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Vanessa George: Paedophile nursery worker to be banned from Devon and Cornwall after release

Vanessa George: Paedophile nursery worker to be banned from Devon and Cornwall after release. Vanessa George, who is due to be released from prison, was jailed in 2009 for taking photos of her abusing toddlers in Plymouth. The parole board concluded Vanessa George no longer poses a 'significant risk' A paedophile nursery worker is to be banned from Devon and Cornwall when she is released from prison. Vanessa George, 49, was jailed indefinitely in 2009 and told to serve a minimum of seven [...]

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique 'more effective'. GETTY IMAGES A keyhole-surgery technique for treating heavy menstrual bleeding is more effective and just as safe as a non-invasive alternative, a study of more than 600 UK women suggests. Those who had a laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy, removing part of the uterus, were more satisfied than a group that had endometrial ablation. And they were less likely to have pelvic pain and pain during sex. Heavy bleeding affects a quarter of women in the UK. Hospital stays Prof [...]

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law

Children at risk waiting for social media grooming law A report by the NSPCC shows that 34% of sexual grooming offences involve Instagram, more than any other online platform. Lorin LaFave's son Breck Bednar was murdered after being groomed online Sexual predators are increasingly grooming children online using social media platforms. The number of grooming cases has increased by 36% since last year, according to a report by the NSPCC, with at least 70% carried out on the likes of Instagram and Facebook. The report [...]

Activity sharpens even dementia-affected brains, report suggests

Activity sharpens even dementia-affected brains, report suggests. Moving more and strong motor skills seem to help cognitive prowess, results show Moving more is linked to a lower risk of dementia. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images Moving more might help to keep people’s brains sharp as they age – even in the face of dementia, researchers have said. Scientists have found older adults fared better when it came to cognitive tasks if they clocked up higher levels of daily activity on a wrist-based tracker [...]

Pharmaceutical companies ‘should publicly disclose payments to doctors’, experts say

Pharmaceutical companies 'should publicly disclose payments to doctors', experts say. Although the payments are legal, experts say the lack of transparency is eroding public trust in healthcare in the UK. Experts want a public register for payments made by pharmaceutical companies to doctors Pharmaceutical companies that pay healthcare professionals to use their products should disclose their transactions, according to leading medical experts. They want the financial relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and doctors, nurses and research organisations such as universities to be held [...]