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National and international developments in cancer, health and policy. Produced in collaboration with the Press Association unless otherwise stated.

Regular smoking in young people at record low

The proportion of young people smoking in England regularly is the lowest on record, according to new figures.

Gut bacteria may influence response to cancer immunotherapy

The type of bacteria in the gut of patients with advanced melanoma may influence their response to a certain type immunotherapy, according to new research.

Computer programme could predict if immunotherapy will work

Combining information from different cancer scans could offer a way to predict if immunotherapy will work, according to a small unpublished study.

Safety of gene therapy for brain tumours tested in early trial

Results from a small clinical trial suggest an experimental gene therapy is safe and has potential as a treatment for patients with a type of brain tumour.

MPs launch inquiry into e-cigarettes

A parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into the health effects of e-cigarettes, as well as how they should be regulated and their financial impact.