The tragedy this week in the US, when an uncontained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 led to the death of a passenger, was a stark reminder of vulnerability when six miles above the surface of the earth. Until 17 April 2018, Southwest was unrivalled as the safest airline in the world, at least on the measure I believe is the most significant: the number of people flown without a single passenger fatality.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has long-been associated with tampon use, but a new study claims that menstrual cups could pose an even greater risk. Favoured for their economical and eco-friendly properties, menstrual cups have risen in popularity in recent years and are viewed by many as an ethical and more hygienic alternative to more traditional sanitary products, such as towels and tampons. Conducted in Lyon, France, researchers examined the material of 15 different tampons and menstrual cups to see which might increase bacterial growth or infections that lead to TSS.
'The history is close enough to touch' – tracing Guernsey's wartime past and Nazi occupation
Ten miles into my cycle across Louisiana, I roll to a stop alongside a field of golden corn. When I WhatsApp a friend an image of the crumbling structure he replies: “Don’t go near that building.” But while the setting might resemble the backdrop of an eighties horror film, Louisiana’s rural charm has already won me over. Perhaps oddly for America, land of the driver, growing numbers are exploring the state by bike.
If you went to Uni, chances are your student days involved plenty of cheap alcohol, pesto pasta and trying to accrue as many freebies as possible at the freshers' fair. With yearly university fees at £9,000 (and the interest rate on loans due to increase this year) and maintenance grants having been completely replaced with meagre loans (to the detriment of the poorest students), students can expect to rack up more than £50,000 worth of debt, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Half of students have experienced mental health issues as a result of money problems, while a similar percentage say it affects their relationships (42%), diet (61%) and presumably their health as a result, and even their grades (34%), the very reason they're racking up astronomical levels of debt in the first place.
Last week, The Sunday Times Middle East Correspondent Louise Callaghan was reporting from a refugee camp in northern Syria. Like the other Syrians from the area of Douma who Callaghan talked to that day, they gave individual, corroborating testimonies about a chemical attack on 7th April, most probably carried out by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad on his own population. If life in the camp was bad, says Callaghan, grimmer was the life that the people of Douma had left behind: “They have been under siege for four and a half years and their homes have been relentlessly pummelled by bombing and chemical warfare,” she explains to Refinery29 over the phone.
The death of the much loved television presenter Dale Winton at his home in London is being treated as “unexplained” by police. Police are making enquiries after the TV personality – who is famed for fronting game show series like Supermarket Sweep and the National Lottery’s In It To Win It – died at his home aged 62 on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told The Independent they do not currently believe the death to be suspicious.
Think eating in Paris is expensive? The Hood Paris is a young, hip café where they do both food and coffee really well. The food menu was created by Khanh-Ly Hyunh, a talented French-Vietnamese chef who won MasterChef France in 2015, and the coffee is excellent.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to changes in seasons, is most commonly associated with the cold, dark autumn and winter months, but many people instead experience "reverse SAD", whereby they feel particularly low during spring and summer. It's unclear what proportion of people with SAD experience it in "reverse", but research has put it between 10 and 40%, says Laura Peters, head of advice and information at Rethink Mental Illness. The causes are also less clear compared with SAD associated with the winter months, which has been linked to changes in melatonin, serotonin and the body's circadian rhythm caused by lack of sunlight.