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A majority of people are ready to pay more tax to safeguard the NHS and head off a looming financial crisis, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.

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Men should be allowed to donate sperm up until the age of 45, new research suggests

Men should be able to donate sperm up to age of 45, according to new study

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