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Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

Tube ticket barrier sounds like Blur's Song 2

Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Quebec elderly home fire: Eight dead and 24 missing

Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Unlicensed and illegal drugs can be bought online

Pregnant teenage girls taking deadly black market abortion pills, investigation finds

Government trying to crack down on illegal websites selling medication

Bayer's Levonelle contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel

'Morning after pill' under review after new evidence suggests it is less effective for overweight women

The European medicines watchdog is to carry out a review of the "morning after pill" emergency contraceptives in light of growing evidence that some products may be less effective for overweight and obese women.

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.

Inquest in to the death of Red Arrows pilot finds he had problem with ejector seat handle

An inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot heard that a former member of the team was “probably millimetres away” from a similar incident in 2003.

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.

Tamiflu: The £424m drug – that may not work

Drugs companies 'routinely withhold results of medical trials' from doctors, researchers and patients

Damning report by MPs warns that doctors and patients are being ‘undermined’ on treatment options

GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will stop paying doctors to promote its products, in a first for a major drugs company.

Alert prompts Tixylix cough syrups recall

Cough and cold sufferers are being urged to check their medicines after a manufacturing fault may have led to small pieces of plastic contaminating some batches, health officials have said.

Boots recalls more children's cough and cold medicine over plastic fears

Retailer has recalled more medicines as a precaution after a possible manufacturing fault was identified

Vaccines were found to be out of date at the Norris Road Surgery in Cheshire

Maggots in surgeries and out-of-date vaccines: Thousands of patients' lives put at risk by ‘years of basic GP failures’

New CQC report reveals pockets of bad practice and serious lapses in safety standards

Ed Balls, left, and Chancellor George Osborne, right, share a lighter moment on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.

Autumn Statement analysis: The Tories could fight an election tomorrow. Not so, Labour...

The Labour leadership needs to add detail to its alternative journey

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

‘Know that your mother loved you; it is not your fault’: Judge’s heart-breaking message to baby girl of Italian woman forced to have a caesarean

Mother's lawyer says decision to make her have a c-section was 'absolutely unreasonable'

Andrew Sheridan after collecting a runners-up medal at the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final

Andrew Sheridan told that neck injury could end career

Andrew Sheridan's long career at the sharp end of the scrum may be drawing to a close. The England loose-head prop, who played in the 2007 World Cup final and was a Test Lion in South Africa two years later, is suffering from a neck injury and has been told to rest for a month while doctors weigh up his chances of playing again. "Andrew is out, possibly forever," said Bernard Laporte, his coach at Toulon.

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

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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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

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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
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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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