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‘Before, I was quite a shy person’: life after brain damage

Suffering a traumatic head injury is a terrifying ordeal, with serious implications for the way we live. Yet, strangely, there can be an upside. Here, four people talk about their experiencesAlpha Kabeja was cycling back from a job interview with MI6 on New Year’s Day 2012 when he was hit by a van and taken to hospital...


Apple Watch’s ECG feature is already proving its worth

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watch with electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That’s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often times rapid...


Sharp rise in number of young people seeking help for anxiety

Majority of Childline sessions provided to girls with helpline’s founder saying system is ‘failing them’A children’s helpline says the number of counselling sessions it has delivered to youngsters with anxiety has almost doubled in two years, with nine out of 10 calls from girls.According to Childline, which is...


Childhood obesity linked to air pollution from vehicles

Research suggests first year ‘critical window’ in which toxic air can increase weight gainEarly exposure to air pollution from vehicles increases the risk of children becoming obese, new research has found.High levels of nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted by diesel engines, in the first year of life led to...


Why You Might Want to Visit More Museums When You Travel

Museums are great for a lot of reasons — you can immerse yourself in a local history, learn a thing (or 50) in the span of an afternoon and see some of the world’s greatest artworks. But there’s another reason that’s caught the attention of doctors in Canada: a trip to the museum may be …


Poor healthcare in jails is killing inmates, says NHS watchdog

Almost half England’s jails fail to provide adequate medical care to prisoners, says leaked briefing by Care Quality CommissionAlmost half of England’s jails are providing inadequate medical care to inmates, whose health is being damaged by widespread failings, the NHS watchdog has told MPs in a scathing briefing...