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Dementia-friendly lunches served at Norwich restaurant

When Hannah Springham’s mother got dementia, eating out became “quite a sad experience” as, at times, she no longer knew her daughter. Upon becoming a restaurateur in Norwich, Ms Springham was determined her diners would still have the “best possible time”, whether living with the condition or caring for those with it, and so introduced […]

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Doctors explain Michael Jackson's impossible dance move

Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks […]

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Germ clue to childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A UK researcher believes science has now identified what can cause the most common type of cancer in children. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children before they turn 16. Prof Mel Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research thinks it starts with a mutation picked up in the […]

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BBC presenter Rachael Bland reveals 'incurable' cancer

Image copyright Claire Wood Image caption Rachael Bland hosts the podcast You, Me and the Big C with Lauren Mahon and Deborah James BBC presenter Rachael Bland, who blogs about having cancer, says her hopes now rest on clinical trials after being told her breast cancer was “incurable”. The 40-year-old said she had become a […]

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Patients lose hip replacement court case

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of patients have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly “defective” hip implants. A judge ruled that manufacturer DePuy was not liable to the 312 patients who claimed they had been injured by the implants. Claimants say the metal-on-metal hips were […]

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Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bats are mainly considered to be virus’s natural host. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims tested positive for the virus in the last fortnight. The results of the remaining six […]

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Nanoparticles from tea leaves 'destroy lung cancer cells'

Image copyright Getty Images Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves could be the key to a leap forward in treating lung cancer, scientists have “accidentally” discovered. The joint Swansea University and Indian team was actually intending to create markers for detecting tumours. They were amazed to discover the “quantum dots” they manufactured destroyed 80% of the […]