U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down


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U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 Patients are to be given the right to opt out of an NHS database logging details of drinking habits, waist sizes and family medical histories.

Police must not treat 17-year-olds like adults, High Court rules in blow to Home Secretary"s custody rules


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Police must not treat 17-year-olds like adults, High Court rules in blow to Home Secretary's custody rules High Court rules that 17-year-olds must have the same protections as children in custodyTheresa May has opposed a change in the lawParents of children who committed suicide after run-ins with police By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 GMT, 25 April 2013 Police must not treat 17-year-olds as adults when taken into custody under a High Court ruling today.

Dominic Francis: Mastermind behind plans to disrupt Thatcher funeral is Oxford student whose parents live in 700,000 house in Tunbridge Wells


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Mastermind behind plans to disrupt Thatcher funeral is Oxford student whose parents live in 700,000 house in Tunbridge Wells 25-year-old Dominic Francis studies at Oxford's Rushkin CollegeFanatics plan to 'celebrate' Iron Lady's death in Central London todayIf people do break the law they will be properly dealt with,' Mayor said By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 13:08 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:31 GMT, 13 April 2013 Dominic Francis has organised a demonstration on the Baroness Thatcher funeral route Protesters plan to disrupt Baroness Thatcher’s funeral by turning their backs on the funeral cortege as it passes. Thousands of people are supporting the plot as the eyes of millions of people turn on St Paul’s Cathedral next Wednesday. The architect of the protest is Dominic Francis, 25, whose parents live in a 700,000 home in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Father delivers his own baby son in hotel bedroom after his wife was turned away from top hospital


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First-time mother turned away from hospital because she was 'not in full labour' gives birth in nearby hotel bathroom University College Hospital midwife tells mother she was not in full labour Couple checked-in to nearby four-star Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel Despite repeated calls to hospital, couple advised it was 'still too early'Father Richard delivers son George Reggie Eades in hotel bathroomParamedics attended to couple and baby after the unusual labour By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:03 GMT, 5 April 2013 A first-time mother gave birth to her son in a hotel bathroom aided by just her husband after the couple were turned away from a leading hospital. George Reggie Eades was born into the unusual surroundings after a midwife at University College Hospital, London, told his mother Michelle Booth that she was not in full labour and there was 'nowhere for us to go'

Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that "claim to cure or treat cancer"


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Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that 'claim to cure or treat cancer' Products claim to 'relieve' cancer and cleanse bloodIt is illegal to advertise such products in the UK By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 08:37 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 1 April 2013 Amazon has come under fire for listing products for sale that claim they can cure cancer. The products, available to order from third parties through Amazon's UK website, include dried crocodile's blood pills, apricot kernels and blood cleansers

"My bagpipes gave me pneumonia": Musician catches deadly fungal virus from his beloved instrument


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'My bagpipes gave me pneumonia': Musician catches deadly fungal virus from his beloved instrument John Shone, 77, breathed in the deadly germs while playing his bagpipe The instrument hadn't been cleaned in 18 months and had 'fungal cultures'Traditional bagpipes are made of hide and need regular 'seasoning' to seal pores in the skin that acts as a natural cleanserMr Shone is now playing his bagpipe again after four weeks in hospital By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 02:13 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:57 GMT, 14 March 2013 A bagpipe player nearly died after becoming infected with a fungal pneumonia that colonised inside his beloved instrument. John Shone spent four weeks in hospital fighting the infection after he breathed in germs from his bagpipe that he hadn't cleaned in 18 months.

Expensive tests claiming to trace person"s ancestry "as dubious as astrology", warn scientists


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Expensive tests claiming to trace person's ancestry are as dubious as astrology, warn scientists By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 01:50 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 03:04 GMT, 7 March 2013 Rubbished: Tests that claim to trace a person's ancestry from a DNA sample are no more than 'genetic astrology', scientists have said. Comedian Eddie Izzard has made a TV programme about tracing his family back Expensive tests that claim to trace a person’s ancestry from a DNA sample are no more than ‘genetic astrology’, scientists said last night.

Cambridge debating stars left in tears over sexist heckles about their looks during prestigious student competition


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Cambridge debating stars left in tears by barrage of sexist heckles about their looks as Glasgow's male students wreck finals of competitionStudents at Glasgow University made derogatory comments during debateCompetition judge abused as she tried to quieten the hecklersCambridge University's debating club will not send students there again By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 22:39 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:42 GMT, 5 March 2013 Target: Rebecca Meredith was reduced to tears as she tried to make herself heard over the sexist heckles and intimidation during the debate at Glasgow University It was supposed to be a meeting of the brightest young intellects. Sadly, some of those involved in a prestigious student debating competition were only interested in small-minded behaviour.

Caught on camera: Horrifying moment student stabs classmate outside their college for "giving him a dodgy look in the library"


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Caught on camera: Horrifying moment student stabs classmate outside their college for 'giving him a dodgy look in the library'Valentine Cannings viciously attacked 17-year-old with large hunting knifeCCTV captured moment Cannings left victim Kevin Linongi for dead Attack at Bournville College campus in Birmingham followed 'exchange of words' between the students By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 13:25 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 4 March 2013 Jailed: Valentine Cannings was sentenced to seven years for stabbing Kevin Linongi Shocking CCTV images captured the moment a student brutally plunged a blade into his classmate's stomach and left him for dead – because he claimed his victim had given him 'dodgy looks'. Valentine Cannings, 22, has been jailed for seven years after attacking 17-year-old Kevin Linongi outside Bournville College's campus in Longbridge Lane, Birmingham on October 12 last year. The images show Cannings viciously stabbing the teenager, resulting in him collapsing in the street

Chetham"s sex abuse case: Police arrest man, 57, over historic claims at prestigious music school


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Police arrest violin teacher, 57, over historic sex abuse claims at prestigious music school where choirmaster abused former pupil Wen Zhou Li, 57, arrested by police investigating Chetham abusePolice are probing 20 reports of sexual offences reported by former pupils By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 13:05 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:04 GMT, 15 February 2013 Held: Violin teacher Wen Zhou Li who came to Britain on the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin has been arrested by detectives investigating sex abuse at Chethams School of Music in the 1970s and 80s A violin teacher who came to Britain on the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin has been arrested by detectives investigating sex abuse at Chetham’s School of Music in the 1970s and 80s.