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Exoskeleton Could Help Children With Muscular Atrophy Walk For First Time

Researchers in Spain have created the world’s first child exoskeleton which will enable children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy to walk, in some cases for the first time. The 12kg exoskeleton has been constructed from a mixture of aluminium and advanced titanium and fits around the child’s legs and torso. The joints contain a series of…

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Parents Urged Not To Disclose Child’s Nationality And Country Of Birth On School Census

Parents are being urged not to disclose their child’s country of birth, or nationality in the 2016 school census.  A human rights group claims that such data could be used against families by Home Office immigration enforcement. The schools census, which will be collected for the first time this year, will ask parents, guardians and…

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NSPCC Launch Free Helpline To Support Parents Worried About Children Being ‘Radicalised’

Parents worried about their children being “radicalised” and the impact of terrorism can now call an NSPCC helpline for advice. The national children’s charity launched the free, 24-hour service after the spate of terrorist attacks in 2016. It will be the first national point of support for parents who might be concerned or need advice…

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Ireland’s Most Popular Baby Names By County Revealed, With ‘Jack’ And ‘Emily’ High Contenders

The most popular baby names in Ireland were revealed at the beginning of 2016, with Emily and Daniel taking the top spots.  However recent figures released by the Central Statistics Office in Ireland have shown that popularity varies by county.  In 2015, Jack was a popular name for boys throughout Ireland, as were Emily and Emma…

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Great Grandmother Becomes Kids’ Author Aged 85, Publishing Stories She Told Her Children

A great grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease has become a published author of two children’s books at the age of 85. Joan Porter, from Bearsden near Glasgow, is the author of ‘Little Terry Tiddlemouse And His Countryside Friends’ and ‘Little Terry Tiddlemouse – Time For Tea And Dressing Up’. Porter first put the stories on paper more than…

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