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Documentary follows autistic boy obsessed with Disney

The transformative power of Disney animation is illustrated in the new documentary Life, Animated which shows how the family of an isolated autistic boy began to communicate with him through cartoon characters. The film, from Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams, … Continue reading

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Brexit 'will make NHS staff shortages worse'

The vote to leave the EU risks making staffing shortages in the NHS worse, health leaders are warning. The NHS Confederation said doctors and nurses from Europe may be put off accepting jobs after the referendum. If that happened the … Continue reading

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Ibuprofen 'disables' Ebola virus

The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers. Scientists used the UK’s national synchrotron facility – Diamond Light Source – to analyse the virus in incredible detail. They revealed the two drugs could … Continue reading

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Zika-damaged babies could appear normal, says study

Babies with brains damaged by the Zika virus might still appear normal, a large study of Brazilian babies shows. Babies born with tiny heads – or microcephaly – is the main concern in the Zika outbreak. But the findings, published … Continue reading

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Nearly one in four deaths 'avoidable'

Almost a quarter of all deaths in England and Wales are potentially avoidable, 2014 figures released by the Office for National Statistics suggest. The report shows that out of some 116,000 avoidable deaths in total, more than a third were … Continue reading

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First UK hospital gives baby boxes to parents

A hospital in London is the first in the UK to give out baby boxes to all new parents. The trial is based on an idea from Finland where every newborn child is given a cardboard box to sleep in … Continue reading

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Mental health winners

You’ve spent half your life in prison, now you’re released, but the world has changed – who can you trust, how can you put your life back together and re-join society? You’re a doctor, your daughter had died suddenly in … Continue reading

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'Bath daily' advice for eczema children

If your child has eczema it is fine to give them a dunk in the bath every day, as long as you apply lots of moisturising emollient cream to their skin afterwards, say US researchers. Some experts have said infrequent … Continue reading

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Measles outbreak hits 13 pupils at Devon school

Thirteen cases of measles and another 10 probable cases have been found at a Devon secondary school. Parents at King Edward VI Community College (Kevicc) in Totnes have been urged to get their children vaccinated. The outbreak was confirmed by … Continue reading

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Zika vaccine 'works very well' in mice

A single dose of an experimental vaccine can protect mice against the Zika virus, raising renewed hope of a vaccine for humans, say scientists. The US team say the results, published in Nature, are “striking” and should “galvanise” research efforts. … Continue reading

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