Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to five years in jail. The Green Party said the government had done a “screeching u-turn”. Gove hits back at ‘animal sentience’ social media campaign The move follows last month’s animal sentience “fake news” row involving…

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Grenfell labelled a 'national atrocity' as lawyers begin giving evidence

Grenfell labelled a 'national atrocity' as lawyers begin giving evidence

The Grenfell Tower fire was a “national atrocity” and warnings given in advance were ignored, a lawyer representing many of the bereaved has told the tragedy’s public inquiry. Almost six months after the inferno reduced the high rise flats to a charred skeleton, lawyers representing survivors and relatives of the victims have for the first time begun giving evidence. Their chorus of demands that former residents and relatives be placed at the heart of the legal process was met by an official assurance that giving evidence may help them “find…

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Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Mesh risks not passed on to doctors

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organsOne of the world’s biggest medical companies failed to tell doctors and patients of the full extent of some of the risks posed by mesh implants. A BBC Panorama investigation has seen documents that show one of Ethicon’s own in-house doctors warned it had not updated information on complications. Ethicon is wholly owned by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. It said doctors were informed of the risks and that the company cared deeply about patient safety. Over…

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UK government accepts MPs' demands for scrutiny of Brexit law changes

UK government accepts MPs' demands for scrutiny of Brexit law changes

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will grant lawmakers more oversight of the process of severing ties with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday. File photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing Street to greet Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, London, Britain December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay The concession, designed to head off a potential rebellion in parliament, will be incorporated into the EU withdrawal bill – the legislation that forms a central plank of May’s Brexit strategy. Several…

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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Image copyrightJames Gallagher Image caption Peter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the geneThe defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped. Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years. Huntington’s is one…

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