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The meerkats helping disabled people

Two meerkats are being used for therapy sessions in homes which care for people with learning disabilities. The females, Mia and Kat, are owned by Joe Hodgson, from North Yorkshire. Mr Hodgson said the therapy sessions, which involve watching the two meerkats play and interact with each other, were proving very popular. Source link

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Children's hospital is first to be rated 'outstanding'

Image caption Macey Hardcastle, five, in the outpatients clinic A specialist children’s hospital has become the first stand-alone hospital of its kind to get an “outstanding” rating from inspectors in England. Birmingham Children’s Hospital was criticised eight years ago for having insufficient numbers of beds, operating theatres and trained staff. But now the Care Quality […]

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Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

Image copyright Thinkstock A multiple sclerosis treatment being tested in patients can stop the disease for at least five years, say doctors. The risky therapy involves wiping out the person’s immune system with strong cancer drugs and then rebooting it with a stem cell transplant. Doctors say only some patients will be suitable to try […]

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David Baddiel on impact of dad's dementia

Stand-up comedian David Baddiel has invited cameras to film his father over the past year – to show the reality of his life living with a rare form of dementia called Pick’s disease. Symptoms include excessive swearing and inappropriate sexual behaviour, which means the comedian had to stop his children visiting their grandfather. The Trouble […]

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Winter pressure 'busts NHS budget'

Winter pressures have caused the NHS to overspend as hospitals and other services have struggled to keep up with demand in England, finance chiefs say. A deficit of nearly £900m was racked up by NHS trusts in the first nine months of the 2016-17 financial year. It comes despite the health service being given extra […]

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'No dignity' for disabled kids in parks

Image copyright Morag Mullan Image caption Morag Mullan’s son Luke was able to use this swing in Portstewart, 50 miles from his Newtownabbey home It is getting harder to find places for disabled children to visit where they “don’t feel ostracised”, says one of the founders of a campaign for better facilities for disabled children. […]

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£95m for healthcare professionals' education and training

Image copyright PA A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales has been announced. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it would support physiotherapists, nurses, radiographers and a range of health science training opportunities. He said it would enable more than 3,000 new students to join those […]