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Disabled man's cancer care criticised

The failure to offer a learning disabled young man cancer treatment has been described as a shocking example of health inequalities by charities. Ian Shaw was sent home to die, but a doctor queried that decision after seeing his story on the BBC. Ian, 35, who has since been given chemotherapy, is now doing well. The hospital involved has said his learning disabilities had not been a factor in the decision to put him on end-of-life care. Ian has learning disabilities, autism and epilepsy. In December 2016, he was diagnosed…

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Man's best friend: Owning a dog linked to lower risk of death, study says

Owning a dog is associated with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death, according to a comprehensive new study published by a team of Swedish researchers on Friday in the journal Scientific Reports. The scientists followed 3.4 million people over the course of 12 years and found that adults who live alone and owned a dog were 33 percent less likely to die during the study than adults who lived alone without dogs. In addition, the single adults with dogs were 36 percent less likely to die from…

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Unsent text accepted as dead man's will by Australian court

A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “all that I have” to his brother and nephew. The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year . Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will. In the…

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How Mel Brooks' lady of dance made it in a man's world

Even today it’s rare to find a female choreographer working at the highest level in musical theatre. Susan Stroman says it’s always been a male-dominated profession, but one she loves nonetheless. Susan Stroman is in London to direct and choreograph a new version of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – and by now she’s pretty much used to the concept of the tea-break. Of the last half-century’s winners of Broadway’s annual Tony award for choreography, just 10 have been women. The most successful is four-time winner Stroman. Her first Tony was…

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UK rejects terminally ill man's request to die

Britain’s High Court has rejected a terminally ill man’s request to be killed with medical help. In a ruling on Thursday, three judges turned down Noel Conway’s request for assisted suicide. Conway, 67, has motor neurone disease and has been given less than six months to live. Conway had applied to the court in July, asking for a declaration that Britain’s outlawing of suicide is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. After the ruling, Conway said he was “deeply disappointed” and intended to appeal. He said that since…

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Liverpool are 'less than last season' and Salah is a 'poor man's Coutinho' – Ray Wilkins' damning Anfield verdict

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah celebrate as Liverpool thrash Arsenal Monday, August 28, 2017 Ray Wilkins claims Liverpool are less of a threat than they were last season – and has branded Mohamed Salah as a ‘poor man’s Coutinho’. The Reds looked impressive on Sunday afternoon as they thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, but Wilkins still feel Jurgen Klopp’s side has gone backwards. Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea coach said: “I think Liverpool are less than they were last year, purely and simply because Coutinho…

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'Under-appreciated' Wayne Rooney is one of the true greats of English football, says Gary Lineker after Everton man's landmark goal

Gary Lineker believes the “under-appreciated” Wayne Rooney has proven himself one of the true “greats of English football” after the forward scored his 200th Premier League goal. The 31-year-old recorded his second league goal of the season in his second domestic game for Everton since returning to the club from Manchester United earlier this summer. He has again demonstrated he retains much of the ability critics felt he had lost while out of United’s team, and has already impressed to the extent he could earn a recall to the next…

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