Schoolboy, 13, excluded from lessons for breaching health and safety rules by wearing traditional tie instead of clip-on version

Tied in knots by elf 'n' safety: Schoolboy, 13, excluded for wearing traditional version instead of a clip-on Teenager Max Richmond says children need to learn how to wear one Headteacher says clip on ties supports health and safety of youngsters HSE said it was a 'myth' that health and safety bans traditional school ties By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 09:24 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:50 GMT, 14 February 2013 [headerlinks] Max Richmond was put into isolation for a day after he refused to wear a clip on tie Most children have been scolded by a teacher for their scruffy uniform and told to straighten their tie. But one schoolboy has been punished for refusing to wear a clip-on tie because he wants to wear a smarter traditional one – which breaches 'health and safety rules'.

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer"s – even if you have lots of friends

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer's – even if you have lots of friends Dutch researchers found a significant link between feelings of loneliness – rather than having no friends – and the chances of suffering from Alzheimer'sAdds to mounting evidence that feeling lonely is a unique health risk factor | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012 Older people who feel alone are much more at risk of the degenerative brain disease (posed by model) Lonely people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life, say researchers. Their study revealed a significant link between feelings of solitariness – rather than having no friends – and the risk of having the degenerative brain disease.

More than 500,000 pensioners "will be lonely at Christmas" with just the television for company

More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' with just the television for companyOne in six over-65s barely speaks to family, friends or neighbours once a week according to a new survey by Friends of the ElderlyThe survey reveals the depth of isolation affecting many whose well-being is at greater risk during the winter By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:28 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 3 December 2012 Alone: More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' (file picture) More than half a million older people will be spending Christmas alone this year – with only the TV for company, say campaigners. One in six is in touch with family, friends and neighbours barely once a week, while one in ten is in contact less than once a month