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Welfare supporters better informed than sceptics, study suggests

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People who support greater state involvement in delivering services know more about economics and welfare provision than those favouring smaller government, research suggests.

Global surge in cancer cases among under-50s

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Global cancer cases in people under the age of 50 have risen by 79 per cent between 1990 and 2019, according to new research.

Women more severely affected by ME/CFS

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Women with ME/CFS tend to have more symptoms and co-occurring conditions than men, according to the first results from the world’s largest study of the disease.

Sign language glossary goes for green growth

Experts at Edinburgh have helped created a glossary of environmental terms to make climate science and biodiversity research more accessible to deaf people.

New tech is step towards lab-grown blood vessels

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Innovative technology that creates ultra-thin layers of human cells in tube-like structures could spur development of lifelike blood vessels and intestines in the lab.

Vapes work better than patches in pregnancy trial

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E-cigarettes may be more effective than nicotine patches for pregnant women trying to quit smoking, research suggests.

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