The stethoscope remains the most visible symbol of the doctor's profession

Are the days of the humble stethoscope numbered? The definitive doctor's tool is in danger of being replaced by a portable ultrasound device

The only thing is that the pocket-sized GE Healthcare VScan costs a cool £5,000

Scientists have discovered the world's oldest cancer, transmitted between dogs, has survived for more than 11,000 years

Scientists discover world’s oldest cancer has survived – passing from host to host – for 11,000 years

Studying the disease among dogs could allow experts to build a defence if human cancers became transmissible

Four-year-old Sean Turner died in March 2012 following heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital

Sean Turner: Inquest rules 'lost opportunities' in four-year-old's care

A Bristol hospital has apologised over the treatment a four-year-old heart patient received on a ward after his parents condemned his care as “shambolic”.

Glen Johnson

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson out 'indefinitely', reveals Brendan Rodgers

The Reds manager also reveals the club are making little headway in the transfer window

Opera singer out of work after surgery left her unable to sing due to chronic flatulence

Surgeons say the problem may be difficult to fix

Tom Daley is already making plans to hit his peak at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Diving: Tom Daley hoping to peak just in time for Rio Olympics as he looks to improve on London 2012 bronze medal

Daley will be 22 at the Rio Games and hopes an injury-free run will see him hit his best form at the right time

More than 11,000 lives could have been saved if heart attack care in Britain matched that in Sweden

More than 11,000 lives could have been saved in the past seven years if treatment for heart attacks in the UK was as good as that available in Sweden, according to a major new study.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has received complaints from patients who have been 'passed around hospital'

Every hospital patient will get point-of-contact doctor, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce

Hospital patients will be allocated a named doctor with overall responsibility for their care, Jeremy Hunt will announce today.

Doubts over NHS waiting time figures, after watchdog uncovers 'inconsistencies'

Serious doubts have been cast over the reliability of NHS waiting times figures, after the Government’s financial watchdog identified “inconsistencies” in the way that hospital trusts measure and record data.

The research found that people got accustomed to the cold over time

How to stay slim? Scientists recommend turning down your central heating

Feeling the cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight

They study found that when travel time from home to hospital is more than 20 minutes, there is an increased risk of the baby dying or suffering a long-term condition

Home births could be as dangerous as 'driving without putting your child's seatbelt on'

Though most home births are safe, the risk of long-term disability has not been “adequately addressed”, scientists say

Studies have compared the DNA sequences of schizophrenia patients and healthy individuals

Schizophrenia could be caused by a wide variety of DNA mutations rather than one gene

A wide variety of DNA mutations which differ from one person to another might play a decisive role in triggering schizophrenia according to two of the largest studies to date into the complex genetics of the mental disorder.

Lacina Traore looks set to complete a move to Everton, subject to a work permit

Transfer news: Everton on verge of completing deal for Monaco striker Lacina Traore

A work permit for the player has been granted

Flatlining: the Government has been accused by Labour of intentionally 'running down' the NHS

NHS hospitals flatlining: Staff morale falls to new low after Coalition ‘bashing’

Health experts warn Mid-Staffs crisis has taken terrible toll on frontline workers

Thousands of seriously ill NHS patients reportedly denied drugs

Thousands of seriously ill patients are reportedly being denied drugs that have been approved for use by the NHS.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?