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66-year-old had a cyst on his ovary

Halted trials causes Oxford Biomedica plunge

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Angelina Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin dies of breast cancer

Actress, who has had double mastectomy, has also lost her mother to the disease

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Scientists have discovered a key substance in the central nervous-system responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch from the skin to the brain

Don't scratch the itch: Scientists find substance that could be key to stopping the sensation

Researchers found that removing natriuretic polypeptide b causes an itch to disappear

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Angelina Jolie went back to work just four days after her double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie gene flaw: British businessman makes medical history after having healthy prostate removed

Earlier this week, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA 1 gene

Breakthrough in human cloning raises hopes for treatment of Parkinson's and heart disease

News could lead to tissue-transplant operations for range of debilitating disorders, also including MS and spinal cord injuries

Angelina Jolie during the G8 Meeting which she attended with William Hague in April

Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy puts genetic key to breast cancer in the spotlight

The developing science of DNA profiling helped the actress decide to have a double mastectomy

Jane Netherton pictured with her husband

Case study: BRCA2 gene test revealed 'I had an 85-90% risk of getting breast cancer'

Jane Netherton, 58, lives in Plymouth, Devon. Like Angelina Jolie, she underwent a double mastectomy to lower the risk of getting breast cancer.

Angelina Jolie says she wanted to reassure children that she would not die of the same disease that killed their grandmother

Campaigners praise Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy news for 'supporting women in a similar situation'

As a Hollywood star with global appeal, Angelina Jolie's decision to publicise her preventative double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer has given support to women in a similar situation, say campaigners.

Scientists found that with healthy brains they could estimate to within a couple of hours the time of a person's death

New forensic technique for estimating time of death by checking internal clock of the human brain

Depressed people live in parallel time zone, scientists find

You can stuff your exclusive 'thin' and 'beautiful' club, Abercrombie and Fitch - I don't want to join

I find your garments Sloaney, uninspiring, overpriced and generally far, FAR too beige

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It’s considered dangerous to reference race for fear of being labelled ‘racist’ - but if we don't discuss it, we can't challenge the accepted beauty ideals

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