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Mother, whose daughter died from mad cow disease criticises report

Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old
Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old Credit: ITV News West Country

The mother of a girl who died after being treated for the human form of mad cow disease at Frenchay hospital has welcomed a new report criticising the Government's approach to variant CJD. Annie McVey's daughter Claire died at the age of fifteen. A report by a committee of MPs says there is still a risk of the disease being transmitted by blood transfusion and during surgery and warns the Government has developed a casual attitude to the illness.

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Specially trained horses help boy with autism

Just a year ago Ollie Wilson's family say they were hardly able to lead a normal life. Ollie who is 6 years old is autistic. Typical days out were nearly impossible and his parents thought he would be moved to a special school.

But all that changed when Ollie's family discovered the charity Horseshoes and Handprints in Somerset - and for the first time in his life, Ollie even smiled. Ellie Barker has the story.

Horse charity changes life of autistic boy

Ollie Wilson, who is autistic, at "Horses and Handprints"
The charity "Horses and Handprints" in Ilminster has transformed the life of six-year-old Ollie Wilson Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A charity in Somerset has completely changed the life of a six-year-old autistic boy.

Ollie Wilson's parents said days out were almost impossible because of their son's behavioural difficulties. But with the help of Horseshoes and Handprints near Ilminster, they've seen him smile for the first time.

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Bristol second worst city for social isolation

Loneliness can damage physical and mental health.
Loneliness can damage physical and mental health. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Bristol is the second worst city in the country for social isolation according to a recent report.

Loneliness can damage both mental and physical health. Social groups have been set up across the city set up to help lonely people meet others and find new interests.

Bristol teenagers warned about the dangers of skin cancer

Teenagers across Bristol are being warned about the dangers of sunburn and skin cancer.

Skin cancer cases have tripled in the city in the last five years. Secondary schools are using a short film by the Teenage Cancer Trust to educate students about ways to stay safe. It's the last full week of term before the school summer holidays begin.

Petition for Men B vaccine to be available on NHS

A Gloucestershire MP is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has told Parliament that the Bexsero vaccine for Menengitis B was licensed last year, but was turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.

He received a petition from Gloucestershire grandparents, who lost their 19-year-old grand-daughter to the disease.

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