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John Weldon gave his ex-girlfriend a drug he believed would cause her to miscarry

Guide dog mauled while helping owner deliver Christmas cards

‘Friendly’ black Labrador Gwen did not fight back because she was working and in her harness at the time

Sue James, chief executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has apologised to Mrs Birks

Surgical glove was left inside patient after operation

A hospital trust has apologised after a surgical glove was left inside a patient following an operation.

A Pit Bull terrier

Cardiff dog attack: Police appeal for help finding owner of 'pit bull' which mauled woman and killed her puppy

Elaine Seaborne, 67, was forced to the ground and suffered serious bite injuries

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria colonies on blood agar plate

A valuable weapon in war against drug-resistant superbugs: Antibiotic offers hope

Tests show that drug is effective against the same kind of chronic bacterial infections that have killed hospital patients

Meningitis warning for university students

David Coppin launches campaign to raise awareness of disease

Black Death returns: Herder dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan after being bitten by infected flea

Death of Temir Issakunov is the first case of bubonic plague in the country for over 30 years

Plague infected squirrel discovered in National Forest near Los Angeles

The diseased animal - a ground squirrel - was found to be carrying the disease, which if not treated with antibiotics is usually fatal

Elton John has cancelled his upcoming Hide Park date

Sir Elton John Hyde Park concert cancelled because of appendicitis

The star called in doctors after being taken ill during his European tour

Babies given antibiotics are 40 per cent more likely to suffer with eczema, study reveals

Babies who are treated with antibiotics before they reach 12 months old are 40 per cent more likely to develop eczema, a new study has revealed.

Those most ill tend not to be the ones complaining about the NHS

Sometimes private clinics wouldn't bother suggesting a cheap drug like paracetamol when they could profit from prescribing more expensive versions

Rebecca Leighton, 29, spent six weeks in custody after being charged in July 2011

Nurse cleared in Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning investigation to sue police

A nurse who was arrested and then later freed over the alleged poisoning deaths of hospital patients is to sue the police.

Wiggins: 'I've had a pretty rough 24 hours'

Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins could pull out of race

Team Sky director Sir Dave Brailsford says the condition of Bradley Wiggins will be assessed overnight after the ailing Briton lost further ground on Vincenzo Nibali in the race for the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia.

'The stuff of Nobel prizes': Half a million sufferers of back pain 'could be cured with antibiotics'

Up to half a million patients with chronic low back pain may be suffering from an infection that can be treated with antibiotics.

Savita and Praveen Halappanavar on their wedding day in 2008

Savita Halappanavar inquest: verdict due in case of Indian dentist who died after miscarriage

The verdict is expected today at the inquest into an Indian woman who died after she was refused a termination in an Irish hospital.

Untrained GPs blamed for 2,000 child deaths

Incentive payments encourage GPs to closely monitor adult patients – but not children

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada