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A man has admitted neglecting his four-month-old son who died from “catastrophic injuries” when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head.

The Prozac generation: Prozac is the 'wonder drug' that took the United States by storm. Introduced at the end of 1987, it was outselling every other anti-depressant on the market within 18 months. It appeared to bring happiness to millions of users. But other people claimed that it made them crazy

FROM HER earliest childhood to the age of 46, Emily never experienced the feeling of happiness. She was a thin, withdrawn child with bad skin and a malocclusion of the jaw; the cruelty of other children ensured that her schooldays were a torment. At home, she crept through the ruins of her parents' marriage. Her mother scolded and criticised her constantly, while heaping praise on her brilliant younger sister. When she was eight, her grandfather was hospitalised for severe depression.

Law Report: Costly group claims struck out: AB and others v John Wyeth & Brother Ltd and others - Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Balcombe, Lord Justice Stuart-Smith and Lord Justice Peter Gibson), 26 November 1993.

Claims by plaintiffs in a group action against the prescribers of the benzodiazepine drugs, lorazepam and diazepam, were struck out as an abuse of process on the ground that the proceedings would involve great injustice to the prescribers who would be put to astronomical and irrecoverable expense in defending the claims which involved extremely modest benefit to the plaintiffs.

Fatal drug mixture

Los Angeles - River Phoenix died from a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin, a coroner's spokesman said. Tests on the 23-year-old actor, who died outside a Hollywood nightclub on 31 October, showed extremely high levels of the drugs. Traces of marijuana, the sedative Valium and a cold remedy were also found. AP

BOOK REVIEW / Now discontent is our de Winter: 'Mrs De Winter' - Susan Hill: Sinclair-Stevenson, 12.99 pounds

A SEQUEL is a creative decision made by an accountant. This is not intended as a condemnation; a sequel is more likely to succeed than a financial decision made by an artist. In these tough times, when mass markets are becoming increasingly tribal and hype-resistant, a sequel looks like a safe bet. More aggressive media have been recycling past successes for a decade. In the swamps of book publishing, the great dozy brontosauruses have only recently lumbered into action, and so at last we have Mrs de Winter, Susan Hill's sequel to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, considered such a sure thing that the faltering Daily Mail serialised it last week.

Health Update: Valium prevents fits

A TRANQUILLISER normally used to treat anxiety can prevent convulsions in children with high fever, according to research from Boston, Massachusetts. Febrile convulsions in a small child with a high temperature can be worrying for parents, and repeated fits are thought to trigger epilepsy and brain damage. A study of 960 small children, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that, given orally, the tranquilliser diazepam (brand name Valium), reduces the risk of fits recurring.

William Donalsdon's Week: Jack the Actor in the romantic lead

YOU'LL BE wondering what the latest is on Penny, my beloved. After my dignified piece last week, I can report that she's back in London, but with the wrong man. Nor, by the wrong man, do I mean the fat West Country tradesman with whom she went away. I mean a new wrong man and one who, while several classes up on the fat West Countryman, of course, still isn't good enough for Penny, my beloved.

BOOK REVIEW / Gone to inner-inner land: 'The Penguin Book of the Beats' - ed Ann Charters: 8.99 pounds

ROBERT LOWELL'S word for the Fifties was 'tranquillised', and that seems about right: Eisenhower and Macmillan, Doris Day and Valium, Elvis and Tommy Steele, New Orleans jazz recycled by white middle- class males not long out of public school. Exhausted by war, everyone consented to live in whatever utilities could be rigged up in place of the topless towers.

ARTS / Show People: In the middle and on the edge: 62. Zoe Wanamaker

WHEN YOU get to Addis Ababa, you know you've arrived. Zoe Wanamaker flew there before Christmas, courtesy of the organisers of Comic Relief, to shoot a segment for their Red Nose Day in March. She has always had a distinctive face. Now, at 43, she has a famous one.

The Worst of Times: I wasn't paranoid: this was terrorism: Helen Zahavi talks to Danny Danziger

ACTUALLY, it was a gradual awareness, because one is always prepared to give the benefit of the doubt. One doesn't want to be paranoid, jump to false conclusions.

Health: A prescription for more than pills: At one GP surgery a social worker is complementing medical diagnosis with broader advice and support. Christopher Mowbray reports

ANYONE visiting the country town of Upton upon Severn for the first time could be forgiven for thinking it is not in the vanguard of modern medical thinking, or indeed, of modern anything.

HEALTH / Common Complaints: Hiccups

IT'S hiccup, rather than hiccough, though the origin of the word is as puzzling as the condition; the French say hocquet and the Spanish hipo, indicating an attempt to imitate the sound. The noise occurs when an involuntary intake of breath by contraction of the diaphragm is suddenly terminated by closing the glottis, the valve at the top of the windpipe. The victim of an attack of hiccups is more likely to be laughed at than given sympathy. Stage drunks hiccup, and many people treat the condition as if it were always due to some form of over-indulgence. In fact hiccups, especially if persistent during sleep, may be a symptom of serious disease and can be extremely difficult to treat.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment