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Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing infections of the gut and airways

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Overweight people could lose three years

Male smokers had significantly fewer blood cells with a Y chromosome

Male smokers at risk of losing their Y chromosome

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The case rested upon whether the harm caused by excessive drinking during pregnancy could be classified as criminal injury

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The Autumn Statement appears to indicate cross-party agreement that Big Tobacco should pay more

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Renewed hope for patients paralysed by spine injuries

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