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  • Baby illusion: Youngest born 'perceived as shorter'

    December 16, 2013 5:05 PM 10

    Mothers perceive their youngest children as shorter than they actually are, a study suggests. This "baby illusion" applies regardless of the number of children a mother has, Current Biology reports. Mothers underestimated the height of their youngest child by an average of 7.5cm (3in), yet accurately judged the height of any older children they had. The study

  • Clinical case for NHS care change 'overwhelming'

    December 16, 2013 2:51 PM 10

    15 December 2013 Last updated at 08:53 GMT Dean Royles, the chief executive of NHS Employers (part of the NHS Confederation), told BBC Breakfast that the clinical case for extending patient care was "overwhelming".

  • Half A Million Cut Out Of Social Care System

    December 15, 2013 9:17 PM 18

    The elderly and disabled who are unable to carry out domestic routines are no longer receiving care services, a new study finds. Nearly half a million older and disabled people who would have received social care five years ago have been cut completely out of the system, Sky News can reveal. Nine out of 10 councils have withdrawn funded care from people

  • Pregnant woman slashed across face in Cambridge

    December 15, 2013 11:43 AM 12

    A heavily pregnant woman has been slashed across the face in an apparently random attack in Cambridge city centre. Veterinary surgeon Hayley Baker, 29, was assaulted by a man in Hertford Street, as she was walking near her home, at about 20:20 GMT on Thursday. Mrs Baker was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious facial injuries. She said the attack

  • NHS Lothian: care of patients ‘not main concern’

    December 14, 2013 9:58 AM 11

    LITTLE more than half of NHS workers in the Lothians believe the care of patients is their employer’s main concern, the results of a major staff ­survey have revealed. While senior NHS Lothian bosses regularly say patient care and safety is the health board’s “number one priority”, a poll of staff has revealed that just 51 per cent of employees believe

  • Drop everything and try: The Walk, the pedometer app with a riveting plot

    December 13, 2013 9:46 AM 13

    Not this one. The Walk is actually part pedometer, part interactive story. As you walk, the story – a compelling spy thriller in the vein of North By Northwest – is told. Every step counts towards its completion, so the player is encouraged to get outside and walk – and therefore achieve a certain level of fitness. Developer Six to Start has designed

  • NHS Mobile Fitness App Aims To Beat Obesity

    December 13, 2013 8:41 AM 28

    The makers of a zombie game team up with the Department of Health to create a new app aimed at helping people lose weight. A mobile app funded by the Department of Health and built by the makers of a popular zombie game has been launched in an effort to get people fit. The Walk, which is the first game paid for by the NHS, encourages players to walk in order

  • 10,000 children living with cancer 'need more support'

    December 13, 2013 1:09 AM 9

    There are 10,000 children under 14 living with cancer in the UK, say Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Cancer Intelligence Network, which looks at national cancer numbers. The figures suggest more boys are affected than girls and the most commonly diagnosed children's cancer is leukaemia. Children with cancer need more support after treatment

  • Cocaine pear juice death: Cole Cold Pear-D warning

    December 12, 2013 4:51 PM 14

    A Hampshire man has died after drinking a pear juice drink which contained cocaine. Police said Joromie Lewis, 33, of Gosport, became ill immediately after trying a small amount of the Cole Cold Pear-D drink on Thursday, 5 December. Officers said Mr Lewis thought the drink, from the Caribbean, was genuine, but they believe the bottle may have been used to get drugs

  • Lewisham hospital criticised over Kent child death

    December 12, 2013 10:59 AM 13

    A girl who died on Christmas Day hours after being discharged from hospital may not have been allowed to leave if a more senior doctor had seen her, a coroner said. Rhianna Rawding, aged nine, from Rochester, Kent, was treated by a junior doctor at University Hospital Lewisham last year. But seven hours after being sent home, she collapsed and stopped