Tuesday 24 October 2017

In brief: Sniffing out cancer with an electronic nose

General practitioner's office
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An electronic nose may be used to sniff out prostate cancer in future following a successful pilot trial.

The ChemPro 100 eNose was used to test the "headspace", or air above samples of patients' urine. The eNose consists of a cluster of electronic sensors which respond to odours to provide a "smell print". The device achieved a "sensitivity" – the ability to detect patients with cancer – of 78pc, scientists reported in the 'Journal of Urology'.


The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria after being abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police have said.

Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan said the number of young women who have escaped also has risen, to 53. He told a news conference Thursday night in Maiduguri, the northeastern capital of Borno state, that the figures keep increasing because students from other schools were brought into one school for final exams last month.


A care home manager has been awarded more than £20,000 (€24, 323) compensation after botched surgery led to her belly button "erupting" on a flight.

Patricia Jackson (68) of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, underwent a tummy tuck operation to remove excess skin following weight loss. But in 2011, while on a return flight from a holiday in Portugal her stomach "burst", her lawyers said,


'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson has apologised and asked for forgiveness following allegations that he used racist language.

Clarkson became embroiled in a racism controversy after a tabloid published a clip of him apparently using the N-word while reciting the nursery rhyme "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" during filming. The clip, recorded several years ago, was not broadcast. The BBC said yesterday it is taking the incident seriously.


Police say a 300kg lion has been stolen from an animal rehabilitation centre in southeastern Brazil.

Officer Claudio Roberto Marques said a 9-year-old lion was stolen on Thursday morning from Sao Francisco de Assis shelter in the city of Monte Azul Paulista. Officer Marques said that neighbours reported three men and a woman arrived at the shelter in a truck with a cage before the lion vanished. The officer said the neighbours didn't think anything of it.

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