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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 05 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8265

Whooping cough cases continue to rise in England and Wales: Three babies died from whooping cough in England and Wales in October, bringing the total number of deaths in this age group this year to 13. The total number of cases to the end of October was nearly 10 times that in the same period in 2008, the last “peak” year before this current outbreak, the Health Protection Agency has said.

Netherlands raises the age for buying tobacco: The new Dutch cabinet has agreed to raise the age limit for …

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