Bee Gees star Robin Gibb recovering from coma

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has shown signs of recovery after waking from a coma by responding to his family, his spokesman said.

Ken Livingstone says he meets lifelong Labour voters who back Boris Johnson because he is funny

Ken Livingstone today admitted that he encounters lifelong Labour voters who are backing Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election because he is funny.

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Bee Gee Gibb in a coma

The Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb was in a coma last night after contracting pneumonia while undergoing treatment for cancer.

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How anyone recovered from serious illness in the 1600s is beyond me. According to Thomas Wright, diagnosis consisted of urine-sniffing and treatments included leeching, belly rubs and (most useless of all) abstinence from alcohol. William Harvey (1578-1657), the subject of Wright's book, was responsible for helping to bring about a world in which these so-called cures would be exposed as quackery.

Going solo: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson at Spuntino in Soho, where lone diners are welcomed

A table for one, please: Why dining alone has never been easier

The trend for no-reservation restaurants has a happy side-effect, says Charlotte McDonald-Gibson.

A table for one, please

The trend for no-reservation restaurants has a happy side-effect: dining alone has never been easier, says Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

Blowfish can be lethal if toxins in its organs are released

Deregulating sale of blowfish 'is putting lives at risk'

Fugu's active ingredient is tetrodotoxin, a poision many times more poisonous than cyanide

Simon Kelner: A barbaric delicacy that is rightly beyond the pale

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Britain's healthcare system trails the rest of Europe in a number of crucial areas, including female mortality, cancer survival rates, and levels of obesity, according to a study produced for the Government

Women in UK die years earlier than in much of Europe

NHS comes out badly in a new study amid fears that comparisons will be used to justify reforms

Liver disease deaths rise 25 per cent in decade

Deaths from liver disease have hit record levels after rising 25 per cent in a decade. The increase in obesity, high rates of alcohol consumption and the growth of hepatitis are believed to be behind the rise.

Liver disease deaths reach record levels

Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels after rising 25 per cent in a decade.

Eric Abidal is tossed in the air by his team-mates after Tuesday's win

Eric Abidal set to have new liver

The France defender Eric Abidal will have a liver transplant in the next few weeks, Barcelona said yesterday. Last year, Abidal had surgery to remove a tumour and was back playing seven weeks later. He took part in the Champions League final victory over Manchester United in May.

Jeremy Laurance: Growing organs from scratch isn't science fiction, but it's a long way off

The idea of growing organs from scratch has been canvassed for more than a decade, since embryonic stem cells were discovered in the late nineties.

Royal Liver finance head forged boss's signature

The former finance director of Royal Liver, the mutual life assurer, has been fined £109,000 and barred from working in financial services ever again by the City regulator.

Liverpool city council approves redevelopment plan

A £5.5bn redevelopment plan which threatens to see Liverpool's historic waterfront stripped of its world heritage status has been awarded planning permission by the city council.

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