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'Morning after pill' under review after new evidence suggests it is less effective for overweight women

The European medicines watchdog is to carry out a review of the "morning after pill" emergency contraceptives in light of growing evidence that some products may be less effective for overweight and obese women.

Paying benefits 'does not make unemployed lazy'

Paying high levels of benefits to the unemployed does not lead to them becoming lazy, or lacking motivation to find a job according to a European-wide study charting the well-being of claimants.

Britain's old age 'time bomb' may have been exaggerated, say experts

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say that the number of dependent older people in the UK has actually fallen by a third in the past four decades

Heart scans have never before been able to pinpoint exactly where fat has built up in and around the heart

New heart scan could identify ‘ticking time bomb’ patients at highest risk of attack

After 20 years of research, scientists can now accurately pinpoint areas of fatty plaque build-up in and around the heart

Robin Thicke hits back at universities over 'Blurred Lines' ban

US singer claims people in the UK do not 'get' his controversial song

They know they don't want it: More universities ban Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Around 20 UK institutions have now banned the track for its sexist lyrics

British physicist Peter Higgs with Belgium physicist Francois Englert

Nobel prize winner Professor Peter Higgs didn't know he'd won - until a woman in the street told him

Peter Higgs reveals he first heard he won the prestigious award when he was on his way home from lunch, and had not checked his messages

Robin Thicke's advert was deemed too raunchy for daytime TV

Robin Thicke claims British people don't 'get' Blurred Lines following advert ban

The singer said the song, which has been banned by a number of British institutions, has been misunderstood

Emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, British Peter Higgs is seen inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) tunnel in Geneva. Higgs is best known for his theory explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and the Higgs Boson in particular. It is anticipated that the LHC, the largest scientific instrument ever made, will determine the existence of the Higgs Boson.

Peter Higgs: There could be no more gracious or deserving winner of a Nobel Prize

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Polish your Spanish or life drawing skills, or learn to forage and then cook your harvest with this range of engrossing courses

Hunt is on in Gujarat for a distant cousin who shares Prince William’s Indian blood

Tests have established a direct link between the Duke of Cambridge and a woman believed to have been at least half Indian

Café culture coming to Princes Street as Edinburgh's most famous thoroughfare undergoes a makeover

It is one of the few high streets in Britain bereft of cafés and bars. But now Edinburgh’s most famous thoroughfare, Princes Street, could be about to undergo a drastic makeover from shopping mecca to gourmet destination.

UK economist found bludgeoned to death in Australia

A retired British economist and his wife are thought to have been bludgeoned to death at their home in Australia.

Ape expectations: A young chimpanzee

Newly discovered gene could help to explain human evolution, say scientists

Researchers have discovered a new gene they say helps to explain how human evolution diverged from the last common ancestor we shared with chimpanzees.

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