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How to get yourself a younger immune system – 6 easy tricks for healthier living

Immune systems are an intensely clever network located inside each human being. These systems work to protect humans against a range of potential health threats. With the lifting of restrictions this week and “personal responsibility” being the new status quo, it is more important than ever to maintain good immunity. Express.co.uk has compiled a list of six easy ways to protect yourself and lower your immunity age.

The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins which work together to protect your body against infection.

This body system keeps a record of all germs, called microbes, it has ever defeated.

Therefore you will be able to recognise and destroy this microbe quickly if it ever enters your body again.

There are several abnormalities associated with your immune system which take the form of allergies, immunodeficiencies and autoimmune disorders.

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The immune system consists of organs, cells and chemicals designed to attack infections.

The main components of this system include white blood cells, antibodies, the complement systems, the lymphatic system, spleen, thymus and bone marrow.

These are the elements of your immune system which work to actively defeat the infection.

As well as your immune system, your body also protects itself from disease using your skin, lungs, digestive tract and body fluids.

Obesity and exercise

Regular exercise is one of the key factors which can help prevent a decline in your immune system.

One’s immune system declines by two to three percent a year from your 20s.

But those who exercise regularly will have extra protection against this rate of decline.

Research in the British Medical Journal found those who walked for at least 20 minutes a day had 43 percent fewer sick days due to the common cold.

Smoking and binge drinking

Smoking has a number of negative influences including increasing your immune age.

This in turn reduces your risk of combatting serious illness and means you are likely to live for a shorter period of time.

Binge drinking prompts a reduction in white blood cells which are used to combat infections.

Therefore avoid binge drinking alcohol as it makes your immune system less active.

Protein and diet

Poor gut health can increase one’s immune age according to scientists, whereas a healthy microbiome can slow down this ageing process.

You should try to eat as much plant food as possible as these support antibodies.

Slow fermented sourdough bread is also very helpful to your gut.

Protein does not necessarily have to mean meat or fish – eating a range of different proteins is also very helpful to extending your immune body’s lifespan.

A study of 120 older adults found that a Mediterranean diet, high in vegetables, fruit, pulses, wholegrains, oily fish and olive oil, had a positive impact on ageing immune cells.

Vitamins

Vitamin D has a long-established role in one’s immunity.

Spending plenty of time outside in the sunshine and taking supplements when the sun’s rays are insufficient is crucial to extending your immune system’s functionality.

An estimated third of people in the UK are vitamin D deficient and therefore supplements of this kind are often advised for Britons especially.

Stress

Stress is one of the most devastating influences on health.

It can impact your sleep pattern and mental health hugely and therefore avoiding and managing stress effectively is essential.

Those quick to anger tend to have immune systems which are constantly primed for inflammation which means they weaken with age.

Socialisation

Social connection is also important as loneliness can cause immune systems to go into stress.

This prompts an inflammatory response which can cause long-term damage.

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Harry and Meghan ‘Hanging with LA Rich!’ Harry and Meghan live a ‘baller lifestyle, according to source

According to reports, the Duke and Duchess are living a happy life. Luxury since you stepped back as senior members the Royal Family Moving to North America According to a source, Harry is currently in North America. A “baller”, who doesn’t mind spending money and has been associated to a Crowd of tech billionaires.

The source stated that “He’s not in the showbiz lot like people would expect.”

“Rather than spending time in Adele or James Corden’s company, Harry and I would rather spend our time with them.” Meghan and the LA wealthy: Owners of large companies. Jet-set types can fly private planes.

“He spends his time in Malibu and Montecito.”

Harry began his executive job in March at Betterup, a Silicon Valley startup. It’s a coaching and mental-health firm.

The Duke and Duchess also signed multi-million-dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix.

But, Daniela Elser (royal commentator), writes for Australian news Outlet News.com.au: The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex “haven’t” Hollywood was set ablaze by your words.

According to previous estimates, the couple would have to pay approximately $ 5.9 million for security and their Montecito house.

However, even though you have some serious cash and are able to hang with some of the most prestigious people in the world, According to LA’s best, Harry is the most famous LA resident. He attends parties.

Eden Confidential was told by a royal source: “Harry told multiple people.” They want Lili to be christened at Windsor just like her. Brother.

“They will wait until the circumstances permit.”

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‘What planet are you living on?!’ Brussels chief aghast as Danish MEP erupts in angry rant

The Danish People’s Party MEP launched a bitter rant at the Brussels chief during a heated plenary session in the European Parliament on Tuesday. Mr Kofod slammed theEU’s Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs over the bloc’s failure to manage the European migrant crisis. Ms Johansson sat stony-faced as the Danish MEP accused her of “living on another planet” if she thought the EU refugee crisis had been resolved.

Mr Kofod told the plenary session: “It’s quite surprising to be sitting here listening to the debate and suddenly the Commissioner says that Europe is no longer in a migration crisis.

“Commissioner, what planet are you living on?!

“This is a time of whole people migrating. We have mass immigration from the near East and Africa that really is shifting the sands of the landscape of the Europe we love.

“We are seeing ghettos, more and more criminality in Scandanavian and European countries,” claimed the MEP.

There are areas where rule of law no longer applies!” the MEP claimed.

Mr Kofod continued: “You must acknowledge the existing problems of migration in this continent.

“If you don’t acknowledge the problem, you can’t solve the problem.”

“This system will never resolve the issue and I’m really disappointed!”

The clash claim amid reports that Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko is “deliberately” forcing arriving migrants to the border with Lithuania in an attempt to trigger a crisis for the EU.

Reporter Konstantin Eggert told DW News: “In the last 24-hours there were 130 plus migrants that crossed the border which is more than the whole of last year.

“This is being repeated for days and weeks and probably even more.

“The situation is becoming very serious.

“Charles Michel has promised today his and the EU’s help to the Lithuanian president and the government who is struggling to accommodate all those people.”

He continued: “Data from the Lithuanian border guards shows that the Lithuanian-Belarussian frontier has become completely porous.

“People are just climbing over a fence and running across the border!

“Belarus suspended its participation in EU’s eastern partnership and in the EU migrant readmission agreement which obliged Belarus to take illegal migrants, crossing from his side, back.”

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5 people living in Fort Bend Co. contract COVID delta variant

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Five residents of Fort Bend County have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 delta variant, a version of the coronavirus that has been found in more than 80 countries since it was first detected in India and can spread more easily.

According to the Fort Bend County health department, all five people live in the county and were confirmed to have the variant on Wednesday, June 23.

Officials said three of the residents have received only one dose of the COVID vaccine and one had not been vaccinated at all prior to the start of symptoms.

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The vaccination status of the fifth person hasn’t been determined yet, but officials said although they all experienced symptoms, no one had to be hospitalized.

“These cases underscore the importance of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, especially with the delta variant becoming more prevalent in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, the director of the county’s health and human services department. “Current research shows that two doses of the mRNA vaccines are over 80% effective against the Delta variant.”

The delta variant got its name from the World Health Organization, which names notable variants after letters of the Greek alphabet.

Experts say it spreads more easily because of mutations that make it better at latching onto cells in our bodies. In the United Kingdom, the variant is now responsible for 90% of all new infections. In the U.S., it represents 20% of infections, and health officials say it could become the country’s dominant type as well.

Studies have shown that the available vaccines work against variants, including the delta variant.

“The best protection that we have against this disease is to be fully vaccinated,” said Minter. “If you are not fully vaccinated, we encourage you to wear your mask and to maintain a physical distance from others while in public.”

Free vaccines are still available in Fort Bend County.

Researchers in England studied how effective the two-dose AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were against it, compared with the alpha variant that was first detected in the U.K.

The vaccines were protective for those who got both doses, but were less so among those who got one dose.

It’s why experts say it’s important to be fully vaccinated. And it’s why they say making vaccines accessible globally is so critical.

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Pension credit claims pushed as the number of retirees living in poverty tops 2 million

Pension income issues have been prevalent for a number of years as large swathes of the retired population struggle to get by. This issue has recently been highlighted once again by Age UK, the UK’s leading charity for older people.

“Official figures show that a third of Asian older people (33 percent) and just under a third of Black older people (30 percent) in the UK live below the poverty line, compared to 16 percent of White older people.

“The over-85s, renters, and single, female pensioners, are also at greater risk of poverty than the older population as a whole. The total number of older people living in poverty in the UK now stands at 2.1 million.

“Despite these high numbers and recent government figures showing that nearly a million older people could not afford an unexpected bill of £200, nearly a million (920,000) pensioner households are missing out on pension credit payments worth up to £1.6billion every year – that’s an average of £32 a week, or over £1,600 a year, per recipient.”

Age UK went on to share the story of Pam, a 75 year old who contacted the charity for advice.

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Pam detailed: “I’ve had really bad periods when I can’t even open the bills, the letters. It’s been that bad, and I’ve had to wait for my daughter to come, and she’s had to go through everything. I was struggling financially a bit. I have a state pension and a small one through the county council. A lady from the Age UK Advice line said: ‘I can get someone to ring you to do a benefits check for you’. So then I got the call from a lady at Age UK Lincoln, she rang me to talk about it. I never dreamed at any point that with my income that I was actually entitled to any benefits. She did a benefits check for me and helped me fill the forms in.

“I now get attendance allowance and pension credit – which is an extra £51 a week, but it’s the other benefits that come with it too. I don’t pay council tax anymore – even with a quarter discount off, I was still paying about £1000 a year, which is a huge amount of money. And now I’m 75, I get my free TV licence. Without Age UK, I wouldn’t have known about any of that.

“Having the Age UK benefits check has made a huge difference to my life. With that little bit of extra money, it’s enabled me to buy things that make my life easier. I’ve got a better shower chair – it’s much safer. When everything opened up last time, I had a chiropodist come to do my feet which I could never have afforded. I don’t worry so much about my bills now, and that is a huge thing when you suffer with depression, anxiety, and low mood sometimes. When those letters come, I just can’t; I just can’t deal with them, you know, and so as a result of the Age UK benefits check, it’s taken away any worries about anything.”

Len Goodman and Rustie Lee, two Age UK Ambassadors, supported the call for older people to find out if they’re entitled to pension credit.

Len said: “Older people are so resilient and tend to know how to make do, but it doesn’t have to be like that for those who are struggling to manage day-to-day bills.

“Pension Credit is a benefit for low-income pensioners to help cover the costs of later life. Lots of people don’t even know it exists, meaning almost a million older households are not getting the extra money they are entitled to. For those that have claimed, it can mean being able to stick the heating on for longer or having the money to buy essentials for their home to keep well and safe.

“That’s why I’m supporting Age UK efforts to raise more awareness about this benefit. There’s help out there and Age UK can support older people throughout the whole process – from information gathering to form filling. Please, I would urge anyone who’s watching the pennies to find out more and see if they can make a claim. Pension credit not only gives you more money each week, it can also be a gateway to other help too.”

Rustie also heeded this: “It’s so important for everyone who’s feeling the pinch at the moment to see if they might be entitled to claim some extra help. It’s just shocking that so many older people can’t afford the basics such as decent, healthy food or keeping their house nice and warm.

“Pension credit is a really important benefit that can make a big difference to older people on a budget, giving them a bit of extra cash to pay for things that most people take for granted. I’d urge any older person who is struggling to make ends meet at the moment to speak to Age UK to find out if they could be eligible for pension credit, it could make all the difference and open the door to lots of other financial support too. There’s absolutely nothing to lose by making a claim!”

Caroline Abrahams, a Charity Director at Age UK, concluded with similar calls.

She said: “The numbers of older people living in poverty have risen steadily in the last few years, so they now top two million. That’s a lot of older people worried sick about how they’ll cope if their heating or their cooker breaks down and needs replacing, more than the entire populations of Newcastle and Liverpool put together.

“It’s sad to realise that the burden of poverty in old age is falling disproportionately on Black and Asian older people in our society at the moment. For their sake and, indeed, for the sake of anyone forced to scrimp and save in their later years, we should do everything possible to raise their incomes, so they can enjoy the dignified and comfortable retirement they deserve.

“It’s deeply frustrating that the money is available to top up the incomes of pensioners who live on the lowest incomes but that much of it goes begging every year because many never claim what is rightfully theirs. We really do want older people to obtain their full entitlements, particularly pension credit because this can open the door to additional support – but that means putting in a claim.

“There are many reasons why older people don’t claim, including lack of awareness, worry about filling in long forms or disclosing personal information, feeling there is always someone worse off than they are, or being determined not to ask for help, even though in reality they badly need it.

“The great thing about pension credit is that it not only gives older people extra cash in their pocket, it can also open the door to other benefits such as a free TV licence for the over-75s, free NHS dental treatment, hospital transport, help with council tax and rent, and Cold Weather Payments. We’re urging anyone who is struggling financially to get in touch for a free benefits check – it could make a huge difference to the rest of their lives.”

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Expats: Portugal living costs 'lower' than Spain – 'enviable' lifestyle for Brits abroad

Expats looking to relocate into the sunshine have long packed their bags and departed the UK for Spain. While its Iberian neighbour Portugal is also a favourite for expats, since Brexit some experts have pointed to it being a better alternative due to new visa processes and the “cost of living”.

Experts from AB Property Marketing have compared the cost of property and lifestyle in both nations and concluded Portugal comes out on top for savings.

“Numbeo reports that Portugal’s cost of living is lower than that of Spain, which in turn is lower than that of the UK,” explains a spokesperson for AB Property Marketing.

“The Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer 2021, meanwhile, reports that Portugal’s Algarve is cheaper to visit than Spain’s Costa del Sol.

“And with property priced at €1,185 per square metre, Portugal’s homes are also cheaper than pretty much all of western Europe.”

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While both nations offer sunshine and a toasty climate, the experts point out there are a few subtle differences between the “lifestyle” offering in each.

“For those who like to treat themselves while on holiday, Spain is the place to be,” explains the expert.

“From designer clothes to yachts, the country’s southern shores are awash with high-end goods and upscale beach clubs – far more so than that Algarve, which tends to deliver luxury in a rather more laid-back fashion.”

Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing director of Taylor Wimpey España added: “Spain has long been a favourite destination for British holidaymakers and second-home buyers. Its vibrant towns, superb gastronomy and cosmopolitan atmosphere are ideally suited to relaxation and enjoyment.”

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Despite this, the lifestyle Portugal can offer is described as “enviable”.

AB Property said: “Portugal delivers an enviable lifestyle, particularly in the sun-kissed Algarve, with its stunning coastline, world-class golf and marine sporting facilities and its picturesque towns and villages packed with independent restaurants and cafés serving up the delicious local cuisine.”

Prior to Brexit, Britons could move to either nation with ease thanks to the freedom of movement offered under European Union (EU) membership.

However, since January 1, 2021, new post-Brexit rules means Britons must apply for visas when moving to either nation.

“You have to demonstrate an income of €33,893 (approximately £29,388) a year for a couple and €47,451 (£41,144) for a family of four.

“This requirement will rule out the option of retiring to Spain for many.

“Those who are retiring on a basic UK State pension, £9,339 in 2021, will not qualify.”

Expat Network continued: “Portugal has a similar visa to Spain’s NLV, the Passive Income Visa, which has a significantly lower annual income requirement – €11,970 (approximately £10,379) for a couple and €16,658 (approximately £14,444) for a family of four).

“The visa also does not restrict you from working or setting up a business as the Spanish NLV does.”

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These astronauts are preparing for life on Mars by living in Hawaiian lava tubes

Somewhere along Mauna Loa in Hawaiʻi, there is what looks like an oversized golf ball housing the HI-SEAS facility. The dome sports six small rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a research lab, and relaxation area. It’s surrounded by solar panels on the ground outside and is attached to a shipping container for storage. All of this fits in a neat 1,200 square feet, just over a quarter of the size of a regulation basketball court. And within this dome, groups of six people live and train together for weeks or even months at a time—disconnected from the world outside the dome, they’re preparing to one day live on the moon and Mars. From the volcanic surfaces of Hawaiʻi to the arid deserts of the Atacama, humans are finding clever ways to prepare for life beyond our blue dot. 

That is what Michaela Musilova spends her days investigating. As the director of the HI-SEAS facility, the product of a research program funded by NASA, she organizes missions that simulate, to the best possible degree, what life could look like on non-terrestrial surfaces. Musilova and her teams are looking at answering several questions that will arise once we embark: What food will we eat when we don’t have soil to grow it in? Will it be safe for us to explore Mars outside of the bubble we hope to create? And how will we cope with living in close quarters with six other humans for years at a time?

Testing out these scenarios on Earth can be a challenge, so space exploration hopefuls travel to analog territories, the places that might most resemble what we find on Mars and the moon. Mauna Loa is an active volcano, and the surrounding landscape is littered with hollowed-out lava tubes that once carried cascading torrents of molten lava. Its volcanic terrain is made up of material similar to what is on the moon today and is suspected to be on Mars, at least in part. This allows geologists and astrobiologists to conduct research that will mimic the scenarios astronauts will encounter on Mars and help them practice the research they will eventually have to carry out.

As we prepare for extraterrestrial life, we need a better understanding of the environments that we are going to encounter. If Mars were covered in thick, green jungle, we would probably be in a bubble somewhere in the Amazon. Instead, for their Mars missions, the scientists living in the dome don extravehicular activity suits every time they leave the dome to explore the lava tubes, conduct research, and test out new equipment. 

They communicate with mission control every day, which on Mars requires a 20-minute delay for messages to travel each way, and subsist on a diet of freeze-dried food and limited water. But they’re not just playing house, the Mars-edition. The HI-SEAS missions are a part of efforts by the International MoonBase Alliance (IMA)—an association that seeks to unite space agencies, space companies and scientists—to emulate what life really could look like, to practice the standard procedures that may become our new normal, and to learn how to interact with whatever life might already exist.

“That’s why we study an environment similar to Mars on Earth, in Antarctica, and various other extreme environments around the world. And lava caves are one of those environments, because we know they’re very likely to be present on Mars,” says Musilova. “And so if there’s something that’s going to live in those environments of Mars, it’s likely to be similar to what lives in these caves on Earth. And so that’s why we try to understand what lives there, how it survives, what it needs for nutrition, how it interacts with its environment.”

Though the volcanoes on Mars appear to be much older and to have different rock compositions, Musilova says that there are enough similarities in the geological features that make it worthwhile for us to explore the lava tubes here at home.

These astronauts are preparing for life on Mars by living in Hawaiian lava tubes
Inside of a lava tube in Hawaiʻi. Deb Nystrom/Flickr

“We’re still hoping to find life that could exist there today, but we’re more hopeful to find at least these biosignatures or fossils,” says Musilova. “But in order to even know what to look for, and then to design instruments that could detect these biosignatures, we first need to understand what kind of signatures life leaves behind in similar environments on Earth.”

The lava tubes on the moon are not as promising for astrobiology. Instead, they’re good news for space architects. After the rush of molten lava evaporates, an outer shell hardens and remains. Scientists like Musilova hope that these structures can be used as shelter from the harsh lunar environment.

Bernard Foing, doesn’t just dream of shelter within these lava tubes. He imagines houses and even cities. Foing is the director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group, a public forum affiliated with the IMA but sponsored by space agencies dotted around the globe from France to South Africa. 

Since the gravitational force is lower on the moon, Foing suspects that lunar lava tubes will be even larger than the ones found on Earth. The lava tubes would also provide protection from the elements. They would be able to withstand cosmic rays and meteorites, but also provide a much more temperate environment than on the extremely volatile surface. Moon surface temperatures can range from 100 to 400 degrees Kelvin. Lava tubes, both on Earth and the moon have a much smaller temperature variation, since they exist below the surface and are insulated against the extreme temperatures above.

But this kind of space exploration is also tethered dangerously to space colonisation. Is Mars really ours to make habitable? Currently, there are scientific and legal guidelines that prevent us from contaminating existing life forms on the red planet. Rovers and spacecraft go through extensive sterilisation efforts to prevent us from accidentally wiping out extraterrestrial life with terrestrial bacteria or viruses.

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“We have to be careful that we will not contaminate the layers that could be liquid, and then propagate all our germs there. And at the moment, it’s forbidden to bring your Earth life to Mars,” says Foing.

Though we still have to reckon with questions of domain and rights, all this preparation is not being done in vain for some. The IMA believes that eventually we will be able to build a base on the moon and start a moon village.

“We are on the first step, we are testing a little moon base in the volcanic environment of Mauna Loa, which is very similar to the moon,” says Foing. “[In] the next phase, we will build a moon base using basalt from Hawaiʻi to build the base itself, like we would do on the moon. And then after that we will contribute to building the base on the moon.” That might sound outlandish, but this work is funded by the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency, both of whom plan to build some type of lunar colony.

Foing hopes that the IMA will be able to prepare 10 people to live on the moon permanently, before slowly growing its population into the very first lunar village. While leaving the planet will be far from easy, for believers and optimists like Foing, that future is imminent.

“It will be a destination for some humans to go and live there. I, myself, plan to retire on the moon. So maybe within 10 or 20 years, I’ll be there and retired!” he says. “And I’ll look at the beautiful Earth in the sky.”

Author: Nikita Amir
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

Davina McCall speaks out on 'awkwardness' of living with ex husband after split

The presenter eventually moved out and rented a place, which was the beginning of her “new phase”.

“I thought, ‘OK, we can look forward now.’ It was transformative.

“Since then, I’ve really tried to simplify my life and scale it down, which has been a very positive thing.”

Back in 2017, Davina posted on Instagram some cryptic messages before confirming her split with Matthew, admitting she had “made many mistakes” in her life but their children will always be their “number one priority”.

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The Necromunda: Hired Gun Tips for Long Life and Healthy Living

It’s the grim darkness of the far future. Life is hard. We could all use some advice on getting through the day. We’re here to help. Necromunda: Hired Gun –available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S — is a fast-paced, action-packed FPS made by our small passionate team at Streum On Studio where you’ll dive into the far flung future of the 41st millennium, set in Games Workshop’s iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe.

In the wasteland of Necromunda, inside the great Hive Primus packed with a billion souls toiling away to support the innumerable worlds of the Imperium of Man, sometimes dirty work needs doing – for the right price. An endless, cyclical gang war between the wealthy and influential great houses needs someone to clean up their mess, and that’s you – a hired gun, a bounty hunter for hire, caught up in a bigger mess than you’d like.

Tip 1: Get a dog

Dogs are friends. Protective, loyal, fierce. In real life, they’ll guard your door, greet you with a slobbery kiss in the morning, and bark at potential attackers – like the cat. In Hired Gun, your constant companion, the cyber-mastiff, is much the same. He’ll rip the throat out of anyone you point at, bring you their limbs, and watch your back by sniffing out enemies hiding in the darkness.

He’s also available for pets and emotional support (emotional support may bite).

Tip 2: Get moving

Exercise is important for a healthy body and a healthy mind. Rather than a special bike or a particularly ingenious augmented reality game, Hired Gun makes it a little bit easier to keep active. With your integrated grappling hook and heavily augmented body, wall-running and double jumping give you a leg up on the competition and in the keeping fit department.

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Tip 3: Get nasty

The world – it’s cruel. The world of Necromunda, a few dozen thousand years down the road, it’s a little bit crueler. Combat is fast paced, fighting is fierce, and as a bounty hunter with marks to catch, you’ll need to be just about as mean as you can imagine. Melee attacks are far from a last ditch effort to get someone out of your face, and prove useful and brutal in the close quarters combat of a hive city.

Tip 4: Get your targets

Set goals for yourself. You’re a bounty hunter, so your goals are quite literal targets. While Hired Gun is not a game of stealth or subterfuge, how you go about that – which path you take through non-linear combat arenas and to multiple objectives, which guns you use, which targets you’re chasing – is up to you.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Tip 5: Get paid

Money makes the world go round, no matter what world that happens to be. Make sure you always get what you’re worth, because the Underhive runs on cash (in-game, naturally – no microtransactions here). Secondary missions and hidden caches stored in the dark corners of levels and out of the way places will give you a fat purse to spend on upgraded augments, new weapons and customization options, and much more. Even your dog can benefit from a suite of new upgrades.

Tip 6: Get shooting

Got your guns. Got your mastiff. Got your mission. Shoot your shot – on Necromunda, literally. With access to a massive selection of weapons and upgrades from the very start, what you spend on is more important than how far through the game you are. Find the combination of weapons and augments that best suit your playstyle and the particular mission. Use a swathe of weapon customisation options to make your gun uniquely yours and take the pain to your targets in style.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

Tip 7: Get upgraded

Life is about growth. With a few missions under your belt, you’ll want to power up… Your armory is vast, every part of your body, every element of your weapon, can be improved. Higher jumps, faster running, better vision, stronger arms – the vast list of ways your cybernetic body and organs can be upgraded means every path through the game is unique. Your grappling hook will help you to drag you to walls, ledges and enemies, use it to your advantage.

Tip 8: Get revenge

What’s it all for? Revenge (and maybe money, as noted). There’s a reason you ended up packed with more augments and cybernetics than the average Hired Gun. Betrayal and the wrong targets land you in a heap of trouble in the Underhive, and you’re here only by the grace of the kind of folks you… really don’t want to owe your life to. When the hunter becomes the hunted life gets interesting – let’s see how you survive.

Necromunda: Hired Gun is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The game is Optimized for Xbox Series X|S and supports Smart Delivery, ensuring you only have to purchase the game once to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console you choose to play on.

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Pick your contracts. Hunt your targets. Collect the bounty. Navigate an ocean of crime and corruption to balance the bloody ecosystem of Necromunda as a merciless hired gun. The money’s good, the dog’s loyal, and the gun’s reliable – but can you survive the hunt? Necromunda: Hired Gun is an indie fast-paced, violent, and thrilling FPS set in the darkest reaches of Warhammer 40,000’s most infamous hive city. For the right price, eliminate the most notorious gangers and mutants. Your armory is a sprawling arsenal. Your body is enhanced with a dozen customizable augments to run on walls and leap over chasms. Your cyber-mastiff will sniff out and kill enemies for you, while your grappling hook allows quick, agile traversal of the massive environments. – An indie fast-paced FPS in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – Upgrade and fight alongside your loyal cyber-mastiff – Endless weapon and augment customisation – Upgrade, advance, and level up as you collect bounties

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Ticking time bomb of 850,000 living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes

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A record 4.9 million people in the UK are now living with the condition, including 850,000 who are undiagnosed and unaware they have type 2, said charity Diabetes UK said. Experts warned that the Covid-19 pandemic must act as a wake-up call to increase prevention efforts and tackle the obesity crisis. Chris Askew, chief executive at Diabetes UK, said: “The number of people with diabetes is increasing year on year.
“As we look to the future post Covid-19, preventing cases of type 2 diabetes must be a public health priority.

“The pandemic has shown with devastating clarity how diabetes puts you at increased risk of poorer outcomes when contracting the virus.

“Yet, we know that with the right support, up to half of type 2 diabetes cases – and the accompanying risk of developing life-threatening complications – can be delayed or prevented.”

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to control blood sugar levels properly.

High levels can lead to serious complications including heart and kidney disease as well as nerve damage.

Diabetes Type 2

Up to 850,000 people are undiagnosed and unawares they have type 2 diabetes (Image: Getty)

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of cases and is often linked to lifestyle.

Obesity is the single biggest factor and accounts for 80-85 percent of someone’s risk of developing the condition. Other factors include age, family history and ethnicity.

The number of people living with obesity in England has almost doubled in the past 20 years from 6.9 to 13 million, the charity said.

Even though the number of people diagnosed with diabetes across the UK has soared from to 4.1 million in 2019-20, Diabetes UK predicts that the total – including the undiagnosed population – will reach 5.5 million by 2030.

Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, called for tougher action to combat the increase in weight.

Obesity

Obesity accounts for 80-85 percent of someone’s risk of developing diabetes (Image: Getty)

He said: “For 20 years successive governments have done next to nothing to tackle obesity, diabetes’ principal trigger.”

He predicted the Diabetes Prevention Programme – heralded as the answer to preventing further escalation – will fail.

Mr Fry added: “Until Boris Johnson wins his fight against fat, which he announced a year ago this week, the UK will be plagued by increases in both obesity and diabetes.”

The latest figures cover the period before the pandemic and do not take into account the impact of coronavirus on diagnosis. A recent study suggested there were 60,000 missed or delayed diagnoses of type 2 diabetes during 2020.

Researchers warned the NHS may see patients coming forward with worse symptoms because of the delays.

Diabetes

Diabetes UK predicts the number of people diagnosed will reach 5.5 million by 2030 (Image: Getty )

They also noted their figures may be an underestimate if lifestyle changes during lockdown have increased obesity rates.

The latest analysis was released to mark Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, a joint initiative between Diabetes UK, Public Health England and NHS England taking place until Sunday.

Mr Askew added: “This Diabetes Prevention Week, we want to help people understand their personal risk of type 2
diabetes and the first step is to complete our free Know Your Risk Tool, today.”

●To check your diabetes risk, visit riskscore.diabetes.org.uk

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Researchers warned the NHS may see patients coming forward with worse symptoms because of the delays (Image: Getty )

Comment by Helen Kirrane

IN A period that’s been hard for all of us, we know that people with diabetes and their loved ones have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

And new figures show that diabetes is, and remains, a very serious and rapidly growing health condition.

The number of people diagnosed has doubled in the past 15 years, mainly due to the rise in type 2 diabetes.

Right now, 4.9 million in the UK are living with diabetes − 90 per cent of those with type 2.

And there are an estimated 850,000 with type 2 diabetes who don’t know it because they haven’t been diagnosed. Research shows that living with obesity is the single greatest risk factor for developing type 2.

With 13.6 million people now at increased risk, it is more important than ever that the Government does not waver in its bold obesity strategy outlined last year.

This includes restricting promotion of unhealthy food and mandatory calorie labelling in larger takeaways and restaurant chains.

Delivering the promises of the obesity strategy is just the start. We need measures that make it easier for all of us to live healthier lives, and better care and support for people living with obesity.

As we look to the future, we must focus on diabetes and in particular ramp up the essential preventative approaches to stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks.

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