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Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

06 Jul 2016
"Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect," The Guardian reports.
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"Stop demonising butter", say researchers

05 Jul 2016
Block of butter "Butter has been wrongly 'demonised' as unhealthy," reports the Daily Express following the publication of a study that found eating butter did not increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
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Risky stem cell treatment 'halts progress of multiple sclerosis'

15 Jun 2016
Man with Multiple Sclerosis "New treatment can 'halt' multiple sclerosis, says study," BBC News reports.
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Study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart disease

15 Jun 2016
Blood sample "Controversial report claims there's no link between 'bad cholesterol' and heart disease," the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: "Bad cholesterol 'helps you live longer',".
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