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New biomarkers vital for cancer screening

It’s astonishing to realise that in spite of our advanced medical technology and years of dedicated research, there are no biomarkers approved for the screening of breast or lung cancer – the two most cancers for men and women around the world. Figures published this week by the International Agency for Research on Cancer warned that present cancer trends show there will be 22...
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Boris Johnson and school sports

While Boris Johnson purports that state schools should provide two hours sports a day as the UK glows in a golden halo of Olympic triumphs, I would like to question why our school sports fields remain unused during summer breaks. This has long been a bug bear of mine during long holiday breaks throughout the year, with most school doors and gates firmly locked during this time, and I regard this...
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The Louise Mensch dilemma

Louise Mensch can happily chill out for the rest of the summer and indulge her three young children with an abundance of picnics, swimming, bike rides, trips to the beach, or whatever they wish to do, with her Blackberry safely switched off, knowing she is no longer at the beck and call of demanding parliamentary and constituency duties. Louise, MP for Corby & East Northamptonshire, now...
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A very jolly brief encounter

I was feeling weighed down with my own thoughts as I stepped onto the train at Ely station last Friday. Suddenly my ears pricked up as I heard my two travelling companions discuss a swathe of celebrities they were considering to participate in a major event they were planning. I was intrigued! Judi Dench? Julie Walters? Ann Widdicombe? Suddenly, one of the men turned to me and asked, “Who...
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Living our Olympic dream

It was thrilling to be at the Olympic Stadium on “Super Saturday” when Britain scooped three sensational golds on top of the three from earlier in the day. We saw Jessica Ennis triumph in the heptathalon, Greg Rutherford’s leap to victory in the long jump, and Mo Farah become the first Briton ever to win the men’s 10,000m, adding to our earlier golds in cycling and...
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