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

It pays to teach kids how much they'll earn

It might seem unfair to monetise aspirations, but failing to provide students with guidance on where they'll likely end up financially is a far greater disservice

Shingles vaccine for the elderly

All people between the ages of 70 and 79 will be vaccinated against shingles, health authorities in England have announced.

Sandhurst pharmacy worker sold Army stories to The Sun

A pharmacy assistant working at the Sandhurst military academy, where British Army officers are trained, sold a series of stories to The Sun newspaper, the Old Bailey has been told.

Two of the leading health bodies have clashed over draft guidelines that warn against dangers of using paracetamol to treat osteoarthritis

'No new evidence': Health bodies clash over draft guidelines that warn against dangers of using paracetamol to treat osteoarthritis

New advice from NICE claims that higher doses of paracetamol could lead to multiple adverse effects

Astra in $500m US buy to boost cancer pipeline

UK drugs giant AstraZeneca took a further step to bolster its pipeline of new cancer drugs yesterday by agreeing to acquire privately held US biotech company Amplimmune for up to $500m (£321m).

Thailand curbs sale of laughing gas balloons to tourists

Officials are cracking down on vendors in Bangkok’s main backpacker district who sell cheap balloons filled with doses of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to tourists.

Ben Chu: Welcome to the hotel eurozone

Outlook The single currency becomes more like the Hotel California with each passing every year.

The body of Brazil’s former president João Goulart to be exhumed over claims of assassination

'Jango' died in 1976 while in exile in Argentina

Arsonist professor faces prison in US

A US university professor who started a series of fires after his teenage son committed suicide and who drew up a graphic plan to attack the boy's school is facing a sentence ranging from three years to 18 years in prison.

Physiotherapists in UK can now independently prescribe medication to their patients in world first

New legislation will also empower podiatrists to prescribe medicines, would speed up treatments and free up GP’s time

Back to nature: Eurocamp and others offer the simple life

Backstage Travel: No 6 - The campsite manager

'Camping's a happy business. If not, you're doing it wrong'

Students praying for luck before exams at a Vietnam university

Vietnam drops tuition fees – for those who study Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh

Students who take degrees in certain medical specialities such as tuberculosis and leprosy also will get a free ride

At the moment it is left to a judge to decide whether a defendant is able to plead and face a court

Reform out of date laws on fitness to plead, ministers urged

Commission warns that defence of insanity – which was drawn up in the 19th century – should be scrapped

Amantle Montsho of Botswana

World Championships 2013: Christine Ohuruogu finally breaks 400m record she targeted for a decade

The Briton won an extraordinary race by 0.004 seconds

Relax ban on pot, says former candidate for Surgeon General

The man who almost became the US Surgeon General has come out in favour of legalising marijuana for medical purposes.

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