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Scottish independence: Salmond scores victory over Darling in fractious debate

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Katie Hopkins fat-shaming the obese is pointless we already blame ourselves

The former Apprentice stars new TV show will perpetuate a culture of self-loathing. Exactly what the pedlars of fatness wantKatie Hopkins, a former contestant on The Apprentice, plans to gain three stone in weight in order to lose it for a television p…
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  1. Is gluten bad for your health?
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Is gluten bad for your health?

It has been linked to irritable bowel syndrome and those on gluten-free diets say they have lost weight. But is it really the cause of digestive problems and aren’t wholegrains good for us?

It’s hard to distil the gluten-free debate so we could just go with Miley Cyrus’s take on it. Her gluten-free diet helped her lose weight but, she tweeted: “It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!” It’s a widespread view, with 30% of people wanting to cut back on gluten a protein found in wheats and other grains.

About 1% of the population has coeliac disease, a serious genetically linked autoimmune disease in which the small bowel is inflamed and made leaky by gluten, causing diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia, osteoporosis and a small increased risk of bowel cancer. It is underdiagnosed (you need blood tests that detect antibodies and a biopsy of the small bowel), with only 20% of affected people being treated. But since 2012 gastroenterologists have also identified a syndrome of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), with symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including bloatedness and diarrhoea but also fatigue, “foggy brain” and pain and numbness in the arms and legs. This syndrome should show an improvement in symptoms when following a gluten-free diet.

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Councils in poorest areas suffering biggest budget cuts, Labour says

Hilary Benn accuses government of unfairness as he publishes data that shows cuts for richer councils are up to 16 times smaller

The poorest areas of England have endured council cuts under the coalition worth 16 times as much per household as the richest areas, research has claims.

Hilary Benn, the shadow communities secretary, said his figures showed the government had “failed to apply the basic principle of fairness” when allocating money to local government.

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Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

British scientists produce working thymus, a vital immune system ‘nerve centre’ located near the heart

Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.

British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune system “nerve centre” located near the heart.

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US couple win Las Vegas slot machine’s $2.4m jackpot after 20 years

MGM Grand announces Walter and Linda Misco from New Hampshire are winners of long-awaited Lion’s Share payoutAn American couple have scooped $2.4m (£1.45m) after winning the most anticipated jackpot in Las Vegas slot machines.Walter and Linda Mis…
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Ebola outbreak: British national living in Sierra Leone tests positive for virus

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Drink spiking: victims don’t report and the crime goes unpunished

With no official statistics and a culture that makes victims feel there’s no point in telling anyone, drink spiking is going largely unchecked

The blog that encouraged victims to speak out

“The only thing I remember when I got to the party is finishing my drink,” says a former student of Nottingham University who had her drink spiked when she was 17.

“I woke up in a strange bed with a man having sex with me. I knew there was nothing to be gained from reporting it because no-one would believe it wasn’t my fault. I wouldn’t be taken seriously and I’d be thought of as someone who got drunk and did something stupid.”

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