Nobel Prize-winning biologist who was forced to keep work secret from Italy"s Fascist regime dies aged 103


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Nobel Prize-winning biologist who was forced to keep work secret from Italy's Fascist regime dies aged 103Rita Levi-Montalcini helped improve knowledge of human cellsHer research led to improved knowledge of tumours and senile dementiaShe continued her research in the face of anti-Semitic persecution in ItalyLevi-Montalcini won the Nobel Prize for her work in the U.S in 1986 | UPDATED: 20:58 GMT, 30 December 2012 A Nobel Prize winning scientist who defied Italy's facist regime and and carried out key research into human cells underground during World War Two has died aged 103. Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who helped improve our knowledge of tumours and conditions such as senile dementia, died at home in Rome today.

The police union that turned into a wounded animal


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The police union that turned into a wounded animal | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 24 December 2012 Power: Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was assistant commissioner of human resources at the Met between 2001 and 2004, is under no illusion about how powerful the Fed can be For decades, the Police Federation has terrified senior politicians and police officers.

Chris Grayling: All knife thugs will be sent to prison

All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a cautionMandatory prison sentence for 'aggravated knife crime' Offenders face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment or a minimum of six months | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 Tough stance: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants prison sentences for knife crimes Knife-wielding thugs will no longer be able to escape with only a caution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has vowed. The Cabinet minister said anyone who uses a knife to threaten others in a public place will be jailed. Of the 4,207 people arrested for carrying knives this spring, only 951 – 22 per cent – were sent to prison.

Attacker beat MS sufferer so savagely she spent three weeks in a coma and was unrecognisable to relatives


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Attacker beat MS sufferer so savagely she spent three weeks in a coma and was unrecognisable to relativesHeather McQueen, 53, was left with such severe injuries her own family did not recognise herThe 53-year-old multiple sclerosis sufferer was set upon in her own home Durham police are still hunting the attacker which left her in a coma | UPDATED: 17:54 GMT, 29 November 2012 Battered: Heather McQueen was beaten so severely her own sister did not recognise her A disabled woman attacked in her own home was left with such severe injuries her own family did not recognise her.

Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks fuelling diabetes "global scale"


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Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks fuelling diabetes on a 'global scale' Countries that use large amounts of fructose corn syrup have diabetes rates 20% higher than those that consume littleU.S has greatest consumption of the syrup by far amounting to 25kg per person a year, compared to 0.5kg in the UK | UPDATED: 10:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 The syrup is used in processed foods because it improves appearance, providing a consistent browning after oven heating A sweetener used in food manufacture could be partly to blame for rising rates of type 2 diabetes, say scientists. Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have higher rates of the disease than those that consume little, says a new study. Among 42 countries studied, rates of diabetes were 8 per cent in high-consuming nations and 6.7 among low consumers – a difference of 20 per cent

Woman goes to doctor with backache…and gives birth six hours later (to a baby five WEEKS overdue)


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Woman goes to doctor with backache…and gives birth six hours later (to a baby five WEEKS overdue) Kayleigh Renwick, 24, had actually lost weight and had no idea she was pregnant She was so far gone her placenta had stopped feeding baby Lucy | UPDATED: 16:28 GMT, 26 November 2012 When Kayleigh Renwick visited the doctors with agonising back ache, she assumed she had developed a kidney infection. But just six hours later she was giving birth in hospital. Unbeknown to the 24-year-old nursery nurse, from Stanley, County Durham, already a mum to daughter Grace, she was five weeks overdue.