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On 5th November the skies across the country will be lit up by a series of bright and colourful firework displays. From Cartwheels to sparklers Fireworks night can be exciting for all the family. However, as fun and exciting as they are we must put safety at the forefront. Over 4,500 people visited Accident and Emergency last year in the UK as a result of a firework related injury and one third of parents and grandparents have witnessed an injury on Bonfire Night. Emergency services are pushed to the brink every year and this year Police Scotland have riot powers on standby.

When a person sustained a serious head injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this can have a devastating impact on the person themselves and those around them. They impact can go way beyond the physical injuries as the injured party is likely to suffer psychologically as a result of their injuries with symptoms of low mood, anxiety and depression. Experts have also found that TBI can cause emotional problems, difficulties in forming and keeping memories, and controlling impulses. The individual can often become aggressive.

We have entered into a digital era where internet shopping is not only easier, it is widely accessible. Who likes rustling through large numbers of items only to not find your size or have to stand in a queue for 20 minutes to purchase one item? NOT A SINGLE PERSON. In a world where people are busy with their lives the retail companies have made shopping easier. HURRAH. (I shop a lot!) But like everything it does not come without problems.

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has come under fire recently following the deaths of two customers who suffered allergic reactions to products purchased from their stores. Fifteen year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse collapsed on board a flight to France in July of 2016 and subsequently died after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette that she had bought at a Pret outlet within Heathrow Airport. She died as a result of anaphylaxis after eating the sandwich, which contained sesame. 

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court have issued their ruling in what has been dubbed the ‘gay cake’ case by finding that the refusal to supply a cake ice with the message “support gay marriage” was not discriminatory on the grounds of sexual orientation as the refusal was based on the message to be iced on the cake, rather than the person placing the order.

Recent figures released by the Mental Welfare Commission demonstrate that there is a continued rise in the use of Guardianship Orders in Scotland.

The number of existing Guardianship Orders in 2017-18 has increased by 12% since 2016-17. There has been a 5% rise since 2016-17 in relation to the number of new Welfare Guardianship Orders. This is a 149% increase in the 10 years.

News that the Government are taking steps to prevent the use of combustible cladding on buildings can only be welcomed in light of the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.  However the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have pointed out this does not go far enough. 

On the 26th September 2018, the UN held a General Assembly on tuberculosis (TB) to discuss measures to end the spread of this disease.  It is hoped that this meeting will lead to increased research into the condition, which, experts warn, may now be becoming drug-resistant.  Following the meeting, the UK has already pledged increased funding towards development of new treatments.

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