Jump in music fees charged by record companies threatens village hall dance and aerobics classes

Jump in music fees charged by record companies threatens village hall dance and aerobics classes Record companies planning hike in rates charged to amateur dance classesInstructors currently pay annual fee but will change to payment per sessionFears that community classes could be wiped out as obesity threat rises By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 5 January 2013 Aerobics, fitness and Zumba classes held in village halls are under threat over plans for massive increases to the fees charged by record companies for the right to play music. Currently, instructors play a flat annual fee for a licence to play music in their classes

Specially trained dog raised the alarm when disabled owner fell into diabetic coma

Forget Lassie, Millie is my life-saver: Specially trained dog raised the alarm when disabled owner fell into diabetic coma Labrador saved owner Paul McKenzie after he passed out unconsciousPressed panic button with her paw and paramedics arrived'If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here now,' he said | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 21 December 2012 If Paul McKenzie shouts ‘alarm’, his dog Millie is trained to press a panic button. But when he slipped into a diabetic coma, he was far beyond shouting – and seemingly beyond help. Millie, however, had other ideas.

High blood pressure, smoking and alcohol are the biggest global killers

High blood pressure is the biggest global killer…but obesity isn't far behind, warn leading scientists Smoking and alcohol came second and third, says study which looked at 43 risk factors over 20 yearsToo much salt and not enough fruit partly to blame High body mass index was the biggest ‘climber’, moving from tenth place to sixth | UPDATED: 17:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 High blood pressure killed more than nine million people worldwide in 2010, making it the greatest overall health risk. Smoking and alcohol came second and third, according to the study which looked at the trends of 43 risks between 1990 and 2010

A nature walk away from gadgets can boost brain power by half

A walk outdoors away from gadgets can boost brain power by half Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days outdoors disconnected from modern technology It can boost brain power by as much as 50 per centAdults in Britain spend an average of 3.5hours watching TV – 15 per cent of their life | UPDATED: 01:49 GMT, 13 December 2012 Next time you are confronted with a complex problem, don’t worry – the answer could lie at the bottom of your garden. Leaving your laptop at home, switching off the smartphone and taking a walk in nature can help boost brain power by as much as 50 per cent, a study has revealed. Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days in the great outdoors disconnected from modern technology

Pensioner who went blind after drinking vodka has his eyesight saved… by a bottle of whisky!

Pensioner who went blind after drinking vodka has his eyesight saved… by a bottle of whisky! | UPDATED: 18:48 GMT, 1 December 2012 Incredible: A bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky saved Denis Duthie's eyesight As any hardened drinkers know, too much alcohol can severely impair your sight. But for one man in New Zealand, a whole bottle of whisky actually led to his eyesight being saved