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Baldness cancer link

Published 27/03/2013 | 05:00

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Baldness is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer in men of African descent, a study has found.

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The threat of advanced cancer rose with younger age and receding hairlines rather than thinning on the crown of the head.

Men of African descent are known to be more at risk of prostate cancer than Caucasians.

The disease is also linked to the male hormone testosterone, which fuels the cancer and can trigger male-pattern baldness.

Bieber in attack probe

POLICE in Los Angeles are investigating claims by a neighbour that Justin Bieber attacked and threatened him during an argument.

Online schedules indicate the 'Baby' singer is in the midst of a European tour and performed a show in Poland on Monday night.

Authorities were called to the scene just after 9am, said Steve Whitmore for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "There have been allegations made against Mr Bieber of battery and making threats," he added.

Nurse inquest date set

The inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who answered a hoax call about the pregnant Kate Middleton, will be heard on May 2-3.

Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig sparked outrage in December when they were put through to Kate's ward at King Edward VII's Hospital, posing as the Prince of Wales and the Queen. Ms Saldanha, a mother of two from Bristol, answered the phone and passed on personal details.

Her body was found in nurses' quarters three days later.

Trade threatens apes

International trade in illegal wildlife that has driven creatures like the tiger to near-extinction is threatening the survival of great apes, according to a new UN report.

Endangered chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos are disappearing from the wild as private owners pay top prices for exotic pets, while disreputable zoos, amusement parks and travelling circuses clamour for smuggled primates to entertain audiences.

Miliband quits as MP

BRITISH politician David Miliband is to step down as an MP to take up a charity role in New York.

The former foreign secretary, who was narrowly beaten to the Labour leadership by his brother Ed in 2010, is set to announce the move today, it has been reported. There had been widespread rumours that he would return to the opposition front bench, with his brother insisting the door was open.

Irish Independent

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