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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6474

Male life expectancy is longer in UK than the European average: UK boys born in 2007 can expect to live 1.6 years longer than the average for the 27 countries of the European Union, show figures from the UK Office for National Statistics. However, UK girls born in 2007 can expect to live 0.3 years less than those in Europe. Female life expectancy at birth was 81.9 years in the UK (82.2 in the EU), while that for males was 77.7 years (76.1 in the EU).

Minimum alcohol price is defeated in Scotland: Plans to set a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland have been abandoned after the final defeat of the proposed legislation in the Scottish parliament. Despite strong support from …

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