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In the February podcast we find out how scientists may have found an unexpected use for so-called “junk” DNA, and discover how many cases of cervical cancer could be prevented by the HPV vaccination programme.

As the weather stays grey and cold, it may be tempting to hop on a sunbed.  But using sunbeds – especially when young – can increase the risk of skin cancer. We’ve got important news about the progress of a private member’s bill to ban sunbed use for under-18s.

And in case you’re tempted to turn to the bottle to get through the winter gloom, we also bring you a special report on a new campaign from the Department of Health to highlight the health risks of alcohol.

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Kat