PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

The family of a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage have won a High Court challenge over an NHS decision not to fund a life-changing drug. The child, “S”, has a rare condition that means he cannot break down an amino acid, and he is autistic, which makes controlling his diet difficult. A judge quashed the funding decision and sent it for reconsideration. NHS England said it will reconsider but the ruling will…

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Maternity wards closed 382 times last year in England

Maternity wards closed 382 times last year in England

Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once in 2016, data obtained by the Labour Party suggests. Responding to a Freedom of Information request, 42 out of 96 trusts said they had shut maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions. The most common reasons given were too few staff and not enough beds. The government said closures…

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Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

A judge who said society should be “ashamed” for not protecting a suicidal girl has approved a care plan for her. The girl, known as X, will be moved to a special unit on Thursday after doctors managed to find her a place. Sir James Munby, head of the family courts in England and Wales, said the provision of care “should not be dependent” on legal involvement. The secure unit where the 17-year-old has been…

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Loose Women's Stacey Solomon celebrates her 'saggy boobs'

Loose Women's Stacey Solomon celebrates her 'saggy boobs'

Loose Women panellist Stacey Solomon has been praised on social media for sharing a video celebrating her “muffin top, saggy boobs and stretch marks”. The former X Factor singer posted footage on Instagram in which she wears a white bikini and describes her body. She said she was “celebrating her society labelled imperfections” which “tell a story of who we are”. The post has attracted over 2,000 comments with users praising her “positive message to…

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First hints Parkinson's can be stopped

First hints Parkinson's can be stopped

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the medicine halted the progression of the disease. The University College London (UCL) team is “excited”, but it urges caution as any long-term benefit is uncertain and the…

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Bed found for suicidal girl after judge's criticism

Bed found for suicidal girl after judge's criticism

A bed has been found for a suicidal girl, a day after a judge criticised a lack of care provision available when she is freed from youth custody. Sir James Munby, said there would be “blood on our hands” if the 17-year-old did not receive adequate supervision. The girl, known as X, is due to be released in 10 days and was without a place at a secure unit. Mike Prentice, NHS North’s medical director,…

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Men's sexist attitudes 'shaped by first exposure to pornography'

Men's sexist attitudes 'shaped by first exposure to pornography'

The age at which a male first sees pornography is associated with certain sexist attitudes later in life, according to a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska. Their survey revealed the younger the first viewing occurred, the more likely a male was to want power over women. While if they were older, they were more likely to be sexually promiscuous. Of the 330 undergraduates surveyed, with a median age of 20, the average…

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Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

A breast surgeon who intentionally wounded his patients has had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years. Ian Paterson, 59, who appeared at the Court of Appeal via video link, was told his current sentence was “not sufficient” to reflect the seriousness and the totality of his offending. Paterson was found guilty in April at Nottingham Crown Court of 17 counts of wounding with intent. Jurors also convicted him of three further wounding charges….

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