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Dementia risk to partners of sufferers, why lack of sleep could prove ‘deadly’, and can broccoli prevent cancer?

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of the news headlines on Wednesday 5th May.

First of in the Mail, we read that those who nurse a partner with dementia are six times more likely to develop the condition themselves, according to the outcome of new research.

The Telegraph has concerning news this morning for those prone to burning the candle at both ends. The paper reports that people who sleep fewer than six hours a night are more likely to die early.

It says researchers have found what they term as 'unequivocal evidence' of a link between sleep deprivation and premature death.

Also in the Telegraph this morning, we read about the case of a 27-year old cancer sufferer who has described her despair at being refused a trial treatment which could be her only hope, in what the paper describes as a ‘postcode lottery'.

The Guardian and others report on the news that the controversial paediatrician David Southall has been restored to the medical register after the General Medical Council's decision to strike him off was reversed.

The GMC had originally ruled in December 2007 that Southall abused his position by accusing a mother of drugging and murdering her son.

And finally, in the Mail, we read that broccoli is the latest food to be linked with preventing cancer, with scientists claiming a chemical found in the vegetable could hold the key to preventing and even treating breast cancer.

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