Patient arrives for liver operation with a bottle of vodka

A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

The cinema where the fatal shooting took place

Retired police officer 'shoots Florida father dead in cinema after row over texting' at Lone Survivor screening

Witnesses say argument broke out when former policeman asked Chad Oulson to stop using his phone during trailers

Twanda Blount helps her grandfather Chocolate Blount, 91, a 'hospice survivor', at their Alabama home

US health companies accused over jump in 'hospice survivors'

Whistleblowers say hospices treat non-terminal patients to earn more from Medicare programme

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Sixty injured in piranha attack on Christmas Day

A seven-year-old girl lost part of her finger in the attack by a shoal of the meat-eating fish

Under the new plans, every hospital patient will have a named doctor and nurse who is responsible for championing their care

Every hospital patient to have named doctor and nurse, Jeremy Hunt is to announce

Every hospital patient will have a named doctor and nurse who is responsible for championing their care, under plans to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday.

The NHS is planning to hire 3,700 extra nurses in the coming months

More than 1,000 extra trainee nursing places to be created

NHS wants to tackle the growing shortage of nurses on hospital wards

Hands off - Christmas chocolate survives for just 51 minutes on hospital wards

Sweet-toothed medical workers are quick to delve into boxes of chocolates

File image showing a prison cell.

Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told

Alleged incident took place in HMP Peterborough after Nadine Wright was arrested for stealing food 'out of desperation'

Nurse develops 'micro-straw' to stop patients from becoming dehydrated in hospitals

Project aims to tackle dehydration among the elderly and vulnerable

NHS job cuts have harmed hospital care and patient safety, according to a survey UNISON conducted among its members

NHS job cuts harming patient care and safety, say staff

55 per cent said they believed cuts had “significantly impacted on patient care and safety”.

Woolwich murder trial: Armed police officer 'feared for her life as Lee Rigby accused charged towards her with machete'

One of the first police officers on the scene of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby thought she was going to die when one of the killers charged towards her waving a machete, the Old Bailey heard today.

Don't Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves, BBC4 - TV Review

As regular BBC4 viewers are assured, Scandinavian public television is dour crime thriller after dour crime thriller occasionally leavened by a po-faced episode of Borgen. Or is it? This latest Swedish import suggests there's a much richer variety of drama on offer.

He Zili, 11, is seen chained to a wall as his grandfather sits next to him at their home in Zhejiang province

11-year-old mentally-ill Chinese boy He Zili lives chained up like a dog

Young boy with mental disorders has been chained by his family in rural China for years

A smoking ban on NHS hospital grounds is a good idea. It's the last thing patients - and staff - should be doing

Removing smoking will encourage an out-of-sight-out-of-mind cultural shift

The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing

Stop using police cells for those experiencing mental health-related emergencies

If you’d just had a heart attack you’d never be held in a custody

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

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From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn