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British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough – BBC News
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Media captionBritish scientists claim major advance in TB treatment British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing. It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can […]

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Toronto schools will no longer allow student trips to US
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(CNN)Canada’s largest school system announced it will no longer allow student or staff trips to the US, citing uncertainty over the travel ban. Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips. “We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of […]

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Healthcare bill hangs in balance as Republicans agonise over Trump’s vote gamble
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Late-night meetings prove inconclusive as president forges ahead with Friday vote on flagship promise despite fears bill may fail After weeks of legislative bets and bluffs, Donald Trump decided on Thursday night that it was time for everyone to show their hand on healthcare reform. As Republican legislators gathered for emotional late-night meetings on Capitol […]

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming
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A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens Its important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking […]

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A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening China’s most beautiful city
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An international tourism destination of peerless beauty say the slogans hanging in the streets of Guilin, but the scenic citys rivers have recently been home to sewage and garbage. In a country where environmentalists are charged with anti-government espionage, will the authorities intervene? When Jianjun Xu woke up one morning in May 2015, the ground […]

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes
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(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head […]

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Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study
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Drinking in moderation helps protect heart, with study finding it lowers risk of many conditions compared with not drinking Moderate drinking can lower the risk of several heart conditions, according to a study that will further fuel the debate about the health implications of alcohol consumption. The study of 1.93 million people in the UK […]

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Using maths to outsmart mosquitoes – BBC News
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Image caption Millions of people catch dengue fever every year The World Health Organisation says 500,000 people a year need hospital treatment for dengue in Africa, the Americas, the eastern Mediterranean, southeast Asia and the western Pacific. Image copyright AFP Image caption Dengue fever is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito Mathematics comes into the […]

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Trump, desperate for a win, bets on health care
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Washington (CNN)It’s D-Day for Republicans in their epic quest to kill Obamacare. The House is expected to hold a cliffhanger vote on a repeal bill Thursday as acrimony among GOP lawmakers threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on an objective that has motivated conservative voters for years. The vote heralds a moment […]

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