To date, only 177 people in the UK have been diagnosed with vCJD - the human form of 'mad cow' disease

NHS failed to sterilise surgical instruments contaminated with 'mad cow' disease

Regular sterilisation procedure wasn't suitable for the task, says leading specialist

View to a Bill: Clinton during his year at Oxford

The 2014 Rhodes scholars - stars in the making?

With alumni including prime ministers, pop stars and at least one president who never learned to inhale, how will the Rhodes scholars of 2014 compare?

Albanian citizens hold placards during a protest against chemical weapons in front of Albanian Prime Minister's office in Tirana - the country came close to receiving the chemicals

Revealed: Private companies making a killing destroying Syria's chemical weapons

No country volunteered to perform the task, and there is money to be made from it, says David Usborne

Market Report: Imagination could see its market share slip to 32 per cent, according to the analysts

Smartphone microchip designers have received mixed signals from the City.

The wonder material Graphene may provide the answer in the quest for thinner, stronger, safer and more desirable condoms

Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation help fund development of the new material to promote condom use and stop the spread of HIV

TapTap: the vibrating wristband that “connects you and your beloved”

Kickstarter project offers paired bracelets to create long-distance 'TapMates'

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Sriracha hot sauce: Heated dispute

A hot sauce invented by a Vietnamese refugee is a cult hit among foodies – but locals say its factory fumes make them ill. A judge will decide its fate on Friday

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Who has left luxury behind to face the bushtucker trials down-under?

Brittany Murphy's father is pushing for the inquiry into her death to be re-opened after heavy metals were found in her tissue samples

Brittany Murphy cause of death: Toxicology tests suggest star may have been poisoned 'with criminal intent'

High levels of ten heavy metals were detected in the actress' tissue samples

Eligible adults may be given flu vaccine vouchers to use at their local pharmacies

Getting vaccinated is a civic duty, warn health experts

Britons should be given vaccination record cards and be advised it is their “civic duty” to get immunised, experts recommend on Tuesday, warning that increasing migration, an ageing population and the growth of antibiotic resistance is increasing the threat posed by infectious diseases.

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

OPCW: Albania rejects US request to host destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

Albania has refused a US request to be the location that hosts the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate arms from the country's protracted civil war.

Typhoon Haiyan: Eight crushed in collapse after survivors loot Philippines rice factory

Desperate survivors in the Philippines looted shops and dug up water pipes in a bid to find food, medicine and water

In July, the JCVI said that giving the vaccine to children was unlikely to be cost-effective

Government doctors to reconsider whether UK should vaccinate all children against deadly disease meningitis B

Britain has fourth highest meningitis B levels in Europe

GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix swine flu vaccination

38 sue swine flu drug firm over complaints of rare sleep disorder

HPA scientists found evidence of link between GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix jab and narcolepsy cases in children

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