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Vaughan | 09:00 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2012

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that attacks on guide dogs by other dogs have reached a new high of more than eight a month, up from seven a month in September 2011. The figure has risen consistently in recent years.

The charity Guide Dogs, which published the information, called for the police to be given the powers to treat an attack on an assistance dog as the equivalent of an attack on a person. It has also called for introduction of compulsory microchipping for all dogs, which would enable dangerous animals to be found more easily.

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Manual ramps at 16 London tube stations for Olympics (BBC News, Wednesday 13 June)

'Hitchhiking' anti-cancer viruses ride blood cells (BBC News, Wednesday 13 June)

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Police did not regard offences of mentally ill man who died in custody as serious enough to warrant care (The Independent, Wednesday 13 June)

What the McLean brain bank malfunction means for autism research (The Guardian, Wednesday 13 June)

How Barbara Arrowsmith-Young rebuilt her own brain (BBC News, Tuesday 12 June)

The web presents deaf and disabled people with a digital glass wall (BBC News, Tuesday 12 June)

Breast cancer recurs in almost one in four patients, British study says (The Guardian, Tuesday 12 June)

Arthritis patients to help develop drugs and treatment (BBC News, Monday 11 June)

People who feed pigeons are mentally ill, claims council (The Telegraph, Sunday 10 June)

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Autistic man's Mission to Lars (BBC Radio 4: Today, Friday 8 June)

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