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Daily digest March 12 2015

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Black Britons' fear of stem cell backlash is costing lives, says actor David Harewood

Some black Britons are reluctant to volunteer as stem cell donors because they fear a 'backlash' from community elders who see organ donation as disrespectful to God, the actor David Harewood has said.

In a heartfelt appeal, the Homeland star urges parents from African-Caribbean communities to shake off 'historical baggage' and encourage their children to donate.

Thirty times more white people than African-Caribbean people are registered to donate stem cells.

Harewood, who has himself donated stem cells, says some young black people have been met with 'confusuion, incredulity and even a backlash' after donating.

Read more on the Independent website: click here

Overweight NHS doctors and nurses will be sent to slimming classes

The NHS is to offer cooking classes to fat families and send overweight doctors and nurses to Slimming World, in a radical attempt to tackle the obesity crisis.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said NHS staff needed to start 'practising what they preach' and slim down their own waistlines, before tackling the nation's unhealthy lifestyles.

A new national progamme will start by targeting 10,000 individuals at risk of Type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity.

Read more on the Telegraph website: click here

British army medic with Ebola returns from Sierra Leone for specialist treatment

A female army medic, who has become the third Briton to be diagnosed with Ebola, has begun her journey back to the UK for specialist treatment.

Four other Britons, who are said to have come into close contact with the woman, are also reportedly being tested for the disease and could be brought back to the UK.

The healthcare worker, who has not been named, was working at a British-run treatment centre in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone, when she contracted the deadly disease. It is the first case of a British military worker contracting the virus.

Read more on the Daily Mail website: click here

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