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Cancer treatments ‘not being trialled in children’

Cancer treatments ‘not being trialled in children’

Image copyright JENNIFER KELLY Image caption Trialling more cancer drugs on children could help children like Grace in the future, her mum says Children with cancer could be missing out on potentially life-saving drugs because EU regulations allow drug companies to opt out of running trials in children, cancer experts say. Since 2012, 62% of […]

How I overcame fat-shaming

How I overcame fat-shaming

Image caption Jenniefer was overweight The idea of stepping into a gym used to make Jenniefer Gadsby, from Leeds, petrified. Exercising when you are overweight can be daunting, and the fat-shaming attitudes of others do not help. New research out this week shows people who feel discriminated against because of their weight are far less […]

‘My mum makes money from her illness’

‘My mum makes money from her illness’

Image copyright Judy Perkins and Jane Patterson Image caption Ruth Angove (left) and Jane Patterson’s mother (right) “An Alice in Wonderland situation” is how one woman has described her elderly mother’s social care provision where she is given more money each month than she can spend. Another says her mother has not received a penny […]

‘How a game of football made me want to live again’

Media captionJames says playing football helped him face “his demons” after his dad committed suicide. It was the day of James Casling’s fifteenth birthday when his father killed himself. It left the teenager in a dark place – he was sectioned three years later after trying to take his own life countless times. But a […]

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

Image copyright iStock All age groups in the UK are smoking less – but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that? Fewer start smoking The latest figures, for 2015, suggest one in every five (20.7%) 18- to 24-year-olds is a smoker. In 2010, this […]

‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

‘I lost five babies due to husband’s violent nightmares’

Image copyright Roberts family Image caption Andrew Roberts with his three children Army widow Lindsey Roberts says she has had five miscarriages after her husband Andrew, who had PTSD, mistakenly hit her during his nightmares. Now, she is taking up a legal case against the Ministry of Defence. “His first physical nightmare didn’t happen until […]

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Father ties baby’s umbilical cord with shoelaces

Image copyright NWNewspix Image caption Baby Saphia was nearly two weeks overdue A father used his shoelaces to tie his daughter’s umbilical cord after her surprise arrival in the back of the family car. Paul Doherty and his wife Georgina were on their way to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry when they had to pull in […]

Parents ‘should decide care of baby’

Media captionParents Connie Yates and Chris Gard do not believe Charlie is in pain (photo courtesy Featureworld) The parents of a seven-month-old baby who are challenging doctors in court to keep him on life support say they deserve the right to judge his care. Connie Yates’s and Chris Gard’s son, Charlie, is receiving 24-hour treatment […]

Prize for cracking brain’s ‘feel good’ system

Image copyright SPL The UK based winners cracked the brain’s “reward centre” It influences your happiness, pleasure or motivation to do something But the system can go wrong turning people into addicts Three UK-based scientists have won a prestigious prize worth 1m euros for studying the brain’s reward centre. Their work helps understand our drive […]

Aimee was left disabled after contracting Group B Strep

Campaigners are calling for all mums to be screened for Group B Strep in a bid to help save lives and prevent babies being left with disabilities. Early Onset Group B Strep is a bacteria carried by mums which can be passed onto babies. In most cases it is harmless, but it can cause meningitis, […]