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Stevens Johnson

by on Nov.05, 2012, under Drugs, Health, Kids, Parenting

Calvin Lock, an eleven year old from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, UK, had the typical symptoms of a virus. His mother gave him the recommended dose of strawberry-flavored Liquid Nurofen For Children. Six days later he came down with a rash. He was diagnosed with chicken pox and given antibiotics. After the swelling and blistering worsened, Calvin was sent to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he was likewise diagnosed with a particularly nasty case of chicken pox. When he was unable to walk, talk, see, and struggling to breathe, he was finally admitted as an inpatient. Calvin was put on an IV drip as staff started treatmeant for more than 200 painful blisters but his condition deteriorated and he was put on a life-support machine. He was then transferred to a burns unit where surgeons removed affected skin from about 65 per cent of his body. He was ultimately diagnosed with Stevens Johnson syndrome, which is triggered by certain medications. In Calvin's case, it was ibuprofin that was in the cough medicine. Calvin lost his hair, which is now growing back, and will be severely scarred. His mother Robyn Moult and stepfather Daryn Chambers are now campaigning to raise awareness of Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

Steven's "Johnson"

A spokesman for Nurofen for Children said warnings about the reactions suffered by Calvin are included on the patient information leaflet in "consumer friendly language".

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A Day at the Races

by on Jun.04, 2011, under Animals, Culture, Education, Family, Games, History, Kids, Parenting, Racism, Recreation

The British upper class has long been associated with horse racing. It was a sport for aristocrats and kings. Maintaining this tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (also known as Prince William and Kate Middleton) made an appearance close to home this weekend at the prestigious horse race known as Epsom Derby. It was their first public outing since returning from their honeymoon in the Seychelles last month. Even the Queen had a horse in this race, Carleton House, seen on the right. William and Harry are perfectly at home at the racetrack. They learned to ride at an early age on one of the royal estates. Her Majesty's horse made a valiant effort, but Pour Moi came up from the tail of the pack to win.
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Expressing Yourself

by on May.11, 2011, under Culture, Education, Family, Kids, Parenting

What the hell is wrong with expressing yourself, being who you want to be? Will anybody die if you put on a dress? Who the hell cares if your blush is a mess? Start a new fashion, buck all the trends. Emphasize integrity. What the hell is wrong with expressing yourself, trying to be free? That's what Chris Whitehead wanted to know. Chris, a year 8 student at Impington Village College, near Cambridge, wondered why girls were allowed to wear skirts during the hot summer months, but boys weren't allowed to wear shorts. "It discriminates against boys," said Chris. "I will march in a skirt with other boys waving banners and making a lot of noise. I will be wearing the skirt at school all day in protest at the uniform policy and addressing the assembly with the school council." Chris, who lives in nearby Histon, added: "Wearing a skirt is just like wearing shorts with a gap in the middle. I don’t feel silly at all. I don’t embarrass easily." He said it is unfair that girls can change into skirts during the hot weather, while boys have to suffer in long pants. This, he added, affects their concentration and ability to learn. The schoolboy is taking advantage of a loophole in the school's uniform policy that says that students must wear "plain black tailored trousers or knee-length skirts without slits" but does not specify a gender. Chris borrowed a skirt from his sister Joanna, 11, and was accompanied by 30 supporters waving pickets saying, ‘Cool shorts, not hot pants’, ‘Shorts  for the long-term’ and ‘What’s wrong with my legs?’ And he said he intends to continue wearing the outfit. Chris's parents support his protest. His mother, Liz, 50, a maths teacher, said: ‘ "I’m delighted that Chris is taking action on what he believes in – which the school actually encourages, so he is only doing what he is taught." His father, Brian, 48, who owns a publishing company, added: "It’s a creative and imaginative idea. I was worried about him getting picked on but he just shrugged his shoulders."

No boy has ever been kilt for skirting the school dress code.

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