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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.

Anger as junior doctors' contract to be imposed

Junior doctors in England protesting against the terms of a new contract have warned the imposition of the contracts could result in "a haemorrhage" of doctors out of the country.

Video report by ITV News' Political Editor Robert Peston

But the health secretary has stood firm on his decision. Speaking to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, Jeremy Hunt said it is "not tenable" for him to give in to a union "if it's the wrong thing for patients".

In this situation we have had too much evidence for too long, that things are going wrong too often at weekends at our hospitals, so I have to do something about that.

– Jeremy Hunt, health secretary

A number of junior doctors joining the protest outside the Department of Health in London on Thursday said there was a serious danger of the highly trained medical professionals leaving the UK for countries such as Australia and Canada.

"If i could I probably would at this stage - I feel so backed into a corner", one said.

Another warned "Imposing something is just going to completely demoralise the workforce and result in a haemorrhage of young intelligent doctors out of this country".

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