Health

Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

Image copyright Holly Eastall Image caption Holly Eastall and her baby son Louie who died from sudden infant death syndrome A mother who lost her son to cot death says she wants a change in how such cases are reported after misleading headlines left her feeling “suicidal”. Holly Eastall, 23, from Kingston, south-west London, was grieving her baby when it …

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‘The doctor wrote a question mark for my child’s sex’

When doctors wrote a question mark instead of a sex on her child’s birth papers, Catherine filed a high court case that has prompted Kenya to start changing its approach to intersex children. The year is 2009. It’s been five days since Catherine (not her real name) gave birth to her first child at the modest Nairobi home that she …

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Pembrokeshire GP job ad admits ‘the hours stink’

Image copyright Dave Wilson Image caption Dave Wilson tweeted “you make a difference and so despite it all this is why we’re still plodding” A GP has tweeted a job advert for his surgery saying: “I won’t sugarcoat it… we’re heavily undermanned and the hours stink.” Dave Wilson, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, said his surgery, Argyle Medical Group, had just …

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Learning disability ‘trapped’ in hospitals as NHS target missed

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the community, close to their families. …

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HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s research hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at a Tennessee hospital, were published …

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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and even restored some connections in the brain. However, …

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Salon opens ‘safe space’ for breastfeeding mums in Dereham

A beauty salon owner has invited mums to use her business as a place to breastfeed their babies, after her sister was made to feel “uncomfortable” doing it in public. Kay Willmott, who runs Elle Belle’s Beauty Studio in Dereham, Norfolk, said: “You’ve got no control over when your child needs to feed, and you shouldn’t need to feel you’re …

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Ipswich murder-suicide: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to prevent a patient killing his wife and then taking his own life. Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August. An inquest heard Mrs Kemp, 31, was found with …

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Mother of 14-year-old who killed herself at the Priory speaks out

Amy El-Keria was a patient at Ticehurst House Psychiatric Hospital, which has been fined £300,000 over her death in 2012. In 2016, an inquest found her death may have been prevented if she had received proper care at the hospital in East Sussex. She was found hanged in her room. Priory Healthcare has admitted breaching health and safety law and …

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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012 The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals. Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in November 2012. The private company, …

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