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

Seriously ill Salvadoran woman denied abortion will undergo premature Caesarean section

The woman, who is suffering from kidney failure and lupus, was denied an abortion by the Supreme Court in El Salvador

Dianne Illingworth in Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday: ‘My health is poor, and I can’t walk far’

At what cost? Life-saving drug withheld

Woman's kidney transplant is cancelled as minister refuses to fund anti-rejection Soliris

Forum for NHS staff to get together and talk to be expanded

Initiative sees doctors, nurses and other staff get together to discuss stresses or dilemmas they have faced while caring for patients

Around 6.5 million units of the Tamiflu bought by the Department of Health had to be written off

'Shocking example of incompetence' over stockpiled flu drug Tamiflu

Public Accounts committee says storage mistake cost taxpayers £74m - for an antiviral that has divided experts over its effectiveness

WHO warns that deadly new coronavirus could be passed from person to person

The virus is known to cause pneumonia and sometimes kidney failure

The hospital where a 65-year-old man who came back to France from a trip to Dubai was diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus and is in intensive care in the northern city of Douai

Nurse treated as France reveals three suspected cases of Sars-related virus

French health officials said today they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, while a man confirmed to have the virus remains hospitalised.

Tobacco lobby told Government: branding ban will cost you millions

Department of Health civil servants met lobbyists from the cigarette manufacturer Imperial Tobacco before the Government shelved proposals to introduce plain packaging laws this week, it can be revealed.

Doctors condemn Government's decision to hold plans for plain cigarette packaging

President of Royal College of Physicians appeals for a rethink from Jeremy Hunt

OAPs to get shingles vaccinations in bid to end almost half of cases

800,000 over-70s to receive jab

Ministers consider 'hospital hotels' for elderly patients to tackle bed-blocking on NHS wards

The Government is considering the idea of “hospital hotels” where elderly patients can recover from illnesses or falls.

Doctor warns against dementia screening

The routine screening of all elderly patients for dementia would be a “disaster” as the stigma and anxiety caused by being diagnosed before symptoms appear could greatly outweigh any benefits, an expert  has warned.

Mass food poisoning afflicts Cairo students

Nearly 500 students from a university in Cairo have been admitted to hospital with food poisoning.

Ministers set to act over smoking

Plain cigarette packs 'on the way' for UK

Ministers could announce plans to introduce plain packets for cigarettes later this year, reports suggest.

A nation of 'secret boozers': English people underestimate how much alcohol they drink

Studies show self-reported alcohol consumption accounts for only 40 to 60 per cent of sales

The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.

Foreign doctors who want to work for NHS 'must have good English'

Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS in England will have to prove they can speak English well enough to treat patients, the Government has confirmed.

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