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A small study published by the British Medical Journal Press suggests acupuncture can stop colicky babies crying. Professor David Colquhoun, pharmacologist at University College London, and Dr Mike Cummings, one of the associate editors of Acupuncture in Medicine and medical director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society discuss Acupuncture...

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There is a lot of expectation surrounding the speeches of our leaders. How can they make sure they get it right? Ian Birrell, contributing editor of the Mail on Sundays, says Theresa May should get inspiration from Obama who has proved himself to be a great orator. Patricia Lane, an expert in intercultural communications suggests May needs to...

Theresa May is expected to say she favours a clean break from the EU, dismissing a "half-in, half-out" Brexit deal with Brussels. How will financial markets take the news? (Image: Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: European Photopress Agency)

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Meet the Author: Tim Pears

January 16th, 2017

In this week's Meet The Author, Jim Naughtie talks to the novelist Tim Pears about his latest novel The Horseman, set in the West Country in the years just before the First World War. (Image: Tim Pears, credit: BBC)