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When the Copperbox played host to the handball during the Olympic Games it quickly gained a reputation for being one of the park's more raucous venues. Today the atmosphere was markedly more sedate. But when you play goalball, silence is golden.

Where the games began: On 23rd July 1948, the day when the Olympic Games began at Wembley Stadium, spinal injury patients – for the most part injured Second World War soliders – met in the gardens of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, for the first ever Stoke Mandeville Games. Their doctor, Ludwig Guttmann, had battled all manner of establishment figures to stage the games, which he recognised as crucial to restoring both his patients' health and their self-esteem. His efforts were noticed by the International Olympic Committee.

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What would you do if you couldn't recognise your own family?

Imagine waking up and not knowing who's sharing your bed. Imagine collecting a child from school – but picking up the wrong one. Or being a mother and not being recognised by your own child. These are all the problems faced by around a million people in the UK today. Among the famous sufferers are Duncan Bannatyne of Dragons' Den, playwright Tom Stoppard and Jane Goodall.

Bionic implants could soon give sight to blind people

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