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Call for more Irlen Syndrome specialists in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Irlen Syndrome awareness week runs until Friday Calls have been made for more sight specialists in schools across Wales, to ensure children with Irlen Syndrome receive a diagnosis. Irlen UK said children are “being turned off education” because they are not aware they have the condition. It affects the […]

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Ulster Hospital discrimination case over food allergies

Image copyright Equality Commission Image caption Three-year-old Meabh O’Donnell and her seven-year-old sister, Aoibhe, both suffer from life-threatening food allergies A mother whose daughters have “life-threatening” food allergies took a discrimination case against a hospital after one had an allergic reaction. Maire-Iosa McVicker took her case after her children were twice exposed to food in […]

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Henna crowns: 'Hair' for cancer patient

For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, losing their hair can be an extremely difficult and upsetting consequence. But now, there’s a new alternative to wigs and hats. Abi, who is supporting the fundraising campaign Stand Up To Cancer, explains how she faced her diagnosis and treatment. Video journalist: Sofia Bettiza Source link

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Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected. Air pollution had the […]

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'Handful of changes' make cancer

Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly […]

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Lord Steel: We should decriminalise abortion

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel has said the Abortion Act is “out of date” and “badly in need of reform”. He was the architect of the 1967 act to allow women in England, Scotland and Wales to have an unwanted pregnancy terminated legally. The law has not been changed since. Lord Steel told the World […]

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Health hero

A 12-year-old boy from the West Midlands has been announced as one of BBC Radio 1’s teen heroes. Harrison, turned his life around through diet and exercise, documenting his journey on social media. He now inspires other children creating healthy packed lunches and working with caterers at his school to make sure others are eating […]

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Novelty contact lenses 'can cause sight loss'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing novelty contact lenses at Halloween, saying they can cause nasty infections and scratches to the eyes. Cosmetic contact lenses are often sold in joke and fancy-dress shops and […]

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRachel wants to be an organ donor Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process […]