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Children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb may achieve poorer test results at school, a study has found. Those born to women who were prescribed certain treatments to control seizures during pregnancy went on to perform worse than their peers in Key Stage One tests, according to research published…
An epilepsy drug has been approved to treat children suffering from seizures on the NHS in Wales by the All Wales Medicine Strategy Group (AMWSG). Epilepsy is a disorder characterised by seizures which are due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can vary from the briefest lapses of…
Ministers have delayed the rollout of Universal Credit to 21 jobcentres. Employment minister Alok Sharma announced that 13 centres with the highest concentration of Welsh speakers would have the rollout pushed back to December. This is to allow time to ensure the Welsh language is available in the Universal Credit…
Llandudno Hospital has become the first hospital in North Wales to receive a national accreditation celebrating its efforts to support patients with dementia. The hospital is the first in North Wales to be recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its work to recognise organisations and individuals supporting awareness…
Philip Hammond has been urged to help grieving parents whose "lives are forever blighted in darkness" by establishing a children's funeral fund. Carolyn Harris (pictured) said such a fund was "the dignified, compassionate and sympathetic thing to do" to help parents struggling to pay for their child's funeral. The Chancellor…
A "revolutionary" flu vaccine that can be administered as a pill has been developed by British scientists The vaccine tablet does not need refrigeration, making it easier to transport and more suitable for developing countries with warm climates. Researchers at the University of Cardiff produced the pill by creating synthetic…
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol will be a major part of a wider package of measures to reduce the harms caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Wales, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has said. Ahead of an Assembly debate on the Welsh Government's Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill,…
Nearly a quarter of people in Wales are living in poverty - the highest rate in the UK, a report has claimed. Despite an overall gradual decline in the number of people living in poverty over the last 20 years, the report says progress on child poverty has stalled with…
There is a real need for more LGBT people to adopt or foster children in Wales, Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said today. To mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (5th-11th March), the Minister said Wales needs more prospective adoptive families to care for the 140 children…
A residential child care worker from Flintshire has been suspended from working as a registered social care professional for two years after Social Care Wales found his fitness to practise was impaired. Thomas Michael Jones was accused of behaving and speaking in an inappropriate manner towards two vulnerable young people…
Public Health Wales has led the launch of a new plan to prevent suicide and self-harm in North Wales. Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), local authorities, North Wales Police, Network Rail and third sector groups worked together to develop the strategic action plan, which aims to…
A "troubled" 16-year-old girl will have to wait more than a month before she can be admitted into a secure accommodation unit because of the lack of placements available, a court has heard. The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is currently being housed in an unsuitable residential…
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