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schoolboy receive second bravery award for twice saving his epileptic mother's life

schoolboy receive second bravery award for twice saving his epileptic mother’s life

A schoolboy has become a hero for a second time after saving the life of his epileptic mother twice in three years. Ewan Parry, eight, recently saw his mother Diane fall to the ground suffering from a severe fit. He immediately dialled 999, just as he did when, in 2009, he found her slumped on

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Oldest living kidney donor pleased 'to feel useful'

Oldest living kidney donor pleased ‘to feel useful’

An 83-year-old man has become the oldest person in the UK to donate a kidney while still being alive, the NHS Blood and Transplant service has said. Nicholas Crace, from Overton in Hampshire, is also the oldest "altruistic" kidney donor - he will never meet the recipient of his organ. He said: "

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Getting a feel for happiness

Getting a feel for happiness

I'm one of the first through the doors, and after registering a few details - including consent - I find myself in a surprisingly bright and airy isolation pod. My first task is a computer-based study to see how someone's sense of humour affects our perception of their facial attractiveness. Or as t

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Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Russia has created a massive national park to protect some of the world's rarest big cats, the critically endangered Amur tigers and leopards, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Dubbed the “Land of the Leopard” National Park, the reserve covers 1,011 square miles (26

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Osama tells his story to Israelis

Osama tells his story to Israelis

Osama Abu Ayyash greets the classroom of Israeli teaching students in Arabic and then switches to Hebrew: "I am a Palestinian from the territories," he explains. Mr. Abu Ayyash, who has made dozens of lecture trips to Israeli schools from his home in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, knows

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Living life to the full with a new heart

Living life to the full with a new heart

After receiving a life saving heart transplant thanks to an anonymous donor, patient Joe Matthews pledged to live life to the full for both of them. And as these astonishing pictures show – he’s kept his moving promise. Mr Matthews, 25, was declared clinically dead after his

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Back on track

Back on track

A nurse who was once just weeks from death after suffering from anorexia has turned her life around - and is now poised to complete the London Marathon. Harriet Smith, 26, has struggled with the eating disorder for 12 years and at her lowest point weighed just five stone. But now the 5ft 8"

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Digital tools 'to save languages'

Digital tools ‘to save languages’

Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe. Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct by the century's end. Globalisation is usually blamed, but some elements of the "

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Deng Fei goes beyond journalism to right wrongs

Deng Fei goes beyond journalism to right wrongs

Investigative reporter Deng Fei won plaudits and nearly 3 million Chinese microblog followers with a string of articles on sensitive topics such as child trafficking, organ harvesting from death-penalty victims, and shoddy school construction. Now he is parlaying his reputation into a groundbr

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Our truly special friendship

Our truly special friendship

On a blustery day, Lily Turley and Cara Hearst are sipping tea together in a cafe. Lily is still grieving after the death of her  13-year-old son; 20-year-old Cara is three years on from a life-saving organ transplant. Between them is a powerful bond. It was Lily’s son, Daryl, who

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