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Best of Web: Teenager dies after first kiss

By Staff

Sporty teenager dies after first kiss with friend 

Jemma Benjamin had been enjoying a night out with a friend when fun turned to romance and they found  themselves in each other’s arms.

It was sixth-former Jemma’s first kiss with Daniel Ross, 21. Minutes later the 18-year-old was dead, said  the Mirror.

An inquest on Sunday heard that Jemma, a hockey player and swimmer, was killed by sudden adult death  syndrome, a rare heart condition.

Daniel said her eyelids “suddenly began to droop” after they shared the kiss and she started frothing at the  mouth. He tried to save her before paramedics arrived but the inquest heard nothing could have been done as  Sads cases are usually instant.

He told the coroner: “We were going to go to a bar for food and went back to my house for a credit card  which I had forgotten.

“We were talking and ended up kissing in the hallway by the front door.

“We went into the kitchen, then the living room and Jemma sat down on the sofa.” When she collapsed Daniel  called 999 and was given CPR instructions over the phone.

Jemma, who had been stressed about forthcoming A-level sports science exams, died in her hometown of Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, in April 2009.

Heartbroken mum Charlotte Garwood said: “She was a picture of health one minute and taken away from me the  next.”

Dad Dale, 38, a builder of Llantwit Fardre, said: “Jemma was very shy and timid.” He added: “She was a  beautiful daughter and a lovely person.”

Daniel, who has now finished his studies at the University of Glamorgan and returned home to Walsall, West  Mids, wrote on his Facebook page: “I noticed how beautiful the sky was the other day, then I realised it’s  because you’re up there.”

Jemma lay on the floor for 22 minutes before an ambulance arrived. Her family made a formal complaint and a  probe found the urgency of the situation had been underestimated by the 999 team. A disciplinary hearing is  due to take place later this year.

But coroner Peter Maddox, who recorded a narrative verdict yesterday at the Aberdare inquest, said: “On the  balance of probabilities, the delayed response did not affect the tragic outcome in this case.”

Scramble back to eggs! They're healthier than ever

If you're eyeing up your breakfast options and fancy going to work on an egg, there’s no need to hold back. For after years of telling us to shun them as an everyday food, the health police now say that eggs have become better for us.

The cholesterol content of eggs – which was previously believed to be a health risk – is now much lower  compared with ten years ago, a study  suggests, said the Daily Mail.

Eggs also contain more vitamin D, which helps protect the bones, preventing diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets.

The reason eggs have become more nutritious over the past decade is that hens are no longer fed bone meal, which was banned in the Nineties following the BSE crisis, the researchers claim. Instead the birds are  normally given a mixture of wheat, corn and high-protein formulated feed, which makes their eggs more  wholesome.

A US government study found that modern eggs contain 13 per cent less cholesterol and 64 per cent more  vitamin D compared with a decade ago.

Wedding cake is 113 tiers old

Sugars have seeped into the icing, turning it Brown, and it has a crack due to a bomb blast in World War II.

But tests with a syringe show the cake is still moist despite being baked in 1898 - when Queen Victoria was  on the throne, HG Wells' War Of The Worlds was published and the 21st Lancers made the last ever British  cavalry charge at the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan, said The Sun.

The four-tier cake was displayed at a bakery until it closed in 1964, then kept in an attic before being  given to the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, Hants.

Curator Sue Tapliss said: "The baker's unmarried daughter donated it towards the end of her life, fearing  someone would find it and think she had been jilted at the altar."

Mothers-to-be to be taught to hypnotise themselves

Expectant mothers will be taught to hypnotise themselves before giving birth as an alternative to painkillers.

They will learn to put themselves in a trance-like state during labour in the hope that they will not need  costly drug treatments such as epidurals, laughing gas or morphine, the Daily Mail said.

More than 800 first-time mothers will take part in the 18-month NHS trial study on the effectiveness of  hypnobirthing.

Teaching women to control their pain might also reduce the need for supervision from midwives, which would  help ease the pressure on overstretched maternity wards.

In some hospitals as many as 60 per cent of mothers have epidurals – anaesthetics injected into their spine  – while many others are given injections of diamorphine, a form of morphine, pethidine or inhale laughing  gas.

The drugs are expensive and there have been claims they could be harmful to mother and baby.

Epidurals have been found to increase the length of childbirth, making it more likely that  a woman will  need a caesarean.

It has been suggested that having an epidural may hinder  a mother’s ability to breastfeed – although this  has never been substantiated – and there are also fears it is linked to post-natal depression.

Natural childbirth advocates also say the drowsiness brought on by painkillers prevent a woman fully  appreciating the joy of childbirth.

The trial is being led by Professor Soo Downe, a specialist in midwifery at Central Lancashire University,  and will run at hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley.