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  • Chinese mother gives birth to huge baby weighing 13lbs 10oz - and puts its size down to her diet of milk, eggs and fruit

    November 25, 2013 12:01 PM 22

    A Chinese mother has given birth to a baby weighing a huge 13lbs 10oz – more than six bags of sugar. The unnamed woman, 27, believes her diet of milk, eggs and fruit was responsible for the size of her baby. The newborn weighs almost twice as much as an average Chinese baby but both mother and baby are thought to be doing well. It is not currently known

  • 'Standing at the bus stop made me allergic to the cold': Man who could be killed by anything from a chilled beer to a single snowflake

    November 25, 2013 10:17 AM 37

    A man has developed a bizarre allergy to the cold that means that even a single snowflake could kill him. Bernard Ward's skin explodes into angry hives if he comes into contact with anything cold - from a snowflake to a cold pint of beer. And the reactions can be so bad that he can even go into potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. Doctors believe Mr Ward developed

  • Tenerife beheading: Inquiry into how murderer was released from Welsh hospital

    November 25, 2013 8:21 AM 34

    An inquiry is to be held into how a man with paranoid schizophrenia was released from a Welsh hospital only to murder a woman in a Tenerife supermarket. Deyan Deyanov beheaded Jennifer Mills-Westley, from Norwich, less than a year after treatment in Glan Clwyd. The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) inquiry follows claims by the victim's family of failings

  • Free HIV testing campaign launched

    November 25, 2013 5:56 AM 37

    The charity will be offering finger prick HIV testing over the course of the week. The aim is to raise awareness of HIV and increase testing, particularly among high-risk groups including gay men and the African community. Suzanne Bannister, director of Herts Aid said: “The finger prick test for HIV is simple, quick and relatively painless. It could

  • Healthy pancake recipe using superfruits shared

    November 23, 2013 12:14 PM 31

    The African Chef, Malcolm Riley, shares his new creation to make yummy pancakes which are extraordinarily healthy also since they use superfruits in the UK. The newest fruit in the UK, baobab fruit, is not known to many people since it has been brought in the UK just very recently. However the Africans have been eating this fruits for centuries owing

  • Girl, 4, takes her first steps after Britain's biggest lottery winners pay for her to have pioneering cerebral palsy surgery

    November 23, 2013 3:09 AM 19

    A four-year-old girl has taken her first proper steps thanks to the generosity of Britain’s biggest lottery winners. Chris and Colin Weir dipped into their £161million EuroMillions jackpot to pay for Skye Swinton, who has cerebral palsy, to have revolutionary spinal surgery. She has now undergone the complex operation and taken her first tentative steps

  • Premature baby steroids 'may raise risk of ADHD'

    November 23, 2013 12:16 AM 25

    Steroids given to help premature babies develop may also be slightly increasing the risk of mental health disorders, say researchers. The drugs are often given to pregnant mothers at risk of a premature birth to help the baby's lungs prepare for life outside the womb. Being born too soon can lead to long-term health problems and the earlier the birth

  • Jamaica anti-doping board resigns over drug-testing crisis

    November 22, 2013 11:53 PM 68

    The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission's (Jadco) board has resigned in the wake of a drug-testing crisis. Concerns that Jamaica's athletes have not been tested rigorously enough led to an emergency visit from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) this month. The Caribbean island's sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley said the government "respected" the decision

  • Supermarkets ban energy drink sales to under 16s

    November 22, 2013 6:37 PM 38

    Morrisons is the first UK supermarket to ban the sale of high caffeine energy drinks to under 16s. Red Bull, Monster and Relentless are examples of the brands that would be off-limits to anyone 16 or under, as they contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre. Morrisons will trial the ban in certain stores first with a plan to roll it out more widely

  • Iceland has the highest rate of antidepressant use in the world—by a long shot

    November 22, 2013 3:06 PM 42

    Rich, developed countries are consuming an average of 10% more antidepressants than about a decade ago, according to a report released on Nov. 21 from the OECD. The increase has a lot to do with growing awareness about depression, which in turn has made treating the illness with drugs more socially acceptable. Big spikes in a few standout countries