It seems as though potbellied pigs are not the on

first_imgIt seems as though pot-bellied pigs are not the only four-legged friends to enter the world of air travel. Virgin America recently announced that Boo, a Pomeranian pooch, is their newest brand ambassador.The ‘Cutest Dog in the World’ can now also add Official Pet Liaison to his title. His duties include patrolling airports, offering pet-friendly advice to the airline and simply looking ‘cute’. Boo is quoted as saying that he considers his new role ‘an honour to bestow upon just a little pup with big hair’.Image courtesy of Virgin AmericaBut he’s no stranger to the limelight, with nearly five million Facebook likes, a series of popular YouTube videos and celebrity friends like Khloe Kardashian (oh lucky him! – Ed). He also has his own book, featuring photos of him flashing the camera those puppy-dog eyes and playing with his best pal, a similarly-afflicted toy dog named Buddy.Fans have showed this pedigree chum lots of love on Facebook, with comments generally along the lines of ‘awww soooo cute’. This is a miraculous comeback for Boo after he was the victim of a Twitter death hoax earlier this year.However, he has got some stiff competition in the category for ‘Cutest Airplane Passenger’. Last year Columbus Zoo checked a baby cheetah into the cabin. Delta Air Lines also gave a pair of penguins the run of the aisles as they travelled from SeaWorld to New York for the premiere of ‘Frozen Planet’.Penguins = funny; baby cheetah = cute, but Boo’s fans would presumably still reckon he’d beat them hands down in a pout-out.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDog holidays: 9 best dog-friendly places to stay and visitNine of the world’s most dog-friendly hotels and attractions if you want to go on holiday with your dog.Pet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and feesThinking of flying with pets? If you’re planning a trip with your best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog…Win a flight to spaceBranson boldly goes… and the pick of the rest of the week’s travel stories.last_img read more

Prenatal and postnatal exposure to tobacco smoke linked with hearing impairment in

first_img Source: Jun 6 2018Exposure to tobacco smoke prenatally and postnatally was associated with hearing impairment in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology study of young children in Japan.In the study of 50,734 children aged 3 years who were born between 2004 and 2010, 3.8% were exposed to smoking only during pregnancy; 15.2% were exposed in utero to only maternal past smoking; 3.9% were exposed only to second-hand smoke at 4 months; and 0.9% were exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and at 4 months.Related StoriesCollege affirmative action bans may increase smoking rates among minority high school studentsTelomere shortening in adulthood is not caused by smoking, say researchersStudy: Less than 50% of U.S. adults exposed to court-ordered anti-smoking advertisementsThe prevalence of hearing impairment at age 3 years was 4.6%. Compared with children not exposed to tobacco smoke prenatally and at 4 months, children exposed to only maternal past smoking during pregnancy had a 26% increased relative risk of hearing impairment, children exposed to only second-hand smoke at 4 months had a 30% increased relative risk, those exposed to only smoking during pregnancy had a 68% increased relative risk, and those exposed to smoking during pregnancy and second-hand smoke at 4 months had a 2.4-times increased relative risk.”Although public health guidelines already discourage smoking during pregnancy and in front of children, some women still smoke during pregnancy and many young children are exposed to second-hand smoke,” said senior author Dr. Koji Kawakami, Kyoto University, in Japan. “This study clearly shows that preventing exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy and postnatally may reduce the risk of hearing problems in children. The findings remind us of the need to continue strengthening interventions to prevent smoking before and during pregnancy and exposure to second-hand smoke in children.”last_img read more