There’s a lot going on right now, but isn’t there always? I’ve seen a lot of really good tweeting recently from influential accounts and people, particularly bloggers, reminding young people to engage with important issues. I’m all for this and there are a few things in particular I want to point to in this post. You can call me mum.
1) EU referendum
First off, you need to be registered to vote and know what you’re voting for. A good round up of information and a quick explanation can be found here.
Secondly, if you’re going to Glasto this year and you’re of voting age, PLEASE sort out a postal vote. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, you have the right to have a voice, so don’t waste it. The festival organisers are urging youngsters to sort it out, and it’s really not hard. If you don’t know which way to vote or don’t think it matters, there’s a few good articles you can read to help you feel more informed or make your mind up.
2) Antimicrobial resistance
I’m not about to go on a crazy science rant, so please hear (or read) me out. Basically, bacteria is becoming resistant to antibiotics. Just think for a minute what we use them for besides UTIs and chest infections- they’re used to treat infections that follow organ transplants, childbirth and cancer treatments just to name a few. If we don’t have antibiotics that work, then these things become unsafe. Resistance is an enormous, very real, very serious threat to us and I had very little idea about it until last year. For more on the risks, you can read this blog from PHE UK, and also check out this campaign to spread awareness and encourage people to change behaviours and save antibiotics.
3) Checking for lumps
It isn’t hard, it doesn’t take much time, you can do it in the shower and it could save your life. Breastcancer.org have a simple 5 step guide. There’s also a really cool company called Sniffy Wiffy who sell moisturisers that have a guide to self-examination on the labels.