Privacy experts have warned that commercial firms will be able to identify people when they are given access to confidential NHS patient data

Patients will be identifiable when firms are given access to confidential NHS data, experts warn

Privacy experts have warned that commercial firms will be able to identify people when they are given access to confidential NHS patient data.

Ukip suspends councillor David Silvester who blamed floods on David Cameron passing gay marriage bill

Party officials act after Mr Silvester gave radio interview saying he ‘prays gay people will be healed’

HIV rates are rising among gay men in London as more are injecting drugs such as crystal meth

Experts warn of rise in gay ‘slamming’

The number of men using drugs in a sexual context quadrupled in two years and could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates

The help desk: 'I have developed a fixation with death - how can I relax and enjoy life?'

'Bereavement counselling could help you to put your fears in proportion'

Jose Mourinho says he believes Manchester United will sell Wayne Rooney this summer

Manchester United will sell Wayne Rooney overseas in the summer, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea bid twice for the England striker and there are strong indications that Mourinho still believes he can sign the player

Michael Schumacher is seen in the pits during a training session at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia in 2006

Michael Schumacher condition no longer critical, manager Sabine Kehm confirms

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since he suffered head injuries after a skiing accident on 29 December

Robin van Persie (right) says his manager (left) needs time

Chelsea v Manchester United: Robin van Persie reveals his faith in 'leading man' David Moyes

United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

'A dream come true': Woman who had 20 miscarriages has baby thanks to malaria pill

The hydroxychloroquine tablet was used to to suppress Kelly Moseley’s immune system

Watchdog in a move to bring down the costs of private health insurance

Competition Commission orders the sale of nine private hospitals, including London Bridge and the West End’s Princess Grace

Pressure is growing for the Government to change the way that ultrasound scans can be used to inform pregnant women about the gender of their unborn babies

The lost girls: Pressure mounts on Government to curb use of ultrasound scans to show gender of unborn babies

Pressure is growing for the Government to curb the way that ultrasound scans can be used to inform pregnant women about the gender of their unborn babies following an investigation by The Independent suggesting that female foetuses are more likely to be aborted within certain ethnic groups living in Britain.

Competition watchdog orders sell-off of nine private hospitals

The Competition Commission has ordered the sale of nine private hospitals, including London Bridge and Princess Grace, in an effort to smash the market dominance in Britain’s £5 billion private healthcare industry.

Harmondsworth IRC in West Drayton, where inspectors have revealed that an 84-year-old immigration detainee - who was suffering from dementia - was taken to hospital in handcuffs and died while still in restraints

84-year-old dementia patient died in handcuffs at immigration detention centre

The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the system had "utterly failed" the "most vulnerable people in detention"

Shane Watson will be given a three-match rest in the ODI series with England

ODI series: Shane Watson given three-match break as Dan Christian joins Australia squad to provide cover for the all-rounder

Watson was due to be rested for Friday's match in Brisbane but will also sit out the third and fourth One-Day Internationals in Sydney and Perth

Pioneering first gene therapy trial opens the door for reversing some previously incurable forms of blindness

The sight of thousands of people with previously incurable forms of blindness could be saved thanks to a pioneering new gene therapy that requires just one operation.

Gout is caused by a the formation of sodium urate crystals in the joints

Gout cases explode as doctors warn that the condition affects one in 40 Britons

Cases of gout in the UK have “soared” since the beginning of the 21st century, doctors have said, amid warnings that a condition traditionally labelled “the disease of kings” now afflict one in every 40 people – with the most incidences among the poor.

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