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Plain packaging for cigarettes proposed

Tobacco companies could be forced to sell cigarettes in grey or brown plain packaging in an attempt to deter youngsters from taking up smoking.

Quarter of cancers discovered late

Nearly a quarter of cancer diagnoses in England are made when patients arrive at hospital in an emergency, a study has found.

Smoking quit rate falls as recession bites

The rate at which people are quitting smoking has slowed down at the same time as economic worries have increased, data out today suggests.

Warning over cancer risk among taller men

Walking tall can increase a man's chances of developing testicular cancer, a study suggests.

US-style anti-abortion protesters target clinics in Britain

British women who want to terminate a pregnancy are being confronted by Christian protesters picketing abortion clinics, in a copy of tactics used by hardcore anti-abortionists in the US.

Outside Edge: Oh no, not that old chestnut

Last week Edge pointed out that the World Conker Championships were being held today near Oundle in Northamptonshire and that French competitors have proved far too proficient in recent years. Frankly, it's not surprising that William the Conker has been pulling the strings given all the nutty health-and-safety fears over here. Bury St Edmunds council in Suffolk have put up a sign on a horse chestnut tree which reads: "Beware falling conkers. Please proceed with care" after two people complained of being hit on the head by them, and in Nottingham the local authorities have stripped a tree of all its conkers after a branch fell on a girl's head. We must learn to conquer our fears. Meanwhile, the charity Cancer Research UK has said it was "very upset" after an annual charity cycle ride in Milton Keynes was disrupted by an environmental health officer who hid in the bushes to monitor sound levels after complaints were received about the noise made by the PA system. It's time someone spoke out.

Moderate exercise 'could prevent cancer'

More than 10,000 cases of breast and bowel cancer could be prevented each year if people took more exercise, such as going for brisk walks, experts said today.

Moore's widow saddened by renaming of charity cup

Bobby Moore's widow yesterday spoke of her sadness and disappointment at West Ham United's decision to rename a charity game in honour of her late husband in favour of an online bookmaker.

Breast cancer link to cleaning products and air fresheners

Air fresheners and some cleaning products increase the risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.

Public advice on suntanning may mean vitamin deficiency risk

Health bodies to acknowledge need to tan during peak hours – despite cancer risks

Will-writer stole from dead man's estate

A will-writer who stole tens of thousands of pounds from a dead man's estate, spending it on a cruise on the QE2 and gambling, was today jailed for two and a half years.

Ban on unhealthy food ads 'should be extended'

More than 100 diabetes experts today called on the Government to introduce a law banning all forms of "unhealthy food" adverts targeting children.

Growth hormone causes breast cancer, says study

A hormone that helps children grow may cause breast cancer, and women with high levels are at higher risk, a new study has found.

Test cuts bowel cancer death rate by nearly half

Scientists have today announced results from the first trial in the world to show that bowel cancer can be prevented with a simple, once-in-a-lifetime, five-minute screening test.

Kate Simon: From scorchio to squelchio – why I won't get burnt in Portugal

I'm just repacking my suitcase for our family holiday to the Algarve. Out go the flip-flops, in come the waterproofs. You see, I've just checked the five-day forecast for that part of the world and it predicts heavy showers followed by thunderstorms followed by more heavy showers – up until we step on the plane to go home. The word "disappointed" barely sums up the mood in our house as I write.

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