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E-cigarette warning for pregnant women

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Pregnant women who smoke may harm their babies' brain development if they turn to e-cigarettes to satisfy their nicotine craving, scientists have warned.

New research suggests that e-cigarette vapour may be as damaging as tobacco smoke to the nervous systems of the foetus or newborn infant.

Early findings, based on studies of mice, show that exposure to volatile chemicals from the devices disrupts the activity of thousands of genes in the developing frontal cortex, the brain region responsible for higher mental functions.

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Sian Blake murder suspect leaves Ghana for UK

Arthur Simpson-Kent Credit: PA Wire

A flight carrying the partner of Sian Blake left Ghana on Thursday night bound for the UK as he is extradited on suspicion of killing the ex-EastEnders actress and her two children.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested in Ghana after leaving the country days after Ms Blake and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon were reported missing.

They were later found buried in the garden of the couple's home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

The bodies of Sian Blake and her children Zachary and Amon were found in their garden Credit: PA Wire

A post-mortem revealed the three died from neck and head injuries.

Police had spoken to Simpson-Kent at the house on December 16, and returned two days later to find the property empty.

He arrived in Ghana the following day, and was arrested on January 9.

The 48-year-old had previously said he would not fight extradition.

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