Exciting changes at Wanobe

Wanobe is really following up on our reader survey a few weeks back by delivering some exciting new options.

You asked for more community enhancing things to do, so we have now launched a movie clip gallery where you can place your video clips on Wanobe, open either to your family and friends or available for everyone visiting the site.

I really hope you find this new function easy and fun to use – and, remember, it’s free.

We have also updated the look and feel of our astrology pages. Now you can read what Wanobe’s inhouse astrologer Patrick Arundell believes the stars have in store for you today, tomorrow, during the week or month ahead in a easier-to-read style.

Even more great things are happening now or are in the pipeline.

Wanobe now gives you the opportunity from your own home to visit a virtual hospital, probably the first of its kind in the UK, to get in touch with GMC registered doctors. Apart from providing advice, they’ll also be able to issue prescriptions for a number of treatments for problems such as erectile dysfunction or weight issues and you can have the medicines delivered to your home.

We like this service so much that we have negotiated a 10% discount for everyone from Wanobe who signs as a member at UK-Med during May. Just go the the Wellbeing section for more information, or click here on UK-Med .

These type of enhancements to the Wanobe site are just the start of some exciting new developments. So please stay with us, and tell your friends and family about all the benefits and fun things you can find at Wanobe.com.

Keep on rocking, Dave

Silent killer

It was scary to learn the other day that high blood pressure may account for more than 13 percent of premature deaths around the world.

An article in the The Lancet medical journal wrote that researchers found that in 2001, the latest year for which complete global data were available, around 8 million early deaths could be attributed to high blood pressure.

Hypertension was also claimed to be responsible for 54 percent of strokes and 47 percent of heart disease worldwide.

I have always thought high blood pressure was principally a problem in high income western countries. But the latest findings show that 80 percent of deaths linked to high blood pressure now occur in the developing world, with half of the fatalities among people of working age.

According to The Lancet article writers little substantive or sustained effort has been made to address an issue that has probably killed over 50 million people in the past decade, disabled many more, and taken billions of dollars from already fragile economies.

However, there is hope on the horizon. Both the WHO and World Bank have now highlighted the importance of chronic disease as an obstacle to economic development. They recommend action to control the huge epidemics of cardiovascular diseases already affecting Asia and South America and threatening other regions, including Africa.

The Lancet writers noted global expenditure on antihypertensive treatment is around €50 billion each year, more than 90 percent of which is spent in high-income countries, where the main debate about access concerns the provision of care to very-low-risk individuals. Middle-income and low-income regions have a five times greater burden of disease than do high-income regions, with access to less than 10 percent of the global treatment resource.

Keep on rocking, Dave