Doctors in the North East of England have urged the Government to set a 50p minimum price per unit on alcohol following concerns about its “devastating impact” on the region's health.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, 21 leading medics said cheap, high potency alcohol needed to be kept "out of the hands of the vulnerable".
Seven out of ten GPs believe introducing a minimum price would have a positive effect on the area's health, according to Balance, the North East Alcohol Office. Follow the link to read more.
The UK is one of only three countries in Europe where fewer than 10 per cent of students go on to postgraduate study, a major report has revealed.
In most major European countries, between 15 and 24 per cent of students continue with their studies after gaining an undergraduate degree. But in Britain, the number is significantly lower.
A consistent system of front-of-pack food labelling will be introduced in the UK next year, the government says.
A combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and "high, medium or low" wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and sugar and how many calories are in each product.
The scheme will be voluntary, but ministers are confident they have the food industry on board. Click on the link to read more.
Science News reports that farmers and other residents pumping groundwater from Earth’s crust probably triggered an earthquake that killed nine people last year in southeastern Spain, scientists have found. Follow the link to read the full report.