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A mother's despair as cost of looking after her disabled daughter increases fourfold.

The cost of care for their sick daughter has gone up FOUR times under new government rules - and now family from Wantage in Oxfordshire say they're struggling to cope.

26 year old Jody Dickinson suffers from Charge Syndrome - which affects her eyes, ears, growth, heart and breathing A council care grant helps with the cost of a day care centre four days a week - but from April she'll have to pay a lot more.

Her mother says it's because of the new Care Act and that it is a tax on disabled people. Divya Kohli reports.

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Women get ready for Race for Life challenge

She has run several half marathons and now a mother-of-two from Kent, who has just had surgery for breast cancer, is rallying other women to join her in the fight against the disease. Trudi Westhrop is encouraging women to take part in Race for Life, including the one happening in Maidstone on 11/12th July. Tom Savvides talks to Trudi and to Lynn Daly from Cancer Research UK.


New hope for people with Osteoporosis

Research at the University of Southampton Credit: ITV news

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a link between coronary heart disease and osteoporosis. They carried out tests on 350 men and women between the ages of 70 and 85 and found people with a history of heart disease tend to have weaker bones - making them more vulnerable to fractures and breaks.

The research suggests both conditions could have similar causes. In one of the first studies of its kind to use a special scanning technique, researchers found that people with a history of heart disease had substantially lower bone mineral density in their wrist bone than those without. The effect was more prominent in women than in men.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southampton, says: "This is one of the first studies to use this technology to explore bone geometry, density and microstructure in patients with heart disease. The findings highlight the need to evaluate a history of heart disease in the management of osteoporosis in older people and further research is also needed to provide a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms which explain the link between osteoporosis and heart disease."

Dr. Julien Paccou, Clinical Research Fellow at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, added: "In essence, this work and others show that people with a history of cardiovascular disease tend to have weaker bones. There is a need to better understand this association to improve bone health."

British Lung Foundation warning for heatwave

The British Lung Foundation warns that people living with a lung condition may be at risk of seeing their condition worsen in the hot weather.

Advice for people with a lung condition:

  • Avoid going outside at midday - the hottest part of the day
  • Only do excessive physical activity during the cooler ends of the day
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat when outdoors
  • Drink plenty of water and remember to carry medication

“During hot weather, the air we breathe has lower moisture levels than usual, which can have a drying effect on our airways. As a result, people with respiratory conditions such as COPD or severe asthma may find it harder to breathe, feel more tired, or find their lungs feeling heavy or tight."

– Vicky Barber, British Lung Foundation

Coroner calls for public inquiry into care home abuse

A coroner is calling for a public inquiry into the 'institutionalised and appalling abuse' which led to the deaths of five residents at a Sussex care home.

Penelope Schofield, who found residents suffered a lack of respect, nutrition and hydration at Orchid View, says she is joining residents in calling for a public inquiry to establish how the home was allowed to operate so badly, for so long.

It is four years since the home at Copthorne was closed down, and one year since a Serious Care Review called for private care homes to come under closer scrutiny.

Today relatives of those who died met with authorities to find out what has changed since the scandal.

Watch Malcolm Shaw's report:


Hero dog saves woman from cancer

A woman from Headcorn in Kent says she's lucky to be alive today after her dog alerted her to an undiagnosed cancer.

Colleen Ferguson says the two-year-old Alsatian began repeatedly sniffing her mouth in an strange way which led her to get a full health check - at which point the tumour was found.

David Johns reports, speaking to Colleen as well as Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs.

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