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Chicken nugget tweet breaks Twitter record

0SHARESShare A tweet from a teenager asking a US fast food chain for a year’s supply of chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted ever. Carter Wilkerson’s plea broke the record set by Ellen DeGeneres. A spokesperson for Wendy’s said: “We didn’t expect Carter’s response, and we couldn’t anticipate the overwhelming support he has received.” The company has pledged to ...

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The hospital errors leaving new parents devastated

0SHARESShare Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England each week on average. For some families, those errors can have life-changing consequences. “Every single day we have to live with the fact that we’re a victim of the NHS,” Adam Asquith tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. ...

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General election: Labour 'would axe NHS parking charges'

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would provide free car parking at all NHS hospitals in England to end what he called a “tax on serious illness”. Mr Corbyn said the estimated £162m cost would be paid for by an increase in tax on private health insurance premiums. The plan has the support of NHS unions. But the Conservatives said Mr ...

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Teenagers ill after taking prescription drug Xanax

0SHARESShare Up to 20 teenagers in Wiltshire have needed medical treatment after taking the prescription drug Xanax in the last week, police have said. The young people – aged 15 and 16 – have been “deliberately risking their health”, Wiltshire Police said. Xanax is prescribed by doctors to treat severe anxiety or panic disorder. Parents and guardians in Salisbury are ...

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Husband slept in same room as wife's body for six days

0SHARESShare A man has revealed how he slept in the same room as his wife’s body for six days after she died. Wendy Davison, 50, died at home in Derby last month after a 10-year battle with cervical cancer. Russell Davison, who has been left “heartbroken”, said he did not want her body to go to a mortuary and he ...

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Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, says some councils and housing associations are ...

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Price of 'exciting' self-injectable contraceptive cut

0SHARESShare The price of an innovative device which allows women to give themselves a contraceptive jab has been cut. Sayana Press has mostly been used by women in developing countries, as part of a global push to expand access to modern contraception. Working in collaboration with donor organisations has enabled the drug company Pfizer to drop the price from $1 ...

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Terminally ill nurse continues to care for girl, 12

0SHARESShare A terminally ill nurse has continued to care for a severely ill child despite being diagnosed with cancer herself. Joanna O’Toole, from Manchester, has looked after 12-year-old Amelie Chen, who has a rare debilitating syndrome, for the last four years. But she was forced to retire after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and given until last Christmas to ...

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Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled

0SHARESShare A new haul of ancient human remains has been described from an important cave site in South Africa. The finds, including a well-preserved skull, bolster the idea that the Homo naledi people deliberately deposited their dead in the cave. Evidence of such complex behaviour is surprising for a human species with a brain that’s a third the size of ...

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China's Alipay takes on Apple in US expansion

0SHARESShare Alipay, the Chinese digital payment giant owned by ecommerce giant Alibaba, is expanding in the US. Customers will be able to use Alipay at about 4 million businesses after a deal was signed with credit card processing service First Data. The deal is chiefly aimed at Chinese tourists visiting North America. It follows a small trial in California and ...

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