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NI’s golden girl returns to Dundonald school

A Paralympic medallist from County Down was given a hero’s welcome when she returned to her old school on Wednesday.  Swimmer Bethany Firth, 16, from Seaforde, won a gold medal at the London Games.  She also set a personal best as she claimed victory for Team Ireland in 100m backstroke final.  Former head girl Bethany showed off her medal to pupils at Longstone School in Dondonald. She described it as amazing experience. “The support from everyone has been great,” she said. “They have helped me so much. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I would have got...

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‘Movies helped… they saved me from shame’: Steven Spielberg opens up about dyslexia battle

He has a career spanning nearly 40 years, and a life most people envy.  But scratch beneath the surface, and Steven Spielberg is just a very ordinary man with ordinary problems – even struggling from dyslexia.  The Schindler’s List hero was only diagnosed five years ago, and credits filmmaking with helping him to express himself.  He said: ‘I never felt like a victim. Movies really helped me… kind of saved me from shame, from guilt. Making movies was my great escape.’  Speaking to the Friends of Quinn website, the Oscar-winner added: ‘When I felt like an outsider, movies made me...

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Newcastle study aims to boost NHS care for teenagers

A major study is to examine whether teenagers with long-term health problems get the best care from the NHS in England and Wales.  The £2m study, led by Northumberland Healthcare Trust and Newcastle University, will work with 500 young people over five years.  It follows concerns youngsters with complex health needs are being failed by the NHS as they become adults.  The team will make recommendations to NHS organisations.  The study will focus on young people with chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma, physical conditions like cerebral palsy and issues such as autism and depression. Health ‘may deteriorate’...

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Jo Swinson: Inspire workers to help economy

Workers who are inspired and fulfilled in their jobs will help the UK economy recover, Jo Swinson has said.  Speaking at the Lib Dem conference, the newly appointed employment minister said the country needed to “maximise the full potential” of its workforce.  She said she wanted an “inclusive, engaged workforce” and “an inspired new generation of entrepreneurs”. She also called for more flexible working and more disabled people and women in the workforce. Ms Swinson, who was until recently a ministerial aide to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, was promoted in the government reshuffle at the beginning of September....

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Big Mother: Parents monitor their toddler via CCTV cameras in his bedroom as he suffers up to 16 seizures a day

A toddler is watched closely by his parents using CCTV because a rare condition means he is at constant risk of dying from a seizure.  Ollie Johnson, 17-months, has Dravet Syndrome and can suffer a seizure at any time sending his oxygen levels plummeting and putting him at risk of dying in his sleep.  Parents Sarah, 32, and Stephen, 28, Johnson have hardly slept since Ollie was diagnosed afraid he would have an attack in the night. But now they say they are living a ‘real-life Big Brother’ after installing two CCTV cameras on his cot. The cameras are...

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