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Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

Paperbacks: The Journal of Dora Damage, by Belinda Starling

Vic-Lit gets gets a female-friendly makeover in Belinda Starling's accomplished, and sadly posthumous, debut novel. Set in Lambeth in the 1860s, it follows the fortunes of Dora Damage, her bookbinder husband, Peter, and epileptic daughter, Lucinda.

Better care for elderly 'could save 60,000 lives'

Elderly people are dying of neglect and spending their final years in pain and discomfort because basic care is not being provided, a study has found.

Guy Kennaway: My battle with psoriasis

Its sufferers have been stigmatised for centuries – and there’s still no cure for the skin disease

Regular drinking 'halves risk of arthritis'

Drinking alcohol is not only good for the heart – it is good for the joints too. A regular tipple cuts the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50 per cent – and the more you drink the greater the protective effect.

Hope for psoriasis sufferers

A dramatic advance in the treatment of psoriasis, the debilitating skin condition which affects more than one million people in the UK, was announced by scientists yesterday.

When to Walk, By Rebecca Gowers

Ramble, the narrator of When to Walk, has "gimpy legs" as a result of the cruel twin hit of septic arthritis and a dysfunctional pelvis, and writes hack travel pieces on places she's never been to for magazines she despises. She has an extravagantly senile grandmother, a pair of mysterious criminals for neighbours, and a husband who orchestrates music for bad films – and who, one lunchtime, calmly tells Ramble that their marriage is over and buggers off.

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Could my starch intolerance be linked to AS?

"I recently discovered the existence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) while doing a web search on starch intolerance. Every time I eat starchy food the pain in my lower back, which I have had for more than 20 years, flares up. At the same time I suffer chronic cramping in my intestines. The more I read about AS, the more I am convinced it is the cause of my problems. I've been told the next stage is to see my GP to have a blood test for HLA-B27. Over the years I have often gone to my GP for bowel and back problems and I have been made to feel like a hypochondriac. Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. I don't know what my GP will say if I ask for a blood test, but I imagine it will be dismissive. I've looked into a private test, but it will cost £200 and I can't afford it. What should I do?"

David Barnes: The shop steward revelling in long hours at coalface

In a rare moment away from the scrum, Bath prop David Barnes tells Chris Hewett how he is putting his back into supporting player welfare

Osteophytes: A knuckle on my knuckle

The knuckle on my thumb is growing pointed on one side. It feels like the bone is growing and the thumb clicks quite loudly and frequently. Any ideas?

Frozen shoulder: Information and advice

I've been diagnosed with frozen shoulder and would appreciate any info or advice on its cure. Should I try to carry on normally, forcing the shoulder into painful positions? Or should I avoid any movement that causes pain?

Asthma: Will ibuprofen affect me?

I have both asthma and arthritis. The arthritis is quite painful, but when I try to buy ibuprofen from a pharmacist, they refuse because I have asthma. I have taken ibuprofen many times with no problems. Should I avoid it?

Back Pain: Why is it affecting my balence?

I am 62. For years I have been plagued by a problem which seems to be related to balance. I have long had a rather bad sense of balance, but the specific problem which bothers me is an inability to walk more than a mile or so without finding it harder and harder to stay upright, accompanied by considerable fatigue in the lower back and legs, which gets harder and harder to control. If I don't sit down I become quite distressed, but recover after a rest. I am generally quite healthy otherwise.

Hip pain: bedtime turmoil

I am in my late fifties and am in reasonable health. I do aerobic exercises and enjoy quite strenuous walking holidays with no discomfort. However, over the past year or two I have noticed that I am often woken in the night by nagging pains in my hips (I tend to lie on my side). The pain disappears within a minute or two of getting up and moving around. As our mattress is quite old, we decided to invest in a new bed, but although we advised the salesman of my problem before we chose it, the bed we have bought is, if anything, causing more problems than the old one. What can I do?

Osteomalacia: how do 'soft' bones come about?

My mother has been diagnosed with osteo-malacia - her bones are too "soft". What is the difference between brittle and soft bones?

Knee care: why is my knee making noises?

My left knee has started to give me trouble, especially when I am squatting in the gym and going up and down stairs. If I bend the knee, there is a gently crunching and grinding sound behind the kneecap. I am 22 years old and healthy, although slightly overweight.

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