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Gravely ill four-year-old boy ‘had to suck fluid from tissue’ while recovering from heart surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital, inquest into his death hears

Parents of Sean Turner give harrowing account of son's treatment on hospital's controversial Ward 32

Tatsuya Kawajiri (back) fights Sean Soriano during their UFC Fight Night Singapore featherweight bout at Marina Bay Sands on January 4, 2014 in Singapore
Shock treatment: Billy Brown, Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott in ‘Hostages’

TV review: Homeland-lite Channel 4 drama Hostages makes an exhilarating start but doesn’t quite capture the imagination

Just as well that this pilot episode got stuck straight into the action

Finally, some TV dramas that know when to end it

Something unusual happened on American television last week: a drama finished its first season with all the loose ends tied up. There were no cliffhangers. No teasing hints at stories to come. The show in question was Hostages, which started on Channel 4 last night, and it is adding to the stirrings of a television revolution.

Theo Walcott lies injured on the pitch in Arsenal's FA Cup victory over Tottenham

Theo Walcott injury: Arsenal forward dashes any hopes of World Cup 2014 inclusion by electing to undergo full and safe operation

Walcott had been offered a chance of featuring in Brazil by undergoing a risky procedure using a synthetic tendon to repair his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament

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City make plans for Wembley after hammer horror

Ryan Harris elected not to have an operation on his knee in the middle of the Ashes campaign

The Ashes 2013-14: Ryan Harris will wait until after tour for surgery

Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris needs surgery on his troublesome knee but the Ashes hero will delay the operation to be a part of the team's tour of South Africa next month.

Roy wonder: Hodgson considers the worst-case scenario draw of Manaus

England manager Roy Hodgson describes injury to Arsenal forward Theo Walcott as a 'blow'

The 24-year-old is not expected to be ready for the tournament in Brazil

Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch during the match against Tottenham Hotspur

Theo Walcott can return 'better and stronger' says Arsenal team-mate Carl Jenkinson

The forward has been ruled out for six months

Goggle box: the blocky looks of the Oculus Rift belie the breath-taking experience of what the wearer sees

Virtual reality isn't just a gaming gimmick, it could improve empathy levels and even reduce racial bias

This technology is about to change the way you perceive the world – and yourself

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Hospital worker who tweeted he was going to stick patient's pubic hair to his face 'Wiggins style' in disciplinary hearing

An NHS worker who tweeted that he was going to shave a patient’s pubic hairs and stick them to his face “Wiggins style” is up before a professional standards board.

Renata who received free nose surgery from the Little Baby Face Foundation after she was bullied.

US teenager bullied for having a big nose given free cosmetic surgery

Fifteen-year-old girl who was terrified of going outside has £7,000 operation to 'balance out her face'

Weight-loss programmes are being cut in some areas of England despite the growing obesity crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned

‘Postcode lottery’ denies patients access to treatment despite obesity crisis, surgeons warn

Weight-loss programmes are being cut in some areas of England despite the growing obesity crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.

Some GP's surgeries could lose up to 15 per cent of their income

Health commissioning groups preparing to put certain medical services out to tender

GPs set to lose out on income as private companies like Bupa and Alliance look to move in

A survey has found that on average people will give up on their New Year's resolutions just 24 days into 2014

Poll reveals 'Fail Friday' as the day you are most likely to break your New Year's resolution

… but a website has been set up that might just help you keep yours

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