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April 2, 2018Cape Town in South Africa is suffering from a severe water drought. The police have been on patrol to make sure people don't waste water, and fine those that do. The drought is expected to last for years. Sky News.

April 2, 2018The Guardian reports that extreme child poverty is getting worse across Britain - and schools are having to help take care of children. Schools are regularly providing sanitary products, buying shoes and coats and even giving families emergency loans, the paper says. It comes from a Child Poverty Action Group and National Education Union survey. The government said measures were in place to tackle poverty. Papers.

April 2, 2018The Daily Mail splashes with a story on its investigation into how senior staff at the NHS use "government procurement cards". The paper alleges health bosses have spent £5.8m on the cards in the last two years. A Department for Health spokesman said it had taken steps to recoup money spent on helicopter training and "will take further action if needed to make sure card holders are crystal clear on the rules". Papers.

April 2, 2018The Daily Express claims Britain is getting "stung" due to a "health tourism gap" between the UK and the EU. The UK paid nearly £565m more last year to treat UK citizens in the EU than it got back to care for EU nationals, it says. But it is partly because there are more British expat pensioners and holidaymakers in the EU than European expats and tourists coming to the UK. Papers.

April 2, 2018. The Mirror splashes with its exclusive revealing the boxer Scott Westgarth, who died in February after winning a fight, has saved seven lives through organ donation. Westgarth, 31, was taken ill after the fight in Doncaster. His mum has spoken to the paper about how proud she is. Papers.

April 1, 2018. Pope Francis calls for an end to the "carnage" in Syria, and for reconciliation in the middle-east during his Easter message from the Vatican. BBC News.

April 1, 2018The Sunday Mirror reports that fees for child burials are to be scrapped following a two-year campaign. Some councils have already abolished burial fees, but now the PM has agreed to a £10m fund to cover all costs, the paper says. Papers.

March 31, 2018The funeral of physicist Steven Hawkins will take place in Cambridge today with his ashes to be interred at Westminster Abbey later this year. Sky News.

March 31, 2018. Prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ remedies including paracetamol and cough mixture have been banned by the NHS to save money. NHS England ruled eye drops, laxatives and sun creams will be among the remedies no longer prescribed to save £100 million a year. Hero Pizza Hut manager saves baby boy choking on apple at restaurant The NHS revealed each year it spends £22.8m on constipation, £3m on athletes foot and £2.8 million on diarrhoea but now if the patient’s condition is short term and can be cured by drugs available at the pharmacy then doctors will not prescribe the remedies. Metro.

March 31, 2018. Poor Man's Methadone. Loperamide, the generic name for the anti-diarrhoeal agent involved, is sometimes referred to as “the poor man's methadone.” In large quantities, it induces a cheap, mild high and relieves withdrawal symptoms for drugs like hydrocodone, morphine or heroin. A Pennsylvania man reportedly died after taking too much anti-diarrhoea medication. Medical examiners said this week that 29-year-old Arjun Patel’s death in November was caused by loperamide poisoning, news station KDKA reported. Those who purchase the drug over the counter should not take more than 8 mg a day. Liveleak.

March 31, 2018Arnold Schwarzenegger makes the top story in Saturday's Daily Star, as the Austrian-American film star recovers in hospital. The paper quotes fans of the actor and former California governor, saying: "He'll be back!" Papers.

March 31, 2018The Daily Mirror reports former England footballer Ray Wilkins is seriously ill following a cardiac arrest. The 61-year-old is in an induced coma, the paper says. Papers.

March 30, 2018Amy Bright, 41, gave birth to her sixth and youngest son Jacob by C-section in 2003 at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Two months later she began experiencing chronic back pain that has continued for more than a decade. Last fall she went in for a CT scan that was intended to diagnose her with sciatica, but instead revealed a piece of the needle in her spine. Bright and her attorney claim that the needle had broken off during her epidural 14 years prior. Mail.

March 30, 2018The Daily Express leads with a story on figures showing the amount of compensation paid out to teachers last year. It highlights the case of one teacher who received £250,000 after falling off her desk when trying to attach some artwork to a classroom wall display. The picture on its front is of comedian Peter Kay, who has announced a charity screening of the final two episodes of Peter Kay's Car Share to raise money for children with mitochondrial disease. Papers.

March 30, 2018The recovery of Yulia Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, makes the front page of the i, which reports she is now awake and talking in hospital. She had been in a critical condition since being poisoned with a nerve agent on 4 March and her father remains critically ill. Papers.

March 29, 2018The health of Yulia Skripal, the daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is rapidly improving after she has spent three weeks in a critical condition. Christine Blanshard, Medical Director for Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement:"She has responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day." Euronews.

March 29, 2018A study by the journal of the evolutionary psychology showed that taking part in naturist activities and being communally naked in the company of non-intimate others who have typically non-idealised bodies can produce positive feedback about one's own body. In other words, if you hang about naked with other people who have lumpy bits, you'll feel about yourself. Presenter Steve Wright  In The Afternoon: Radio 2.March 29, 2018. Crohn's disease. If I change my diet will it help my Crohn's? There's loads of research out there and there isn't any real good evidence to support a specific diet for Crohn's long-term. So generally the advice is, a healthy diet, try and be active, try and reduce your stress, try and be healthy. Sometimes in children, there is an intervention - a specific diet that's just liquid to give the bowel a rest, but long-term, there's not a specific diet to follow. Dr Zoe. ITV This Morning.

March 29, 2018. The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are believed to have been poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent at their home, police said. Detectives identified the highest concentration of the novichok nerve agent on the front door of their address in Christie Miller Road, in Salisbury. Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain in critical condition in hospital. Detectives identified the highest concentration of the novichok nerve agent on the front door of their address in Christie Miller Road, in Salisbury. Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain in critical condition in hospital. Independent.

March 28, 2018New organ could help understand the spread of cancer. Researchers believe they have discovered a new organ. And it could be the body's biggest. Researchers from New York University's School of Medicine are calling it the "interstitium." It's found just below the skin's surface, surrounding arteries and veins, casing the fibrous tissue between muscles, and lining our digestive tracts, lungs, and urinary systems. Neil Theise, a professor at NYU's School of Medicine, is the author of the paper. He believes the interstitium is a source of lymph, a fluid that moves through the body's lymphatic system and supports immunity.  He says that knowing how diseases spread through this part of the body could help researchers better understand how cancer spreads. "Can we detect [disease] earlier by sampling fluid from the space? Can we figure out mechanisms to stop spread?" This, he believes, could be the next direction of the research. Euronews.

March 28, 2018. The Telegraph leads on government plans to introduce a tax of up to 22p on plastic bottles to stem the “tide of rubbish flowing into the seas”. It says the scheme could be similar to those used in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, where consumers get money back when they return bottles. Papers.

March 28, 2018The Times calls Environment Secretary Michael Gove's plastic plans "more radical than expected", and puts the possible charge for drinks cans and bottles at 20p. Papers.

March 27, 2018. Ex-cyclone Nora brought flooding rain to far north Queensland. Landslides close highway north of Cairns as more than 100 people call for help. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. Guardian.

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