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Health experts call for campaign to highlight how lifestyle affects dementia risk

Health experts are calling for a major campaign to educate people about how their lifestyle choices can affect their chances of developing dementia in old age.

Factors such as smoking and early-life education can affect your risk of developing dementia, the report finds Credit: PA

Factors such as early-life education, blood pressure and smoking can all play a role, according to a report commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International.

The report argues for a campaign with a central message that "it's never too late" to make lifestyle changes, and that brain health should be factored into other public health campaigns.

Alzheimer's Disease International said that a major survey of 8,500 people from six countries showed that many are not sure how to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

HPV urine test 'provides a simple method'

Changing the way women are tested for cervical cancer from a smear to a urine test "provides a simple method" all women can use, an expert in women's health has said.

Queen Mary University's Dr Neha Pathak told Good Morning Britain: "This provides a simple method - that they can just pee into a pot and send that off."

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Thai PM appears to question conduct of murdered Britons

Thai Prime Minister and junta chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha appeared to question the behaviour of two Britons leading up to their murder on the island of Koh Tao.

Apparently referring to Britons David Miller and Hannah Witheridge, he is quoted as telling reporters:

We have to look into the behaviour of the other party too because this kind of incident should not happen to anybody and it has affected our image.

– thai prime minister

General Prayuth reportedly added that Thai authorities must tell “tourists when the safe times are to be outside. We have to help them understand.”

Customer service table 'should be a wake-up call'

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd has said that its latest annual customer service survey should act as a 'wake-up call" for low-ranking firms.

The Big Six energy companies have now hit rock bottom for customer service and, with record high levels of complaints, it is clear just how far they still have to go to put things right for their customers.

Good companies know the value of customer service, so it's disappointing that some of our biggest firms seem to have a lot to learn about keeping their customers happy.

This survey should be a wake-up call for the companies with the lowest customer scores.

– Richard Lloyd, which?

Report: Six men questioned over Thailand murders, released without charge

Thai police investigating the deaths of Britons David Miller and Hannah Witheridge have released six Burmese nationals without charge after questioning, according to the Bangkok Post.

The newspaper reports that the six men were colleagues but appear not to have been together on the night of the murders. Three of them were reportedly seen drinking near the crime scene.

An unnamed police source is cited as saying that one of the Burmese nationals looked similar to the "prime suspect" seen running in CCTV footage.

HPV urine test could lead to 'self-sampling'

Urine tests for HPV could boost the number of lives saved by allowing women to take part in the screening process in the privacy of their own homes, scientists have said.

Researchers behind a study on alternatives to cervical smear tests, published on thebmj.com, explained:

In well-resourced health systems, self-sampling could be used for women who are reluctant to attend for regular cervical screening.

In lower income countries that lack infrastructure, self-sampling might even be beneficial and cost effective for all women who are eligible for screening.

More research is now required to identify the true clinical performance and acceptability of urine testing for HPV in both settings.

– Spokesperson for researchers

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HPV urine test 'should be used instead of smear'

Women should have their urine tested instead of being given a cervical smear when doctors screen for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - an STD which can lead to cancer, experts have said.

Urine testing would encourage more women to come forward, experts said. Credit: REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

Researchers from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry found urine tests had "good accuracy" when it came to detecting HPV.

Of the 14 studies they examined, they found there was an 87% accuracy rate, and 94% of negative tests were correct.

Scientists hope adopting urine tests would boost HPV detection and save lives, as it is a less invasive and painful option than a cervical smear test.

Cervical cancer kills around 266,000 women globally, according to the World Health Organisation. While many strains of HPV are harmless, two of them - HPV 16 and HPV 18 - can trigger cancer.

Last flurry of Scottish independence polls give No camp a slight lead

A flurry of last-minute polls on Scottish independence showed a slight lead for the No campaign on Tuesday.

Three surveys from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation all showed that 52% of decided respondents plan to vote No.

The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland's 4.3 million voters were still undecided.

A final poll, by YouGov on behalf of The Sun, is expected later today.

Bill Clinton urges Scotland to remain part of UK

Former US president Bill Clinton has said he hopes Scotland will remain part of the UK due to uncertainties over currency and the economic impact of extended negotiations in the event of a Yes vote.

Former US president Bill Clinton Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Acknowledging that the decision was for "Scots alone to make," he said he overcame his initial reluctance to speak out and that he hoped his word would "be received in the spirit of friendship".

He said there were "substantial risks" surrounding the issue of a shared currency and that the "long complex negotiating process" that would follow independence had the "potential to weaken the Scottish economy".

Read Bill Clinton's full statement here

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