Global tobacco treaty cuts smoking rates by 2.5%

Only fifth of countries have begun most effective tobacco reduction measure

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Moderate drinking could lower risk of some heart conditions

Alcohol produces different patterns of risk, says large study

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Contraceptive pill appears to protect from cancers for up to 30 years

Large study shows long-term benefits from taking the pill

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New child care standards could cut hospital admissions

Standards stress good links with GPs

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