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Bird flu is threatening to throw KFC's owner Yum Brands, the biggest foreign fast-food chain operator in China, off its 11-year course of double-digit profit growth.

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Foot-and-mouth advance heralds end of farmers' greatest horror

Revolutionary vaccine means mass culling of healthy animals is no longer necessary

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy

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Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, had a debilitating brain disease, likely from 20 years of hits to the head, researchers claim.

'It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak': Feline caught sneaking saw and phone into Brazilian prison

A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was “detained” as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported today.

Britons 'worst in flu outbreak'

Britons are among the most unhealthy people to be around in a flu outbreak, research suggests.

A family photograph of Georgia Keeling, aged two, who died after mistakes in diagnosing an infection

Emergency services failed girl with infection, says coroner

A two-year-old girl who died after she was wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was failed by emergency services, a coroner has said.

Up to one in 2,000 Britons could carry CJD agent

New study doubles the estimated number of people with protein linked to brain disease
Helen Grant: firm principles

Dr Helen Grant: Medical expert who warned about BSE

Helen Grant was a pugnacious fighter when it came to taking on the government and the boxing fraternity. She encountered opposition from both when she tried to warn of the dangers of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE, crossing over to humans from animals, and of the long-term damage caused to the brain by boxing.

Olympics influx will create 'extreme risk' of pandemic

The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will place Britain at extreme risk of a deadly flu pandemic, according to research being released today.

Olympics influx will create 'extreme risk' of pandemic

The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will place Britain at extreme risk of a deadly flu pandemic, according to research being released today.

Swine flu jab linked to narcolepsy

Swine flu vaccine may have been responsible for a sudden increase in cases of narcolepsy among schoolchildren in Finland, a study has found.

UK flu rates at all-time low

Seasonal influenza is losing its grip.

Leading article: Too soon to throw away the Lemsip

It might seem hard to credit, given the various winter bugs that have laid many of us low over the past few weeks. But – the vagaries of anecdotal evidence aside – statistics for the whole country show that seasonal flu is at its lowest recorded level.

Professor Paul Keim says the world is not yet prepared for a strain of the virus

No way of stopping leak of deadly new flu, says terror chief

US biosecurity board expert warns against details of H5N1 bird flu getting into wrong hands

Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science

Dutch lab that created deadly bird flu virus attacks America for redacting its research.

Poultry cull in Hong Kong after two dead birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu

Bird-flu victim 'had no direct contact with poultry'

Alarm in China after bus driver dies, and, in nearby Hong Kong, 19,000 chickens have been slaughtered

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