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Test for diagnosis and treatment of angina 'flawed'

A commonly used test for diagnosis and treatment of angina is flawed in at least a quarter of cases when used on its own, a leading heart specialist claimed today.

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases, but using public transport makes you no more likely to catch the flu, according to new research

Blasting a myth: Catching the bus makes you no more likely to catch the flu

Good news for commuters - doctors have suggested that, in spite of popular belief, people who use public transport are no more likely to catch flu than those who drive or cycle.

AstraZeneca’s £93m headache as it dumps another new drug

Struggling AstraZeneca today faced yet another blow when it had to dump a new arthritis treatment because clinical trials showed patients were hit with side-effects including the common cold.

Halted trials causes Oxford Biomedica plunge

Shares in Oxford BioMedica plunged 28 per cent yesterday as the biopharmaceutical company put some of its trials on hold after discovering "potential impurities" in one of its raw materials.

AstraZeneca buys fish-oils drug maker Omthera

AstraZeneca is spending up to $443m (£293m) to buy a US heart-medicine business in an attempt to resuscitate the drug maker's dwindling pipeline of new products.

James Moore: Deals look better for the prey than the predator

Outlook AstraZeneca and Yahoo could be corporate twins. They operate in very different sectors but the problems facing both are remarkably similar, and so are the drugs their respective chief executives have settled upon to treat what ails them.

The new vaccine could lead to broader immunity against new types of influenza viruses

Scientists create new flu vaccine that works against many different strains of the virus

New treatment developed by fusing key proteins of the virus with a bacterial protein

Around 6.5 million units of the Tamiflu bought by the Department of Health had to be written off

'Shocking example of incompetence' over stockpiled flu drug Tamiflu

Public Accounts committee says storage mistake cost taxpayers £74m - for an antiviral that has divided experts over its effectiveness

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An investigation by the German magazine Der Spiegel said international conglomerates such as Bayer, Hoechst, Roche, Schering and Sandoz carried out more than 600 tests on patients, mostly without their knowledge, at hospitals and clinics in the former Communist state

Drugs giants used Communist East Germany for 'illegal' trials

Several patients died in tests made possible by massive payoffs to Communist regime

Sun’s royal reporter pledges to clear name

Journalists from The Sun newspaper packed the public gallery at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to support the red-top’s royal correspondent as he faced charges of paying a public official and his wife for information about the Royal Family.

The Bank Holiday is gearing up for temperatures topping 20C

Shut the doors and stay inside, or wear sunglasses out: hay fever sufferers prepare for a Bank Holiday of suffering

While much of the nation gears up for temperatures topping 20C on Monday, the high tree pollen count may signal a day of suffering inside for ten million hay fever sufferers.

One in five children worldwide are missing out on vaccines

Worldwide, 20 per cent of children go unvaccinated

With the measles outbreak in Swansea now in its second month, Sarah Morrison reports on why the global drive to immunise all babies against preventable diseases has hit a plateau

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