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

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”.

Wakey wakey: Researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder

Research shows insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

I only got hit by lightning because I was on detention says schoolboy, 11

Joe Compton remembers little of the day he was struck by lightning outside his school gates, but he does recall one important fact: he might not have been there at all had his teacher not kept him back for detention.

Heart unit cuts child surgery

A hospital at the centre of a row about the streamlining of children's heart surgery units has been forced to restrict the number of children's cardiac operations.

Parents to sue Chicago hospital over eight-year-old boy who came 'back from the dead'

The parents of an eight-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced their son dead, keeping him off his ventilator for hours, even though relatives continued to insist that the boy's eyes and body were still moving.

The drugs are sold under such brand names as Annihilation (pictured), Black Mamba, Soulman, XoXo and Love

Club drug 'Mexxy' and other legal highs to be made illegal

The club drug Mexxy - which has been blamed for a series of deaths this year - is to be made illegal.

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But the most astonishing story will always remain the fact that Fabrice Muamba ‘died’ for 78 minutes – and lived to tell the tale.

Fabrice Muamba admits watching football is difficult following retirement

Fabrice Muamba admits watching football is a frustrating experience after he was forced to retire from the game.

Tasleem Rafiq: Everyone was praying and God said: ‘I am going to leave this lady.’ I am a very lucky mother

Doctors mystified by miracle recovery of mother of four who was 'dead' for over 10 hours

I have shaken her hand, held her gaze and spent more than an hour chatting with Tasleem Rafiq and her children and I can report that she is no ghost. The 52-year-old mother of four is very much alive.

Tasleem Rafiq: Everyone was praying and God said: ‘I am going to leave this lady.’ I am a very lucky mother

'The doctors had given up. They said her heart had stopped and she had brain damage. But she's fine'

Jeremy Laurance on the miracle of the woman who came back from the dead – and why it matters for us all

You are slowly being poisoned by arsenic

It's a poison most associated with vengeful Victorian housemaids and spurned lovers, but as The Huffington Post reports today, arsenic has so many uses in the modern world that you may well be feeling the ill-effects of the substance without even knowing it.

Investigation into the death on set of Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger

An investigation has been launched into the death of a crew member on the set of Johnny Depp's "The Lone Ranger".

A water safety expert working on the L.A. movie died on Friday while working inside a large water tank, reports TMZ.

Top Of The Pops: Pan's People dancer dies at 63

Louise Clarke, one of the founding members of Top Of The Pops dance troupe Pan's People, has died at the age of 63.

Discredited pathologist Dr Freddy Patel struck off

The pathologist who conducted the first post-mortem tests on a man who died in 2009's G20 protests in London has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Freddy Patel was finally banned from practising as a doctor despite being investigated numerous times and suspended on two previous occasions by medical watchdogs over his shoddy work dating back a decade

Ian Tomlinson pathologist Freddy Patel struck off

The pathologist who botched the post-mortem examination on newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson who died in the G20 riots was banned from working as a doctor today.

The pathologist Dr Freddy Patel, who acted with 'deficient professional performance' over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded

Pathologist criticised for 'deficient' performance in Ian Tomlinson case

Dr Freddy Patel acted with "deficient professional performance" over his post-mortem investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, a medical tribunal has concluded.

From left, Peter Norman with Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968

Posthumous apology for shunned Olympic sprinter

It is one of the 20th century's most powerful images: African-Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in a "black power" salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there