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Nasal spray developed that could end daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes

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This summer's bad weather is likely to blame for the fall in honey yields

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Rain and cold weather this summer saw honey yields from hives fall by almost three-quarters.

Plot thickens in Canada's maple syrup raids

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Corn syrup from corn fields like this have been linked to obesity

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Corn syrup is blamed for the rise in obesity and related diseases

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Singing with the brand

Cutesy covers of classic songs are marketing gold, says Rhodri Marsden

Sugar warning for 'healthy drinks'

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AG Barr crosses with Rubicon into tropical ice cream

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