Epilim: Autism risk of drug taken by thousands of mums for epilepsy

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.

Pregnant mentally disabled woman allowed to have baby after High Court ruled doctors could not force termination as she has capacity to make decision

Pregnant mentally disabled woman allowed to have baby after High Court ruled doctors could not force termination as she has capacity to make own decision Mr Justice Hedley said if she could not care for the baby then society couldThe NHS said that the termination was 'urgent' as her life is in dangerThe unnamed patient has sickle cell disease and has suffered several strokesDoctors claimed that she is unable to take decision herself But High Court rules mother has ability to decide on 'continuation or termination of pregnancy' By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 15:04 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:51 GMT, 11 January 2013 A pregnant woman with severe learning difficulties will not be forced to have an abortion after the High Court ruled she has the mental capacity to decide if she wants the baby. Doctors applied for an order to allow them to terminate her pregnancy claiming the child is endangering her life.

Horrific pictures show gruesome injuries sustained by vulnerable man who was bullied, tortured and humiliated by bigoted couple because he has special…

Horrific pictures show gruesome injuries sustained by vulnerable man who was bullied, tortured and humiliated by bigoted couple because he has special needsDavid Busby, 29, was targeted and belittled by Ross Walsh, 30, and his 36-year old wife Christina for sadistic pleasureThey lured Mr Busby into their home and subjected him to a series of unwarranted beatings – often in the cellarBrothers Faran Abbas, 18, and Sohail Abbas, 20, also joined in the violence against Mr BusbyHe endured a month-long campaign of attacks and suffered many injuries including 14 smashed ribs, a displaced breast bone and broken collar bone | UPDATED: 23:17 GMT, 5 December 2012 These shocking pictures show the horrific injuries sustained by a vulnerable man who was bullied, tortured and humiliated by a bigoted couple simply because he has special needs. David Busby, 29, was targeted and belittled by Ross Walsh, 30, and his 36-year old wife Christina for sadistic pleasure when they realised he had severe learning difficulties. After offering their collection of video games and the promises of help with household chores, they lured Mr Busby into their home and subjected him to a series of unwarranted beatings – often in the cellar.

Abuse of elderly patients by NHS staff rises by a third in one year with a shocking 36,000 offences reported last year alone

Abuse of elderly patients by NHS staff rises by a third in one year with a shocking 36,000 offences reported last year alone | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 1 December 2012 'Cruelty has become normal': Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighted some disturbing cases of abuse by NHS staff Thousands of elderly and vulnerable patients are being abused by carers and NHS staff, shocking figures reveal. Some 36,600 offences were reported last year, mainly involving neglect, physical violence or bullying