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'Abortion pills warning'

The story Abortion pills could cause fatal infections, according to the Independent and Reuters.

The source An editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine details four deaths from sepsis in women who had used mifepristone and reports that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning on the drug.

expert view Jeremy Mean, post licensing policy manager at the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said: 'Serious adverse reactions associated with mifepristone have been recently reviewed by the regulatory authorities within Europe, including the UK. No new safety issues arose as a consequence of this review.'

'Slimline gin and tonic?'

The story Drinking alcohol helps you stay slim, according to the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mirror.

The source A study of 8,236 Americans, published in BMC Public Health, found current drinkers were 27 per cent less likely to be obese than teetotallers.

expert view Professor Colin Waine, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: 'The initial reaction would be consumption of alcohol would be a factor in obesity. I think this will come as quite a relief to a lot of people. They aren't saying go out on a binge ­ they are saying drink in moderation.'

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