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Yo-yo dieting 'could be good for you even if you put all the weight back on'

Yo-yo dieting benefits health and can be compared with going to the dentist, according to a scientist whose research appears to support the extreme slimming method.

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Radio 4 presenter Steve Hewlett dies after cancer battle

BBC Radio 4 presenter Steve Hewlett has died at the age of 58.

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Ministers dismiss business rates 'underestimation' reports

The Government has dismissed as "nonsense" reports that Cabinet ministers underestimated business rate rises by 5-7% in a letter sent to Tory MPs.

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Sarah Payne's mother in plea for return of stolen laptop

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has appealed for the return of her laptop which was stolen by burglars from her home.

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Bovis takes £7 million hit after admitting decline in customer service standards

Profits at housebuilder Bovis Homes fell last year with the firm taking a £7 million hit linked to "significant" customer complaints over the poor quality of its homes.

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Treatment with nail and magnet 'can delay total knee replacement'

Doctors are using a new procedure to treat early-stage knee arthritis which involves extending a metal nail in the shin bone using a remote-controlled magnet.

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Low-income families have less than £100 put away, report finds

The savings gap between families on low and high incomes has widened over the past year, with lower-earning households typically relying on less than £100 in their rainy day fund, a report has found.

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Aslef chiefs to hold secret talks with Southern Railway over drivers row

Fresh talks are to be held in a bid to avert strikes by drivers on Southern Railway after a proposed deal was surprisingly rejected by members of Aslef.

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Man and woman die of 'knife wounds' following disturbance

A man and woman have died after a disturbance at a home in Hertfordshire, police said.

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Pay rise for prison officers announced in bid to tackle jail safety crisis

Thousands of prison officers will receive a pay rise in a new drive to boost staffing levels as the Government attempts to address the jail safety crisis.

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Stephen Lawrence killer 'seeking compensation for prison attack'

A member of the racist gang which killed black teenager Stephen Lawrence is attempting to sue the Government after being beaten up in prison, it was reported.

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Hero's welcome for Briton who died fighting IS in Syria

The body of a Briton who died after travelling to Syria to fight Islamic State militants alongside Kurdish forces arrived back at Heathrow Airport to a hero's welcome.

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Southern Rail accused of 'bullying' staff in strike row

A fresh row has flared between the biggest rail union and Southern Railway ahead of another strike in the bitter dispute over the role of conductors.

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Cancer charity welcomes NHS pledge on stem cell treatment

Cancer campaigners have welcomed an NHS announcement that money may soon be available for a potentially lifesaving treatment it had previously refused to pay for.

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Man rescued after jumping into sea from Eastbourne Pier

RNLI volunteers scrambled to help rescue a man who went into cold water shock after jumping from a seaside pier into the English Channel.

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Human remains found at site of Oxford flats explosion

Human remains have been found by search teams following an explosion and fire that caused a block of flats to collapse.

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Samantha Cameron tells how death of son Ivan 'overshadows everything'

Samantha Cameron has revealed how the death of her young son, Ivan, "overshadows everything".

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Teenage girl gang sentenced for 'horrific' crowbar attack in park

A terrifying gang of teenage girls who battered a 14-year-old girl with a crowbar leaving her with "extremely serious" injuries have been sentenced.

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Gold medal awarded to Hong Kong plague heroine up for sale

A rare gold medal awarded by the Hong Kong authorities to military personnel and civilians who helped deal with a bubonic plague epidemic 123 years ago is set to fetch up to £8,000 at auction.

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18 sheep killed on road after 'being panicked by dogs'

Eighteen sheep were killed in a suspected sheep worrying incident after apparently being panicked into running from fields on to a road by dogs.

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