Archives for October 2009

Five minute medic: Electric shock

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:32 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009

A serious electric shock can leave you with burns, knock you unconscious or even stop your breathing.

Electricity is all around us in our homes, workplaces and everyday lives. But if you aren't careful, electrical appliances or sockets can be the source of a nasty injury.

And if you're trying to give first aid to someone who's suffered an electric shock - you have to be extremely careful to avoid an electric shock while trying to help.

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Children's shoes

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:31 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009

They come in all shapes and styles. And with so much choice, picking the right shoe for our children is more important than ever.

Many of us know that wearing the wrong sort of shoes from a young age can lead to severe foot problems in later life.

Lucy met with Jeff Evans, a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry based at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff to find out what the best type of shoe is for children to try and prevent some of these problems occurring.

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Bmibaby API confusion

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009

X-Ray finds out why one airline charges if you want to enter passport details at check-in.

If you've flown internationally in the last few months you may well have been asked to provide details from your passport to the carrier you're travelling with, but do you know what that information is for, and why you've been asked to provide it?

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Tenants' rights

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009

Over a third of us live in rented homes, but how many of us actually know what rights we have as tenants?

When you move into a new place you expect the landlord to ask a few questions to find out if you're a suitable tenant. Providing references and being credit checked are all an accepted part of renting.

But should you be turning the tables and doing some homework on your landlord before you sign on the dotted line?

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Five minute medic: Burns

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:34 UK time, Monday, 19 October 2009

Around 84,000 accidental burns or scalds happen in the home every year in the UK.

If you've been burnt it's important to limit the damage as quickly as possible but would you know exactly how to react?

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Making a will

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:31 UK time, Monday, 19 October 2009

Would you know how to go about making a will and making sure it is legally sound?

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Satellite warranty

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 19 October 2009

Some people have been signed up by satellite warranty companies they've never even heard of, and are paying for a service they never wanted.

Most of us have now gone digital, meaning there are hundreds of programmes being beamed into our homes. And it seems there are just as many companies offering to cover our digital equipment if it breaks down as there are channels.

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Confusing supermarket prices

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 19 October 2009

Supermarkets are big business and last year British consumers spent a massive £90 billion on trips to the supermarkets.

In the desperate battle to attract shoppers away from their rivals most supermarkets offer a range of exciting special offers and bargain buys that promise to save the consumer money.

But are these special offers really as good as they purport to be? American journalist Denis Campbell reckons not.

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Private parking tickets

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:33 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

There are few things more annoying than coming back to your car and finding out you've got a parking ticket, especially if you feel that you don't deserve it!

But if you think the ticket has been unfairly issued would you know how to go about challenging it?

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Five minute medic: Choke

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:32 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

Choking is most common among children and the elderly, but it can happen to anyone. Would you know what to do if you discovered someone choking?

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Street confusion

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:31 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

Do you know what your address is? It seems like a simple question but for the residents of Heol Felen, Garnant in Carmarthenshire it's one that they answer 'no' to.

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Cooking challenge

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

X-Ray challenged a top chef to convince a convenience food fan she has the time and money to cook from scratch.

Chef Stephen Terry earned his stripes working for top chefs like Marco Pierre White and Michel Roux Junior and won his first Michelin star aged just 25. Today, he runs his own restaurant in Abergavenny.

His apprentice? X-Ray 100 member Helen Wells from Cardiff. With a full-time job and energetic five-year-old son James, she feels she doesn't have time to cook in the week. She spends around £130 a week on food and often relies on upmarket pre-prepared meals when time is tight.

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Claim management firms

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:34 UK time, Monday, 5 October 2009

If somebody said they could wipe your credit card debts because of a legal loophole, would you be tempted?

Rhodri has been investigating companies that say they can get your entire debt wiped for a small fee.

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Five minute medic: Fall

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:32 UK time, Monday, 5 October 2009

55% of accidental injuries around the home involve a fall. If you were faced with someone who is unconscious following a fall would you know how to act?

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X-Ray 100: Alcohol units

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X-Ray production team X-Ray production team | 19:31 UK time, Monday, 5 October 2009

At the end of a long working day the idea of relaxing on the sofa in front of the telly with a nice glass of wine can be very appealing. But can a glass or a glass or two, whether it be wine, lager or even a G&T really do us any harm?

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