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Cough campaign 'picks up cancers'

Cough campaign 'picks up cancers' - A campaign urging people with a persistent cough to get checked by their doctor has led to a "dramatic rise" in lung cancer diagnoses, campaigner say. [BBC Health]

Many GP cancer referrals 'too slow'

Many GP cancer referrals 'too slow' - Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer are not being referred to specialists quickly enough by GPs, NHS England figures suggest. [BBC Health]

Business plans 'must show value'

Business plans 'must show value' - The government's schemes for boosting England's regional economies have "not yet demonstrated" they can deliver value for money, a report by the UK spending watchdog says. [BBC Politics]

Sporting icons pay tribute to Mandela

Sporting icons pay tribute to Mandela - Muhammad Ali, Pele and Tiger Woods lead tributes to South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95. [BBC Sports]

Germany raises growth forecasts

Germany raises growth forecasts - Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, raises its forecasts for German economic growth in 2013 and 2014. [BBC Business]

Vitamin D's disease role queried

Vitamin D's disease role queried - Scientists have cast doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements to protect against diseases like cancers and diabetes. [BBC Health]

World dementia cases 'set to treble'

World dementia cases 'set to treble' - The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis. [BBC Health]

Car tax disc scrapped after 93 years

Car tax disc scrapped after 93 years - The paper disc that people have had to display in their cars to show they have paid vehicle excise duty is to be replaced by an electronic system. [BBC Business]

A&E: The straw that broke the camel's back

A&E: The straw that broke the camel's back - Is ageing population the straw that broke the camel's back? [BBC Health]

Brazil's economy shrinks by 0.5%

Brazil's economy shrinks by 0.5% - Brazil's economy falls into contraction in the third quarter, with output shrinking by more than analysts had forecast, according to official state figures. [BBC Business]

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