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Australian court approves intersex child's surgery

A five-year-old Australian child born genetically male will grow up as a sterilised female after a court agreed to her having surgery. The child, known only as Carla, identifies as a girl but has no female reproductive organs, Family Court … Continue reading

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Reluctantly casting doubt on 'life-saving' stoves

A huge clinical trial in Malawi was expected to show that children are healthier if they live in a home where food is cooked on a smoke-free stove rather than an open fire. But the trial, whose results are published … Continue reading

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'Overworked' pharmacist 'gave woman wrong pills'

An “overworked” pharmacist made a tragic error and gave out the wrong pills to a grandmother who became ill within minutes and later died, a court has heard. Martin White, 45, of Belfast Road, Muckamore, County Antrim, admitted supplying the … Continue reading

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Natural vs Caesarean

The number of babies born by Caesarean section has affected human evolution, a study has suggested. The study suggests C-sections allow women with narrow pelvises to give birth when they or their babies’ lives might previously have been at risk … Continue reading

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Scottish primary schools 'should weigh pupils'

Scotland should follow England’s lead and routinely weigh pupils while they are at primary school, a cancer charity has recommended. Pupils are currently weighed in P1, but Cancer Research UK said the measurement programme should be expanded. Obesity is the … Continue reading

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'Exercise boosts men's sperm count'

Doing at least half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men’s sperm count, say scientists. Men who took up running and stuck with it had more “healthy swimmers”, according to the research in the journal Reproduction. … Continue reading

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UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. There will be two bands – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and … Continue reading

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Margaret and Angus Mayer's family raise dementia care concerns

A family has criticised social services after the deaths of an elderly couple. An inquest will be held on Wednesday for Margaret Mayer, 85, who had dementia. Her husband Angus, 86, was arrested for her murder. Mr Mayer was hit … Continue reading

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'It's lovely to find out about their lives'

The perception of care homes – and what it’s like to live and work in them – is not always positive. But Charlotte, who currently works at the Anchor Greenacres Care Home in Banstead, Surrey, says there is real joy … Continue reading

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BMA calls for complete ban on smoking in vehicles

The Scottish government should ban smoking in vehicles completely, according to the British Medical Association (BMA). The association has welcomed a new law which now makes it illegal to smoke in a car when children are present. But Dr Peter … Continue reading

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