Life and Style Macmillan Cancer have warned older cancer patients are being judged 'too old' for treatment

Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.

Doctors want smoking ban extended to cars

Medical leaders want to extend the smoking ban to cars after research found "compelling" evidence to support the move.

'High risk' health reforms warning

The Government today described as "disappointing" a call by the British Medical Association (BMA) for it to withdraw or significantly amend its health reforms, which posed an "unacceptably high risk to the NHS".

Treasury committee demands overhaul of 'poor value' PFI

An influential committee of MPs launched a stinging attack on the private finance initiative (PFI) yesterday and claimed it offered taxpayers "poor value for money".

Leap in waiting times for key NHS health tests despite Cameron's pledge

The number of NHS patients waiting more than three months for tests has increased nine-fold in a year.

Drinks industry takes a hold on government alcohol policy

The alcohol industry has tightened its grip on a key government policy-making committee that is responsible for reducing the harm of excessive drinking.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson: These firms have a vested interest in boosting sales

We badly need an alcohol strategy, but executives from the drinks industry are not the people we want writing it.

Organ donor rules must change, say doctors

Doctors have demanded a change in the rules on organ donation to save more lives.

Doctors argue against changes on organ donation

Some doctors are to argue against moves towards an organ donation system of presumed consent in the UK.

Leading article: NHS pledges with a political purpose

David Cameron was confident and fluent in his keynote speech on the NHS yesterday but its content did not add up to much. The five pledges he made were anodyne: he wants to spend more, keep waiting lists low, improve integrated care not hinder it, and all the rest. He could hardly have said the opposite.

Errors & Omissions: The combination of beauty and brains isn't that unusual, is it?

"Even its staunchest defenders would struggle to describe chess as sexy, but the growing stature of Magnus Carlson could change all that. Not only is the 20-year-old Norwegian the number two ranked chess player in the world, but he is also carving out a highly successful career in the world of fashion modelling."

No 10 tries to buy off doctors over NHS reforms

David Cameron signalled yesterday that the overhaul of the National Health Service could be delayed in the face of resistance from doctors and nurses.

Nurses vote for strike ballot over pay freeze

Nursing leaders dealt another blow to ministers yesterday by voting overwhelmingly to ballot for industrial action if the Government attempted to freeze their pay.

Leading article: The health service needs evolution, not revolution

These reforms are not going to be successfully enacted without the support of health workers
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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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