New online test tries to cut deaths from asthma attacks

Boy with asthma inhalerAsthma affects 1 in 10 children and adults in the UK

A new online test is being launched that will help people with asthma gauge to what extent they are at risk from a serious attack.

The website will also advise people what they can do to minimise that risk and how to stay well.

At the same time a national review of all asthma deaths over the next year is also getting under way.

It aims to reduce the number of deaths through asthma attacks, which claim the lives of three people in the UK a day.

The online test is called Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks.

It asks simple questions about factors which have been linked to increasing the risk of an asthma attack that could lead to a hospital admission.

According to the charity Asthma UK, which is behind the new website, about 75% of asthma-related emergency hospital admissions could be prevented.

Traffic lights

Those taking the test will fall into one of three categories, colour-coded like traffic lights.

The red category means the person runs a highly increased risk of a serious attack, while green would mean no increased risk.

Each category is linked to advice on how to control the symptoms and what to do if someone does have an attack.

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research and policy at Asthma UK, said asthma attacks put someone in hospital every seven minutes and kill over 1,100 people every year.

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The UK has a higher death rate from asthma than other similar countries and we have been unable to reduce numbers significantly in recent years”

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“The test is designed to make people sit up, take notice and make changes to the way they manage their asthma if they are shown to be at an increased risk of an asthma attack.

“This kind of test for asthma has never been done before but we’re confident it will prove an effective motivator to help reduce frightening and often unnecessary hospital admissions.”

At the same time the Royal College of Physicians is launching a 12-month review of asthma deaths in the UK.

The review will collect details of all asthma deaths from hospitals, GPs and families to try to identify how to improve care and reduce deaths in the future.

Dr Mark L Levy, the clinical lead of the National Review of Asthma Deaths, said it was important to learn from every death.

“For 50 years, research has shown that the majority of asthma deaths are potentially preventable.

“This first UK National Review of Asthma Deaths offers clinicians and sufferers an opportunity to learn from these sad events and find ways of improving care for people with asthma in the future.”

Asthma is one of the most common conditions in the UK, affecting around one in 10 children and adults.

Life or death

The Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: “Asthma can be a matter of life or death. That is why the government is funding this work to help front-line professionals improve the management of the condition.

“Led by front-line staff over the next 12 months, staff from across the NHS will be reviewing asthma deaths and collecting evidence which will provide invaluable insights to delivering better care.”

Neil Churchill, chief executive officer at Asthma UK, said: “The importance of this national review cannot be underestimated. The UK has a higher death rate from asthma than other similar countries and we have been unable to reduce numbers significantly in recent years.

“This review will establish any patterns and risk factors that will help us prevent asthma deaths in the future. We’re already working with healthcare professionals in key asthma hotspots such as the north-west of England to encourage people to manage their asthma and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

“The review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to achieve a step change in reducing deaths and we urge all healthcare professionals to take part.”


Contraceptive pill recalled in US ” Around one million packets of birth control tablets are being recalled in the US, as they might not prevent pregnancy. “

Contraceptive pill recalled in US

Contraceptive pillsWomen are being told to speak to their doctor

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer said a “packaging error” meant the doses were not correct.

It said the tablets did not pose any health dangers, but there was a risk of “unintended pregnancy”.

Pfizer is advising women affected to use non-hormonal forms of contraception immediately.

Fourteen lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets have been recalled. The lot numbers have beenpublished on the company’s website.

Throughout the month women would take 21 tablets containing active ingredients and seven which were inert.

The correct dose is essential for preventing pregnancy, however, the drug maker said: “The daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.”

Women affected have been advised to tell their doctor and return the tablets to their pharmacy.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ” Rambo Amadeus to sing “Euro-Neuro” for Montenegro “

Rambo Amadeus to sing "Euro-Neuro" for Montenegro

Rambo Amadeus, changing a tyre. Source: RTCG


Podgorica, Montenegro – Euro-Neuro will be the title of the song with which Rambo Amadeus will represent Montenegro in Baku, as the public broadcaster RTCG announced recently. The entry, which will be sung in English, will be premiered in a special TV show.


Rambo Amadeus has been internally selected to represent Montenegro in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, and all the signs are promising a truly unique entry on stage in Baku! As it has been announced recently, the title of his song will be Euro-Neuro, and it has been produced by the Slovene musician Magnifico.

So, what will the song be like? We can only guess, as Rambo describes the genre of his music as “miscellaneous”, and he claims that he was “trying to avoid rational decisions while making the song”.

Concerning the main motives behind his participation, Rambo Amadeus has stated: “A lot of people are going to learn a bit about me and my country, which is good. Some of these people may get interested, which is even better.”

Euro-Neuro will be premiered on TV during a special show, the date of which has not yet been set. A webcast of this programme will be offered, too.

Montenegro has been represented three times in the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country, from 2007 until 2009. Previously, the Yugoslav entries of 1983 and 1984, as well as the entry of Serbia and Montenegro in 2005 also hailed from Montenegro.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ” FYR Macedonia entry to be premiered on February 29th “

FYR Macedonia entry to be premiered on February 29th

FYR Macedonia representative Kaliopi.Photo: Kaliopi Official Website


Skopje, FYR Macedonia – FYR Macedonia broadcaster MKRTV has this evening announced that the official presentation of their entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Black And White will be screened on February 29th in a special show.

The show will be held at 20:00 CET and will last for an hour and a half. Broadcaster MKRTV has promised many surprises during the course of the evening, and has stated that artists from FYR Macedonia and other Balkan nations will perform in the build up to the premiere of the entry for Europe’s Favourite TV Show in Baku.

Kaliopi Bukle is the artist representing FYR Macedonia. The title of Kaliopi’s entry in Baku isBlack And White. Kaliopi has written the text herself and it was composed by Romeo Grill.

Kaliopi was also chosen to represent her country in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, with the song Samo Ti, but unfortunately, as there were 29 countries vying for 22 places that year alongside hosts Norway, she was eliminated in a behind closed doors semi final, along with Israel, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Romania and Hungary.

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ( Baku In Photos: Week Two )

Keeping up with what’s going on in the Host City of this year’s contest – Baku – here’s our photo reportage straight from the city!

  • January 17, sunny January dayJanuary  19, “Leyli & Majnun “ at the State Opera and Ballet TheatreJanuary 23rd January, Historical walls in the Old CityJanuary  21,  “La Traviata”January 17, Art Villa Gallery

Armenia in Eurovision 2012

Internal selection for Armenia


Internal selection for Armenia
Armenia in Eurovision 2012. Source: ARMTV


Yerevan, Armenia -The Armenian representative for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku will be determined internally, as Gohar Gasparyan, representative of the public broadcaster ARMTV and head of the Armenian delegation, confirmed recently. The result of the internal selection will be announced close to the official deadline, no later than March 18th. The decision who will represent the Caucasian country in neighbouring Azerbaijan will be taken by a expert jury, consisting of musicians, producers and TV professionals of The Public Television and Radio Council of the Republic of Armenia.



Armenia has been represented in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2006, with the best result being reached by Sirusho in 2008: With Qélé Qélé, she came 2nd in the Semi-Final and 4th in the Final in Belgrade. Last year, Emmy represented Armenia withBoom Boom, failing to qualify for the Final.

Stay with us to find out more about the Armenian internal selection in the weeks to come!


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