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We've had no help – epilepsy drug victims

We've had no help – epilepsy drug victims

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Families with children who have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate are demanding a public inquiry and compensation, saying they have been left with no help. They voiced their anger outside a London hearing that is assessing if warnings for patients are adequate. It is thought thousands of children in the UK have been left with disabilities caused by valproate since the 1970s. Mum Emma Friedmann says she wasn't fully informed of the risks.Her son, Andrew, 18, has severe autism and other problems including hearing and sight problems. Emma was taking the drug when she got pregnant and carried on using it."I wasn't properly told about all the risks," says the 46-year-old from Leicester. "Andrew now needs full-time care, 24/7. Families like me need justice. We want a public inqu...
Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

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A man in France has regained some degree of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years. Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting a nerve stimulator into his chest. Within a month, he could respond to simple instructions, turning his head and following an object with his eyes. Experts say the results are potentially very exciting, but need repeating. Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) may not work as effectively in patients with different patterns of brain damage. But Angela Sirigu, from the Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, in Lyon, said it had chosen a really challenging patient to try the treatment out on.The vagus nerve connects the brain to many parts of the body and helps controls auto...
GOP hopes for Senate health care bill flickering out

GOP hopes for Senate health care bill flickering out

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The Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law was flickering out Monday as a decisive handful of GOP senators remained opposed to the last-gasp bill. Changes aimed at galvanizing GOP support produced no apparent additional votes as time was running out for the White House and party leaders. "We don't have the support for it," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters as Republican assessments of their chances grew increasingly gloomy. Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he'd not abandoned his previously announced opposition to the measure, despite the revisions and energetic lobbying by President Donald Trump and White House officials. He complained that the bill spent too much and said Republicans were motivated by fear of punishment by conservative voter...
The Best Healthy One-Dish Dinners for Busy Weeknights

The Best Healthy One-Dish Dinners for Busy Weeknights

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Try this recipe: Shrimp-Vegetable Stir-Fry With Sesame-Ginger SaucePacked with flavor and tons of veggies (it calls for mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, baby bok choy, and red bell peppers, but you can throw in anything else sitting in your crisper drawer), this stir-fry dish will quickly become a family favorite. To bulk it up, add some cooked rice or rice noodles into the mix.Ingredients: Low-sodium soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, sriracha, cornstarch, grapeseed or coconut oil, cremini mushrooms, red bell pepper, carrots, snow peas, scallions, baby bok choy, ginger, garlic, shrimp, toasted sesame seedsCalories: 285Let's block ads! (Why?) Food - Health.com
The 25 Greatest Kitchen Hacks Every Cook Should Know

The 25 Greatest Kitchen Hacks Every Cook Should Know

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1 of 25Photo: Jennifer Causey 1. Make Hard-Cooked Eggs a Cinch to Peel This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com.Instead of boiling the traditional way, steam up to a dozen eggs in a steamer basket suspended over boiling water for 15 to 16 minutes; shells slip right off.Advertisement2 of 25Photo: Jennifer Causey 2. Make the Best Roasted Veggies Place the pan in the oven as it preheats; when the vegetables hit that hot surface, they get a delicious jump-start on browning.3 of 25Illustration: Olivier Kugler 3. Improvise a Brush When you can't find your pastry or basting brush—or don't have one—make a quick, disposable stand-in: