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Black and white doodle features cartoon version of renowned psychoanalyst

An ADHD sufferer. The condition is believed to affect between two and five per cent of school-age children

Hyperactive UK: warning as ADHD drug prescription rates soar 50 per cent in five years

Doctors worldwide urged to be 'conservative' when diagnosing condition

Homeless man John Ward sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering two Big Issue sellers in frenzied Birmingham knife attack

23-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing Wayne Busst and Ian Watson-Gladwish

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Mikhail Kosenko during his trial in Moscow

Psychiatric sentence for anti-Putin protester is ‘return to Soviet tactics’

A Moscow court has found a protester guilty of assaulting a police officer at an anti-President Putin rally last year, sentencing him to forced psychiatric treatment in a trial that has been widely seen as politicised.

The Wasp Factory at the Linbury Theatre

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A mind-numbingly pretentious 75 minutes

General Medical Council to investigate ‘culture of fear’ after doctor suicides

Health watchdog will ask if practitioners need better support during fitness-to-work reviews

A scene from Fidelio by Beethoven

Classical Review: Fidelio, Coliseum, London

Fussy direction from Calixto Bieito, but magnificent singing from the cast

Professor Alexander took ministers to task over their claim that the job of primary schools was to make their pupils 'secondary ready'

Michael Gove creating 'neo Victorian' curriculum for primary schools, says professor who led massive review into sector

Robin Alexander argues core subjects of English and maths would be favoured at expense of arts and humanities

Evolutionary biologists reveal that reports of altruism make a potential mate - even for a short-term fling - seem more attractive

Help yourself by helping others: Nice guys and girls are sexier, study shows

Evolutionary biologists reveal that reports of altruism make a potential mate - even for a short-term fling - seem more attractive

UK universities to offer free online courses

More than 20 leading universities to offer 'massive open online courses'

A psychiatric hospital was destroyed by fire in the Novgorod region town of Luka.

Thirty-seven die as 19th Century wooden psychiatric hospital in Russia burns down

Fire is thought to have been caused by a patient either smoking or setting himself alight

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven, experts have warned

Children should not start school until age six or seven, experts warn

Children should not start formal school lessons until they are six or seven because of the “profound damage” the current education system is causing, a group of experts has warned.

A Brazilian man recovering from a stroke has turned into a philanthropist after damage to parts of his brain changed his personality in a way previously unheard of by doctors

Businessman suffers stroke, then can’t stop giving his money away

A Brazilian man recovering from a stroke has turned into a philanthropist after damage to parts of his brain changed his personality in a way previously unheard of by doctors.

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