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All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

The first cases of norovirus this winter have been reported in Leicester and Southampton hospitals

Norovirus returns: As winter bites, first hospital wards are closed by the vomiting bug

Hospitals in Southampton and Leicester have reported cases of norovirus, with some wards being closed to new patients

Promiscuous mice have 'sexier smelling' sons

Female mice who have to compete for mates produce more desirable sons

Father of a four-year-old boy whose mummified body was found in his mother’s house alerted police, court hears

The father of a four-year-old boy whose mummified body was found in his mother’s house urged police to check on the child a year before his death, a court heard today.

Urine is not the best cure for a jellyfish sting

To pee or not to pee? Red Cross says using urine on jellyfish stings won't help

An unexpected boom in the number of jellyfish swarming around our coasts has prompted an unusual warning from the British Red Cross – don’t pee on a jellyfish sting.

Urine is not the best cure for a jellyfish sting

To pee or not to pee? Red Cross says using urine on jellyfish stings won't help

An unexpected boom in the number of jellyfish swarming around our coasts has prompted an unusual warning from the British Red Cross – don’t pee on a jellyfish sting.

Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos inside the Bioenergy laboratory at the BRL, holding a phone powered by a microbial fuel cell stack.

Video: Urine-powered mobile phone charger lets you spend a penny to make a call

New microbial fuel cells contain bacteria that produce electricity from urine as part of their natural life cycle

Delphine Boël claims she was born as the result of a royal affair

Artist claims she is Belgian king’s daughter, court hears

Delphine Boël, 45, wants a Brussels court to order Albert II and two of his three children to undergo blood tests to prove they are related

A student participates in a trial to find a vaccine for avian flu in 2005

Students taking part in clinical trials: What you need to know

You've seen the flyers around campus. Maybe you've wondered what being a medical guinea pig is like? Tom Clarke finds out more

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Giro d'Italia: French rider Sylvain Georges fails drugs test

The Ag2r-La Mondiale rider did not start today's 11th stage

What exactly is Mercaptan?

Mercaptan is also known as methanethiol and is a harmless but pungent-smelling gas which has been described as having the stench of rotting cabbages or smelly socks.

Norovirus outbreak over festive period triggers blood shortage

The NHS has made an urgent appeal for O Negative blood donors after the norovirus outbreak and the festive period caused a drop in donations.

How alarming – I lost five years of my life in a flash

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The cruise ship from hell: Passengers told to stay in cabins as norovirus breaks out

When forking out for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, passengers boarding P&O's Oriana's probably didn't expect to be stuck in their rooms vomiting.

Felix Baumgartner prepares for 23-mile skyfall

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is preparing to take the leap of his life aiming for the highest, fastest free fall in history.

Patient with rare fever dies in UK hospital

A man being treated for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after returning to the UK from Afghanistan has died.

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

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