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Charlie Gard's parents want 'Charlie's Law'

When Charlie Gard died, his parents said their son would make a difference to people’s lives for years to come. Chris Gard and Connie Yates have spent the months since his death developing ‘Charlie’s Law’. They have worked with doctors, ethicists and politicians to try to find a way to avoid other families being taken […]

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Cough syrup recall over mould risk from ingredients

Image copyright MHRA Parents are being urged to check bottles of own-brand blackcurrant cough syrup because of a problem with one of the ingredients. This could cause mould to grow, which could make children unwell or cause a reaction, medicines experts said. No cases have been identified so far but eight products are being recalled […]

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Teenage volunteers make dementia residents 'feel alive'

Teenagers are giving up their time to provide comfort for people living with dementia. Bethany and Teia, both 17 and from Sudbury, Suffolk, volunteer for an hour a week at their local dementia care home. The residents say it makes a big difference, and makes them “feel alive”. Through the charity YOPEY Befriender, young people […]

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Oxford neurosurgeon helps thousands overcome tremors

A neurosurgeon has helped 2,000 patients control their tremors after implanting electrodes in their brains. Professor Tipu Azi, who works at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, introduced the technique to Britain in the 1990s. He works with patients who have conditions such as Parkinson’s, who can control their movements when the electrodes are turned […]

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The nurses tackling mental illness in police custody

An estimated third of those arrested by police in England are experiencing mental health problems. Most police forces now have mental health nurses working with them to help those arriving in crisis, in the hope of both improving their health and reducing re-offending. The BBC’s Jeremy Cooke was given exclusive access to see the process […]

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Cannabis: What are the risks of recreational use?

Image copyright Getty Images The government has said there will be a review into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but has rejected suggestions by former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague that its recreational use could be legalised. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said there was strong scientific evidence he drug could “harm people’s mental and […]

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Legalising cannabis: What you need to know

Image copyright Lewis Whyld/PA. Image caption Cannabis is a class B drug and therefore illegal in the UK Lord Hague has reignited the debate on the law on cannabis, suggesting the Conservatives should consider legalising its recreational use. The Home Office has issued a rebuttal to Lord Hague’s argument, but the discussion continues. What is […]

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NHS 70: How have hospitals changed for children?

Image caption Ziggi Thompson is being treated for leukaemia Ward 84 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital looks after young patients with cancer and leukaemia. It’s home from home for four-year-old Ziggi Thompson. She has leukaemia and is having intensive chemotherapy. Like most of the children here, she has lost her hair and is wheeling […]

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Conjoined twins' joy at watching news report of birth

Conjoined twins who made headlines around the world after their birth in 1970 have watched a news report of their arrival for the first time. Anna and Barbara Rozycki, from Coventry, were joined at the chest and abdomen and shared the same liver. Surgeons at Birmingham Children’s Hospital successfully separated the sisters – the first […]

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Wales 'behind' in technology to detect prostate cancer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around 32,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK A father-of-four who survived prostate cancer has said he is “fortunate” to be alive after an MRI scan spotted the disease before it developed. Sion Brynach, from Cardiff, is now calling for more men to get […]

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Emotional eating 'learned by children not inherited'

Image copyright Getty Images Children who eat more or less when stressed or upset have learned the behaviour rather than inherited it, a study suggests. A study by University College London found home environment was the main cause of emotional eating. And this was due to parental behaviours including giving upset children their favourite food […]