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US researchers find specific cells in the blood of heart attack sufferers

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Harold Shipman, a GP who is though to have killed 260 patients, died in Wakefield Prison in January 2004

Majority of doctors think some colleagues unfit for job

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New NHS drugs policy could see elderly denied treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is due to change how it decides which drugs can be provided by the health service

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Bath prop David Wilson's calf injury leaves England short of options for the France game

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Stuart Lancaster believes three of England's orthopaedically challenged brigade – the Northampton full-back Ben Foden, the London Irish wing Marland Yarde and the Bath prop David Wilson – may return to fitness in time for the mid-point match of the Six Nations Championship, against Ireland at Twickenham on 22 February. The head coach did not say so openly, but he would surely take Wilson over the other two at this stage of proceedings.

According to the hospital's union secretary, the A&E department resembled a 'M.A.S.H. unit' on Wednesday

Royal Victoria Hospital: A&E compared to 'M.A.S.H. unit' following major incident

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Embryos being prepared for IVF

IVF babies ‘twice as likely to suffer serious birth problems’, research suggests

But experts question the science behind major Australian study

A bagel contains a whole cube of sugar

'Sugar is the new tobacco': Cuts to amounts hidden in food could halt obesity epidemic, claim doctors

Experts aim to emulate the reduction in salt levels in our diet

AstraZeneca strikes deal with Immunocore for new cancer drug

Drugs giant AstraZeneca has unveiled a deal with British biotech company Immunocore to develop new cancer treatments that use the body’s immune system.

Elderly South Africans 'rub condoms on their knees to ease arthritis pain'

Free condoms distributed to reduce the spread of HIV in South Africa are being used by the elderly in attempts to relieve arthritis, according to a government official.

London police chief suspended over 'inappropriate behaviour' allegations

A London police chief has been suspended from duty after an investigation started into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour”.

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