Posts tagged ‘Death’

July 8, 2011

North-South heart death ‘divide’

By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News Blood clot in a coronary artery Figures for deaths through coronary heart disease show there is a North-South health divide Deaths due to heart disease in England are most common in the North West, primary care trust figures indicate.

The mortality rate in one PCT, Tameside and Glossop, is almost four times that of Kensington and Chelsea in London.

Three of the five worst death rates are found in the North West, while the South has the lowest rates of deaths through coronary heart disease.

The charity Heart UK used 2009 figures released by the NHS Information Centre to compile the report.

Among the areas with the highest deaths through coronary heart disease are Blackburn with Darwen PCT, Leicester City PCT and Manchester PCT.

Some of the lowest rates of death through heart disease are found in Westminster PCT, East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT, Dorset PCT and Surrey PCT.

But within some of the big cities, the picture is more complicated than a simple North-South divide.

Continue reading the main story North West: 93.72 people per 100,000Yorkshire And The Humber: 88.90 people per 100,000North East: 87.46 people per 100,000East Midlands: 80.35 people per 100,000West Midlands: 78.12 people per 100,000London: 74.99 people per 100,000East of England: 71.25 people per 100,000South West: 67.74 people per 100,000South East Coast: 67.02 people per 100,000South Central: 65.59 people per 100,000Kensington and Chelsea has extremely low rates of heart deaths – 36.91 people out of every 100,000.

Just a few miles away, Islington City PCT has rates three times higher at 114.12 out of every 100,000 people.

Heart UK chief executive Jules Payne said no matter where they lived, people could reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke through being aware of the risk factors.

“There are simple changes that people can make to improve their heart health.

“Those diagnosed with heart problems should take a proactive approach towards their health – knowing their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers and weight, going for regular check-ups and speaking to their doctor if they have any concerns.

“For those with a family history of heart disease, small changes to diet and lifestyle for example can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

The wide geographical variation across England highlighted by the report confirms other studies that have revealed a North-South divide on health.

Dr Jessica Allen, of University College London, is one of the authors of a landmark report on health inequalities in England, the Marmot Review.

“Significant variations in risk of suffering heart disease across England are shocking but sadly not unexpected,” she said.

“We know that many health conditions relate to social and economic status and these largely explain the variations in life expectancy and health status that we see across England between regions and within smaller areas.

“It is still the case in England, as in most other countries, that the richer you are the healthier you are likely to be and the longer you will live.”

Heart Research UK lifestyle manager Barbara Dinsdale said: “Geographical health inequalities exist throughout the UK, which means that the incidence of heart disease varies regionally.

“People living in deprived communities, in particular, are at greater risk of developing heart disease due to several risk factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and access to health education and advice.”

Heart UK is launching a ‘hotspots’ campaign to raise awareness of the inequalities across England and encourage patients to look after their health.

July 1, 2011

Life Sentence: Aussie Man Facebooked ‘Bout To Kill Ma Kid’ And Stabbed His 2-Year-Old To Death

Outrageous. This dude is f’ing nuts!

An Australian man dubbed the “Facebook killer” after posting he was “bout to kill ma kid” on the social media site before repeatedly stabbing his two-year-old daughter and leaving her to die has been sentenced to life in prison.

As the Newcastle Herald is reporting, Ramazan Acar, 24, repeatedly taunted his ex-partner, Rachelle D’Argent, on the night he killed their daughter Yazmina, known as “Mimi,” with Facebook status updates, text messages and phone calls in November 2010. Acar is said to have killed his daughter shortly after the original posting, and followed up with “payback u slut.”

The AFP reports that Acar had picked up Yazmina at D’Argent’s home earlier that day, telling her was taking the girl to a local candy shop. After taking Yazmina, Acar communicated with D’Argent by phone and via a bizarre series of text messages, at one point telling her she would not get her child back and asking whether he should kill the girl in a car crash or stab her. “How does it feel to not have your child when I did not have mine for three months?” he is quoted as saying. He also said: “I loved you Rachelle and look what you’ve made me do.”

Melbourne Magistrates Court Justice Elizabeth Curtain reportedly called the crime “chilling and horrific,” and said life in prison was the only appropriate sentence for Acar, who had pleaded guilty:

“More than that, the victim was your infant daughter, and she was killed by the one man in the world whose duty it was to love, nurture and protect her,” Justice Curtain said. “As such, your conduct was a fundamental breach of the trust that reposes between parent and child, a fundamental breach of a parent’s most fundamental obligation.

“Further, you committed this murder for the worst possible motives – revenge and spite. You killed your daughter to get back at her mother. You used your daughter, an innocent victim, as the instrument of your overarching desire to inflict pain on your former partner.”
After the verdict was read, D’Argent reportedly spoke tenderly to her dead daughter while clutching a photo. “Mimi, it’s our day today,” she said. “Mummy told you there would be justice for you…and even though I haven’t accepted that you’re not here, forever you’ll be in my heart and I know you’ll always be smiling down on all of us.”

While in custody, Acar also reportedly told police he wanted to kill himself as well, but “did not have the balls.”

Wow! So, because he didn’t “have the balls” to kill himself he killed his daughter instead? Really? Now, he’s a lifer in the clink – death would be too easy of a punishment for this dude. SMH. R.I.P. Mimi.

July 1, 2011

Jesus Take The Wheel: Mother Beats Her Baby To Death And Takes Corpse Shopping

Jesus take the wheel, step on the gas and drive this woman to the hotspot! What is with these mothers killing their babies?

A Chicago woman is accused of strapping her baby’s corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage, local media reported on Wednesday.

Ken Blackman Jr had been dead for eight to 14 hours when the woman wrapped up her shopping trip and went to visit a neighbour, who noticed blood on the baby blanket and called 911.

Prosecutors told the Chicago Sun Times that Toyrianna Smith, 20, beat and suffocated her baby because he wouldn’t stop crying on June 22.

She had been drinking vodka at a friend’s house and spent the night in their guest room with the baby. She slipped out of the house the next day before the baby’s father came to pick him up.

Smith, 20, is being held in jail on a US$1 million (S$1.23 million) bond on charges of first-degree murder.

This is just too awful for words! May this little baby boy rest in peace.


July 1, 2011

Stop The Violence: High School Football Star Stabbed To Death Hours After He Graduated!!

R.I.P. Isayah Muller, another victim of senseless violence.

A star high school football player from the Bronx was stabbed to death during a parking lot rumble, just hours after graduating, cops said.

Isayah Muller, a 19-year-old running back for Truman High School, had just left his commencement at Lehman College around 4 p.m. to head to a celebratory dinner with his family at City Island, cops said.

The family members got into their car, but after pulling out of the Jerome Ave. parking lot, the father, Andre Muller, noticed some “expensive fragrances missing from the car,” a source said.

The father turned around and drove back to the M.T. Jerome Town Corp. lot to confront the parking attendants about the stolen cologne, a graduation gift to his son, cops and family said.

Once the car was parked, an argument erupted between the elder Muller and the parking attendants, cops said.

Suddenly, they began to brawl and two attendants pulled out knives, a relative said.

“Neither of \[the Mullers\] were armed,” said Myrna Valentin, 54, Muller’s grandmother. “\[Andre Muller\] picked up a shovel and snapped one of them with it and broke his arm.”

Isayah Muller was stabbed twice in the scuffle, once in his side and once in his chest, piercing his heart, sources and family said

According to his family Isayah was a good kid with a very bright future.

Family friend Sabrina Marzan, 31, said Muller promised to provide for his mother, who is pregnant with twins.

“He’d say to his mom, ‘When I get in the NFL, I’m going to take care of you and the kids,’” Marzan recalled.

It really pisses us off to hear stories like this. Hopefully the police catch these cowardly “thugs” and sit them down for a long time!