03/03/2018 BBC Weekend News


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Good evening.

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Thousands of homes are still

without electricity,

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and motorists and rail passengers

face continuing disruption,

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as the UK struggles

with the bitter weather.

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Snow drifts are blocking some major

roads and many rural

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communities remain cut off.

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As temperatures begin to rise -

easing problems in some areas -

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there's a new threat of flooding,

with severe warnings in place

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in parts of north-east

and south west England.

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Dan Johnson reports.

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At least Manchester and Leeds

were reconnected this morning

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when the M62 opened.

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Lots of other roads over these

hills are still blocked,

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though.

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It's been quite incredible,

never seen anything like it.

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We've had sort of five

or so foot drifts

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around where we live, the other side

of the hill over there.

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Cars getting stuck.

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Including police cars and so on.

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The ice roads of the North Pennines.

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This lane leading to the tiny

village of Bewcastle's been blocked

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since Wednesday.

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This morning, local

farmers cleared the snow.

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You never see a gritter

out here, never.

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People here are feeling

a bit forgotten.

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I rang the highways department

yesterday morning asking

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them to send out some assistance

as our tractor was stuck in a

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neighbour's.

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And they said there's no way

anybody was going to be out

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our way.

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I think it's absolutely disgusting.

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Right across the North, there's

still plenty of snow to clear.

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We don't want any more, but,

you know, it is what it is

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and we can cope with it.

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When you see the amount of snow

here you get an idea

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of what this community has had

to endure this week.

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This is not the only village

that has been cut off.

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High tides and flooding are now a

risk. This is Dawlish on the

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south-west coast. And look what the

trains have to plough through in

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Scotland.

We actually hopeful of a

near normal service tomorrow, which

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will set everything of people going

back to work on Monday morning. Very

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hopeful we can provide a really good

service come Monday.

Hundreds of

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homes across Wales were without

power. Leaking boilers have only

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added to the misery.

Bedding is

damaged, the bed itself is gone,

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soaking wet, the carpet such rated.

Some supermarkets are running short

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after the beast from the east, the

hysteria from Siberia. There are

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signs of warmer climes back in

Bewcastle. The long, slow thaw might

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have started, that doesn't mean the

problems are over.

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North Devon has seen particularly

heavy snow and some remote villages

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have been cut off for days.

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Jon Kay is there for us.

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Yes, this is the A39 which crosses

Exmoor and heads towards the tourist

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town of Lynton connecting lots of

little remote villages. When we got

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here the road was completely covered

in snow. Snowploughs are going

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through bit by bit very gradually.

They've just got round the corner

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there, that's as far as you can get

at the moment. It is incredibly slow

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progress. Here is why.

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One scoop at a time.

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But it is a massive task.

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Clearing the A39 to free

this area of Devon.

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We need to dig through

to get the roads open

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again.

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Dan has been helping out

as a volunteer, helping council and

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highway staff.

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So supplies can get

in and villagers can get out.

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Down in the dip it

gets even worse, so

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it's just going to take

how long it takes.

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And it won't be quick.

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It could be days

before they reach the

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town of Lynton four miles away.

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What's happened here

is that the high winds have brought

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all this snow in off the moors

and it's basically

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become trapped on the road

by the high trees and the bushes.

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And it can't go anywhere.

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It can't get away.

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Compare it, look, with

the hills after the side.

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There the snow has

pretty much melted now.

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But on the road itself,

completely blocked.

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We received these pictures from deep

within Exmoor today.

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How long until all this thaws?

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Karen's worried help

might not be able to

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reach her village if

there's an emergency.

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Life here is getting tough.

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People are running low on supplies

and I think that worries

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people in this day and age

when we are not used those sorts of

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circumstances.

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Linda is helping her neighbours.

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These remote communities

are clearly working together.

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What you do is put

an appeal on the village

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Facebook site and somebody will come

up to the door and help you out if

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you're really stuck.

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So what have you had?

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Well, it's always nice getting some

potatoes when you're

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short of potatoes, isn't it?

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But there can be no fresh deliveries

until all this is cleared.

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So tonight the work

continues on the A39.

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Jon Kay, BBC News, Devon.

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Use Justin. Three men have been

charged with manslaughter and arson

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over an explosion in Leicester which

left five people dead. Several

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people were also injured in the

blast in the Hinckley Road area of

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the city last Sunday. Three members

of the same family died when the

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shop and flat were destroyed.

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Reports from Syria suggest

government forces have gained more

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ground in an assault

on the rebel-held area of eastern

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Ghouta, near the capital Damascus.

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Once again, no aid was delivered

during the daily five-hour

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humanitarian ceasefire in eastern

Ghouta - and no

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civilians mad it out.

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civilians made it out.

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President Assad's ally Russia says

rebels have prevented

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civilians from leaving.

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The rebels deny this.

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The trial use of new video

technology, to assist football

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referees, is proving controversial

in the English game.

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Now football's world governing body

has approved its use,

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and it's set to be used at this

year's World Cup in Russia.

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The system allows referees to review

key moments during a match,

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such as goals and penalty calls.

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But critics say it's slowing down

the action and ruining the game ,

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as Richard Conway reports.

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From Diego Maradona's hand of God

to injustice in the biggest games.

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Football has long opposed technology

to help officials make the important

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decisions.

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But after an historic vote,

all that has changed.

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Video assistant referees

or VAR, as it's

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known, finally given the go-ahead.

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VAR is good for football,

it's good for refereeing.

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It brings more fairness in the game.

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And for these reasons

we have decided to

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approve.

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VAR will be used to correct errors

relating to goals, penalties,

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straight red cards

and mistaken identity.

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Nearly 1000 games have formed

part of a two year VAR

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experiment.

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Tottenham's match against

Rochdale last week was

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included in the trial but was

criticised given lengthy delays

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while the referee

reviewed incidents.

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Leading to claims

technology is killing the

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atmosphere and pace of the match.

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The holy grail of football is the

World Cup, surely if it's not good

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enough for the FA Cup we can't we

let out into the most prestigious

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tournament we have every four years.

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But one of the architect of the new

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system told me there is evidence

video assistant is working.

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On clear error situations,

the accuracy of

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the referee decisions went from,

initially, 93% up to around 99%.

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Of course there are

grey areas where an

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incident could be a penalty, could

not be a penalty, and they will

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always remain grey areas.

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Football's leaders want to eliminate

game changing mistakes.

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As the video trial has shown, anyone

who thinks technology will stop

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controversy may want to think again.

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Richard Conway, BBC News.

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Scientists are testing

new technology which could lead

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to the early detection

of oesophageal cancer.

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It's one of the deadliest

forms of the disease,

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claiming around 8,000 lives each

year in the UK.

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Now doctors and physicists

in Cambridge have developed a camera

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to spot abnormal cells before

they develop into cancer.

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Our science correspondent

Richard Westcott reports.

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Right now this is how you find one

of Britain's deadliest cancers.

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Oesophageal cancer kills 21

people a day because it is

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so difficult to spot.

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Using a camera with a normal

white light on the end,

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the doctor's looking

at the dark red patch.

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These physicists already

use different coloured

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lasers to study electrons.

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Now they are adapting the technique

to look for early signs of disease.

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What happens is the tissue becomes

cancerous is we get a change

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in the chemical composition,

and different chemicals

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have different colours,

meaning that if we look

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at the cancer with a technique that

allows us to capture information

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from all of the different colours

of light that are being reflected,

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we can get a fuller picture

of the disease state

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that is present.

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And this is how it might look.

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Two thirds of our patients present

with a cancer that is already

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spreading to the lymph glands,

and after that it can go to distant

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organs like the liver.

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If we treat a cancer at that point

at which it is still

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within the tissue of the tissue

itself and has not spread anywhere,

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we can remove it all and cure it.

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That is is that what

happened to Jackie.

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They caught her disease in time,

and now she is fine.

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I knew there was something wrong.

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People should not have

heartburn for 20 odd years,

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actually it was 30 years.

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They will start trials

of the new camera on patients

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in the next few weeks.

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If successful, it could also be used

to spot other cancers

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before they become fatal.

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Richard Westcott, BBC News.

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We're back with the

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