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

Swine flu Q & A: Is it going to get much worse? Should I try taking Vitamin C?

Q. How infectious is swine flu?

Jeremy Laurance: Getting drugs to those in need is the biggest challenge

One puzzling question about the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the US is why the same virus appears to have had such different effects in the two countries.

Two swine flu cases confirmed in Scotland

Two patients in a Scotland who returned last week from a visit to Mexico were today confirmed as suffering from swine flu.

How countries are defending against swine flu

Governments around the world acted to stem a possible flu pandemic today as a virus that has killed at least 103 people in Mexico and spread to North America and Europe.

Steve Connor: Disturbing echoes of the great 1918 flu pandemic

Pigs are notorious incubators of influenza viruses and can be infected with more than one type of virus from different species. This is why they are believed to be critical in the evolution of new influenza flu viruses that can jump the "species barrier" from animals into humans to cause pandemic flu.

UK on alert over swine flu threat

Britain is on "constant alert" over the threat of deadly swine flu spreading from Mexico, Health Secretary Alan Johnson said today.



Just how big a threat will this flu outbreak be?

Thanks, ironically, to bird flu, we are well prepared, says Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

Spy hackers 'pose major threat to UK'

Attempts by foreign spies, including Chinese, to hack into British computers pose a major threat to national security, the Government has warned. Electronic raids on communication and IT systems have been identified as the biggest threat to Britain after a 7 July-style attack.

Transport attack 'most likely threat to UK'

Britain is more likely to face another attack on the transport network than any other kind of threat, the Government revealed today.

Poultry curbs as bird flu is found in Dorset swans

Restrictions on the movement of poultry were in force last night after three mute swans tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

John Walsh: Tales of the City

'In future, male journalists must display a minimum BMI of 29.9 and a lung/smoke factor of 49 per cent'
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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