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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Scientists may have found potential cause of the disease

by Charlie Cooper/The Independent
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Finding to kickstart hunt for a treatment after years of under-investment by drug firms

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Simple movements are all the exercise you need
You may think a weekly hour or two of exercise with a capital E is enough to offset long hours sitting around, but here’s the bad news – it isn't.

Break out of the food rut
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Swimming key to healthy living
Olympian and sports Guru Greg Whyte says swimming could be the key to healthy living for everyone


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Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids' arteries
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Tuna study reveals oil pollution causes heart problems
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More evidence e-cigs may help in quitting tobacco
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HIV drugs may get new role in fighting cancer
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Time to pay more for road offences in Oman, says ROP
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More than 1,500 lives lost in Nepal earthquake
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ASEAN members fail to unite in South China Sea dispute with Beijing
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Former foreign minister of India Salman Khurshid, German envoy team up for video
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Four workers trapped as debris from mountain falls on them in Oman
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Oman announces amnesty for undocumented migrant workers
Between this period, the undocumented workers can leave Oman without paying fines for violation of resident status rules in the Sultanate, the notice says.
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Oman accidents: Focus back on drivers after bus hits girl
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