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

Hedge fund wizard Stevie's bad month

First his man loses the election, then a former employee faces insider trading claims

GSK's boost in Nigeria and India

Britain's biggest drugs maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), yesterday raised its stake in its Nigerian and Indian consumer healthcare units as part of boss Sir Andrew Witty's attempt to shift it away from "white pills in Western markets".

Government's position on flu vaccine risks undermining public trust like MMR scandal

Vaccination rates plunged after the alleged link between MMR and autism

Governments must be deadly serious regarding what they tell us

Vaccination is the single greatest success story of 20th-century medicine. It has saved millions of lives around the world – including from smallpox, polio, diphtheria, typhoid, tetanus, measles and flu.

Editorial: An imperfect jab – but worth taking

The influenza virus is a protean beast, its multiple strains mutating at lightning speed and giving each succeeding winter a different pathogenic complexion. To keep up, scientists spend the summer studying illness patterns in the southern hemisphere as a guide to what is to come – and developing that year's flu vaccine accordingly.

Alan Glynn, 32, from Perth, lost his 19-month-old daughter Alexis Rose in February 2011. Her sister, Christina, survived the same disease

Meningitis case study: "We thought it was just a sickness bug"

Alan Glynn, 32, from Perth, lost his 19-month-old daughter Alexis Rose in February 2011.

Firebox told to stop selling Bytox hangover patches as ‘hangover’ is medical condition

They only went on sale recently, but Firebox have been told to stop selling their 'hangover patches'.

Low-flying police helicopter crashes in Atlanta suburb

A police helicopter flying low on a night-time search for a missing nine-year-old child has crashed near a major Atlanta intersection, killing the two officers aboard on impact.

New MS wonder drug may be too costly to use

After a 20 year struggle overcoming scientific barriers and commercial sharp practice, scientists at Cambridge University today announce a breakthrough in the treatment of multiple sclerosis which could have a “transformative” effect on sufferers from the debilitating disease.

Babyjabs.co.uk warned over advertising prescription-only medicines to public

A parenting website has been warned about advertising prescription-only medicines to the public just months after it was ordered to remove discredited claims that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism.

GSK in HIV drug deal with Shionogi

GlaxoSmithKline has beefed up its interest in an HIV drug which analysts regard as a potential multi-billion-dollar-a-year blockbuster.

AstraZeneca's new boss set for £11m pay package

AstraZeneca has given its new chief executive a pay package worth about £11m, including a £4m "golden hello" to compensate Pascal Soriot for giving up long-term incentives at his previous job.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Hard times, hearts and truths

Iain Duncan Smith wants to take child benefits and tax credits from mothers who have a third child and any more thereafter. Unbeatable China has a draconian one-child policy, so why not us? There is no public outcry because the proposed policy only targets the children of the most disadvantaged, those "feral" creatures, the enemy within. I thought IDS had come to understand such hopelessness.

Patents headache hits AstraZeneca sales

The new chief executive of AstraZeneca might need to up the dosage of his treatment plans for Britain's second-biggest drug maker, after it posted a worse-than-expected 19 per cent slump in third-quarter sales.

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.

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