News An image of a mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from STAP cells

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

Swedish squadron fuelled by coffee made with radiator water

When Captain Catharina Bergsell poured herself her morning coffee at the Blekinge Air Force base in southern Sweden, she would often muse that it was a little on the murky side, but just put it down to the usual questionable quality of vending machine beverages.

Sex and sniffles prove good for Reckitt

Reckitt Benckiser thanked strong demand for cold and flu remedies and for Durex condoms for its 3 per cent rise in profits last year.

Paracetamol poisoning deaths: Introduction of smaller-sized packets leads to 43% reduction

The introduction of smaller-sized packets of paracetamol has led to a 43% reduction in the number of poisoning deaths, a study suggests.

Glaxo review could see it sell Ribena and Lucozade

GlaxoSmithKline could sell Lucozade and Ribena after Britain’s biggest pharmaceuticals firm today set out plans for a “strategic review” of the drinks brands.

Asthma inhalers made at GSK’s plant in Ware

GSK to publish clinical trial data for drugs

Pharmaceutical giant shocks medical world by opting to reveal findings of all tests on patients

AstraZeneca's woes continue

AstraZeneca has admitted it faces another difficult year of falling sales in 2013 after patent expiries last year meant revenues slumped 17 per cent to £27.9bn.

Jermain Defoe’s healing process has been speeded up by blood spinning

Jeremy Laurance: Blood spinning – legal but controversial

Tottenham have used the method to speed up the return of Jermain Defoe

Majority of Members of Parliament believe they are underpaid

Members of Parliament believe they deserve a pay hike of one-third – with nearly 70 per cent believing that they are underpaid for the job they do.

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer

36,000 bottles of eye drops recalled after printer ink is found inside

Almost 36,000 bottles of prescription eye drops need to be sent back to their manufacturer, after they were found to contain printing ink.

Cough syrup linked to 33 deaths in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities are investigating allegations that cough syrup has killed 33 people over the past three days, a government official said, the second time in recent months medicine is suspected of causing multiple deaths.

Iranian President sacks only woman cabinet minister

The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today dismissed his only female cabinet member, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, after she criticised her colleagues for failing to provide funds to import vital medicines.

Parents warned to look out for flu in under-14s

The flu season has begun, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill.

Market Report: Astra tipped as bidder for US eye-care firm

Is AstraZeneca's chief executive, Pascal Soriot, ready for an eyesight test? Analysts at Kepler think Mr Soriot could be one of a number of pharmaceutical company bosses eyeing up Bausch & Lomb, the US eye-care company. Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has hired Goldman Sachs to sell the contact lenses and eye-surgery equipment specialist.

Neil Black will be looking to build on the medal success of Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah

Exclusive Interview: Neil Black - 'The Wolf' looks to the future

New performance director of UK Athletics once beat Cram and Coe and is confident he can beat London medal haul in Rio, he tells Simon Turnbull

Editorial: A confusion of science and politics

So Maria Miller was wrong. The science has not "moved on". The minister for Women and Equality used the phrase to justify re-opening the debate on abortion in October, claiming that the current 24-week limit should be lowered because babies now survive at younger and younger gestational ages.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee