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£2.7 billion – the yearly cost of ruined clothes thanks to stains and washing mishaps

Brits wreck £2.7 billion worth of clothes every year – thanks to spills and washing mishaps, a new study has revealed. Researchers found that food and drink stains, rips and even washing them too much or on the wrong setting means millions have ended up binning some of their favourite clothes. Almost nine in ten adults ruin and then throw away four items a year, worth an average of £62.68 in total.  That means clothes worth more than £2.7 billion end up in the nation’s rubbish every year.

£14,000 – the lifetime spend on a woman’s hair

The average woman will spend more than £14,000 on her hair in a lifetime, a new study has revealed. Researchers found that trips to the hairdressers, grooming products and styling accessories will set a woman back around £37 a month. Over the course of the year, this adds up to just over £439 – or £14,053 between the ages of 18 and 50.

One in seven young drivers dangerous on the road – because of their EYES

One in seven young drivers put themselves and their passengers in danger because of poor visibility and problems with their eyesight, it has been revealed. The shocking figures emerged following a poll of 2,000 motorists, which found one in seven drivers under the age of 24 to be suffering from eyesight problems. The study also unearthed the near misses experienced by the average driver – a lucky third have driven onto a roundabout and narrowly missed being hit by a car from their right because they didn’t see them.  While one in four drivers only just avoided a serious crash because a vehicle came out of nowhere.

Prepare your pet for winter

Dog in coat

Winter is approaching and whilst you are investing in warm knitwear, wooly hats and gloves, spare a thought for your pet, who given the option might do the same! Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold weather and due to their smaller size, our pets are even more vulnerable than we are.  Could you spot the signs? In severe cases your pet won’t display telltale signs such as shivering. But will be disorientated and lethargic with shallow breathing and a slow heart rate. It is even more important to keep elderly pets with arthritis dry and warm. Prevention is always better than cure. Fiona Firth, Head Nutritionist at Burns has some tips to keep your pet warm in the harsh winter months.

Parents of Babies with Cow’s Milk Allergy wait about six and a half weeks for diagnosis

New research reveals that parents of babies suffering with suspected cow’s milk allergy (CMA) currently face an average wait of six and a half weeks before their child’s condition is diagnosed. The emotional impact is widespread with nearly 75% of parents stating that the situation had caused them to feel ‘extremely stressed or worried’. Almost one parent in five (18%) said that they felt they had failed as a parent. Worryingly, the survey also highlights that, for the majority of parents, the challenges presented by their child’s condition do not end in diagnosis.

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