From today's UK papers

February 8, 2002

Britons sent home after Yemen crackdown
Two British students held in Yemen were released and sent home for visa violations after being arrested in a crackdown on Islamic extremists, the Foreign Office said last night. The two men had been held when officials closed some religious schools. (Guardian)

Cough medicine may be a waste of money
People may be wasting their money by buying over the counter cough mixtures, according to researchers at Bristol University who said that the NHS might also have to reconsider advice to patients about taking them. (Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph)

Atom bomb effects
Two generations of families living downwind from a Soviet atomic bomb test site experienced a higher-than-normal level of DNA mutation, but no known health effects, according to research published today. (University of Leicester)

IVF babies 'develop more brain disorders'
Babies born after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are three times more likely to develop neurological disorders including cerebral palsy than children conceived naturally, a study has found. (Independent, Daily Telegraph)

Archaeological finds 'hidden from the public'
Archaeology is too exclusive and too commercial, benefiting a limited circle of academics rather than the public, the director of the Museum of London said yesterday. In his last speech before he moves to English Heritage, Simon Thurley said that property developers in London had spent £200 million on archaeological excavation over the past ten years, yet the vast majority of finds made in Britain remained unseen and unheard of by ordinary people. (The Times)   

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