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MoD in new retreat over bid to enrol big business

Attempts by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to reform the Ministry of Defence by enlisting big businesses for their commercial skills have again been struck by a lack of private sector interest.

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Hopes rise for new drugs and treatments to speed healing process for the elderly

Chilling testimonies: Victoria Derbyshire explored domestic abuse on Five Live

The Week in Radio: Unique insights into the dark side of human nature in The Abuser's Tale

"I used to call her names, swear at her," recalled "Stuart", as he had consented to be called, about his relationship with his girlfriend. "I've hit her... and given her a black eye... I've punched her in the face a few times and kicked her in the legs." This was just one of the recollections of a man who had spent years terrorising his partner in The Abuser's Tale, a study of domestic abuse on BBC Five Live's Victoria Derbyshire.

Under the proposals, patients will only be transferred to other wards if it is absolutely necessary

Welcome to the hospital of the future: New management structures, revolutionary medical training and a 'buck-stops-here' culture

A landmark report by the Royal College of Physicians in response to the NHS crisis has outlined 50 measures to modernise the service to cope with the demands of an ageing population, but critics question if there is the political will or money to make it a reality

Scientists grow an ear from living tissue

The organs are made in the laboratory in the hope of using them to replace the damaged or missing body parts of patients

Cells to restore eyesight are grown in lab and transplanted into blind mice

Artificial photoreceptors integrated into retina after being transplanted into blind mice

The government are planning on selling the state owned NHS plasma supplier to a US private equity firm
Coronavirus was the official cause of the Sars virus, which caused hundreds of deaths in 2003, said the WHO

Man dies from new Sars-like coronavirus in central London hospital

The patient, believed to be 49, was being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure

I paid $500,000 ransom, says US factory boss

The American business executive who had been held hostage by workers at his company’s Beijing factory has arrived back in the US after being freed in return for what he claims was a ransom of around half a million dollars.

Fire at London Islamic school: Four teenagers arrested over blaze at Darul Uloom Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

Four teenagers have been arrested over a fire at an Islamic School which saw 182 staff and pupils evacuated and two treated for smoke inhalation.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London

Met chief calls for calm after fire at Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

Indyplus audio: Syrian army takes over Qusayr

The Independent spoke via Skype to activists and rebel fighters inside the city yesterday afternoon, during a brief lull in fighting. They  described a scene of devastation: flattened buildings, hospitals low on medical supplies and civilians trapped between the fighting with no escape route.

Rifaie Tammas, 24, is an activist and supporter of the Free Syrian Army. Before the start of the civil war he was an English teacher and he has lived in Qusayr all his life.

Listen to the audios below:

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Scientists proclaim MS treatment breakthrough after dramatic test results - but with small group so far

Therapy involves extracting patient's white blood cells that are mixed with proteins and re-infused

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