Japanese Misao Okawa, the world's oldest living person, is celebrated by Takehiro Ogura (R), mayor of Osaka's Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, at an elder care facility in Osaka, western Japan, the day before her 117th birthday

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Doctor Joan-Pere Barret, chief of the Plastic Surgery and Burn Reconstruction department at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, explains the hospital's second face transplant

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Researchers found that men who ate 1.5 servings or more of fruit and vegetables rated high for pesticide residue had lower sperm counts and also lower proportions of healthy sperm.

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A link between income and children’s diet, healthcare, lack of access to good schools and play areas, and even exposure to polluted areas may lie behind the connection

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Norman Lamb, the care and support minister: 'It’s completely unacceptable for children and young people to wait years for treatment sometimes hundreds of miles from home — we wouldn’t accept this for physical health'

Children with mental health problems can wait for over three years to be assessed

The number of children being sent to mental health service rose by more than 6 per cent between 2013 and 2014

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