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Disability news round-up: Paralympics, conjoined twins, Babybel

Emma Emma | 11:40 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2012

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As the London 2012 Olympics comes to a close, attention is beginning to turn towards the Paralympic Games, which are now just 19 days away.

While news that Royal Mail will not be honouring each Paralympic gold medallist with a celebratory stamp was causing an outcry online this week, BBC London reported a spike in Paralympic ticket sales. Experts attribute this development to the excitement generated by Team GB's historic Olympic medal haul. Sports fans who were unable to gain access to the park to witness Team GB's many successes, now recognise the Paralympics as a way to get a piece of the action.

One of only two athletes taking part in both games is South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. The "Bladerunner" made history in London last weekend, becoming the first amputee to run in an Olympic competition. Greeted by a roar usually reserved for a home athlete, Oscar surpassed expectations by making it through his men's 400 heats to compete in the semi-final.

Oscar Pistorius, who says that he is "living a dream" by competing at London 2012, will also run for South Africa on Friday in the final of the men's 4 x 400 metres relay.

Elsewhere in the News

Help for Heroes defends recovery centres (BBC News, Friday 10 August)

Aurora cinema massacre: James Holmes 'mentally ill' (BBC News, Friday 10 August

Help for Heroes and MoD criticised by injured troops (BBC News, Thursday 9 August)

Lee Ridley: Stand-up success for 'Lost Voice Guy' comic (BBC News, Thursday 9 August)

South Sudan: Basketball inspires wounded (BBC News, Thursday 9 August)

Bob Hoskins to retire after Parkinson's diagnosis (BBC News, Thursday 9 August)

Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson: Driver trial jury out (BBC News, Thursday 9 August)

Abby and Brittany Hensel, conjoined 22-year-old twins, get their own reality TV series (The New York Daily News, Thursday 9 August)

Campaigners call for Babybel boycott after mental illness 'insult' (The Independent, Thursday 9 August)

Website warned over MMR claims (BBC News, Wednesday 8 August)

Royal Mail defends decision to deny Paralympic gold medallists own stamps (The Guardian, Wednesday 8 August)

Winterbourne View abuse report calls for changes to care (BBC News, Tuesday 7 August)

First music festival fully accessible to disabled people hits the right note (The Guardian, Tuesday 7 August)

Large care facilities 'prone to abuse' (BBC News, Tuesday 7 August)

Winterbourne View worker admits abusing patients (BBC News, Monday 6 August)

Paralympics founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann's legacy celebrated in BBC drama (The Telegraph, Friday 3 August)

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