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'Near death' study

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you nearly die, a study suggests - with parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.

Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological order, as happens in films. Participants said that there was rarely any order to their life memories and that they seemed to come at random, and sometimes simultaneously.

Often, the mind played tricks - with people reliving their own experiences from the point of view of others who had been involved. The study found that many of the flashbacks involved intensely emotional moments. Researchers from Hadassah University in Jerusalem analysed seven accounts of such experiences, obtained from in-depth interviews.

Cancer breath test

A simple breath test could soon be used to diagnose early cases of two deadly cancers.

Findings from a large trial involving more than 300 patients have shown that the test can identify stomach and oesophageal cancers with 85pc accuracy.

Both types of cancer are often diagnosed late, leading to poor survival rates. Scientists hope the new breath test will lead to cancers being spotted earlier, resulting in more effective treatment and saved lives.

Boko Haram attack

Gunmen believed to be Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a convoy of motorists, killing at least seven people and injuring many others, including soldiers in a military escort, witnesses said.

The Maiduguri-Biu highway has been one of the most dangerous routes in northeastern Nigeria for three years because of Boko Haram attacks. The military recaptured it last year and declared it safe, but soldiers still escort motorists in convoy along the road.

Six teens found dead

Six teenagers have been found dead in a garden shed near the southern German city of Wuerzburg.

Bavarian police said the owner of the garden in Arnstein, about 75km east of Frankfurt, found the bodies of his son, daughter and four others, all aged 18 or 19, yesterday morning.

He went there to investigate after failing to contact his children, who held a party in the garden on Saturday night. Wuerzburg police said that the circumstances of the deaths were unclear.

Irish Independent