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I lost my arms and legs – stop it happening to others

A man who woke from a coma to discover both his arms and legs had been amputated and part of his face removed has called for mandatory training on sepsis for NHS staff. Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is a serious complication of an infection, which can have devastating consequences if not treated quickly. There were

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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. The report presents the

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England’s best beaches revealed as ‘Attenborough effect’ inspires clean-ups

England’s best beaches have been revealed as campaigners hailed the “Attenborough effect” for an increase in awards for being safe and clean. Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of 71 Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards – an increase of 18 beaches on 2018. The awards are quality marks for beaches and mean they

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We must ditch red meat to save planet, top scientist warns

People need to give up red meat to prevent catastrophic damage to the planet’s climate, a former government chief scientist, Professor Sir David King has said A report claims a 20% reduction in red meat consumption would reduce greenhouse gases by around six million tonnes a year. The Research shows that beef has a carbon footprint

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Older adults who regularly do crosswords have better brain function, study finds

Older adults who regularly do word and number puzzles have better brain function, a study has found. The more often adults aged 50 and over attempted challenges such as crosswords and Sudoku, the sharper their brains, according to the findings. University of Exeter and King’s College London academics carried out research into more than 19,000

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Eating and drinking independently after a stroke tastes the best!

I would like you to imagine, for a moment, how you would feel if you were suddenly struck down with a stroke – seemingly coming from nowhere in the space of a moment, and with potentially life changing consequences – not just for you who is immediately affected, but also for your loved ones. After

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Lewis Hamilton sends F1 car to home of terminally ill boy

Moments after he recaptured the lead of the championship from Valtteri Bottas following his fine victory at the Circuit de Catalunya, an emotional Hamilton dedicated his triumph to Harry Shaw – a five-year-old who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Hamilton had been alerted to Harry’s tragic plight ahead of Sunday’s race

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Sisters encourage others to support foster carers

When you meet sisters Jan and Paula, it’s hard not to notice the close bond between them, which has been made even stronger through fostering and supporting each other. While both sisters now foster children and teenagers full-time, they have also fostered part-time as support carers on weekends and in school holidays. Now the sisters

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‘I’ve lost 24 friends to suicide’

Natasha has battled with anorexia and self-harm from the age of 12 and spent 10 years in mental health units across the country. She was initially not referred to CAMHS, an oversight she says made her condition worsen. When she was finally referred, suffering from anorexia and beginning to self-harm, she was too ill for

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Line of Duty star’s dementia choir ‘not just dancing and singing’ but ‘provoking memories’

Actress Vicky McClure from Line of Duty fame shows the huge impact music can have on people living with dementia in a moving BBC documentary, where she puts together a choir made up of people with dementia aged from 31 to 87. he two-part documentary ‘Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure’ focusses on the science

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