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Insurance pay-out rates on the up

  •  27 May, 2014
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Just 3% of life, critical illness and income protection insurance claims were declined last year with some £3.1 billion paid out to almost 100,000 customers, according to new figures.

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Major boost in cancer survival rate

  •  29 Apr, 2014
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A study has revealed that half of newly-diagnosed cancer patients in England and Wales will survive at least 10 years.

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Deadly threat of pancreatic cancer

  •  24 Apr, 2014
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Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown.

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Dip in nation's salt consumption

  •  15 Apr, 2014
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People eating less salt in their diets has led to a fall in the number of heart disease deaths in England, a study suggests.

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Many don't recognise they are obese

  •  08 Apr, 2014
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Millions of Britons are putting themselves at risk of early death by failing to recognise they are obese, a report suggests.

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Call for tax hike on cigarettes

  •  12 Mar, 2014
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Anti-smoking campaigners have urged Chancellor George Osborne to increase the tobacco "tax escalator" from 2% to 5% above inflation year-on-year when he announces his Budget next week.

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High protein diet as bad as smoking

  •  05 Mar, 2014
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Middle-aged people who eat a lot of animal protein may be increasing their risk of dying from cancer by as much as those who smoke a packet of cigarettes every day, a new study suggests.

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Data shows fattest towns and cities

  •  06 Feb, 2014
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Cumbria is officially the fattest county in England, according to data collated for the first time.

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ASA bans 'misleading' e-cig advert

  •  05 Feb, 2014
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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a poster advertising a brand of electronic cigarettes after concerns were raised over similarities with a major stop smoking campaign.

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Unusual funerals a growing trend

  •  03 Feb, 2014
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An emerging tendency for people to plan ahead for their funeral has sparked a trend towards increasingly unusual ceremonies.

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