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Stokes called up to England ODI squad but unlikely to play

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been named in England’s one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia in the new year. Stokes, 26, has not played since being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He is not available for selection until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides whether to charge him. Once a decision has been made, the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide on disciplinary action. Hales is facing no criminal charges for his involvement in the Bristol incident but he too could…

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'How did this happen?': The unlikely faces of Australia's diabetes burden

Stereotypes are, by nature, oversimplified and do not capture the whole picture.   The picture with diabetes, one of Australia’s biggest disease burdens, is not simple nor does it always fit the stereotype. Maria Dent with her daughters Clarissa, Lillian and Francis.  “If I go out onto the street here, 80 per cent of people will say ‘It’s not going to happen to me’,” says the CEO of Diabetes NSW and ACT, Sturt Eastwood. “The reality is, as things stand, one in three people will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in…

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Sex unlikely to cause cardiac arrest, study finds

Sudden cardiac arrest is associated with sexual activity far more often in men than women, research suggests. But sex is a rare trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Only 34 out of the 4,557 cardiac arrests examined occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse and 32 of those affected were men. Sumeet Chugh, of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said his study is the first to evaluate sexual activity as a potential trigger of cardiac arrest. The research was presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association. A cardiac…

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More Clooney babies unlikely, says Amal

George and Amal Clooney at the the premiere of the movie, Suburbicon at the Venice Film Festival.  Photo: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP After welcoming twins earlier this year and mastering the art of changing diapers, George Clooney and wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, are not looking to expand their brood further. Clooney, 56, spoke candidly in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, published on Wednesday, about becoming “a very good diaper guy” and the pressures of being a first-time father to twins Alexander and Ella, born in June in London. When…

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The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syrup

At first glance, nothing seems particularly odd about the December 1896 edition of The Druggists Circular and Chemical Gazette, a catalog of products that any self-respecting pharmacy ought to carry. But look closer: Hiding among medical necessities like McElroy’s glass syringes and Hirsh Frank & Co’s lab coats, you’ll find some more curious finds—including Hershey’s cocoa powder. “Perfectly soluble,” boasts the ad in bold, capital lettering. “Warranted absolutely pure.” It reads as if it was peddling medicine—and in fact, it sort of was. Druggists of the day often used the dark powder…

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