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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:296

Massive boost in funding for research: The Wellcome Trust is to increase spending on research by 60% to £4bn (€5bn; $8bn) over the next five years. The money is to be invested in research projects on some of the biggest killers, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

California healthcare plan defeated: The health committee of California’s state senate has voted against a plan that would have made it compulsory for every Californian to have some form of health insurance. The proposal, which had been …

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