Candis Magazine | Home Testing Machines: the Children’s Heart Federation

Candis Magazine, a popular monthly women’s issue publication, are working to raise an incredible £80,000 in order to fund 100 new home testing machines for the Children’s Heart Federation. Candis are able to raise such a generous sum by using the revenues from their magazine sales. Candis Magazine carefully select the charity projects they can see having the most impact on improving people’s lives and then they work diligently to make sure the money is raised and those projects go ahead.

Candis MagazineThe Children’s Heart Federation is a major charity dedicated to promoting public awareness, research as well as providing the most effective equipment and advice for children with heart conditions. The Children’s Heart Federation’s work is therefore very wide reaching as they try to supply holistic support to sufferers of heart conditions. Their campaign to provide home testing machines to families is set to be a simple but highly effective way to save the lives of many children.

It has been found that across the UK there are over 1.2 million people taking the heart medication warfarin. Out of those 1.2 million sufferers however only 2% of them benefit from home testing equipment.

The Children’s Heart Foundation understand that constant monitoring of heat conditions is essential to maintaining an even keel of health, managing medication and preventing severe complications. Having a testing machine in your home is therefore an invaluable tool for patients to keep healthy and enjoy a more normal life.

Not possessing home heart monitoring equipment will mean patients are forced to travel regularly to hospitals for testing instead. This is inconvenient to patients being forced to take their time to travel often many miles on a regular basis. It also takes up doctor’s time conducting everybody’s tests.

The Children’s Heart Federation are not just planning to distribute heart monitoring machines; they also plan to train families in how to use them. Particularly in the case of child patients, it will be their parents who need training in how to correctly operate testing equipment and help their child maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Children’s Heart Federation’s Self-Monitoring Campaign is set to dramatically improve the lives of thousands of kids with heart conditions and their families by helping them monitor their own conditions.

Candis Magazine | Kill Two Birds with One Stone: Get a Great Magazine and Help Charities Too

A growing number of people are seeking to give to charitable organisations that help a variety of less fortunate people handle and overcome adverse situations thrown at them in life. Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, childhood illnesses, heart conditions, polio and asthma are just a few of the devastating health issues that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. Charities that help such people, however, rely on a steady stream of donations and funding in order to keep their work moving forward and make real differences in the lives of those afflicted.

Candis MagazineQuite often, many people do not have the time or resources to investigate charities to determine which ones are responsible and respectable. Some people are often overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of charities and health needs of the less fortunate and can’t decide on where to place their limited funds. There is, however, a good solution to such dilemmas that lies as a go-between for citizen donations and worthy charities doing extraordinary work.

The people behind Candis Magazine are deeply involved in financially backing charities and have been since 1962. Since that time, the company has donated in the area of £54 million to a wide selection of charities assisting those with a variety of health issues. The magazine is one of the best sellers in Britain and targets issues valued by women and families. It includes interesting, informational and entertaining articles and write-ups on such subjects as celebrities, fashion, family living, holiday travel, recipes, health news, and much more. Subscribers also acquire a wide range of other benefits such as free gifts, free contests and competitions to win prizes, and free vouchers to use for shopping or travel.

What’s more, subscriptions to the popular women’s magazine also place readers in the prestigious Candis Club. The magazine Club takes a percentage of each subscription and places it into a special fund that is used to provide much needed finances to charities researched and selected by the company. Therefore, when people subscribe to the magazine, they are choosing to become an active part in providing research, aide, and support to thousands of suffering people and those that are required to assist them through their experience.

Those wishing to acquire an excellent women’s magazine that has been entertaining readers for decades as well as become an active member of a prestigious club that has helped fund dozens of charities through the years need only subscribe to Candis Magazine. This simple task can be completed by contacting the company directly, or by seeking subscription information in one of their magazines or on their website

Candis Magazine | Morris Dancing

For many people Morris Dancing is an old tradition, which has all but died out to be resurrected on May Day in some obscure villages in the Home Counties. In reality though Morris Dancing is a somewhat misunderstood and important tradition, marred by stereotypes of men with long beards and flowers in their wicker hats. So is modern Morris dancing still just a punch line to an outdated joke, or is there more to it?

For starters, Morris Dancing is not just for men anymore.  Whilst the Morris Ring is largely run by the bearded men who you initially picture, many Morris ‘sides’ have both men and women, whilst others are exclusively for women. And you can forget about the flowers and bells that awkwardly jangle about, these have been taken out of many of the regional dancing traditions. Indeed there are a growing number of sides using an intricate dance from the Orkneys using swords, which certainly serves to offset the idea that Morris dancing is easy.

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Further dispelling the idea that Morris Dancing is easy is the group Clerical Error who kick off every May Day with a dance on the top of a Welsh mountain as dawn breaks. Dancing in the freezing cold, and on one ill-advised occasion after dragging a goat up the hill, is not for the fair hearted. Neither,  are the rehearsals. Whilst they finish in the way that you would expect, with a prompt exit and a trip to the pub, they certainly don’t start that way. Rehearsals are intense and exhausting, as the dancers must learn their footing precisely to avoid collisions or hits from stray wooden staves. This level of practise goes on throughout the summer as successful Morris sides are booked solid throughout the sunny months for festivals all over the world. It’s clear that Morris dancing isn’t quite what we all think it is, and perhaps next time you pass a street-performing group you should stop and admire both the heritage and the complexity of the dances.

Candis Magazine loves to bring its readers new ways of looking at things.  For reading that will broaden your horizons and bring you stories that you never would have considered, Candis Magazine is the way to go.

Understanding the cause of hospital superbug epidemics

More than one thousand cases of C. diff (Clostridium difficile) are diagnosed each week in the UK, and more patients die from this infection than on our roads every year. Candis readers point out that concerns about these superbugs in hospitals aren’t helped by statistics which indicate that many NHS hospitals are not compliant with hygiene regulations. Several hospitals have fallen short when it comes to using the hygiene measures implemented by the Government.

The problem is not complacency however, but that it takes a great deal of time and effort to keep a hospital hygienically clean; within twenty four hours of a deep clean being performed, the hospital is once again contaminated, and the process needs to begin all over again. In addition to introducing these hygiene measures, the Government is also calling for all NHS hospitals to start implementing an MRSA screening process for patients before routine operations are carried out.

MRSA is one of the most notorious superbugs; Candis Magazine recently learned that approximately one third of the population carries the bacteria in our nose and on our skin, without developing the actual infection. This is referred to as bacteria colonisation. However, if the bacteria enter the bloodstream via a cut or a scratch on the surface of the skin, it can lead to issues such as impetigo or boils, or much more serious infections. Up until the nineties, MRSA was extremely rare but over the course of the last twenty years, cases of infection have risen dramatically. The majority of MRSA infections occur on the skin and cause symptoms such as carbuncles, abscesses and rashes.

MRSA normally spreads via contaminated equipment and hands; because of this, hospital visitors and staff must always wash their hands thoroughly before and after they visit a patient. MRSA can lead to very serious diseases like septicaemia and pneumonia, and can usually only be treated by intravenous antibiotics. C. diff is an equally dangerous superbug that comes from a strain of intestinal bacteria; symptoms can range from fever and stomach problems, to internal bleeding. Most C. diff infections occur in those aged sixty five or older, usually after prolonged use of antibiotics, which results in the healthy bacteria being killed, and the C. diff bacteria taking their place. Candis readers were surprised to learn that although this superbug is not normally spread via sneezing or coughing, it can be spread by contaminated hands and surfaces.

Camphor ‘could cause seizures in children’

Camphor ‘could cause seizures in children’

A new study has implicated camphor as one of the causes of young children experiencing seizures.

Research by Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found that the presence of products containing this substance can be a common cause of this type of episode.

The study, which is published Pediatrics, states that children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of the substance, as it can be easily absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes.

Dr Hnin Khine, study leader and associate professor of clinical paediatrics at Einstein and Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein, suggests that the presence of the substance is often neglected.

She states: “We believe that steps are needed to educate the communities about the hazards of using camphor-containing products and to stop them from being illegally sold.”

In other news, the government has announced that it is redrawing growth charts for children to take into account the differences between bottle and breast-fed infants.

British doctors launch cutting-edge asthma treatment

British doctors launch cutting-edge asthma treatment

Doctors in parts of the UK have begun treating NHS asthma patients with a breakthrough family health treatment said to “melt away” obstructive muscle in the airway.

Specialists in Manchester and Glasgow would be replacing conventional drug therapies with a wire probe inserted into the lungs, which then heats the surrounding tissue.

At present, the innovative family health procedure – known as bronchial thermoplasty – is not being used anywhere else in Europe.

The technique uses short bursts of warming radio waves to destroy some of the muscle which constricts during an asthma attack, making it hard for the patient to breathe.

Dr Rob Niven, senior lecturer in Respiratory Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester, said: “Bronchial thermoplasty is the first non-drug treatment for asthma and it may be a new option for patients with severe asthma who have symptoms despite use of drug therapies.”

Meanwhile, mums and dads across Britain are set to receive updated guidance on how much paracetamol their children should be given during illness, when more detailed dosage instructions are introduced to all packaging later this year

Why Candis magazine is so popular amongst women in the UK

Candis is a magazine which is aimed at women around the country who are in their thirties, forties and fifties. Traditionally, Candis Magazine has been ordered and distributed via mail. Women purchase our publication not only because it features the latest topics, but also because Candis regularly donates a percentage of its total profits to charitable organisations. Subscribers love the idea of being able read about subjects which are relevant to them – like fashion, love and health – whilst knowing that the some of the money they have paid will be going towards good causes. This is why so many women are now choosing Candis as their magazine of choice – they can help others, and still enjoy fashion tips, beauty articles and celebrity interviews.

We at Candis host an event called ‘The Big Give’ every year; by doing so, we help to raise money for several different charitable organisations which are based in the UK, such as Sense, Mind and Marie Curie. During their charity collection at Christmas last year, our team at Candis managed to successfully raise more than one million pounds for charity. Each of the charities that the money was donated to had nominated their own previously-agreed upon projects. For instance, the £100,000 which was donated by Candis to the charity, ‘Eve Appeal’ was used to establish a new research study for ovarian cancer screening for women believed to be at risk, whilst FSID used their donation to set up a helpline for grieving parents. All of the women who subscribe to and read Candis Magazine can help to support more charitable causes this coming year.

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Published on a monthly basis, Candis Magazine offers a wide range of engaging, informative articles for women who are nearing or have already reached middle age – a period of one’s life when it becomes even more important to look and feel good, but when family issues often take priority over your own health. Women in this particular age category will find that Candis is filled with plenty of advice on beauty, fashion and life, along with many coupons and competitions which can boost their budgets and help them to manage their money better. These coupons can be obtained in every edition of Candis magazine; however those who become members of the Candis Club can avail of larger benefits, and save money on days out, holidays abroad and travel insurance.

British couples look abroad for cheaper weddings

British couples look abroad for cheaper weddings

British couples look abroad for cheaper weddings

Despite the recession, UK couples are still keen to get married abroad because a foreign trip to tie the knot could prove cheaper, according to one expert.

Andrea Ventress, deputy editor of Wedding magazine, said that renting out a French holiday home could be a viable option for frugal soon-to-be weds.

She said: “A lovely chateau in France where you can have your close friends and family can be a lot cheaper.”

The editor added that savings can be made by couples who do not invite hundreds of guests and instead keep the guests down to close family and friends only.

In other wedding news, Francesca Moore, spokeswoman for hitched.co.uk, recently said that more couples are choosing to have ‘minimoons’ or shorter post-wedding breaks rather than longer traditional honeymoons.

Britain’s cities ‘some of the most vibrant in the world’

Britain’s cities ‘some of the most vibrant in the world’

Britain’s cities ‘some of the most vibrant in the world’

Those looking to bring some excitement and culture to family life have been told that visiting some of Britain’s cities will provide a vibrant and fascinating insight.

Tom Hall, editor for the Lonely Planet, said that places like Newcastle and Birmingham have changed hugely in the last few years.

He went on to say that there are more events and festivals taking place around Britain than ever before, with many of them being things which will not break the bank.

“I went to Glasgow earlier in the year and was absolutely blown away by the amount of things there were to do. Fantastic galleries, really interesting history, great riverside and really good shopping. There is lots to do,” he added.

It comes after research from lastminute.com found that 51 per cent of Brits failed to claim their full holiday allowance in 2009.

So far this year, 45 per cent have said that they unused holiday left to take, which equates to at least 13.1 million days of unclaimed down-time.

Breast cancer drugs ‘reduce family health risks’

 Breast cancer drugs ‘reduce family health risks’

Women at a high risk of developing breast cancer should be offered prescription drugs that can prevent it, according to an international committee of family health experts.

Reporting in the Lancet Oncology journal, the scientists said that medicines like tamoxifen were proven to reduce the chances of women suffering with the illness, though some drugs have been linked with a risk of blood clots and stroke.

In Britain, around 46,000 female patients are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, but the tamoxifen and raloxifene – both approved in the US – are not currently available as a preventative treatment in the UK.

Professor Jack Cuzick, who led the international panel of family health experts, told the BBC: “The two drugs should be approved in the UK. The evidence for them is overwhelming.”

He went on to suggest that, for every 1,000 women treated with tamoxifen, there could be 20 fewer breast cancers diagnosed.

Earlier this month, Bowel & Cancer Research claimed that households could lower their risk of developing bowel cancers by eating healthy family recipes.