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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children's health, the prime minister has said.The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children.Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked to obesity and other health issues.The government
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Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harmed in last year’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Nearly a quarter of 14-year-old girls in the UK may have self-harmed in the past year, a report suggests.A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys had hurt themselves on purpose during 2015, when the poll was conducted.Rates of self-harm were worst (46%) among those who were attracted to people of the same or both genders.The Children's Society
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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba: GMC boss told position is ‘untenable’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba won her appeal to practise medicine again Medics have called for the head of the General Medical Council (GMC) to stand down over his handling of the case of a doctor who was struck off.Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has won her bid to be reinstated over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock in 2011.Hospital doctors have said GMC chief executive Charlie Massey's
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Cystic fibrosis mum’s drug plea for ‘deserving’ daughter

[ad_1] The mum of a three-year-old with genetic lung disease cystic fibrosis wants her daughter to have the drug that can control her condition. Kimberly Roberts wants Ivy to access one of the most advanced treatments - the drug Orkambi.But the manufacturer and NHS bosses have been locked in arguments over its £100,000-a-year price tag since 2015."Our children deserve to have it - deserve to live a healthy long life.
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Yemen cholera epidemic ‘controlled’ by computer predictions

[ad_1] Image copyright AMI IMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Researchers can now stay one step ahead of the cholera bacteria Cholera cases in Yemen have been slashed by a new system that predicts where outbreaks will occur.Last year, there were more than 50,000 new cases in just one week - this year, the numbers plummeted to about 2,500.The system has enabled aid workers to focus efforts on prevention several weeks
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‘I vomit 30 times a day’ – Caitlin’s dilemma

[ad_1] Image caption Caitlin White, 19, suffers from severe gastroparesis A teenager with a rare gut condition that causes her to vomit up to 30 times a day has described the difficult choices she faces.Caitlin White, 19, from Perth, suffers from severe gastroparesis.Her current treatment includes daily hospital-based infusions which can take up to 12 hours and risk infection.She says another treatment could bypass her gut, but that also carries
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Critically-ill children ‘need more aftercare’

[ad_1] Image copyright Jo Reynolds Image caption Sam spent months in intensive care When he was just six months old, Sam went into intensive care for several months after a severe infection left him unable to breathe properly. The stress of that experience still affects Sam and his family now. As evidence emerges of the long-term impact of critical illness, do survivors need more specialist psychology support? "Sam is a
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Why people with autism love this hair stylist

[ad_1] A haircut can feel like a treat, but for people with autism it can be a very daunting experience. Stylist Jenine Dixon though has customers with the condition travelling across the country for an appointment.Eight-year-old Archie is one and, with his mum Caroline, he used to travel 170 miles to see her in Plymouth.They're locals now, but they used to drive from Portsmouth just so Archie could get a