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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...

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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...

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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...

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Air pollution is the ‘new tobacco’, warns WHO head

Exclusive: Simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more, but ‘a smog of complacency pervades the planet’, says Dr Tedros Adhanom• Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Air pollution is the new tobacco. Time to tackle this epidemicAir pollution is the “new tobacco”, the head of the...

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Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCCIPCC climate change report – live updates and reactionIn a stark new warning, the world’s leading climate scientists have shown that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5C to lessen the risk of drought, floods, extreme...