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

The street where Philip Topham will bury his wife

Man gets permission to bury dead wife in his garden

A bereaved husband has been given permission to bury his wife in their front garden.

Sporting Heroes: Jimmy Valvano, the Cinderella coach

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration.

Jayant Patel allegedly operated on a man who was “moaning and screaming” because he was not anaesthetised

‘Doctor Death’ Jayant Patel escapes with fraud conviction and plans return to work

A public inquiry found 13 people died as a result of his negligence, but repeated attempts at prosecution failed

The winner of the 2013 'The World's Biggest Liar' competition Mike Naylor

Story of mythical marine creature takes top prize at Cumbria's World's Biggest Liar competition

Mike Naylor, aka Monkey Liar, defeats tall tales of 11 fibbers to claim £25 prize

The virtual lollipop may not look quite as appetising as these real treats, but can create the taste without the cavities.

Digital lollipop simulates taste through electric currents

Virtual reality device tricks the brain into thinking you are tasting food by simulating the four main taste groups.

Actor Hugh Jackman has warned fans to check unusual marks for skin cancer

Hugh Jackman: Wolverine star treated for skin cancer

The star has warned fans to get themselves checked for the disease

A photo issued by Anthony Nolan trust of Gaurav Bains from Tipton in the West Midlands, with his mother Gurprit Bains

Joy for toddler Guarav's family as bone marrow match found after massive growth in Asian donors

Two-year-old boy had faced developing aggressive form of childhood leukaemia without transplant by Christmas

The News Matrix: Thursday 21 November 2013

Man, 78, on rape and assault charges

The News Matrix: Tuesday 19 November 2013

Met’s Hogan-Howe may be investigated

Survival rates increase for children beating cancer

The number of children beating cancer has risen to more than eight in 10, figures show.

Bleach could reverse ageing and treat skin damaged by sunburn and radiotherapy

Scientist say household bleach could be used to fight signs of ageing as well as heal radiation dermatitis and sunburn

Researchers find ‘alarm’ that gives warning of recurring cancer

An alarm signal from the immune system offers an “invaluable” early warning of returning cancer, research has shown.

Book Review: This is the story of a happy marriage, By Ann Patchett

It’s not news that Ann Patchett is a great writer. Bel Canto won the Orange Prize in 2002 and two other novels (The Magician’s Assistant and State of Wonder) have been shortlisted. What is news is that she is a fascinating person, who has led a strange and rather wonderful life both as a writer and in other incarnations, all documented here in glorious novelistic detail.

Steve Prescott awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace, 23 Apr 2010

Steve Prescott: Sportsman who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.

Ray Clemence has described his battle with cancer as a 'shock' but confirms he is in remission and hopes for further good news

Ray Clemence describes his battle with cancer as a 'shock' following his recent retirement but hopes for further good news after going into remission

Clemence stepped down from his role with the Football Association last month and believes that his career as a goalkeeper has been a help in his battle with illness

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

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