News Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock

Mike Hancock was suspended from the party this week following leak of unpublished report into his conduct

What is meningitis?

The meningitis bacterium lives harmlessly in the noses and throats of one in 10 people but,  for reasons that are not fully understood, can erupt into a  life-threatening illness  that causes inflammation of the membrane  around the brain – the “meninges” – and can lead to death within hours.

Marine Corps marathon runner battles brain cancer - and keeps competing

Just 10 days after she completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, BethAnn Telford was back at work at the US Government Printing Office in Washington, where each time she emerged from her office, she earned a new admirer.

Frank Lampard picks up an injury against Shakhtar Donetsk

Chelsea await results of Frank Lampard scan amid fears midfielder will miss Manchester United clash

Frank Lampard should learn tomorrow whether he will miss Chelsea's top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League showdown with Manchester United after he lasted just 15 minutes of their first serious defeat of the season.

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated: Fidel Castro proves he's alive...and gardening

Former leader hits back at claims he had a stroke and had only weeks to live

'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan

A waterborne parasite commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba” has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said today.

Typhoid fever vaccination recalled

Health experts could face a shortage in typhoid fever vaccination stocks after they were forced to recall a batch which is not potent enough.

Sporadic infection of people is usually caused by Hyalomma tick bite.

First UK victim of deadly Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever was a 'hard working' Afghan asylum seeker

38-year-old died in a London hospital on Saturday, two days after laboratory tests confirmed he had the disease

Patient with rare fever dies in UK hospital

A man being treated for Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after returning to the UK from Afghanistan has died.

Sporadic infection of people is usually caused by Hyalomma tick bite.

Man, 38, in hospital isolation after contracting deadly tropical disease

Tests revealed that the man, who had recently returned to the UK on a connecting flight from Dubai, has the tick-borne viral disease which is especially common in East and West Africa

Rare US meningitis outbreak grows

An outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis is likely to grow after killing four people and sickening 26 in five US states, health officials warned.

Maria Sharapova in Tokyo

Maria Sharapova emerges as surprise supporter of moves to silence tennis grunters

Plans to muzzle the ear-bashing grunters of women's tennis have found an unlikely ally in Maria Sharapova.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger claims to have 'selection solutions' reather than selection problems at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed his “selection solutions” as he tries to put a team together capable of beating Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea tomorrow.

Captain Garland lost six and half pints of blood out of around ten pints someone of his size would have in the body

Honour for soldier who lost six pints of blood but came back to front line

Officer who almost died in grenade attack leads list of awards as British forces draw down

Shine a light: Prague Castle illuminated at night

The Hedonist: A hazy night out in Prague

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Postcard From...Tbilisi

Everyone has had the feeling that the doctor might be making a guess at what is wrong with them rather than giving the perfect diagnosis, but in Georgia, people are terrified of doctors giving them the wrong medication.

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