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

Livestock drugs 'link' to obesity epidemic

Farmers may have fuelled the obesity epidemic by using antibiotics to fatten up livestock, a new study suggests.

Addict dies of anthrax caught from infected heroin supply

Fears of an anthrax outbreak were growing last night after a drug user died from injecting contaminated heroin. The source has yet to be identified but it is suspected the death in Blackpool and an anthrax infection in Scotland in July may be linked to six other cases in Europe since June.

Blackpool drug user dies after being infected with anthrax

A drug user has died after being infected with anthrax, health experts said.

Glaxo sells 25 brands to Aspen

GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest pharmaceuticals company, has pocketed £172m from the sale of 25 drugs to Australia's Aspen.

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Daniel Sturridge thanks Chelsea for saving Olympic dream

Daniel Sturridge has revealed the agony of meningitis left him struggling even to walk as he thanked Chelsea's doctors for rescuing his Olympic dream.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 June 2012)

Ed Miliband's mission to break the European "grip of centre-right austerity" is a desirable aim, but now that confidence in the Opposition leader and Shadow Chancellor exceeds that of Cameron and Osborne, he must set out a radical plan for growth ("Cameron is the last gasp of the old guard", 17 June).

Jeremy Laurance: 'Plague' still has the power to terrify

There is no word in the English language with the emotional impact of "plague". It conveys death on a biblical scale, populations in flight and a world frozen in fear. Yet Yersinia pestis, its cause, is a modest bacterium. It may once have ravaged Europe but today it does not figure among the true global killers.

Gonorrhoea 'may become untreatable'

Gonorrhoea may become "untreatable" as drug-resistant strains are spreading across Europe, health officials said.

Prince Philip released from hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh smiled and nodded to reporters as he left hospital today in time to celebrate his 91st birthday tomorrow.

World Health Organisation warns there could soon be 'no effective treatment' for gonorrhoea

There could soon be “no effective treatment” against the sexually transmitted infection, gonorrhoea, which infects more than 100 million people globally every year, the World Health Organisation warned today.

Jeremy Laurance: The best defence against Legionnaires is vigilance

The citizens of Edinburgh are understandably worried. A lethal infection has swept through an area in the south west of the city claiming one life and infecting 20 others, 12 of whom are critically ill. More cases are expected before the outbreak peaks. It is a scenario out of the Hollywood blockbuster Contagion.

Duke of Edinburgh has 'improved considerably'

The Duke of Edinburgh's condition has "improved considerably" since he was admitted to hospital on Monday, but he is likely to remain there for the next few days, Buckingham Palace has said.

Illness forces Elton to cancel concerts

Sir Elton John yesterday cancelled three nights of performances in Las Vegas after being hospitalised with a serious respiratory infection.

'New challenges' as survey shows hospitals can leave you feeling worse

One in sixteen patients in hospital last year had an infection contracted as a result of their medical care that made them sicker rather than better.

Fulham's Clint Dempsey in action against Liverpool

Martin Jol plays down speculation linking Fulham's Clint Dempsey with Liverpool transfer

Fulham manager Martin Jol today dismissed speculation linking Clint Dempsey with a move to Liverpool and remains hopeful the American will sign a new deal at Craven Cottage.

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