Virtual reality takes cancer patient back home

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  • A hospice in south London is using virtual reality (VR) to help patients tick off their bucket lists.
  • It’s a joint initiative between Flix Films and Trinity Hospice in Clapham and it is one of the many ways medical professionals are now using VR to improve patient well-being.
  • Souzan Aprahamian has incurable cancer, but was able to revisit Jerusalem, where she grew up, thanks to a VR headset.
  • You can watch the whole film on Inside Out London, Friday 31 March at 19:30 on BBC One.

A hospice in south London is using virtual reality to help patients tick off their bucket lists.
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Freedom Caucus leader says group holding strong against Trump

Freedom Caucus leader says group is holding strong against Trump

  • Meadows said he still believes that House leadership’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was flawed and didn’t do enough to drive down premiums and insurance costs in his district despite the very public rebuke his group has faced this week.
  • Trump tweeted at Meadows and other Freedom Caucus members Thursday, suggesting they need to get on board with the GOP plan.
  • — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017 Meadows and other members of the Freedom Caucus have been under intense scrutiny since last week when Republican leadership was forced to pull its health care bill from the floor because they were short on votes.
  • RELATED: After health care failure, plan B suddenly more appealing for Republicans Meadows said at this point, the Freedom Caucus is asking for two things.
  • Meadows said that at this point if those were included “the vast majority of the Freedom Caucus would be a ‘yes.'”

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows — a target of President Donald Trump’s most recent Twitter attacks — said Friday his group isn’t caving on Obamacare despite a strategic public pressure campaign against fellow Republicans.
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Virtual reality takes cancer patient back home

  • A hospice in south London is using virtual reality (VR) to help patients tick off their bucket lists.
  • It’s a joint initiative between Flix Films and Trinity Hospice in Clapham and it is one of the many ways medical professionals are now using VR to improve patient well-being.
  • Souzan Aprahamian has incurable cancer, but was able to revisit Jerusalem, where she grew up, thanks to a VR headset.
  • You can watch the whole film on Inside Out London, Friday 31 March at 19:30 on BBC One.

A hospice in south London is using virtual reality to help patients tick off their bucket lists.
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The gymnast 'allergic to exercise'...

  • Natasha Coates suffers with a rare condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.
  • Although not a Paralympic discipline, Natasha won a medal on every piece of apparatus at the British championships in March 2017.
  • Despite spending more time in the hospital than training, Natasha explains how gymnastics “has saved her life”.

Natasha Coates explains how competing as a disability gymnast has helped to keep her alive
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CONFIRMED: Obesity: How prejudiced is the NHS?, Tuesday 11th April on @BBCTwo at 9pm

  • In it she explores whether there is ‘fat prejudice’ against obese patients within parts of the NHS that is stopping them accessing a potentially cost effective surgery, even when recent scientific research supports it.
  • Professor Batterham considers obesity to be a disease that needs specialist treatment, including weight-loss surgery, whereas many others contend that it is a lifestyle choice.
  • She meets several NHS patients who say they were made to feel “not worthy” and were denied life-changing bariatric surgery and other routine operations.
  • Professor Batterham speaks to bariatric surgeon Chris Pring and people that have had weight loss surgery to examine the dramatic effect gastric bypasses can have on person’s lifestyle and overall health – and how it can even cure other weight-related illnesses.
  • In the programme she also meets patients who are successfully using the diet and lifestyle programme called Tier 3 services, which the NHS require them to do for two whole years before being considered for surgery.

Britain has a serious problem with obesity – and the medical cost is threatening to bankrupt our health service.
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Measles outbreak across Europe

  • Most of the measles cases have been found in countries where immunisation has dipped below this threshold and the infection is endemic – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine.
  • WHO regional director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab said: “I urge all endemic countries to take urgent measures to stop transmission of measles within their borders, and all countries that have already achieved this to keep up their guard and sustain high immunisation coverage.”
  • Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, said: “England’s uptake of MMR vaccine by five years of age has reached the WHO’s target of 95%.
  • “In the last year, the measles cases confirmed in England have mainly been in older adolescents and young adults with many linked to music festivals and other large public events.
  • Individuals of any age who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine, or those who are unsure, should speak to their GP – it’s never too late to have the vaccine and measles can still be serious in adults.

The World Health Organization says cases are climbing where immunisation coverage has dropped.
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Would you exercise in a museum?^via @BBC_Culture

  • Movement-minded art lovers are now taking exercise classes in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA.
  • And instead of merely listening to music, an audiobook, or watching TV, you can be surrounded by some of the world’s greatest art while performing your sun salutations.
  • But these exercise programmes at museums also raise other questions: does blood-pumping activity sharpen your mental capacities and allow you to appreciate a work of art more than passively standing in front of it?
  • Does exercising in front of great art force you into a deeper interaction with a work of art?
  • BBC Culture attended one of the Monica Bill Barnes Company’s dance classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take a look.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA hold group workouts set to disco music in front of masterpieces. Can physical activity enhance art appreciation?
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Theresa May officially starts Brexit process

  • Here the BBC’s Danny Shaw examines the security issues at stake in the Brexit process.
  • In theory, it is in everyone’s interests for the UK and the EU to maintain co-operation after Brexit on policing, law enforcement and security.
  • There is a consensus that the access Britain has to SIS II, Europol and the EAW is vital to the UK’s crime-fighting capabilities.
  • But the access is derived from the UK’s membership of the EU, its adoption of an EU-wide data protection framework and compliance with rulings from the European Court of Justice.
  • If the UK no longer signs up to the rules, why should it be allowed into the club?

Main story: UK officially leaving EU; Read: The UK’s Brexit letter; The BBC editors: The key negotiation issues; The basics: All you need to know
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