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The UK economy will exceed its pre-recession peak by the summer, according to upgraded forecasts from a leading business lobby group today.
The British Chambers of Commerce now believes the UK will grow by 2.8% this year and that the second quarter will see gross domestic product climb back to the level seen in the first quarter of 2008.
A year ago amid a much gloomier picture for the economy, the BCC predicted the pre-recession peak would not be reached until 2016, although a number of revisions brought this forward to the third quarter of 2014 in December.
A breakthrough in the quest to find a blood test for Alzheimer's will help doctors and patients "manage the disease", one of the researchers has said.
Professor Howard Federoff explained:
– Professor Howard Federoff
Our novel blood test offers the potential to identify people at risk for progressive cognitive decline and can change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder.
The preclinical state of the disease offers a window of opportunity for timely disease-modifying intervention.
Biomarkers such as ours that define this asymptomatic period are critical for successful development and application of these therapeutics.
We consider our results a major step toward the commercialisation of a preclinical disease biomarker test.
Interpol has confirmed it knew about the stolen passports but said no authorities checked its vast databases on stolen documents before the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner departed on Saturday.
Warning that "only a handful of countries" routinely make such checks, Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble criticised authorities for "waiting for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates".
Evidence will start today at trial of Max Clifford on indecent assault charges at Southwark Crown Court.
Clifford is charged with 11 counts of indecent assaults relating to seven alleged victims, ranging in age from 14 to 19, between 1966 and 1984. He denies the charges.
Mr Clifford was arrested in December as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree.
Scientists have developed a new blood test which could be used to detect early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and whether a healthy person will develop the disease within the next three years.
A new study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, identified 10 molecules in blood could be used to predict with at least 90% accuracy whether people will go on to develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease.
Scientists believe changes in the blood are an indicator of the degenerative disease in its earliest stages.
Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Centre in the US examined 525 healthy participants aged 70 and over and monitored them for five years.
During the research 28 participants went on to develop the conditions and 46 were diagnosed at the start of the study.
Malaysian aviation chief says that the possibility of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 hijacking has not been ruled out and that investigators are “looking at all angles”.
Malaysian investigators say they remain puzzled as search and rescue teams have still not found anything that could be parts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
Labour have "no economic plan" and would put the economy at risk with their jobs guarantee, a treasury minister has said.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid explained:
– Treasury minister Sajid Javid
Labour's sums don't add up. They are proposing yet more unfunded spending, meaning more borrowing and more taxes to pay for it.
And Labour's bank tax is a short-term political gimmick that they want to spend ten times over.
It's the same old Labour. Ed Miliband has no economic plan. Labour would put the recovery at risk, put jobs at risk and hardworking people would pay the price with a less secure future.
A thief who stole a road sign at the entrance to the Nottinghamshire village of Gotham may have done so because it shares a name with Batman's home city.
The theft of the sign, which has a white reflective background and bold black writing saying Gotham, is being investigated by police, the Nottingham Post said.
Police community support officer Anthony Davies said: "It is of little scrap metal value, so it may be more to do with a prank, particularly given the name on it."