Dame Judi Dench has opened up about her faltering eyesight, saying that giving up driving as a result of her failing vision was "absolutely appalling".In 2012, Dench revealed she had been diagnosed with macular degeneration, a degenerative eye condition which is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, according to Macular Society.However, it wasn't until 2017 that the Oscar winner stopped driving."A couple of years ago I stopped driving, which was one of the most traumatic moments of my life. It was absolutely appalling," Dench told Radio Times in the latest issue of the magazine."But I just know I'll kill somebody if I get behind the wheel of a car now."The 84-year-old added that she can no longer read the newspaper, books or do the crossword. "But, you know, you cope," Dench said.The dame is unsure when she may lose her vision entirely, saying that she doesn't ask for the predictions of medical professionals."I don't want to say. I can see enough... You adapt to it. So I ignore it altogether," Dench stated.While her failing eyesight may prevent her from reading the news, it also saved the actor from a scare during a recent close encounter with a crocodile.Dench recently travelled to the island of Borneo to film Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure, a nature programme due to air on Tuesday 2 July on ITV.During a late-night boat trip on the Kinabatangan River, Dench found herself metres away from a baby crocodile.While speaking at a screening of the television show at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Philomena star explained that multiple people had been crammed onto the small "febrile" boat."I thought we could never get any more people in, and we had [our guide] crouched at the front, and everyone going: 'Oh look, eyes over there, look at the eyes'."Thank god I am shortsighted so I couldn't see anything."During her interview with Radio Times, Dench expressed her concern that the artistic work of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey will be forgotten due to the allegations of misconduct made against them."Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did [as artistic director] – how wonderful he's been in those films?" Dench asked, with regards to Spacey."Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced?" the veteran actor added.Dench was one of the first celebrities to make a public statement denouncing Weinstein, saying she was "horrified" by his alleged actions.
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A sporting event dubbed the “sexiest and naughtiest golf day” with “nude” women has caused outrage among the golfing community.The event, titled The Sink the Pink – Big Boy And Bigger Golf Day, comes from 4Play Productions and will be held on a “secret course in Essex” on 16 August.According to a description of the day on the company’s website, the event will feature more than 30 “very sexy and nude ladies”.“We pride ourselves in offering the ‘boys’ a very naughty round of golf and an overall super-sexy day filled with forbidden pleasures, oh, and you also get to play golf,” the company’s website states.Those working at the event will include “naked bar ladies”, while a foam party and wet t-shirt competition will also be held on the day.The event has caused umbrage among golfers, with Alison Root, editor of Women & Golf telling The Independent: “It’s a shame that women do this type of work and that organisers think it’s acceptable to hire women to parade and sex up the fairways rather than encouraging them to play on them instead.“The industry is working very hard to promote equality and inclusivity in the game, as due to golf’s heritage it has long been perceived as a men-only sport.“Just when barriers are being broken down, this type of event simply undermines what the industry is striving hard to achieve.”Root adds that such an event “in this day and age is very disappointing”.On hearing news of the event, semi-pro golfer Aliah Saunders told the Daily Star: “This is just horrendous and takes the sport back centuries.“It is a million steps back in time.”Saunders continued, adding that golf is seen as a “male-dominated sport.“I regularly get looks when I am on the course by men who obviously don’t know this is my job and expect me to be rubbish.”A representative from 4PlayProductions tells The Independent: “Our UK event will be our sxith instalment and we would like to comment that both females and males are invited and have participated in past events.“We constantly have husbands and wives joining our days.”They added that women working at their events are “treated with respect and at no stage is there any soliciting allowed”.Other events listed on the company’s website include an “All Women’s Golf Day” which features a picture of a shirtless butler at a golf club.
A company has recalled over 23,000 containers of baby formula amid concerns the product may contain metal.The nationwide recall of Perrigo Company's 35 oz containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The FDA explained the reason for the recall was because of “the potential presence of metal foreign matter” in the exclusively Walmart-sold product.The affected products will have a Lot Code of C26EVFV and a “use by” date of 26 February 2021, which can be found on the bottom of the package.“Any consumers who purchased the product should discontinue use and can visit any Walmart store for a refund,” the agency said.The FDA said that there were no reports of injury or illness related to the baby formula, rather the recall was due to “an abundance of caution stemming from a consumer report”.> Perrigo Issues Voluntary Recall For Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder With Iron https://t.co/JRygqhZwmd pic.twitter.com/eBj1BnqPHK> > — U.S. FDA (@FDArecalls) > > June 24, 2019No other Perrigo Company products or retailers are affected by the recall.Consumers who have questions about Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron are advised to contact Perrigo Consumer Affairs on 866-629-6181.The news comes months after Tyson Foods – the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork – recalled more than 69,000 pounds of frozen chicken strips.The American food company made the decision to recall the products in March after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) received two complaints that metal was found in the chicken strips.The affected products include the brand’s buffalo and crispy style ready-to-eat products that were produced on 30 November 2018.The Independent has contacted the Perrigo Company for comment.
TV presenter Rav Wilding recently opened up about being diagnosed with dyspraxia, saying he has found it "tricky" coping with the co-ordination disorder throughout his life.The Crimewatch Roadshow presenter told Press Association that dyspraxia is "kind of like dyslexia with your hands", explaining that he struggled in school when he was unable to do activities that his classmates could with ease.Signs of dyspraxia may be present from an early age, with possible symptoms including poor co-ordination skills and untidy handwriting.So what is dyspraxia, what are the symptoms and how common is it? Here's everything you need to know: What is it?Dyspraxia is a form of developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), the Dyspraxia Foundation states.The disorder can affect fine motor skills – the co-ordination of small muscles, such as the hands and fingers – and gross motor skills – the co-ordination of large muscles, such as the arms, legs and torso.The condition may also impact a person's articulation when speaking.While the terms dyspraxia and DCD are sometimes used interchangeably, they don't always refer to the same condition when used.The NHS explains that the term "DCD" is preferred by the majority of healthcare professionals, as the term "dyspraxia" may have "several meanings"."For example, dyspraxia can be used to describe movement difficulties that occur later in life as a result of damage to the brain, such as from a stroke or head injury," the NHS adds. What are the symptoms?Signs of dyspraxia may become evident from a young age in infants and children.These symptoms include difficulty playing with toys or taking part in games that involve co-ordination skills, trouble using cutlery, untidy handwriting and an inability to do tasks such as doing up buttons or tying shoelaces, the NHS states.Other symptoms may include falling over frequently and dropping objects.However, the NHS points out that these signs may not necessarily by indicative of dyspraxia.For more information about symptoms of dyspraxia, click here. What are the causes?While there is no confirmed cause of dyspraxia, there are factors that may put a child at greater risk of developing the disorder.These include being born prematurely, weighing a below-average weight at birth, having relatives who had DCD or having a mother who drank alcohol or consumed illegal drugs during pregnancy, the NHS outlines. How common is it?Dyspraxia is more likely to affect boys than girls, states learning and attention issue organisation Understood.It is believed to affect 10 per cent of the population, the Mental Health Foundation outlines, while two per cent are estimated to be severely affected by the condition.Celebrities diagnosed with dyspraxia include Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, model Cara Delevingne and singer Florence Welch. How is it treated?While children who have been diagnosed with dyspraxia may "grow out" of their symptoms, the NHS states, treatment may prove beneficial in the long run.A paediatric occupational therapist may help a child with dyspraxia learn how carry out tasks such as handling cutlery, tying their shoelaces and writing.Other health professionals that may benefit a child living with dyspraxia may include a paediatrician, a clinical psychologist and an educational psychologist.For more information about dyspraxia, you can contact a local dyspraxia support group by visiting the Dyspraxia Foundation website here.
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Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner celebrated their marriage with a celebrity-filled bash eight months after saying “I do”.The couple married in upstate New York in October 2018 in a small Jewish ceremony. The marriage came just three months after they announced their engagement.Over the weekend, the pair continued their wedding celebrations with a belated party in Wyoming with famous attendees including Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry and journalist Derek Blasberg.On Sunday, Blasberg posted a series of photographs from the party including one of the couple being lifted on chairs during a traditional Jewish horah dance.In the photo, the 26-year-old supermodel wore an off-the-shoulder white lace maxi dress while her husband sported a dark navy suit.“May your marriage be as intense and long lasting as my hangover from this weekend,” Blasberg captioned the images of the married couple.Perry commented on the photograph “Ditto” as well as being tagged in an image with her fiancé, Bloom.> View this post on Instagram> > May your marriage be as intense and long lasting as my hangover from this weekend 💘> > A post shared by Derek Blasberg (@derekblasberg) on Jun 23, 2019 at 2:57pm PDT“Wonderful weekend of being loved and celebrating love, congrats to a beautiful union @karliekloss @joshuakushner,” the actor wrote under a photograph of him wearing a Stetson hat and cowboy shirt alongside his bride-to-be.> View this post on Instagram> > wonderful weekend of being loved and celebrating love, congrats to a beautiful union @karliekloss @joshuakushner ❤️> > A post shared by Orlando Bloom (@orlandobloom) on Jun 23, 2019 at 6:19pm PDTFor Kloss’ wedding last year, the Project Runway star wore a custom Dior gown with a V-neckline made of sheer lace and matching sheer lace long sleeves.Kloss and Kushner, who is the brother of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared, have been dating since 2012 and have shared a handful of photographs of each other on social media in recent years.Last year, the model opened up about the couple’s decision to keep their relationship relatively private.“It’s not like I’ve ever wanted to be so secretive about my private life. Carolina Herrera always says, ‘A woman who’s an open book is boring’,” she told Porter magazine.“There’s no mystery anymore. I know in my life what really matters to me. I’m not trying to hide that from the world; I just really like having a more private life. I’ve got nothing to hide, though!”
James Middleton has spoken about his “crippling” depression and being judged on his success.Earlier this year, the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother spoke candidly about his diagnosis with clinical depression, explaining that he once felt like a “complete failure” due to the condition.Now, the founder of personalised greetings business Boomf said while there was no particular reason for his depression, he could recall feeling guilty for his privileged upbringing.‘It’s what keeps you in bed, while anxiety makes you feel guilty for being there,” he told Tatler.“I thought ‘What do I have to be depressed about?’ I’ve been so lucky with my upbringing, I had all the things I wanted.“It’s not that I wanted more, but there was something that wasn’t always there... And the more I ignored it, the more it was taking over.”While his parents, Carol and Michael Middleton, knew something “wasn’t right”, the 32-year-old said he felt incapable of talking to them about how he was feeling at the time.> View this post on Instagram> > Sail away with me ⛵️ ☀️> > A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy) on May 7, 2019 at 10:23am PDTThe entrepreneur continued: “I shut myself off, I didn’t communicate with my family at all. But there’s only so long you can hold your breath.”Following a period of therapy and time in Glen Affric – his brother-in-law James Matthews’ Scottish estate – Kate’s brother admitted to finally feeling content.“I am happy – I feel like James Middleton again,” he said. “I feel like I was when I was 13, excited about life. I feel like myself again and I couldn’t ask for more.”Elsewhere in the interview, Middleton – who is currently in a relationship with French financial expert Alizee Thevenet – spoke about the pressure of being in the public eye.Following Kate’s wedding to the Duke of Cambridge in 2011, the then 23-year-old James said that the sudden media attention around him made him question his sense of self, his abilities and his business.“Suddenly, and very publicly, I was being judged about whether I was a success of a failure,” he said.“That does put pressure on you. Because in my mind I’m doing this irrespective of my family and events that have happened.”On his relationship with the royals, he added: “I lead a separate life to them. “If there’s interest in me, great. If there’s interest in me because of them, that’s different.”In his January essay for the Daily Mail, Middleton described depression as “an absence of feelings” and revealed that his eldest sister’s work with mental health charity Heads Together was partly what inspired him to come forward with his own story of the condition.“I know I’m richly blessed and live a privileged life. But it did not make me immune to depression,” he wrote.“It is tricky to describe the condition. It is not merely sadness. It is an illness, a cancer of the mind.”If you have been affected by any issues mentioned in this article, you can contact The Samaritans for free on 116 123 or any of the following mental health organisations:mind.org.uknhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealthmentalhealth.org.uksamaritans.organxietyuk.org.ukThe full interview can be seen in the August issue of Tatler, available on newsstands and digital download on Thursday 27 June 2019.
On Monday, the family of former deputy prime minister John Prescott revealed he has been admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke.A statement about Prescott's health, posted on Twitter, said that the 81-year-old was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday.The family said they wanted to praise the "swift actions" of the ambulance staff and the doctors and nurses at the hospital's A&E stroke unit.According to the Stroke Association, strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the UK, and the cause of 400 childhood deaths across the country every year.There are different types of strokes and recovery length depends on the severity of the attack.The sooner someone receives treatment, the less the brain will be damaged.> A statement from the family of John Prescott. pic.twitter.com/0wgCNYn0ZV> > — John Prescott (@johnprescott) > > June 24, 2019Here’s everything you need to know about strokes, from how to recognise the symptoms to what the different types of stroke are: What is a stroke?Described by the UK’s Stroke Association as a “brain attack”, a stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off.This prevents key nutrients and oxygen from getting to the brain, causing severe damage to the brain cells, which can impair a person’s speech and the way they move and think. What are the different types of stroke?There are three types of stroke.Ischaemic strokes, which are most common, occur when an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. The blood clots usually form in areas where the arteries have become narrowed over time due to a buildup of fatty deposits; this process is known as atherosclerosis.Haemorrhagic strokes happen when there is bleeding in or around the brain caused by a blood vessel rupturing. This kills all of the surrounding brain cells.The third type, according to the British Heart Foundation, is a mini-stroke, which is caused by a brief reduction in blood supply to part of the brain. These kinds of stokes, sometimes referred to as transient ischaemic attacks, shouldn’t cause permanent damage to the brain, and most symptoms should pass within 24 hours. What causes a stroke?For ischaemic strokes, which are caused by narrowing arteries, certain things such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption and high cholesterol can be triggers.Arteries naturally narrow as you get older, so elderly people are also more at risk.The main causes for haemorrhagic strokes, which are less common, are stress, lack of exercise, obesity and smoking. How to spot someone is having a strokeThe symptoms for a stroke depend on the person and the type of stroke, though the NHS uses the F.A.S.T acronym to list the main signs as: * Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped. * Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm. * Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake. * Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.If you suspect you or someone else is having a stroke, the NHS advises phoning 999 immediately and asking for an ambulance. What happens after someone has had a stroke?Recovery from a stroke will vary depending on how much damage has been caused to the brain.Some people will recover quickly, but others will need long-term support from a range of specialists, such as language therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists and psychologists.After a stroke, a person’s cognitive functions (communication, spatial awarenesses, memory and concentration) can be severely compromised, and in these instances, a rehabilitation plan will be created to help a person recover fully.Strokes can also cause weakness in the body and, in some cases, paralysis. Physiotherapy will be prescribed if this is the case and a care worker may also be provided.Other issues that may arise after a stroke include: vision problems, bladder issues, difficulty swallowing.Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, may also arise after a stroke.For more information about strokes, visit the Stroke Association website, or call the charity’s helpline on 0303 3033 100.The helpline is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 1pm and is closed on Sunday.
A father has had a tattoo inked on his chest in tribute to the scar his son sustained during life-saving heart surgery.When Leanne Watts was 28 weeks pregnant with her son, Joey, she was informed he had a rare condition called supravalvular aortic stenosis.The heart defect causes the large vessel which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body to narrow.On 23 May, six-year-old Joey, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, underwent an eight-hour operation at Leeds Children's Hospital to widen the blood vessel, a procedure which came with a one-in-10 chance of survival.The surgery, which has proven successful for Joey so far, resulted in him acquiring a 9cm scar down the centre of his chest."When Joey saw the scar, he just said, 'Is this where they have cut me to fix my heart?'" Mrs Watts said."We've told him it should be something to be proud of and he shouldn't be ashamed by what has happened to him."All of these warriors should be proud of their scars and all they achieve in life."On 29 May, the day after Joey was discharged from hospital, his father, Martin Watts, went to a local tattoo parlour to have a copy of his son's scar tattooed on his chest.Mr Watts also had his son's heartbeat tattooed on his chest to the right of the scar design. The Watts family are supporting the "ScarSelfie" campaign being promoted by the Children's Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which is encouraging patients of heart surgery to share pictures of their scars on social media.The campaign also encourages donations to CHSF, which provides aid to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds Children's Hospital."We fully understand that showing a scar picture is a very personal decision and not for everyone," said Sharon Milner, CEO of CHSF."We are blown away by the bravery and resilience of the hundreds of CHD patients who undergo open-heart surgery and life-saving procedures at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit every day – like Joey."Joey's older brother, seven-year-old Harley, was diagnosed with the some condition when he was 14 weeks old.Harley is due to undergo the same surgery later this year, while Joey will require three further operations to widen his pulmonary branches and stretch his blood vessels.“You take comfort from the way surgeons at Leeds handled things with Joey,” Ms Watts said. “It will be just as scary but they have given you reason to believe.“I thought superheroes wore capes, they don’t, they wear surgical scrubs and gowns."Supravalvular aortic stenosis is linked to William's Syndrome, a congenital disorder which can cause heart issues.“It’s a very rare condition and is linked to William’s Syndrome. For some reason, the boys don’t have William's Syndrome but they have the heart condition of a child with William’s," Mrs Watts explained.
With my 11-month-old son sound asleep and his oxygen levels refreshing themselves every 30 seconds on my iPhone, I can’t help but think to myself: how did my parents’ generation survive without technology?When my son Hudson was born, I was left with no choice but to go it alone due to my partner leaving me when I was eight months pregnant. During this difficult time, the luxury of having help from family was also out of the question as Hudson was born in New York, which is where I was living at the time, and my family were based in the UK. Alone, unsure, and most definitely confused and exhausted, technology gave me relief knowing that there were tools out there that could help me through. This is true today, even with my move back home to London a few months ago and as my little one grows bigger.At times technology has felt like another pair hands for me, and as a single mum that has been important. As a new breed of millennial parents begin to adopt more and more smart technology, nurseries are becoming connected data centres. Bottles, prams, cots, dummies – they can all collect information if you want them to. This tech might not seem essential, but you can’t put a price on peace of mind. In today’s world, I’ve got many tools at my fingertips to do the best job as a parent. Whether it’s my favourite yoga app to squeeze in a few minutes of me time, or the ability to find my “village” through the Peanut app, which is basically Tinder for mums, I know I’m not alone. I even track my son’s growth progress, ensuring I’m doing the utmost in terms of his development through The Bump. Many of these apps are free to download and are incredibly straightforward to use. Today’s tech savvy tools like the Elvie Hands Free Breast Pump, Kegel Trainer and Owlet Smart Sock all come with a free app. This not only provides you with essential data to track progress, but they all have on-demand help in the forms of coaching and chat boxes, so you are never alone through the process. There are some things that I can’t do without. With an Owlet Smart Sock, I can relax knowing that my son is OK in his cot. It uses hospital-grade technology to track oxygen levels and heart rate and sends it straight to my phone via a base station. I can pump my breasts hands-free with an Elvie Pump, allowing me to regain that time I would have lost being tethered to a wall – enabling me to continue to work. In addition to apps, thanks to my smartphone I’ve been able to FaceTime my mother in times of need and share my experiences on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with others in the same position, something that’s most certainly served as an emotional support system. Granted my moral compass kicks in from time to time. It shouts at me to trust my intuition, and not rely on stats and data. However, when it comes to the baby boomers, I suppose it is a case of “they can’t miss something that they never had”. As a helping hand, technology should be used as a tool in not only the first few steps, but through every step of parenting.For me, the most valuable thing these tools have been able to provide is extra, much needed time with my son. We no longer need to feel exhausted with sleep deprivation from lying awake worrying about our sleeping babies. Nor do we have to trawl through endless baby books, searching for the answer. When a quick search on a smartphone app can find it. We can reclaim our time, leaving room to create more precious and much needed moments with our little ones. Instead of shunning new innovation, let’s embrace the next generation of parenting. Who knows what parents will be able to do in the future? They say that nothing can prepare a new parent for when their baby comes home, but in this day and age, we can do our utmost to be as prepared as we can be.
“I don’t know why I feel so weird about leaving the house. I just have these weird thoughts."