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Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin which can seriously harm unborn children. The new study, the largest to date, covered...

Project marks 70 years of the NHS with people's stories of the service

A heritage project to record individual stories from 70 years of the National Health Service and preserve them for future generations has been given £785,000 of Heritage Lottery funding. The social history project, timed...

Victoria Derbyshire: ‘After cancer, I’m squeezing life out of every second’

On Monday 27 July 2015, at 4.35am, Victoria Derbyshire was in her kitchen, with the kettle on, Googling “inverted nipple” before leaving home to present her daily BBC2 current affairs programme. Google came...

‘I was the first baby delivered by the NHS. It has saved my life...

It was coming up to midnight on Sunday 4 July 1948 and my mother, who had been in labour for 18 hours, was just about ready to give birth to me. She wanted...

On your bike! Why Britain needs to do more to get children cycling

Stored away on my phone is a brief video showing the day, a few years ago, when my son first learned to ride a pedal bike – more precisely, the moment he gained...

Make tracks: ride the world's newest cycling routes

England The eight mile, family-friendly Brean Down Way in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, opened in July 2017 after 18 months of volunteer work and fundraising. It follows a newly-opened sluice-top road, crosses the River Axe, skirts...

Low blood pressure: tackling the donation shortfall in Nigeria

She did everything she was supposed to during the pregnancy. Went for regular check-ups, got plenty of sleep, made sure she ate well, got a lot of exercise and did everything else they...

Alastair Campbell on madness and power: ‘I don’t mind that I’m psychologically flawed’

Alastair Campbell’s latest volume of diaries brings to mind the sign that used to be a ubiquitous feature of the 1980s workplace: “You don’t have to be mad to work here ... But...

'His death still hurts': the Pfizer anti-smoking drug ruled to have contributed to suicide

When the retired Queensland schoolteacher Phoebe Morwood-Oldham started an online petition following her son’s suicide in April 2013, she could not have known that her insistence on asking hard questions of one of...

No 10 faces backlash from Labour and unions over public sector pay cap lift

Theresa May’s government faces months of strife over public sector pay after a decision to lift the 1% annual cap on increases was met with derision from Labour and renewed threats of strikes...

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Facebook’s discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’ hits the desktop

Facebook’s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed are progressing, it seems. Previously available on...