News Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

A further 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Government urged to tackle drink-related hospital cases

Hospital admissions due to alcohol could rise more than a third by 2015, a report says.

Video: Stabbing rampage in China hospital

Six people have been stabbed after 20 relatives allegedly storm through a Shanghai hospital.

Charlie Sheen leaves hospital

Charlie Sheen has left hospital.

Tori Spelling's son hospitalised after fall

Tori Spelling's son was rushed to hospital yesterday morning.

Top policeman Sir Paul Stephenson off sick until May

Britain's most senior police officer will not be able to return to work until May after undergoing an emergency operation.

Suspected victims of Nazi euthanasia found in Austria

Austria announced plans to exhume graves containing the remains of 220 suspected victims of Nazi Germany's infamous euthanasia programme yesterday after building workers unearthed a mass of human bones in the grounds of a psychiatric hospital.

India: New father, 94, is world's oldest

Ramjit Raghav posed for a picture outside his house this week with his two-month-old son, Vikramjeet.

NHS is facing 'toughest year in its history'

Next year could be the "toughest" the NHS has faced in its 62-year history, hospital managers have warned the Government.

Woman and girl injured in house blast

A woman and a teenage girl were today being treated in hospital after suffering burns in an explosion at a house, police said.

Noah's Compass, By Anne Tyler

Old age is apparently more feared than terrorist attacks. But philosophical schoolteacher Liam Pennywell knows better than to submit to over-reactions something that is natural and inevitable. So when he is made to retire, he decides to downsize and move from his house into a tiny flat in another part of Baltimore.

Les Parents Terribles, Trafalgar Studios, London

Antipathy begins at home

Gas explosion destroys four houses and leaves 15 injured

A survivor spoke of the horrific explosion which flattened four houses and injured 15 people when a suspected gas blast tore through his home.

Flu-hit Baroness Thatcher leaves hospital

Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher looked frail as she returned home from hospital today.

Album: Avey Tare, Down There (Paw Tracks)

This debut from Animal Collective's frontman is a frustrating affair, hobbled by Tare's determination to smother everything in such massive reverb that the songs struggle to sustain any shape.

Baroness Thatcher taken to hospital for flu treatment

Baroness Thatcher has been admitted to hospital after failing to recover from an infection.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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