Autism risk of drug taken by thousands of mums for epilepsy: Up to 17,500 children affected since 1973, researchers believeAs many as one in three children born to mothers taking Epilim affectedDrug taken by about 21,500 women of childbearing age to control seizuresFamilies campaigning for manufacturer to withdraw the drug By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:54 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 4 February 2013 Dangers: Researchers have warned as many as one in three children born to mothers taking Epilim have developed autism or behavioural problems (file picture) An epilepsy drug taken by thousands of women has been linked to learning disabilities in children. Researchers say as many as one in three children born to mothers taking Epilim have developed autism or behavioural problems. They believe up to 17,500 children in Britain have been affected since 1973, when it was launched.
Spine zapper 'fixes' backs: New device using high-frequency electrical pulse to revolutionise back pain treatmentSpinal cord stimulator sends electrical pulses through the spineNevro is 200 times more powerful than current stimulators | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 29 December 2012 A new device that sends a high-frequency electrical pulse through the spine could revolutionise the treatment of severe back pain, according to a new study. A team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, is the first in the world to implant the Nevro spinal cord stimulator in 100 patients who would otherwise need surgery to stop their back pain. The device is less invasive than surgery and cheaper.
Comet shelves picked bare by Christmas shoppers as remaining stores prepare to close their doors today Bargain hunters queued outside Comet stores on the last day of tradingDejected staff were seen dismantling display cases and taking posters downStore accounts have insufficient funds to cover staff redundancy payments HM Revenue & Customs stands to lose 26.1million in uncollected taxComet's demise will now be investigated by the Insolvency Service | UPDATED: 20:44 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bargain hunters looking for Christmas presents have been stripping shelves bare at doomed Comet stores today – the High Street giant's last day of in-store trading.
Children's hair straighteners shelved after hundreds of young girls suffer serious burnsChildren admitted to serious burns units increased from 162 in 2009 to 252 last yearFigures are the 'tip of the iceberg' and could be at least ten times higher | UPDATED: 00:33 GMT, 2 December 2012 Enlarge Fears: The Disney Princess Rapunzel Straighten and Crimp appliances have now been dropped by Argos High street stores are refusing to sell children’s hair straighteners after a dramatic increase in burns injuries. The brightly coloured straighteners – decorated with pictures of princesses, fairies and cartoon characters – are high on Christmas lists. But doctors are concerned by the increasing number of girls suffering burns and scars from the electrical appliances, which are being marketed with images more suitable for a toy
Deluged homeowners' fury at failure of 1.7m state-of-the-art defences which they celebrated with an 'end of flooding party' Distressed families said they were unprepared for flooding because they had been told the pumps would protect themValued possessions were washed away and villagers evacuatedA baby and a 90-year-old were rescued from their houses by boatWater rose four feet in just half an hour after electrical fault Parts of Britain experienced worst floods in 70 years | UPDATED: 13:42 GMT, 26 November 2012 Homeowners were today trying to repair the damage to their homes after a 1.7milllion flood defence system failed during torrential rain this weekend.