Life and Style Tamiflu: The £424m drug – that may not work

Damning report by MPs warns that doctors and patients are being ‘undermined’ on treatment options

How to beat the winter bugs

Can't tell if you have a cold or the flu coming on? Wondering whether it's worth having the swine flu vaccine? Health editor Jeremy Laurance answers the big questions

Online gangs cashing in on swine flu

Criminal gangs are making millions of dollars out of the H1N1 flu pandemic by selling fake flu drugs over the internet, a web security firm said today.

Swine flu: the risks for children

The H1N1 virus is back, and the young are most vulnerable. Just how worried should we be – and how can we keep our children safe? Jeremy Laurance gets the answers from Britain's leading paediatrician

William Boyd: Death, drugs and doppelgängers

William Boyd is no stranger to double lives and double dealing – and in his latest chase thriller of a novel, he exposes the dark side of the pharmaceuticals industry

Border officers seize £1.6m of fake goods

Dangerous fake hair straighteners and counterfeit football shirts were among goods worth more than £1.6 million seized by UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers, it was revealed today.

James Moore: Construction figures mask deep malaise

Outlook Japan is the word that is currently scaring Western economic policy makers witless. Money printing (sorry, quantitative easing) and historically low interest rates are designed to head-off the torpor that gripped the world's second-largest economy in the 1990s and much of this decade too. It is by no means clear that it is working. But there is another way in which this country could very well end up resembling the land of the rising sun.

Government's Tamiflu advice is wrong, says WHO

Only seriously ill and vulnerable patients should be prescribed antiviral drugs to help them to get over swine flu, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, in advice which conflicts with the decision taken by the British Government to prescribe Tamiflu to everyone with swine flu.

Bupa loses custom for its private medical insurance

The number of British customers at Bupa, the private medical group, is falling at its fastest rate for 12 years as rising unemployment and recession pushes hordes of policy-holders to ditch their cover.

Drug to combat swine flu leaves '1,000 patients in suffering'

Officials insist Tamiflu is safe as reports of side effects continue to rise

GMTV presenter: 'My daughter almost died after taking Tamiflu'

Health Secretary Andy Burnham has defended giving swine flu drug Tamiflu to children as TV presenter Andrew Castle said his daughter "almost died" after taking it.

No Tamiflu for children, doctors told

Doctors should stop giving Tamiflu to children as a routine treatment for swine flu, researchers concluded after finding the drug can cause more harm than good.

'Don't give Tamiflu to children'

Children should not be given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to combat swine flu, Oxford University researchers said today.

Tens of thousands 'fake swine flu symptoms' to stock up on Tamiflu

Supply of antiviral drugs dwarfs numbers who have contracted disease

Leading article: This abuse of Tamiflu is dangerous for all of us

We risk undermining our collective ability to cope with swine flu

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Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

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The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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