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French study finds higher incidence in elderly people who have had operations

Letters: Labour Leaders

Salutary tale of Labour leaders

China investigates giant panda death

Chinese officials have launched an inquiry into the death of a giant panda the country had loaned to a Japanese zoo. The 14-year-old male, Kou Kou, died last week after it received an anaesthetic to allow vets to retrieve semen.

Ketamine 'acts like magic' to lift depression, study says

Ketamine, the anaesthetic also used as nightclub drug known as Special K, acts like "magic" to relieve depression, according to researchers.

Hospitals on alert as theatre equipment fails

A nationwide alert was issued to all NHS hospitals yesterday following a series of incidents in which anaesthetic machines have been wrongly used or have malfunctioned, causing harm to patients.

Jackson family to face doctor charged in death

The doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death faces a procedural hearing today, but it has prompted authorities to brace for a crowd of fans and media as well as more than a dozen members of the deceased superstar's family.

Michael Jackson doctor 'facing manslaughter charge'

Prosecutors investigating Michael Jackson's death plan to charge the singer's doctor with involuntary manslaughter rather than seek a closed-door grand jury indictment, a source said.

The Immigrant, By Manju Kapur

Since her popular debut, Difficult Daughters, Manju Kapur has written a series of comic and worldly novels detailing the common concerns of middle-class Indian women, including a lesbian romance. Her fourth novel chronicles the lives of two NRIs (non-resident Indians), Nina and Ananda, and their newly-married life in 1970s Canada.

Taking the Medicine, By Druin Burch

Though some pages may require a mild anaesthetic, this is a gripping history of the blundering progress of medicine, by an Oxford hospital doctor. He is not the first medic to express doubts.

Gently does it for a genital emergency

A man who went to casualty with his penis stuck in a steel pipe had to be cut free by firefighters using a metal grinder.

Convicted killer executed with pet anaesthetic

The state of Ohio yesterday executed a convicted murderer using the first lethal injection to contain just a single poison rather than the cocktail of three chemicals that has hitherto been used across the US.

The mother of all rows breaks out over doulas

Doctor questions benefit of female supporters at births

Sex addict: Confessions of a toxic bachelor

In his youth, Caspar Walsh seduced countless women – then rejected them. He describes the heady thrill of conquest, and the self-loathing that led him to uncover the real reasons for his sex addiction

RFU advised to allow blood on pitch to beat cheats

Task group also calls for 'rolling' substitutions in response to Quins scandal

The girls done good – now for the final test

England's women have taken the European Championship by storm. Will they make history against Germany tonight?
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Chilly Christmas

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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