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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.

Nigel Hawkes: How serious is the threat? They're probably just guessing...

A month ago the Government warned us that by the end of August 100,000 people would be getting swine flu every day. Yesterday it produced figures showing that the disease has apparently peaked, with only 30,000 new cases last week. How did they get it so wrong?

Swine flu numbers challenged by scientist

New research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) casts doubt on the Government's claim that swine flu cases have now peaked.

Katy Guest: Swine flu? Moi? Groaning is just what I do anyway

Before I even begin to write about swine flu, I want to make it very clear that I am not going to have it. I decided, early on, that it is a ridiculous disease. I am the opposite of a hypochondriac and I think antibacterial hand lotion is the work of the devil. I am northern, hardcore and I don't get fashionable illnesses. Which is why this brutal cold I seem to have is particularly embarrassing.

Howard Jacobson: All the obsessive hand-washing in the world won't stop those nasty little germs

My swine flu buddy rings the helpline and they say, yes, sounds like swine flu to them

GMTV's Kate Garraway in 'bubble of bliss' over new son

GMTV presenter Kate Garraway said today that she was in a "little bubble of bliss" after the birth of her second child.

Swine flu rate steadies - at least for now

The swine flu virus has run out of steam - temporarily at least. The rampant spread of the infection across the country has slowed according to official figures showing 110,000 new cases last week, compared with 100,000 the week before.

Swine flu pregnancy alert raised

Mums-to-be 'four times more likely' to need hospital treatment

Global swine flu deaths top 1,000

House of Lords committee critical of Britain's preparations for pandemic

David Prosser: Winners and losers in the swine flu crisis

Outlook Executives at GlaxoSmithKline and other drugs companies could be forgiven for being a tad peeved about the lack of reaction to the strong growth reported yesterday by PZ Cussons. When GSK said it was benefiting from a surge in demand for its anti-flu drugs, it was accused of profiteering on the back of swine flu, but no one seems to think PZ Cussons is cashing in despite its soaring sales of anti-bacterial handwash.

Work hours opt-out urged for swine flu doctors

EU rules that junior doctors can only work 48 hours a week should be suspended, says a pressure group.

Ministers defend swine flu response

Ministers today defended their response to the swine flu epidemic and denied that the launch of the new telephone and website assessment system had been delayed.

Swine flu? Better safe than sorry

As concern over swine flu soars, the Association of British Insurers has released a statement to reassure holidaymakers.

Swine flu Q&A: What you need to know about the virus

What is swine flu?

It is a new strain of the flu virus, officially known as H1N1, currently spreading from human to human. The Health Protection Agency estimates that there were 100,000 new cases across England last week.

Drug addicts get 'priority access' to swine flu vaccine

Lords report will criticise the Government's handling of crisis and blame it for failing to quell the panic that has gripped the nation

Leading article: Keep calm and carry on

As any pedant knows, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was printed in 1939 but never displayed – at least, not until 2005, when it became the latest equivalent of "You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here ... But It Helps". One of the reasons for its popularity may have been that it offers such a multilayered rebuke to the tendency of today's media to overreaction and panic.

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