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The tragic case of Charlie Gard

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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‘A disgrace’

Image copyrightKuaishouImage caption The legal age of consensual sex in China is 14 An apparent trend of Chinese teenagers vlogging about being pregnant has sparked online concern in the country. Chinese newspapers say Kuaishou, a live streaming app, has seen a spate of videos appearing featuring underage pregnant girls discussing …

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‘Therapist reignited my trauma’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Marie” says her counsellors offered to bath her The ineffective regulation of those practising talking therapies – such as counselling and psychotherapy – is leaving patients at risk of harm, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. For two sexual abuse …

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Disease of fear

Image copyrightRIJASOLO Madagascar is facing the worst outbreak of plague in 50 years. There have been more than 1,800 cases and 127 deaths since the start of August, according to new figures. The island off the south-east coast of Africa is used to seeing about 400 cases of mostly bubonic …

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War wounds

The wounds of the patients on the wards of a special Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Jordan reflect the brutal conflicts in the Middle East over the past few years. It treats injured Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis, and provides physiotherapy and mental health services as well as advanced surgery. …

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A few nights of bad sleep upsets brain

Image copyrightGetty Images Thanks to the clocks going back, many of us managed to grab a little bit of extra shut-eye over the weekend. And that’s no bad thing because, as a country, we seem to be chronically sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council, the average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours …

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How fear puts girls off PE

Image copyrightGirls ActiveImage caption Gracie says learning to love PE has transformed her life Gracie Rowe used to be terrified of PE. “I was on the tubby side. “My personal self-consciousness was like a devil on my shoulder telling me I couldn’t do it. “It was the fact that I …

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Best-selling author sorry for ‘mongolism’

Image copyrightLibby Weaver A best-selling author has recalled 20,000 copies of her new book, which used the term “mongolism” to describe Down’s syndrome. Celebrity nutritionist Libby Weaver apologised and said she was “mortified to have caused anyone any distress”. The Australian, who has written several bestselling books, said she had …

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Test could indicate risk of miscarriage

Image copyrightNataliaDeriabina/Getty A blood test in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy could indicate a risk of miscarriage or premature birth, early research suggests. US doctors believe they have found molecules in the blood that can be linked to serious birth complications, months before symptoms are apparent. The findings could …

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Gut bacteria ‘boost’ cancer therapy

Image copyrightGetty Images Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome – the collection of microscopic species that live in us – in cancer patients. Two studies, in the journal …

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