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Children from middle-class families are generally fatter than their poorer counterparts, according to new research.

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Britain’s fertility regulator, which polices one of the most controversial areas of medicine, has been reprieved.

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A debt-ridden NHS trust which was on the brink of bankruptcy should be dissolved, an official consultation has concluded.

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Prime Minister insists patient survey will go ahead amid growing opposition within NHS

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The friends-and-family test is intended to provide guidance for patients' loved ones, helping them choose the best hospital should they need an operation at a later date, for instance.

Ex-NHS policy chief Alasdair Liddell dies aged 63

Respected health expert and former NHS policy chief Alasdair Liddell has died.

In the case of Baby P, different doctors, social workers and other authorities failed to join up the toddler's history to spot there was serious abuse

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A new system would ensure that a child's medical history was available to all doctors

A graphic image from the £2.7m DoH campaign

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A tumour growing from a cigarette will be the first image of a hard-hitting government campaign launched today to highlight the dangers of smoking.

Britain’s medics urged to volunteer in disaster zones

British medical personnel are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the Government’s humanitarian emergency response to disasters overseas, under a new arrangement announced today.

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