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A powerful solar flare hit the Earth last week – and experts are now warning that the next one could be catastrophic

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OK all you dive bunnies and swallow fanciers, this is the place for you. England players James Haskell and Danny Care have been practising the Chris Ashton leap.

NHS reform protests 'will force new U-turn'

The government will be forced into a U-turn over its sweeping plans to reform the NHS, Ed Miliband will predict today. He will tell the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno, that the backlash which forced a climbdown over the sale of England's public forests will be dwarfed by protests over proposals to hand 80 per cent of the health budget to GPs.

Why you may have to phone a call centre to see your GP

Making an appointment to see your GP could in future be handled by an NHS Direct call centre.

Peanut allergy 'more common in well-off boys'

Potentially fatal childhood peanut allergies mainly affect better-off boys, research has shown.

GPs hold the key as the great NHS shake-up looms

Since Andrew Lansley turned the world upside down with the publication of his White Paper last July signalling the biggest revolution in the health service's 62 year history, there has been fevered speculation on what the changes will mean for patients, hospitals and the NHS.

Doctors threaten to strike as anger grows over NHS reforms

Poll of 2,000 GPs reveals two-thirds are against cost-cutting plans

Cameron defends plans for NHS reform

David Cameron warned today that the NHS will become "increasingly unaffordable" if radical plans by the Government to reform the NHS are not implemented.

Melting sea ice forces polar bear to swim for nine days

In a remarkable feat of endurance, a polar bear has been tracked swimming for nine days continuously in a desperate bid to reach new ice floes, covering 426 miles in the process.

Leading article: The Government's reform juggernaut begins to move

The truth is that Andrew Lansley's health bill represents an experiment

Letters: NHS

If the Tories and their increasingly craven Lib Dem allies really wish to put power in the hands of patients, then why is it that, under the proposed NHS changes (Steve Richards, 18 January), GPs and only GPs are put in charge? Why is it that surgeons or other doctors, even psychiatrists, can't be equally representative of how patients feel about the health services offered to them?

Your reforms could destroy the NHS, MPs tell Cameron

The Government's proposed health reforms are like a "tossing a grenade" under the NHS and it is uncertain if they will succeed, MPs warn today.

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