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Refusal to abolish ‘archaic’ rule means gender discrimination still law in UK

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

In 2010, Parliament voted in favour of abolishing a rule that assumes men but not women intend to give property to family, as part of the then UK Government’s commitment to European equal rights laws. However, research shows the rule is still being invoked in courts as its abolishment has yet to be ‘commenced’ by successive, and more Eurosceptic, governments.

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World first: researchers quantify the proportion of different genetic mutations contained within individual bowel cancers

Monday, 18 May, 2015

Bowel cancer is often driven by mutations in one of several different genes, and a patient can have a cancer with a different genetic make-up to another patient’s cancer. Identifying the molecular alterations involved in each patient’s cancer enables doctors to choose drugs that best target specific alterations.
 
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Smaller volumes in certain regions of the brain could lead to increased likelihood of drug addiction

Thursday, 14 May, 2015

An article publishing online today in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their drug use compared with those who did not, showed brain structural differences when they started using drugs.

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Digoxin increases the risk of death in patients with heart problems, according to the largest study of the evidence so far

Tuesday, 05 May, 2015

There is conflicting evidence about whether digoxin, a drug that has been used worldwide for centuries to treat heart disease, might contribute to an increase in deaths in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or congestive heart failure (CHF). Now, the largest review of all the evidence to date shows that it is associated with an increased risk of death in these patients, particularly in those being treated for AF.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the risk of sudden cardiac death

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015

People suffering from the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to new research published online today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal.

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