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Stroke risk increased within 24 hours of cocaine use

SAN DIEGO — Cocaine use may substantially increase the risk for stroke within 24 hours in young adults, according to findings presented at the International Stroke Conference. The risk for ischemic stroke associated with recent cocaine use is higher than t ...

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Post Office announces plans to launch current account

Customers want 'simplicity, transparency and good value for money', says Post Office director of financial services Post Office has announced plans to re-enter the current account market with a new banking deal for consumers over the next few we ...

The current account that charges you to avoid charges

Pay to escape paying … are Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks' new accounts the future of banking? A current account that charges you up to £180 a year not to pay your bills? It might sound bizarre, but – depending on your point of view – this is either ...

Bounced payments agreement gives bank customers second chance

The FCA and several banks agree to retry processing bounced payments rather than instantly hitting customers with penalty Consumers will save millions of pounds a year in penalty fees for bounced payments under a deal between eight current account provide ...

What the collapse of the Lloyds/Co-op banking deal means to you

We ask how customers will be affected by Co-op's decision not to go ahead with buying Lloyds branches Co-operative Bank has announced that it will no longer buy 632 branches from Lloyds TSB. ...

Gas supplier Statoil attacks UK's market price reporting system

Norwegian gas company says British pricing is open to manipulation and calls for more transparent methods One of the biggest suppliers of gas to Britain, Statoil of Norway, has said the UK's system of power market price reporting is open to manipulat ...

Government did ask energy firms to freeze prices in return for green cuts

No 10 blames possible misunderstanding but sources confirm companies have been pressured to hold prices for 18 months Government officials have been pushing energy companies not to raise prices until after the next election in return for taking £50 of gre ...

UK's big six energy firms are getting involved in politics, says John Prescott

Former deputy PM says energy suppliers have been encouraged by David Cameron's alleged promise to 'get rid of green crap' The UK's "big six" energy suppliers have made an unwarranted intervention into politics, John Prescott, ...

OFT warns significant change needed in current account market

Banks make £139 for each current account, the OFT says, but the market is complex and consumers lack confidence in switching process Current account charges are too complex and competition among providers is poor, the Office of Fair Trading said on Friday ...

Islamic finance – the lowdown on sharia-compliant money

Islamic products are available to regular savers, investors and homebuyers, but unlike standard deals they don't charge interest ...

10 lessons from the Cyprus bailout

From limiting deposit sizes to EU bank 'stress tests', we look at the repercussions of the Cyprus situation 1 Capital controls are back Throughout the 1960s, with Harold Wilson's Britain dogged by sterling crises and balance of payments woe ...

The ethical bank that offers salvation?

On ethical grounds, it scores more than the troubled Co-op. Welcome to Reliance, the financial wing of the Salvation Army ...

Booze calories 'too often ignored'

People watching their weight should pay closer attention to how much alcohol they drink because of its calorie content, say experts. ...

UK ranks fifth for child diabetes

The UK has the world’s fifth highest rate of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, figures reveal. ...

Quitting smoking 'reduces anxiety'

Smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards- despite the belief that smoking relieves stress, researchers say. ...

Smoking: Can the nation kick the habit?

Smoking: Can Britain ever kick the habit? ...

Without local decision-making, public health reforms will fail

Government must hand control of health to councils if it wants the results communities desperately need to see The challenges facing local government in 2013 are not too dissimilar to the drivers behind the first public health act in 1848. The aim then wa ...

Housing professionals must do more to help ex-armed forces find stability

A quarter of former military staff seeking help have difficulties with accommodation, which can thwart attempts to treat common mental health conditions Sharif Gulsher was just 19 when he was injured in active service and discharged from the army. For the ...

Delhi gang-rape: look westward in disgust | Emer O'Toole

The coverage of Damini's death strikes a particularly ironic note following recent media controversy over a rape in Ohio ...

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