p> <p><strong>– Be a team player </strong></p> <p>It’s the most efficient way for a group to evacuate and avoid jams. Social psychologist Chris Cocking says most people are likely to try to help one another even in extreme situations – such as the group of people who cooperated to escape the Bataclan via a skylight.</p> <p><strong>4. How to Survive… The Doctor’s Needle</strong></p> <p>If you are among the roughly ten per cent of people who fear a loaded syringe, heed these tips:</p> <p><strong>– Fess up </strong></p> <p>Tell your doctor how needles make you feel; she might have you lie down to avert wooziness.</p> <p><strong>– Visit your happy place </strong></p> <p>Close your eyes, breathe deeply and listen to your favourite song on noise-cancelling headphones.</p> <p><strong>– Chew the fear away </strong></p> <p>A piece of gum or sweet treat provides a distraction from the doc.</p> <p><strong>– Skip the coffee </strong></p> <p>Caffeine can make you anxious for up to six hours before your procedure.</p> <p><strong>– Request a security blanket </strong></p> <p>According to dentist Mark Burhenne, wearing a weighted blanket like the ones used during X-rays can make you feel safer in the chair.</p> <p><strong>5. How to Survive… A Lay-off</strong></p> <p>The best thing you can do with your time (besides look for a new job, of course): get moving! According to a happiness study from Canada’s University of Alberta, physical activity increases life satisfaction three times as much as being unemployed reduces it.</p> <p><strong>6. How to Survive… A Divorce</strong></p> <p>“Divorce is always good news, because no good marriage has ever ended in one,” says comedian Louis C.K. This hard truth may not make the emotional process any easier to deal with – but these three actions might.</p> <p><strong>– Write the pain away </strong></p> <p>Relief can be as simple as free-writing for 20 minutes a day, four days in a row, says James W. Pennebaker, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas. “Across multiple studies, people who engage in expressive writing report feeling happier and less negative than they felt before,” he writes in his book, Expressive Writing: Words That Heal. Per one study, “those who kept their traumas secret went to physicians almost 40 per cent more often than those who openly talked about them.”</p> <p><strong>– See it through your kids’ eyes </strong></p> <p>In 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow popularised conscious uncoupling as a byword for a positive, amicable divorce. As doctors Habib Sadeghi and Sherry Sami subsequently wrote on Paltrow’s website, “Children are imitators by nature … If we are to raise a more civilised generation, we must model those behaviours during the good and bad times in our relationships.”</p> <p><strong>– Launch a project (or a rocket) </strong></p> <p>Like the jilted New Zealand woman who launched her wedding ring into space on a homemade rocket, or the blogger who got a book deal from devising ‘101 uses for my ex-wife’s wedding dress’, you, too, can channel hard feelings into hard work.</p> <p><strong>7. How to Survive… An Earworm</strong></p> <p>It takes only one passing toddler to get ‘It’s a Small World (After All)’ stuck in your head and a whole teeth-gnashing day to get it out. There is a better way to cure what scientists call involuntary musical imagery (aka, the common earworm). In fact, there are two ways:</p> <p><strong>– Option one – embrace it. </strong></p> <p>Listen to the song all the way through, at full volume, ideally singing along. The idea is that by confronting your brain with the full version, your earworm will end when the song does.</p> <p><strong>– Option two – replace it. </strong></p> <p>Play a different song all the way through, at full volume, in an attempt to chase away your earworm with something more forgettable. In one UK study, the most popular ‘cure’ song was the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’. Try humming your own national anthem and see if it has the same magical, restorative properties.</p> <p><strong>8. How to Survive… An Awkward Conversation</strong></p> <p>Somehow you’re sitting next to the only person at the party you’ve never met, and the mood is definitely uneasy. How do you draw them out?</p> <p><strong>– Open with a compliment </strong></p> <p>The other person will feel a wave of positive feelings, and you will be more likely to remember them later as the person with the ‘nice hat’. A win–win encounter.</p> <p><strong>– Listen like a hostage negotiator </strong></p> <p>A common creed of hostage negotiators is ‘talk to me’ – because they’re taught to spend 80 per cent of their time listening and only 20 per cent speaking. Draw your subject out by talking about what they want to talk about, nodding and asking follow-up questions along the way. The more you make your subject feel understood, the more they will enjoy the conversation.</p> <p><strong>– Have an escape plan </strong></p> <p>The phrases ‘I won’t keep you’ and ‘Give my regards to [mutual acquaintance]’ are your allies. When the conversation reaches a dead end, employ them.</p> <p><strong>9. How to Survive… An Ice Cream Headache</strong></p> <p>A ‘brain freeze’ occurs when nerves in the roof of your mouth tell your brain that it’s too cold; the brain, drama queen that it is, overcompensates by rushing warm blood into your head. How can you tell your big mouth to shut up?</p> <p><strong>– Thaw the freeze </strong></p> <p>Replace the cold stimulus with a warm one by filling your mouth with room-temperature water or pressing your tongue against the afflicted area.</p> <p><strong>– The key to prevention? </strong></p> <p>Eat slower. As one Canadian doctor found in a study of 145 students from his daughter’s school, kids who gulped down a bowl of ice cream in five seconds or fewer were twice as likely to feel brain freeze as those who took their time.</p> <p><strong>10. How to Survive… A Sunburn</strong></p> <p>Remember this: when you’re as red as a beet, make yourself a salad. Freshly cut cucumber cools and soothes the skin, as does the starch from a grated potato or a spritz of apple cider vinegar. Your skin needs vitamins A and D to heal quickly – augment your produce regimen with lots of milk, and find a cool place to veg out.</p> <p><em>Written by Brandon Specktor. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/11-Things-to-Never-Say-to-Someone-With-Chronic-Pain"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a> <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>Here’s our subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p>&lt;p&gt;&lt;img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p> <p> </p>

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Why you should get your grandkids busy in the kitchen

<p><strong>What do kids learn in the kitchen?</strong></p> <p>I’ve found that when kids cook, they’re more likely to taste new foods and, well, eat dinner! More than once, I’ve watched in dismay as my children refused to eat what I’d prepared. But when they’re involved in the cooking, they’re invested in the meal.</p> <p><strong>Why is it important for kids to learn about food?</strong></p> <p>A UK study found that if a child learns to cook from scratch, they’ll be far more likely to do the same as an adult – and preparing food from scratch is linked to healthier eating. It’s an investment in their future.</p> <p><strong>What should budding chefs attempt first? </strong></p> <p>Whichever type your child loves to eat. If they love macaroni cheese or roast chicken, take the cue and empower them to make the foods they love.</p> <p><strong>How can parents get their kids engaged in the kitchen? </strong></p> <p>Choose a day of the week that isn’t packed with commitments. Spend time with your kids beforehand and find a recipe they’d like to try. Make sure you have the ingredients in advance and be nearby to help or supervise as your children prepare the meal. Parents need to take a step back and let their children have more time in the kitchen – it does so much for their sense of independence.</p> <p><em>Written by Liz Bruckner.This article first appeared </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/Why-Kids-Should-Get-Busy-in-the-Kitchen">in <em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"></a><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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5 steps to stop a nosebleed

<p>Nosebleeds (or epistaxis) are fairly common, especially in children. They usually happen as a result of a minor injury, nose picking, or nose blowing. Occasionally, nosebleeds can signal underlying illness or injury. Very rarely, a nosebleed can be life-threatening, especially in older people. Treating a nosebleed incorrectly can prolong bleeding and make things worse. Follow these five steps to handle a nosebleed.</p> <p><strong>1. Sit the patient down.</strong></p> <p>Ask them to lean forwards (not backwards) so that the blood drains away from the nose, not down the throat. Wear disposable gloves if you have them to protect yourself and the patient.</p> <p><strong>2. Pinch the nose.</strong></p> <p>Tell the patient to breathe through their mouth and pinch the soft part of their nose to help reduce blood flow, blocking the nostrils. He or she can lean over a sink or a bowl so that they can spit out any blood as swallowing it can make them sick. Advise them not to sniff, swallow, or cough, as it can disturb the clots that are forming.</p> <p><strong>3. Check the nose.</strong></p> <p>After ten minutes, release the pressure and check the nose. If still bleeding, pinch the nose for another ten minutes.</p> <p><strong>4. Offer a cold compress.</strong></p> <p>Give the patient an ice or cold pack to hold against the bridge of their nose to help reduce blood flow.</p> <p><strong>5. Check the nose again.</strong></p> <p>Once the bleeding has stopped, let the patient clean around their nose with a damp cloth. Tell them not to blow their nose and avoid strenuous activity for up to 12 hours.</p> <p><strong>Seek medical advice for a nosebleed if you have:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Frequent nosebleeds (more than once a week) – this can be a sign of high blood pressure.</li> <li>Persistent nosebleeds in a person who is on blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin.</li> <li>Thin watery blood from the nose following a blow to the head, which can indicate a possible skull fracture.</li> <li>Frequent nosebleeds accompanied by bleeding gums as well as bruises that develop for no apparent reason.</li> </ul> <p><em>This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/5-Steps-to-Stop-a-Nosebleed"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Royal baby: Ambulance spotted near Meghan and Harry’s home

<p>A private ambulance escorted by police has been spotted driving through Windsor as fans eagerly wait for the announcement of the arrival of Baby Sussex.</p> <p>The ambulance was seen on Thursday afternoon local time close to where Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry reside.</p> <p>The birth has so far been a mystery, as the couple announced that few aspects will be kept private.</p> <p>Simon McCoy, presenter for <em>BBC News,</em> tweeted: “Private ambulance with police escort seen driving through Windsor #justsaying.”</p> <p>Many have already placed bets on girl names for the baby. William Hill was offering 4/1 on Diana, with Allegra and Grace at 8/1.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Private ambulance with police escort seen driving through Windsor. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/justsaying?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#justsaying</a></p> — Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSimonMcCoy/status/1123927814439428096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">2 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The news comes after Buckingham Palace announced Prince Harry’s trip to the Netherlands next week, to mark the one year countdown to next year's Invictus Games, convincing some speculators that the Duchess has already given birth.</p> <p>But according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/" target="_blank">Fabulous Digital</a></em>, the 37-year-old is yet to go into labour, with a palace insider saying she has “categorically not given birth”.</p> <p>As the world prepares for the announcement, royal fans are on the edge of their seats with anticipation.</p>

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Chezzi shares heartwarming update on Grant Denyer’s health

<p>For too long now, Grant Denyer has had a painful stay in hospital after suffering a back injury.</p> <p>However, today the beloved television host has returned home to his family.</p> <p>Chezzi Denyer has kept loyal fans and supporters updated with the condition of her husband over the last few months since he was first admitted to hospital.</p> <p>Grant Denyer suffered a traumatic injury while doing work on his farm and was diagnosed with an Annular Fissure or better known as a disc tear in hos L5-S1 Disc with a disc bulge.</p> <p>Left in terrible pain, bedridden and in the confines of a hospital room, Denyer was swept away from his television and radio duty besides hosting the final episodes of <em>Dancing With The Stars Australia</em> with Amanda Keller.</p> <p>However, just moments after the filming wrapped up for the Grand Finale episode, he was checked back in to a Sports Physiotherapy Recovery hospital.</p> <p>Finally, the 41-year-old has returned back home to be with his wife Chezzi and their two daughters, 7-year-old Sailor and 2-year-old Scout.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8FQbgFTue/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw8FQbgFTue/" target="_blank">A post shared by chezzidenyer (@chezzidenyer)</a> on May 1, 2019 at 4:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sharing to social media the happy news, Chezzi posted a stunning snap of her youngest Scout cuddling up close to her recovering dad with the caption: “After just over a week, he's out of the Sports Physiotherapy Hospital AND HOME!!”</p> <p>In the past, Chezzi has been incredibly open about her struggles and dealing with the difficulty of Grant being in hospital.</p> <p>“Hardest part of taking the girls to visit Daddy, is when it's time to leave and they don't want to let go," she shared.</p> <p>The doting wife and mother, however, encouraged mothers to keep going.</p> <p>“…To all the Mums out there struggling through today, or any day... Barely keeping your eyes open, as your offspring jump around excitedly asking you to play and exist with more energy than you have or can muster,” she wrote. <span>“I hear you AND you have got this.. in the bag!”</span></p>

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The three stages of menopause

<p>For women who experience it naturally (not as the result of surgery or other causes), menopause has three distinct stages: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.</p> <p><strong>1. Perimenopause,</strong> which means ‘around the end of menstruation’, is generally what we think of as the menopause experience. During this time, a woman’s ovaries start producing less of the sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The decline isn’t necessarily steady — sometimes hormone levels fluctuate and cause irregular periods. (If you suddenly experience heavy periods, let your doctor know so other causes, such as fibroid tumours and endometrial cancer, can be ruled out.)</p> <p>Symptoms such as hot flushes, insomnia and forgetfulness are at their peak. The tissues of the vagina and urinary tract may become dry and atrophied, possibly making sex uncomfortable and making urinary-tract infections more common. It is still possible for a woman to become pregnant.</p> <p>If you’re not sure whether you’re in perimenopause, your doctor can order blood tests to measure your hormone levels. Consistently high levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and low levels of estradiol (the most common form of oestrogen), combined with some of the symptoms above, provide compelling evidence.</p> <p>Women may benefit from beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at this stage. Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe low-dose birth control pills as a form of HRT. The advantage of this is better control of the menstrual cycle. It’s important to remember that taking either birth control pills or HRT can make it more difficult to determine exactly when menopause has occurred.</p> <p>While women can enter natural menopause at any time during their forties or fifties, the average age of menopause in the Western world is 51. Perimenopause begins on average at the age of 47 and lasts anywhere from two to 10 years. Contrary to popular belief, there is no relationship between the age at which a woman started menstruating and the age at which she enters menopause.</p> <p>Chances are, you’ll go through menopause at about the same age as your mother and grandmother did. Women who smoke typically enter menopause two to three years earlier than those who don’t.</p> <p><strong>2. Menopause</strong></p> <p>In literal terms, menopause is a single, isolated event in a woman’s life: her last period. Of course, you can’t know when your last period took place until no others follow, so this is a retrospective determination. Doctors consider menopause has occurred once you have gone 12 consecutive months without a period.</p> <p><strong>3. Postmenopause</strong></p> <p>The period from menopause through the rest of a woman’s life is called postmenopause (‘after the end of menstruation’). Once upon a time, when living to the age of 55 was rare, this was the beginning of the end. With life expectancy now extending beyond the eighties and even into the nineties, women today may enjoy nearly as many years of life after menopause as before it.</p> <p>Women face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis during postmenopause. For this reason, some doctors recommend hormone replacement therapy following menopause and encourage women to engage in lifestyle behaviours that reduce their risks. These include supplementing with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D; eating a nutritious, low-fat diet; and regular, moderately intense exercise.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/three-stages-menopause">in <em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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