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Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

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Survey shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking Scientists have called for urgent controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children after finding high rates of usage among secondary school pupils in the region. Continue reading...

'Tampon tests' could be used to track sewage in rivers

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Trial using tampons and UV light successfully identified sewage pollution entering rivers from householdsGlow-in-the-dark tampons could be used to show where sewage is seeping into rivers, scientists have suggested.A study has found that tampons absorb even tiny amounts of “brighteners” found in detergents, toothpaste and shampoo and subsequently glow under UV light. Continue reading...

Watchdog urges reform of UK's 'failed' energy efficiency drive

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Which? says successive governments’ failures mean UK’s housing stock remains the least energy-efficient in EuropeMillions of draughty homes are the result of the collective failure of successive governments to tackle energy efficiency, according to UK consumer watchdog Which?. In a report published on Tuesday, Which? calls for a radical new approach to energy efficiency to deliver on historical promises to tackle fuel poverty, high energy bills and climate change.Major consumer-funded programmes have been rolled out in the UK for low-energy ... more

Lib Dems pledge £2bn extra funding for mental health

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Nick Clegg says equality for mental health provision is part of the liberal mission, with extra funding commitment featuring in party’s ‘manifesto for the mind’ The Liberal Democrats have pledged more than £2bn of extra funding for mental health over the next parliament on top of what has already been announced in the coalition budget. The plans will be outlined in the party’s “manifesto for the mind”, which they will launch on Tuesday.The Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, said that ... more

British soldier found dead in Miami

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Body of Private Shaun Cole, who had recently been involved in the Ebola aid effort, was found on a sidewalk on Sunday morningA British soldier has been found dead on a pavement in Miami, where he was on holiday attending a music festival. Private Shaun Cole, whose body was found on a sidewalk on Sunday morning, is thought to have been at the Ultra music festival with friends. Miami police have said the cause of the death is “unclassified” and ... more