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

The Feral Beast: Norfolk too flat for Assange

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Leading article: Reasons to mourn the demise of the appendectomy

Spare a thought for the trainee surgeons. For decades, the removal of a patient's appendix has been the standard operation with which novices begin their careers in general surgery. Common, straightforward, and comfortingly low-risk, the appendectomy had everything going for it.

Operations for appendicitis could be cut out for good

One of the most common operations performed in Britain – on which generations of trainee surgeons have honed their skills – is outmoded, research suggests. Surgery for appendicitis should be abandoned and replaced with a course of antibiotics, experts say.

Dechra buys rival to expand in EU

Dechra Pharmaceuticals, which makes medicines for pets and livestock, yesterday spent €135m (£112m) buying a smaller Dutch rival that makes drugs for cattle, horses, dogs, pigs, cats and chickens.

Yoovidhya: media-shy, he had not given an interview for 30 years

Chaleo Yoovidhya: Recluse who created the Red Bull energy drink

Chaleo Yoovidhya was the Thai billionaire who created a global brand with the Red Bull energy drink, which has given millions of party-goers, students and shift workers a caffeinated jolt. It spawned an industry of caffeine-laced pick-me-ups, which in 2011 was reportedly worth over $42 billion .

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Antibiotics threaten to damage health of nation

The world is entering an era where injuries as common as a child's scratched knee could kill, where patients entering hospital gamble with their lives, and where routine operations such as a hip replacement become too dangerous to carry out, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation

Health chief warns: age of safe medicine is ending

Antibiotic crisis will make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee could be fatal

The outbreak of E.coli in northern Germany has crippled exports as uncertainty about the cause of the killer bug, most recently attributed to eating organic bean sprouts, added to the difficulties faced by farmers

Antibiotic-resistant blood poisoning raises threat of untreatable diseases

Britain is facing a "massive" rise in antibiotic-resistant blood poisoning caused by the bacterium E.coli – bringing closer the spectre of diseases that are impossible to treat.

Experts fear diseases 'impossible to treat'

Alarming rise in bacteria resistant to antibiotics, Government report finds

Open windows could help beat superbugs, says expert

Florence Nightingale may have had a point when she insisted 150 years ago that open windows were the hallmark of a healthy hospital ward, according to a microbiologist who believes air conditioning and an ultra-sterile environment may actually contribute to infections.

Leading article: Antibiotic overuse threatens us all

That drug-resistant blood-poisoning cases in Britain have risen by 30 per cent in less than five years is concerning enough. That the official analysis judges the soaring cases of untreatable E.coli to be just the "tip of the iceberg" of antibiotic resistance should be a spur to more concerted efforts to address the problem.

Food poisoning link to UK watermelons

Watermelons may be the source of a salmonella outbreak across the UK which has affected 35 people, leading to one death.

'Concealed' drug trial data putting lives at risk

Patients' lives are being put at risk and public money wasted on ineffective medicines because researchers are concealing the results of clinical trials amid a "culture of haphazard publication and incomplete data disclosure".

Darren Fletcher faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines

Fletcher can take heart from Moody recovery

Rugby player fought back from the same bowel condition to captain England at World Cup

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