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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

To date, only 177 people in the UK have been diagnosed with vCJD - the human form of 'mad cow' disease

NHS failed to sterilise surgical instruments contaminated with 'mad cow' disease

Regular sterilisation procedure wasn't suitable for the task, says leading specialist

Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Zoe Gillings is a hopeful jump ahead

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found the surgeon guilty of 'reckless' misconduct

Neurosurgeon Emmanuel Labram struck off for lying about removing brain tumour

Woman, known only as ‘Patient A’, received no treatment for two years afterwards - at which point she found out the tumour was inoperable

In defence of pubic hair: the mighty bush

A survey has revealed some surprising results about waxing. Perhaps natural isn't something to worry about after all?

Gloucester sign Sila Puafisi to boost forward drive

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Jayant Patel allegedly operated on a man who was “moaning and screaming” because he was not anaesthetised

‘Doctor Death’ Jayant Patel escapes with fraud conviction and plans return to work

A public inquiry found 13 people died as a result of his negligence, but repeated attempts at prosecution failed

Steven Gerrard tangles with Germany’s Max Kruse

Everton v Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers relaxed over Steven Gerrard fitness despite captain not being 100%

The 33-year-old played for England against Germany on Tuesday despite concerns

Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippines the world once knew and loved are beginning to reappear

So here I am in darkest Tacloban, having taken a slow drive and a walk through its streets. The damage is truly astonishing. Quite how any population can recover from something so big, so devastating, I have no idea.

A photo issued by Anthony Nolan trust of Gaurav Bains from Tipton in the West Midlands, with his mother Gurprit Bains

Joy for toddler Guarav's family as bone marrow match found after massive growth in Asian donors

Two-year-old boy had faced developing aggressive form of childhood leukaemia without transplant by Christmas

A doctor's diary: An unexpected find in a boys appendix

We are sleeping on concrete and use an outdoor tented loo. This is right beside the helicopter landing pad, so it is not unknown for a chopper to demolish the tents with their downdraft. You do not want to be in a toilet tent when a helicopter lands nearby. I speak from experience. The tent flies several hundred yards and you are left sat there, exposed for all to see.

The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan: A doctor’s story

I am sitting in the operating theatre tent of my Australian Field Hospital. 

Rivers Pound has to pay an additional £120 for his 'spare' bedroom

The kidney patient subject to bedroom tax - even if room is used for dialysis machine

Plight of MP’s brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform

Andros Townsend

England v Germany: Joachim Low wary of 'quick and dynamic' Andros Townsend

The sides meet at Wembley on Tuesday

Nikki Sinclaire MEP

MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'overwhelmed' by support as UK’s first 'sex-change parliamentarian'

MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she is “overwhelmed” by the volume of support she received after revealing herself as Britain’s first “sex-change parliamentarian” after undergoing gender reassignment surgery more than two decades ago.

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could face missing the World Cup after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the 1-1 draw with Italy

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira sees his World Cup hopes plunged into doubt after being ruled out for six months

Khedira suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee although there is optimism that he could still recover in time to make Brazil 2014

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