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Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

A healthy step: Posters displaying how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in workplaces could help cut obesity

Putting up posters displaying how many calories people burn by taking the stairs in workplaces and public buildings could help cut obesity, a new Government-backed tech start-up has claimed.

Man died after overdosing on caffeine mints

Coroner calls for more awareness of dangers after John Jackson ate too many Hero energy sweets

Diane Abbott apologised today after claiming 'white people love playing 'divide & rule'

Former leadership challenger Diane Abbott axed as shadow Health Minister by Ed Miliband

'I'll live' said Labour MP Abbott upon hearing the news 

The Government has insisted it has no plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging

Unbranded cigarette packaging ‘is a deterrent’ - but the Government has no plans to introduce it

The Government has insisted it has no plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging, despite a major new study suggesting that the strategy is likely to deter young smokers.

Stubbing it out: Ireland plans to be 'tobacco-free' by 2025

Ireland’s health minister has outlined plans for a “tobacco-free” country by 2025.

Tory Party Conference: 50,000 march in Manchester rally against austerity

Around 50,000 have arrived in Manchester for the first day of the Conservative Party conference to protest against austerity cuts and NHS changes.

Jeremy Hunt announced 'robust' new failure regime for 11 NHS trusts with some of worst death rates

More hospitals are likely to be exposed for inadequate care standards, warns Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt announces 'robust' new failure regime for 11 NHS trusts with some of worst death rates

The cost of the scrapped government initiative is predicted to continue rising significantly, MPs have warned.

Cost of abandoned NHS IT system to hit £10bn

Taxpayers will continue paying the price for bungled electronic patient record programme, say MPs

Drug-funding changes ‘could hinder people with rare diseases’

Patients with rare diseases could be denied access to cutting-edge therapies because of changes to the way drugs are funded, MPs have warned.

Charging foreigners would damage NHS, doctors say

Government plan would force GPs to do the work of immigration service, says BMA chairman

Patricia Hewitt, the former Health Secretary says the UK model is revered in India

Up to 20 NHS trusts seeking healthcare deals in India

UK expertise is seen as a potentially lucrative export and trusts hope to boost income overseas

Loss of 5,000 nurses prompts safety warning

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals that there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, down 5,601 on the figure of 353,912 in May 2010.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sends aircraft to take 96-stone man to hospital

Ultra-obese 20-year-old weighs the same as two baby elephants

The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing

Mentally ill patients sectioned unnecessarily as 'only way' to a hospital bed

Chair of the Health Select Committee says claims amounted to 'more than anecdotal evidence' and should be urgently investigated by the Department of Health

Death rates reports scrapped - puzzling Labour because the latest figures revealed a worrying spike

Public Health England said they 'duplicate' work already done by the organisation

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