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Tall women are at greater risk of ovarian cancer, new research has shown.

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Expanding waistlines are blamed today for soaring rates of kidney cancer which have more than doubled since the 1970s.

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Take a cow. Chop it into pieces. Sell the immediately edible bits to supermarkets, ship its hide to a handbag factory, and send leftover bones and internal organs to some sort of rendering plant.

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The meat product that's in all kinds of US food is causing a very unsavoury row

Chocolate 'can help keep you slim'

Far from piling on the pounds, a chocolate habit can help keep you slim, new research suggests.

Pofessor Greg Whyte: Fat is not an Olympic legacy issue, fitness is

The global pandemic of obesity that blights developed nations has driven a national obsession which has demonised fat and created a "fatist" society. For over two decades we have been subjected to a media vilification of those who dare to carry a few extra pounds and an incessant diatribe of diet propaganda purporting to possess the panacea for health.

Liver disease deaths reach record levels

Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels after rising 25 per cent in a decade.

Chemicals in plastic linked to rise in obesity and diabetes

Man-made chemicals present in homes, schools, offices, cars and food are probably contributing to the sharp rise in obesity and diabetes in western societies, according to a review of scientific literature published today.

Terence Blacker: Overweight, overexposed and over here

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Police in the future will face shuttle run tests throughout terms of service. Anyone who fails three times is subject to disciplinary proceedings and loss of pay

Strong arm of the law

New plans to modernise the police force would see officers fitter, smarter – and having and work for less. Paul Peachey reports

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