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Toddlers who can draw as are more likely to grow up to be clever


We’ve all heard a doting parent pronounce that their toddler’s latest scribbling, proudly displayed on the fridge, is evidence of a nascent genius. Perhaps surprisingly, there may be a shr....

Having good neighbours can help cut heart attack risk, study shows


Living in a close-knit community and having good neighbours could have hidden health benefits and may even reduce people’s risk of suffering a heart attack, new research has claimed.....

My friend's son went to prison for viewing child sex abuse images, can I trust him around my young daughters?


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Let sleeping sprogs lie: Why the benefits of sharing a bed with your children outweighs the risks


Some time after 3am, my door slowly opens. There is the scuttle of tiny feet, the familiar creak as a small person sinks in besides me. An hour later, comes another little visitor.....

Surgeon is 'fired after mistakenly carrying out a vasectomy'


A surgeon has been fired after mistakenly carrying out a vasectomy on a patient, according to a report.....

Chief Inspector of Hospitals: ‘People might believe in the NHS. But it doesn’t mean it’s perfect’


When I mentioned to a senior doctor recently that I was interviewing Professor Sir Mike Richards, he made a surprising remark.....

Coalition 'way off track' on pledge to boost childcare


Nearly 1.3 million children under the age of five in England and Wales are living in areas with insufficient childcare, including a lack of nursery places, new figures reveal.....

Slenderman stabbings: Why we can't help being fascinated when young girls attempt murder


This is a tale of a young friendship gone horribly wrong. In late May, in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls allegedly lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 ....

Ebola outbreak: College campuses on alert as new term begins


Universities in the UK have been put on alert to be ready for a potential outbreak of the Ebola virus when the new term starts in September.....

Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review


It was our first day in London and like all tourists we had lots of plans. We were to start at Westminster Abbey, then walk to the Houses of Parliament, over the bridge to the London Eye and on to the....

Single parenthood: Three families discuss the pressures - and pleasures - of their situation


Who do you like better: mum or dad? For children of separated parents – that is, 23 per cent of the population – it is a question that will have probably have raised its head at some point....

Cannabis-based drug to be offered to NHS Wales patients with multiple sclerosis


The NHS in Wales is to become the first UK health service to make a cannabis-based drug available to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients on prescription, health officials have confirmed.....

Exclusive: Lib Dems to offer 'perks' to Britain's unpaid carers


Britain’s army of unpaid carers would receive a series of perks such as free hospital parking and be given greater powers in the NHS under Liberal Democrat plans to introduce “Carers&rsquo....

Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'


A study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls in....

Robin Williams death: What is Parkinson's disease?


Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died earlier this week in an apparent suicide, his wife has said.....

Prostate cancer drug abiraterone 'too expensive' to use on terminally-ill patients


Thousands of terminally ill prostate cancer patients in England will be denied early access to a drug which can both extend life and reduce pain, after the medicines watchdog ruled it would be too exp....

Homophobia remains a depressingly persistent feature of football - but some fans are determined to promote inclusiveness


When conversations between Arsenal and Tottenham fans take place, the likelihood is that – if they haven't already – they'll descend into petty mudslinging, with recent results, trophy dro....

NHS faces huge bill over private provider’s botched eye operations


Dozens of NHS patients have been left with damage to their eyes, including partial loss of sight, after undergoing routine cataract operations which had been outsourced to a private provider.....

Why I left the ultra-orthodox Jewish community: 'as kids we were told that the outside world hated us'


Moishy*, 27, is a good-looking young man. Dressed in unremarkable jeans and a hoodie, he blends in easily: he’s just another ordinary Londoner. For Moishy, that’s a compliment. Having fina....

Obesity increases risk of 10 common cancers, study finds


More than 12,000 new cases of cancer every year can be attributed to the patient being overweight or obese, the biggest ever study of the links between body mass index and cancer has revealed.....

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