From today's UK papers

July 4, 2001

The Times

Irresponsible doctors who try to clone human beings or give test-tube babies to the over-60s jeopardise medicine and the hopes of childless couples, said Europe's most senior fertility specialist,  Hans Evers of the University of Maastrict.

Many older men suffer hormonal problems similar to the menopause but are rarely offered hormone replacement therapy of the sort that is routinely available to women, said Eberhard Nieschlag of the University of Münster.

A survey of American teenagers to coincide with the July 4 holiday has found that more than one in five do not know from which country the United States declared independence in 1776.

The Financial Times

Bad management is causing widespread disaffection, with four out of five workers unhappy with their jobs, a Gallup poll reports.

The Independent

Young people and blacks stayed away from the general election in record numbers. Only 39 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 bothered to vote, a survey by MORI and the Election Commission has discovered.

A team of Oxford University scientists claims to be able to predict stockmarket crashes with a model of trading behaviour that uses the laws of physics.

The Daily Mail

Thousands of companies face being hauled before industrial tribunals for paying women less than men, the Transport and General Workers Union has warned.

Ministers will launch a £13 million drive today to find an effective treatment for prostate cancer.

The Daily Telegraph

Racial tensions are being fuelled by the government's policy of dispersing asylum seekers across the country, a study from the Royal Institute for International Affairs said yesterday.

Miscellany

A person on the brink of death has received the first self-contained, mechanical heart replacement. Surgeons from the University of Louisville implanted the titanium and plastic "AbioCor" pump at Louisville's Jewish Hospital. ( Daily Telegraph, Times, Guardian )

Labour MPs are being warned by trade unions that they face losing their seats unless they defend public services against planned private-sector reforms of schools and hospitals ( Times, Financial Times ).

Children born through fertility treatment are emotionally healthy and have better relationships with their parents than many conceived naturally, according to researchers at City University, London, who undertook the first study to follow a large group up to adolescence. ( Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent )

Schools need £1 billion extra to raise staffing levels and revive morale, head teachers said yesterday. ( Guardian, Times )

A teenager in foster care said she was being prevented from taking up a hard-won place at Gordonstoun because local social services staff disapproved of private education. ( Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail )

Materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and angry, according to Shaun Saunders of the University of Newcastle, Australia. ( Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail )

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