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Carrots boiled whole before being cut up are better at fighting cancer and are tastier than when they are sliced before being cooked, a study has shown.

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Moderate wine drinkers 'live longer'

Drinking up to half a glass of wine a day may boost life expectancy by five years, at least in men, it was claimed today.

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Bad news from the doctor; worse news from the insurer

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