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64 stone woman becomes largest to get gastric bypass surgery
Renee Williams, who weighs 64 stone, has become the largest female patient known to have undergone gastric bypass surgery.  The procedure took place this week in Houston, Texas and lasted for five hours.
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Royal Brompton loses fight to keep child heart unit

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that a London hospital has lost its legal bid to save a children’s heart unit after the Court of Appeal ruled that the national review recommending its closure was in fact lawful. 

Early milk feeds 'benefits premature babies'

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that at-risk premature babies would benefit from being given milk feeds earlier, a study has suggested.

Survey warns of risks of using unproven early intervention programmes

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that children's centres are resorting to using unproven early intervention programmes that risk 'damaging' children, because they cannot afford to run evidence-based early intervention schemes, a new report claims. 

Home births more 'cost effective', says Oxford study

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that planned births at home and in midwifery units are more cost-effective than giving birth in hospital, particularly for women who have given birth before, University of Oxford research suggests. 

'Outdated' law leaves children at risk of neglect, charity says

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that Action for Children is calling for current laws surrounding child neglect to be urgently updated, because it says they fail to protect children. 

Bullied 'more prone to self harm'

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their classmates when they reach adolescence, a study suggests. 

Cystic Fibrosis Week

www.grub4life.org.uk reports that today is the first day of Cystic Fibrosis Week. 

350,000 children 'will lose free school meals in welfare reform' says charity

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that more than 350,000 children will lose their free school meals under the government's radical plans to reform welfare entitlement next year, an analysis by the Children's Society has warned. 

More children go to school hungry, warn teachers

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that recession has caused a worrying rise in malnutrition among pupils, a survey has revealed. 

USA: Reaching Healthy People 2020 goals

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that the U.S Federal government has set targets for reducing childhood obesity, estimating the calorie changes per child required in order to meet these goals. 

Childcare courses confuse students on Level 3 status

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that some students studying distance learning courses in childcare believing that they will lead to full Level 3 qualifications, are discovering the courses are not considered as full and relevant qualifications by the Department for Education. 

Jamie Oliver attacks Michael Gove over school meals

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that Jamie Oliver has aimed a stinging attack at Education Secretary Michael Gove's flagship academy programme, claiming the schools are lowering nutrition levels among pupils and profiteering from junk food vending machines. 

Middle-class children most likely to try alcohol by 12

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that middle-class children are far more likely to have drunk alcohol by the age of 12 than those from lower social groups, research has found.

Number of children on child protection register rises by 60 per cent

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that there has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of children put on the child protection register in England since 2006. 

Government urged to act over children's 'easy' access to online porn

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that many children are “easily” accessing online pornography, a Parliamentary Inquiry said as it called on the Government to legislate to force broadband providers to take action. 

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