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Warning over widely used diabetes drug

A widely used diabetes drug should not be issued to new patients after fears it increases the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes, a regulator said today.

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'British Medical Journal' says Avandia should be withdrawn from the UK market. Jeremy Laurance reports

'Custody battle' clue to deaths

A father killed his five-year-old son and then himself over fears that he would lose the boy in a custody battle after splitting from his partner and suffering business problems, according to neighbours.

Eating green vegetables 'reduces risk of diabetes'

Eating green leafy vegetables could help cut the risk of Type 2 diabetes, research suggests.

AstraZeneca faces $198m bill for Seroquel litigation in US

AstraZeneca tried to draw a line under the growing number of claims against its blockbuster anti-psychotic drug Seroquel yesterday when it paid out $198m (£124m) to claimants in the United States.

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Inside Lines: Price is right as minister decides it no longer takes two to quango

Sport seems to be in a state of shock following the announcement of the new Government plans to synergise the quangos UK Sport and Sport England by bringing them together in an umbrella body which will also include the Youth Sports Trust, who have responsibility for schools sport. Why? We revealed it in this column months ago and it was in the Conservative Party manifesto, as the Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, points out. But the UK Sport chair, Baroness Sue Campbell, says the merger goes further than she expected and warns of inherent risks. Yet it has long been apparent that the administration of British sport has been unwieldy, with a certain amount of duplication. This should tidy things up and save money, while leaving UK Sport's role relatively undiminished, as Robertson thinks they have done a good job in funding and supporting the nation's elite athletes. But Sport England's function has become less relevant over the years, and needs revamping, though the chief executive, Jenny Price, has impressed enough to be in pole position to replace her opposite number on UK Sport, John Steele, who joins the RFU next month.

US regulator's panel declares Glaxo diabetes drug is safe

Glaxosmithkline's diabetes drug Avandia is safe enough to stay on the market, a panel of 33 medical experts decided last night at the conclusion of a contentious two-day hearing.

GSK 'settles Avandia claims' on first day of safety hearing

Glaxosmithkline has agreed to pay up to $460m (£303m) to settle the majority of cases brought over its Avandia diabetes drug, which has been claimed to cause heart attacks and strokes, according to reports yesterday.

Last Night's TV: The Untold Invasion of Britain, Channel 4<br />Big Meets Bigger, BBC3<btr />Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne, BBC2

The Untold Invasion of Britain is a terrific idea. In fact, so is the whole of the Bloody Foreigners series. Each episode looks at a separate point in our history when people from abroad have played a pivotal role. It's a neat way to dispel any little islandism, and an enjoyable learning curve to boot. It's just a shame it has been so hammily done. Simply told, the story would have been interesting enough. Septimius Severus, the Libyan leader of a Roman military division, marches to Rome to seize power from the traitorous Praetorian Guard after their assassination of the incumbent emperor, then decides to expand north of Hadrian's Wall. Once there, he finds a population of surprisingly civilised savages putting up a jolly good fight against the mighty Romans. Well, who could resist that? Severus even had to contend with familial treachery: not only did his son disobey him but – just for good measure – tried to stab him, too. This, surely, is a soap-writer's idea of heaven.

Ten years ago today, it was revealed that the human genome had been decoded. A medical revolution beckoned. So what happened next?

The two scientists stood shoulder to shoulder with President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House, the same room where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark unfurled their map of the Northwest Territories for Thomas Jefferson.

Jeremy Laurance: 'Traffic light' system would have helped us

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