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Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

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Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga claims the vote was rigged.The country's election commission says Kenyatta won Tuesday's election with 54.27% of the vote, calling it "credible, fair and peaceful".Opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.74%, said commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots."Having fulfilled the requirement by law... I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta... as President-elect," said Mr Chebukati.Kenyan police fired tear gas to contain protests which broke out minutes after the winner was declared.The protests erupted in Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, witnesses said.Image:Mr Odinga's opposition claims figures release...
Fewer ambulance 999 calls to be classed as 'life-threatening'

Fewer ambulance 999 calls to be classed as 'life-threatening'

Health
Fewer 999 ambulance calls will be classed as life-threatening and needing a super-fast response in the biggest shake-up of the service in 40 years.The move by the NHS in England - and agreed by ministers - will result in about 8% of call-outs being classed as needing the quickest response.Currently half of call-outs are, but many are not serious or could wait longer for paramedics to arrive.NHS bosses said it would free up crews to reach the sickest more quickly.They said the targets that were being used now were "blunt" and "dysfunctional" and meant too many ambulances were being dispatched just to meet targets rather than prioritising patients appropriately.The changes have been backed by medical experts after being carefully piloted on 14m 999 calls over the past 18 months.In one of the...
Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution

Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution

Health
Cancer patients should be routinely offered DNA tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to England's chief medical officer. Prof Dame Sally Davies says in her annual report that the NHS must deliver her "genomic dream" within five years.Over 31,000 NHS patients, including some with cancer, have already had their entire genetic code sequenced.Dame Sally wants whole genome screening (WGS) to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies.Personalised medicineHumans have about 20,000 genes - bits of DNA code or instructions that control how our bodies works. Tiny errors in this code can lead to cancer and other illnesses. Sometimes these mistakes are inherited from a parent, but most of the time they happen in previously healthy cells. WGS - which costs about £700 - can