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February 17, 2018. Kieran Veitz, two, was born with a rare heart condition called ectopia cordis that caused her heart, liver and intestines to form outside of her body. The congenital heart defect has only a 10 percent survival rate and occurs in approximately 5.5 to eight births per one million. Kieran spent her first five hours of her life in surgery to put the organs back inside her abdomen, and next six months recovering in the hospital. She's now weeks away from her third birthday at home in Williston. Her parents Caitlin and Brian describe her as a hard-headed, stubborn toddler who loves water and playing with toys. While she's still experiencing some physical delays as a result of all of her time spent on a ventilator, her parents say she will be caught up with her peers by kindergarten. Her abnormality can still be seen through her chest. Mail.

February 17, 2018. The Times says the government has blocked Oxfam from applying for any more government funding until it gets its house in order following the allegations of sexual exploitation. Papers.

February 17, 2018The Mirror interviews transgender jockey Victoria Smith, who hopes to become the first rider to win a horse race as a woman and a man. Papers.

February 16, 2018U.S Research has found that chemicals from everyday house-hold products now contribute to as much as air pollution in cities world-wide as vehicle emissions. Deodorant and shampoos can cause as much as air pollution as cars. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.

February 16, 2018How to save over 130,000 lives each year. I'm talking about cutting emissions from shipping. Sulphur belched out of vessels is a serious health problem for coastal communities around the world. 400.000 premature deaths from lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, and around 14 million childhood asthma cases annually are reckoned to be related to shipping emissions. These are figures in a report just published in Nature Communications. Inside Science: BBC Radio 4.

February 16, 2018Doctors were forced to operate a patient under a mobile phone torchlight after power suddenly went off in the operation theatre. A team of surgeons led by Dr Sunitha were performing a nose reconstruction surgery on a patient who had suffered a dog bite at the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur, South India.The power went off abruptly and the backup generator failed to switch on instantly plunging the operation theatre into darkness. Liveleak.

February 16, 2018. The Valentines day killeNikolas Cruz, 19, who was adopted as an orphaned child, opened fire a year after he was expelled from school for allegedly getting in a fight. In the hours since, many have speculated that the boy may have fetal alcohol syndrome given his facial features - a low nasal bridge, small eyes and thin upper lip - and behaviour. Nathalie Brassard, a program director at the non-profit organization FASCETS, which works with parents of FASD children, told Daily Mail On-line the association has merit. Mail.

February 16, 2018. Narelle Krikhoff, 53, from Brisbane, who only started wearing sun-cream at 20 years old, had part of her nose removed when doctor discovered the mark on her nose was actually a cancerous lump. Yet, after being tested, the personal trainer was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma last month. Mail.

February 16, 2018After Thursday's splash about processed food increasing a person's risk of cancer, the Daily Express give yoghurt eaters a reason to be cheerful. Research published in the paper claims eating two yoghurts a week can cut a person's risk of high blood pressure by up to 30%. Dietician Julia Zumpano tells the paper that original or Greek style of yoghurt are "excellent sources of protein, natural probiotics and calcium". Papers.

February 15, 2018President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database. NBC News.

February 15, 2018January 2018 was warmer than usual across Europe, and far colder than average in southern Russia, central Asia, and across the southern and eastern USA. Data shows last month to be two degrees warmer than average in Europe; the fourth warmest January on record. Our overview on all climate data series for 2017 is now complete with the recent final update for Copernicus. In the southern hemisphere it was a different picture – eastern Australia & southern Africa saw very dry conditions last month. Sea ice coverage was below average at both poles, with Antarctica at its second lowest level on record. Euro news.

February 15, 2018Rose Yarusskaya of Florida, is in her third round of a battle against a rare head and neck cancer that keeps coming back due to an even more rare genetic mutation that keeps her body from fighting tumours. The 38-year-old mother-of-two had to have her forehead replaced by a metal plate (centre and inset), plus another two operations to remove tumours and finish her facial reconstruction, two rounds of chemo that cost her hair (bottom right) and, now, is enrolled in a clinical trial for the handful of cancer-sufferers with her rare genetic deficiency. Mail.

February 15, 2018We all feel lonely, but if it becomes chronic, it can effect your sleep, make you feel miserable, and it even seems to be associated with poorer health and can even have as much as an impact of smoking and obesityClaudia Hammond. Health Check: BBC World Service.  Being lonely does impact well-being and quality of life. It impacts sleep and depressive symptoms and feelings of sadness and social relationships. The stages where loneliness can be more common are life transitions. Kids changing school or country. Bereavement and widowhood. Research tells us that it can become painful if it's prolonged. If you feel lonely for a short amount of time is actually productive for you because you look at your social relationships and decide you're going to change things about them - the quality of who your interacting with and working on the quality of relationships you've got helps. Professor Manuela Brito. The University of Exeter.

February 15, 2018Several papers, including the Daily Mail, lead with research that eating processed food could significantly increase a person's risk of cancer. The study, in the British Medical Journal, says products such as sugary cereals and fizzy drinks put middle-aged women in particular danger from breast cancer. Papers.

February 15, 2018The dangers of pizza, cornflakes and chocolate bars in raising a person's risk of cancer also features prominently on the front page of the Times. The paper reports French researchers said in a sample group of people who developed cancer, the quarter who ate the most "ultra-processed" food were 23% more likely to get any type of cancer than the quarter which ate the least processed foods. Papers.

February 15, 2018The Daily Mirror continues its campaign to change the law on organ donation, with another moving story uncovered by writer Andrew Gregory. The front page is taken up with a prominent picture of four-year-old girl Aoife and the accompanying text says the child smiling in the sunshine died waiting for an organ donation. In a front page message to its readers, the paper says: "Now we need your help to make sure our politicians listen". Papers.

February 14, 2018Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to cut ties with Oxfam over the Haiti sexual misconduct scandalEuro News.

February 14, 2018Scientists reverse Alzheimer's in middle-aged mice and claim the drug could be used like a daily vitamin to prevent the disease. The Cleveland Clinic team admit they were 'shocked' by the clear-cut result. They were using the same drug as Merck's phase 3 clinical trial in humans which was called off yesterday due to safety fears. Lead author Riqiang Yan claims he believes it can be safe and it is the answer to treating or preventing Alzheimer's. Mail.

February 14, 2018Pain. It is a human experience we all recognise. We know it when we feel it. One in three individuals worldwide are living with some type of pain. It serves a useful purpose. Pain is the ultimate harm-alarm. It is there to keep us out of danger. It warns of damage to ourselves. Pain is relevant to all of us. Even if we don't have chronic right pain now, chances are we've had it in the past, or if we live long enough, we will have it in the future. Addiction to painkilling drugs and the opioid crisis, more than a hundred people are dying from drug overdoses every day.  The most common painful condition in developed countries is lower-back pain. It amounts to about 28% of all chronic painful conditions. The second and third is neck pain and headaches. After that its nerve pain conditions.  The Why Factor: BBC World Service. 

February 14, 2018A pair of conjoined twins, who are fused at head have defied the odds and celebrated their first birthday, but their widowed is still waiting for a miracle to happen so that her twins can be surgically separated. Zainab Bibi, 36, gave birth to Safa and Marva at a hospital. Liveleak. 

February 14, 2018The Times leads on the ongoing scandal at Oxfam, with new claims that the charity hired a man who had already been forced out of another British humanitarian agency over claims that, while working in Liberia, he asked the charity's drivers to drive him to clubs to meet prostitutes to take back to a villa funded by the charity. Papers.

February 14, 2018US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. Experts say the work, published in Nature Microbiology, offers fresh hope in the antibiotics arms race. Drug-resistant diseases are one of the biggest threats to global health. They kill around 700,000 people a year, and new treatments are urgently needed. BBC News.

February 13, 2018A lot of people suffer from anxiety. 16 million people in the European Union. About 8% of the population is affected by anxiety disorders. The world health organisation said, 12 billion working days are lost due to depression and anxiety across the world. BBC World Hacks. BBC World Service.

February 13, 2018. A study shows inflammatory tablets used to treat arthritis could slash a person's risk of dementia in half, the Daily Express reports. Papers.

February 13, 2018They found that taking a certain drug used in treating arthritis can half the risk of getting dementia. They found that patients taking methotrexate were 48% less likely to develop dementia, and it might slow down the decline for patients with dementia. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

February 13, 2018Eat slowly to help you lose weight. A study of 60,000 eaters were 42% less likely to be overweight. Eating an evening meal at least two hours prior to sleeping reduced the risk of being overweight by 10%, Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

February 13, 2018The Daily Star claims health and safety officials have warned people over participating in pancake races, as some could get hurt running on "unpleasant wet and muddy grass". The paper adds the strap headline "Snowflakes ruin yet another tradition" and it's pretty clear it is not talking about the weather conditions. Papers.

February 13, 2018Oxfam continues to make front page headlines and the Daily Telegraph's lead story is the allegation by the charity's former head of safeguarding, Helen Evans, that teenage charity shop volunteers were abused and overseas staff had traded aid for sex. The paper quotes her interview with Channel 4 News, in which she claimed overseas staff had been accused of rape, and abuse of young volunteers by shop managers had been covered up. Papers.

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