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Summer babies ‘at greater risk of MS’, parents sue hospital over E. coli and meet the 4-year old ‘Dolphin boy’

By Nigel Praities

Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 30 April.

The Times shows that babies born in the summer are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, because ‘their mothers do not get enough sun during pregnancy'.

The newspaper reports on Australian research published in the British Medical Journal that looked at 1,524 patients with MS born between 1920 and 1950 and noted the month of birth and the region they were born in. They compared the data with levels of ultraviolet radiation across Australia.

The parents of children who were left critically ill after an E. coli outbreak in hospital are to sue. A total of 13 newborns contracted the antibiotic-resistant ESBL strain of E. coli at the neonatal intensive care unit at Luton and Dunstable Hospital in October 2008.

According to the Telegraph , the parents of two children who are taking legal action against the hospital over potential long term health problems the youngsters may suffer.

And meet the four-year old blind boy who has learnt how 'to see' again after being taught to use tiny high-pitch clicks to rebound the sound off surfaces - and guide him round obstacles. So-called ‘dolphin boy' (thank you Daily Mail) Jamie Aspland was taught the 'echo location' technique used by dophins by American scientists.

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Daily Digest - 30 April 2010