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‘It’s like Michael walking into a fog’

[ad_1] Image caption Lynda Basford cared for her husband Michael at home for 13 years until last year "It is like Michael walking into a fog," says Lynda Basford, describing the 13 years during which her husband Michael has descended into dementia. She has been at his side throughout. "You can't quite hold on to him," she says, "and as the years go by, he gets deeper and deeper into
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Vitamin D supplements plea from mother after baby death

[ad_1] A mother whose baby son died after developing rickets is urging people to take Vitamin D supplements.Beverley Thahane, from Telford, Shropshire, had taken her child Noah to the GP and hospital on numerous occasions because he was ill, but he was not diagnosed until just before his death in January 2017. Experts at the University of Birmingham say Noah's death was entirely preventable and are calling for all babies
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Why petroleum jelly may not be the best thing to heal cuts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The label says petroleum jelly can help protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns. But new research suggests immediately slathering an open wound with this ointment might be a bad idea. Scientists have studied how the skin creates its own "natural plaster" to help heal these injuries.Oil-based substances, such as petroleum jelly, appear to disrupt this important process, and might increase the risk of wound infection,
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NHS no longer the envy of the world, says independent report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is no longer the envy of the world, an independent analysis produced for the BBC says.The report - to mark the NHS's 70th birthday - said the UK was a "below-average" performer on preventing deaths from heart attacks, strokes and cancer.There were mitigating circumstances, though, as the health service received less funding than those in many of the other 18 industrial nations studied.The
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University suicides: ‘I tried to take my own life’

[ad_1] Suicide rates for higher education students have been revealed for the first time, with 95 student suicides recorded in the 12 months to July 2017.This is lower than for the general population of similar ages, but comes after a report last year showed a fivefold increase in the past decade in the numbers of students disclosing mental health problems.Chris Coombs attempted to take his own life while struggling with
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Sophie Gradon: Friend says ‘Love Island needs to offer more aftercare’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Reality TV stars need to receive more care after leaving shows like Love Island, a former contestant has said. Malin Andersson featured on Love Island in 2016 alongside Sophie Gradon, who was found dead on Wednesday night. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.She described her friend as having an infectious smile and said she was "always so upbeat and so happy".But Malin says there's