Life and Style General view of Solihull Hospital, West Midlands where the now-suspended surgeon operated

The procedure leaves some breast tissue behind and is not recognised by national guidelines, because of the greater risk of cancer recurring

Andrew Buncombe: Doctors or no doctors in North Korea? Healthcare in the hermit state

I’ve never been to North Korea and I’ve no idea what the health care system is like.

Baby P doctor failed in duty, GMC rules

A GP committed a serious breach of professional duty when he missed opportunities to identify signs of abuse on Baby Peter, the General Medical Council has ruled.

The best medical advice is to get Rooney moving

We have had metatarsals (Beckham, Rooney, Neville), cruciate ligaments (Owen), and achilles tendons (Beckham again). Now the nation turns its expertise to sprained ankles.

Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story, By Gabriel Weston

How does it feel to have someone's life in your hands? Remove a foreign object from a toddler's nose? Handle exquisitely strangulated haemorrhoids? This slender, elegantly written memoir by a female surgeon, Gabriel Weston, is a fascinating no holds barred account of life in the operating theatre.

John Rentoul: Why aren't we shocked

I didn't comment on the report in Saturday's Daily Mail about six foolish people who have had medical qualifications and who think that David Kelly was murdered, because (a) it was in the Daily Mail, and there are only so many untrue stories in the Daily Mail that one can rebut; (b) it was the same story that has appeared in the Daily Mail several times before; and (c) Oliver Kamm beat me to it.

John Coll: Moving speedily to delay cancer treatment by 6 months

I have heard so much in recent weeks about the speed, and focus etc that the NHS puts into delivering solutions for patients with life threatening disease such as cancer.

Anthony Lester: End the legal uncertainty over assisted suicide

Citizens are entitled to know if their conduct is criminal

Jeremy Laurance: The failings of the NHS have been exposed

You only have to listen to the choice of language to understand the scale of the scandal exposed at Stafford Hospital. In the five-year history of the Healthcare Commission, the inspectorate never before used the word "appalling" about any NHS institution, and there has been no shortage of candidates.

Risks from epidurals were 'exaggerated'

Epidurals and spinal anaesthetics are safer than previously thought, according to a study published today.

Forced marriage GP starts on road to recovery

The smiling face of Dr Humayra Abedin at the High Court last Friday masked months of abuse suffered at the hands of her parents and a so-called psychiatric hospital in Dhaka.

PM defiant on automatic organ donation

Gordon Brown said he was still prepared to push ahead with new rules presuming people are happy to donate organs after death, despite the plans being rejected yesterday by an expert task force he appointed. The Prime Minister is backing a change in the law to assume patients have given automatic "presumed consent" for their body parts to be used after their death, unless they decide to opt out.

Musicophilia, By Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks first began to wonder about the effects of music on the brain in 1966, when he noticed them on the patients he went on to write about in Awakenings. At that stage there was oddly little research on the subject.

IVF doctor cleared of misconduct

Disciplinary proceedings against leading IVF doctor Mohamed Taranissi have collapsed, the General Medical Council said today.

Dr Laurence Buckman: Why I'm against the new scheme

Chairman of GP Committee, British Medical Association
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee