http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7349980.stm

So, according to the study, taking vitamin pills can increase your chance of dying and the only people who disagree are involved in the sale of vitamin pills. Nice.

But my favourite quote is the following:

“But when used properly, in combination with eating a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables, getting plenty of exercise and not smoking, antioxidant supplements can play an important role in maintaining and promoting overall health.”

Smokers make up 26% of the general population, but 70% of mental health inpatients are smokers, according to Mental Health Today.
40% of mental health service users smoke
70% of mental health inpatients smoke
50% of those using inpatient units classed as heavy smokers
Between 70% and 74% of people with schizophrenia smoke
56% of people with depression smoke

The last two weeks have been largely taken up with two things: work and pain. My quasi-annual back pains kicked in again and this time I was given no choice, no escape and no way to avoid my fate; It was the chiropractors for me. And I’m actually glad I’ve gone. My weekly appointments have helped and apparently I’ll hopefully be on track for going up to SnoZone in Milton Keynes in January.

Work has been busy, but in a good way. It’s been quite varied, what with calls from my previous client, support work and some presales thrown in there for good measure. It’s meant I’ve really been enjoying my job and makes me glad I stayed in the department I am.

A couple of weekends ago was a gaming weekend where we played Aberrant and Vampire. The Abberant was much enjoyed and the Vampire is really starting to pick up momentum. The next game is in January, followed by one at Conception.

And on the topic of Conception, I’ve decided to run a one-off Mage game there, inspired by 1920’s pulp adventures, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and Whacky Races. Hopefully I can pull it off!

I’ve finally settled on what my Christmas meal will be and we’ve tried making it to make sure it works: Venison steak with a port and juniper gravy. Mmmm… Bambi…

That’s it for now, hopefully more frequent and more interesting posts henceforth!

BBC NEWS England West Yorkshire Cooing at new-born babies banned: “Debbie Lawson, neo-natal manager at the hospital’s special care baby unit, said: ‘Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me. “

And not a moment too soon. Not because the babies (at this time barely aware of their surroundings, never mind human rights) might object, but because it is generally a silly, twee practise.

Seriously though, why didn’t the specific hospital in question (I know it’s headline news in a national paper, but it’s only one hospital in West Yorkshire) just leave the reason at the increased risk of infection, as opposed to this ridiculous human rights angle?

BBC NEWS World Americas California bans school junk food: “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation to ban some junk foods from California high schools, in an effort to stem child obesity. “

Good on him! Admittedly California is the state with one of the lowest number of obese people, but it’s a good start and hopefully a precedent that other states and western countries, like the UK, will follow.