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Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for health’

Image copyrightSolStock Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health, say researchers. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLOS One journal, suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. The study also found some were smoking in front of their grandchildren and not …

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Why British Chinese mums stay in after birth

Image caption Ching believes confinement is good for the baby’s health “Postnatal confinement” – where new mothers do not leave the house, have visitors or shower for a month after giving birth – is said to be widespread among the UK’s Chinese community. Experts warn that few in the medical …

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Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’

Image copyrightGetty Images Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before …

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Soutik Biswas

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Doctors are asking people to wear anti-pollution masks outdoors and many have improvised Last week, a six-year-old boy returned home from school in Delhi, fidgety and complaining of breathlessness. “I thought he was joking and trying to avoid school as he’s never had a history of respiratory …

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Coughing and wheezing

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Doctors are asking people to wear anti-pollution masks outdoors and many have improvised Last week, a six-year-old boy returned home from school in Delhi, fidgety and complaining of breathlessness. “I thought he was joking and trying to avoid school as he’s never had a history of respiratory …

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Confined inside

Image caption Ching believes confinement is good for the baby’s health “Postnatal confinement” – where new mothers do not leave the house, have visitors or shower for a month after giving birth – is said to be widespread among the UK’s Chinese community. Experts warn that few in the medical …

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Sick children ‘denied’ out-of-hours care

Image copyrightTrinity Mirror Publishing LtdImage caption Hayley and Holly Smallman “She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day – potentially each one could be dangerous.” Hayley Smallman’s 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean …

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Marriage ‘provides a health boost’

Image copyrightKuzmichstudio/getty Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers. A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of …

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Fergus WalshMedical correspondent

Image copyrightFeatureworldImage caption Many question why Charlie’s parents were not allowed to explore every option The protracted and bitter dispute over Charlie Gard began with the breakdown in the relationship of trust between doctors and parents. When his medical team, with second opinions from several leading centres, decided that his …

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