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25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55, study reports

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'Bereavement counselling could help you to put your fears in proportion'

Australian Open 2014: Ross Hutchins full of thanks for Andy Murray's help after winning on Grand Slam return from cancer

Londoner and Scotsman beat Australia's Marinko Matosevic and Poland's Michal Przysiezny

Ross Hutchins (R) and Colin Fleming (L) progressed to the second round of the Australian Open on the former's return to Grand Slam action after his battle with cancer

Australian Open 2014: Ross Hutchins makes successful return to Grand Slam action 12 months on from the start of his cancer battle

Hutchins and his doubles partner Colin Fleming defeated Marinko Matosevic and Michael Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 to reach the second round

Lisa Bonchek Adams has over 11,500 followers on Twitter

Fighting talk: Should cancer sufferers describe their illness as a battle?

40-year-old mother-of-three's blog about her breast cancer that has spread to her bones sparks debate on both sides of the Atlantic

New York Times Op-Ed columnist Bill Keller has responded to criticism over his article on cancer patient Lisa Bonchek Dams

Former New York Times editor Bill Keller and wife Emma cause outrage over pieces about breast cancer patient Lisa Bonchek Adams

Bill Keller wrote a response to The New York Times public editor explaining his piece after he and his wife were heavily criticsed

Third of a million get cancer every year

Ageing population one of the main causes of increase

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness. She was 67

Alexandra Bastedo: Actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions dies

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness.

Green surroundings, four bedrooms, four reception rooms, a garden.... and a couple of bodies buried in it

For sale: Four-bedroom terraced house, £650,000 – with previous owners' bodies in back garden

This property could be the ideal family home; situated in a leafy suburb in south-west London, it comes complete with four double bedrooms, four reception rooms, and a reasonably sized back garden. The only problem is that the previous owners are buried under the flower bed.

London police chief suspended over 'inappropriate behaviour' allegations

A London police chief has been suspended from duty after an investigation started into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour

Texas restaurant owner to sell business so teenage waitress can afford surgery on brain tumour

A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

Colorado became the first US state where shops could legally sell recreational marijuana on January 1

New York to legalise medical use of marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo to announce drug's legalisation for those with serious illnesses

MBA blog: Heading in a new direction with a different perspective

A new direction, inspiration, key financial contacts and a whole new perspective; a great deal to ask from one week

Fundraiser Jamie McDonald who is running across Canada dressed as The Flash to raise money for children's hospitals.

'British Forrest Gump' Jamie McDonald gets stolen bag back after New Year attack in Canada

Fundraiser was assaulted in the ski resort of Banff, Alberta

Dr Fox said doctors and nurses were partly responsible for incidences of poor care, referring to the Stafford Hospital scandal

Liam Fox calls for end to ring-fencing of finances for 'wasteful NHS'

Former Shadow Health Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, says an obsession with targets and spending was 'killing patients'

Alex Gibney began making 'The Armstrong Lie' in 2009

My 'tour de Lance': Forthcoming Lance Armstrong documentary paints a complex picture

The Oscar-winning director and erstwhile Armstrong fan Alex Gibney explains why his behind-the-scenes documentary profile of the drug-cheat cyclist is far more complex than a total condemnation

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The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine