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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.

Record number in intensive care with swine flu

Swine flu has surged in the past five days with the number of cases requiring intensive care 70 per cent above last year's peak, the Chief Medical Officer said yesterday.

Inside the hospital that saves swine flu sufferers' lives

As the number of people with the virus grows, Jeremy Laurance visits one of just five units in Britain that can treat the worst afflicted

Mum-of-four with swine flu fights for life

A pregnant mother of four children is in intensive care with swine flu. Fallon Devaney, 25, was taken to hospital after struggling for breath.

Swine flu surge leaves 15 dead and 100 in intensive care

Fifteen patients have died and more than 100 patients are in intensive care with suspected swine flu as doctors warned that the disease is turning out to be more severe than last year.

Coastguard and police prepare for cuts

The coalition is to give more details this week on how spending cuts will hit services including police, roads and the coastguard. A series of announcements by ministers will flesh out the impact of settlements from this autumn's Spending Review.

Doctors shocked by spread of swine flu – and its severity

H1N1 virus returns, already claiming lives of 10 British adults with early signs that illness has spread to other European countries

Swine flu, the killer virus that actually saved lives

Remember the swine flu pandemic? It was the disease that swept the world last year, sparking a global health emergency and costing the UK alone at least £1bn.

Jeremy Laurance: Only fools try to predict what flu will do next

You wait 40 years for a flu pandemic, spending zillions of pounds to avert a global catastrophe, and it ends up saving lives. Flu experts must feel they are the victims of a celestial practical joke.

Swine flu child dies in Northern Ireland

A child diagnosed with swine flu in Northern Ireland just over a week ago has died, the Public Health Agency confirmed today.

We'll miss some quangos more than others

Many of the "quangos" are actually committees of unpaid scientists who act as independent specialist advisers on subjects ranging from the safety of pesticides to the use of gene therapy in medicine.

The bird flu dance is all the rage in Paris

Bird flu, or la grippe aviaire as it is known in France, is all the rage in Parisian nightclubs. Not the disease, you understand, but the dance, a variation on the popular style coupé-décalé, which originated in the Ivory Coast.

Swine flu plan cost £1.2bn but report praises response

Dealing with the swine flu outbreak that did not become the pandemic people had feared cost £1.2bn.

Swine flu outbreak cost UK £1.2bn

The swine flu pandemic cost Britain more than £1.2 billion despite being much less severe than feared, a Government-commissioned review found today.

A little knowledge: How research scientists were caught out by swine flu

Why was the swine flu pandemic so much milder than expected? The truth is that research scientists were caught out by this mysterious virus, writes Jeremy Laurance
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