News archive from 24 February 2013

£75,000 cap planned for care bills

The coalition will announce that elderly care bills are to be capped by the state in a £1 billion move expected to be funded by dragging more people into inheritance tax. To the disappointment of many campaigners, the cap will be set at £75,000 - more...

 

Cotton gives birth to baby Rex

Fearne Cotton has become a mum - the Radio 1 DJ has announced - to a boy called Rex. The TV presenter and her partner Jesse Wood announced the news of the baby's arrival on Twitter. "Jesse and I are over the moon to announce the arrival of Rex...

 

Tributes to death crash policewoman

The commander of a policewoman killed when her patrol car was struck by a stolen 4x4 said he and fellow officers were devastated at the loss of a colleague they all loved. Pc Philippa Reynolds, 27, from the Greater Belfast area, died when the unmarked...

 

Test driving skills on the track

Motor racing fans can take part in a go-karting race to raise funds for a East Anglian charity which helps to save lives. Wannabe racing drivers are needed for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) Grand Prix which takes place on April 6 at Ellough...

 

New clue to early menopause

“A test could warn women of early menopause,” according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that the test might aid the “growing number of women who put off children until their thirties but then find that they cannot conceive”. The news is based...

 

East Anglia unemployment unchanged

The number of people unemployed in East Anglia stayed the same in the final quarter of 2012, it has been revealed. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 212,000 people were unemployed in the final quarter (October-December) of 2012 -...

 

Scorpions provide heart op clue

Scorpion venom “could prevent bypass failures”, according to the Daily Mail, which says the toxin can help keep veins clear after heart bypass surgery. According to the newspaper, a study has found that ‘margatoxin’, produced by the Central American...

 

Brian Blessed: Caesar my best role

Brian Blessed might be best known as Vultan in Flash Gordon - but he'd rather be remembered for another role. The actor and adventurer, who voices the character of Eduardo Enormomonster in new Disney Junior animation Henry Hugglemonster, is famous for...

 

Asda boss 'shocked' at meat scandal

The boss of Asda has described his "shock" as revelations of the horsemeat contamination scandal broke and vowed to leave "no stone unturned" to address problems in the supply chain. Andy Clarke, chief executive of the UK's second...

 

New clue to fighting viruses

A cure for the common cold may be on the way after “a remarkable discovery in a Cambridge laboratory”, The Independent has reported. The newspaper said that new research has identified a previously unkown mechanism that allows the immune system to...

 

Fresh snow brings disruption fears

Snow has begun falling in parts of southern England, prompting fears of ice and disruption in the Monday morning rush hour. There was expected to be a covering of up to six cms (2.4ins) in some areas. Paul Mott, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup,...

 

Benefits of statins explored

“Thousands of deaths could be prevented a year if people at risk of heart attack or stroke are prescribed more powerful statins,” the Daily Mail reported. The newspaper said that intensive use of statins lowers cholesterol levels even further than...

 

Teenage ex-pupil 'died of anorexia'

A former public schoolgirl died from anorexia after a long battle with the eating disorder, an inquest has heard. Laura Willmott, 18, succumbed to the condition in December 2011 a week after suffering a cardiac arrest while being treated in hospital....

 

Ukip targets Eastleigh by-election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has pledged to make the Eastleigh by-election a four-way marginal fight and said his party's number one issue will be immigration. Kicking off the party's campaign in the Hampshire seat vacated by Chris Huhne's resignation for...

 

UK backpacker missing in Australia

A British backpacker has disappeared after he set out on a run in the Australian Outback. Sam Woodhead was reported missing from a cattle station after he failed to return from a jog two days ago. Local authorities launched a hunt for Mr Woodhead amid...

 


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