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18/04/2014
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Former soldier is jailed over animal rights 'reign of terror'

Debbie Vincent, 52, who helped organise bids to put Huntingdon Life Sciences research centre out of business by terrorising suppliers and customers, has been jailed for six years for plotting a terror campaign against animal testing firms.
 
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18/04/2014
The Times
By: Presswatch
Human clone prompts 'designer baby' fears

Scientists from an American biotechnology company have grown a cloned human embryo from adult tissue for the first time, opening the door to radical new treatments but prompting warnings over "designer babies". The study co-author, Bob Lanza, the chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technology, said that the research had made human cloning "medically relevant" for the first time.
 
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18/04/2014
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Health alert as scarlet fever cases shoot up

Scarlet-fever cases on the rise in England, with a total of 7,198 new cases have now been reported since the season for scarlet-fever infections began in September 2013, including 1,049 new cases from 31 March to 6 April, Public Health England reports.
 
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18/04/2014
The Independent
By: Presswatch
School bullying link to adult depression and unemployment

Childhood bullying can continue to damage mental and physical health long into adulthood, Kings College London researchers claimed. A senior n author of the study, Professor Louise Arseneault, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's, said we need to stop viewing bullying as "an inevitable part of growing up."
 
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18/04/2014
The Times
By: Presswatch
Pregnancy rate 4 times higher for poor girls

According to the Office for National Statistics, schoolgirls in the poorest part of the country are four times more likely to become pregnant than those in affluent areas. The conception rate for under 18s is 27.9 per 1,000 girls compared with 42.9 a decade ago. However, in Manchester, Hull, Blackpool and the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Greenwich, more than 60 girls in every 1,000 aged 15 to 17 become pregnant.
 
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18/04/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that a series of studies conducted by experts from UCL and Cambridge and Durham universities has concluded that doctors trained overseas should tougher tests of their skills before being allowed to practise in the UK. The Department of Health has declined to say if it supported their conclusions, whilst the GMC has set up a working party to review the exam process.

The Guardian reports that an Employment Tribunal has concluded that Dr Raj Mattu was unfairly dismissed by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, after he blew the whistle on poor care and patient deaths at the Walsgrave hospital in Coventry. The ET concluded he did not contribute to his dismissal and has reserved its remedy decision for a later date.

Daily Mail reports that official NHS data has disclosed that NHS waiting lists are longer than any point in the past six years, with 2.89million waiting for surgery or other hospital procedures, including nearly 550 who have been waiting for more than a year. In addition, the NHS missed a target that patients should be treated within 18 weeks for the first time since March 2011.

The Daily Telegraph reports that police and NHS officials failed to make public a riot at Broadmoor that occurred in July 2013, according to recent freedom of information disclosures. A spokesman for West London Mental Health trust denied that the riot was linked to staff shortages and added that it had fully investigated the incident.

The Times reports that an artist who suffers from Crohn's disease has been offered private financial support to freeze her eggs before she undergoes chemotherapy. Her solicitors said that she had now accepted an offer of free treatment at the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre in London and that Thanet CCG had agreed to cover her travel and accommodation costs.
 
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