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Friday January 5th, 2018 night edition

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British Veterinary Association launches #breedtobreathe campaign to highlight serious health issues breeds such as pugs and French bulldogs are prone to.

Vets have urged dog-lovers to think twice about buying squashed-faced dogs such as pugs and French bulldogs, after many would-be owners were found to be unaware of the health problems such breeds often experience.

This selective breeding and prioritising appearance over health has left the breeds prone to skin disorders, eye ulcers and breathing difficulties among other problems.

Moreover the vets said just 10% of owners could spot health problems related to such breeds, with many thinking that problems including snorting were “normal” for such dogs.

Show Hide Breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs and boxers are prone to a range of health problems, many of which are related to their short skulls and other characteristic features.

Eye conditions The head shape and prominent eyes of brachycephalic breeds means the dogs are at risk of eye conditions including ulcers.

Dr Crina Dragu, a London-based veterinary surgeon, noted that not all squashed-faced dogs have problems. »

Promising anti-obesity drug that shrinks fat without suppressing appetite - Researchers discover a drug that has been shown to selectively shrink excess fat by increasing fat cell metabolism, to significantly reduce body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice.

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The drug significantly reduces body weight and blood cholesterol levels without lowering food intake in obese mice, according to a recent study published in Biochemical Pharmacology.

Obesity is a major public health problem around that world that is a leading cause of healthcare costs and compromised quality of life.

In the U.S., 40 percent of adults are obese and 30 percent are overweight, battling serious obesity-related chronic diseases. »

Helena Bonham Carter 'to play Princess Margaret in next series of The Crown'

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Olivia Colman has already been announced as taking over from Foy as the middle-aged Elizabeth II, and now we hear a new Princess Margaret has been found: arise, Helena Bonham Carter.

Bonham Carter is also not bad at real-life depictions, having played Liz Taylor to Dominic West’s Richard Burton.

Bonham Carter has a personal connection to the Princess Margaret part: her home in Oxfordshire, Mill House, was previously owned by Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting, Jane Stevens. »

A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her

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Except, perhaps, when it comes to the machines they use to record their votes.

Analyzing election returns at a precinct level, Clarkson found that candidate support was correlated, to a statistically significant degree, with the size of the precinct.

She first requested a recount of the 2013 election, but the timeframe in which a recount could have been requested had passed. »