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Sex education for all, Alzheimer research breakthrough and why nut allergy sufferers should stay away from supermarket curries

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

An influential group of MPs have called for sex education to be made mandatory in all schools with the story splashed across papers this morning.

Commons education select committee Graham Stuart MP said there was ‘an overwhelming demand for statutory sex and relationship education – from teachers, parents and young people’, writes the Guardian.

The Telegraph reports that a new target molecule which could play a crucial role in preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease has been identified by researchers at Cambridge University.

The naturally occurring proteins, brichos, that the team found could be used to inhibit the harmful aggregation of amyloid proteins in the brain which destroy nerve function, and raises hope that other ‘chaperone’ molecules could be found.

And finally, patients with nut allergies are warned to avoid supermarket curries after a poor cumin harvest in India has sparked fears that peanut proteins are being used as a substitute.

The Food Standards Agency is investigating cumin imports in the UK after traces of almonds and peanuts were found in home curry kits that were not advertised as containing nuts.

Professor Chris Elliott, who led the government enquiry into the horsemeat scandal, said of the latest case of food fraud: ‘It’s much more serious because in the whole horsemeat scandal nobody got ill and nobody died because of it. But if you happen to be allergic to almonds or peanuts there is the potential of getting ill or even dying because of it.’

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