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A man has admitted neglecting his four-month-old son who died from “catastrophic injuries” when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head.

Health Check: How tranquillisers turn users into killers

I TOOK a Valium once. Just the one, mind, and it was more than 20 years ago, but I still remember the cotton wool that filled my brain and senses about an hour after swallowing it. It would have been difficult to find my way to a bus stop in that state, never mind get behind the wheel of a car and negotiate the North Circular.

Tranquillisers kill 100 on roads

TRANQUILLISERS TAKEN by millions of patients a year, such as Valium, are creating a menace on Britain's roads. Drowsiness caused by the drugs is contributing to more than 1,500 accidents and over 100 deaths a year, according to a study.

Modern manners: Surviving the minefield

Dear Serena,

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I don't love you any more.

DEBATE: Are women in the Nineties any better off now they can choose when to have a baby? Two writers argue the question

The right to choose is a clarion call we would do well to ignore, says Linda Kelsey

The human condition: Stop messing with my mind

'Cookbook psychiatry' has spawned an epidemic of misdiagnosis and a generation of patients lobotomised by drugs, claims a new book. Roger Dobson reports

Drug experts say Prozac is not addictive

A claim that the anti-depressant drug, Prozac, could be addictive was rejected yesterday by the Government body that licenses drugs in Britain.

Abortion: `It was important to get on with my life as quickly as possible'

Louise Singleton, 30, is a district nurse who lives in London with her four-year-old daughter. Last week she had an abortion under local anaesthetic at a Marie Stopes day-care centre. She was seven weeks pregnant.

Littlewoods faces writ after bribery case fails

Littlewoods is to be sued by one of its British consultants after the pools and retail group passed details of his alleged activities to police in Singapore, which led to his arrest.

Two into three won't go

A man, two women, one hell of a mess. A menage-a-trois is an experience , but not one Virginia Leigh would care to repeat

Doctor loses C4 libel case

Doctor loses C4 libel case

Last Monday's match was so inept that it introduced impartial observers to the effect of mistaking Valium for coffee sweetener

It should be pretty obvious to everyone who watches football in the Premier League that there is a great deal of room for technical improvement. If not, take an eye test. Shop around for old videos.

Letter: Other ways to treat depression

Sir: It is not often I am persuaded to use the adjective "irresponsible", but I fear I must for the article written by Oliver James on SSRI antidepressants and their use ("The blue Nineties", 11 February), and in particular the suggestion that any other pharmaceutical management of depression should not be tolerated.

Doctors dished them out like sweets until, like opium, they got the masses hooked

The "opium of the masses" was how Professor Malcolm Laser, a psychopharmacologist, described benzodiazepines in an article in the late 1970s, one of the first to warn of the dangers of addiction.

Rival who doped chihuahua lands in dog house

It was a case which involved a small dog, an even smaller dose of valium, but some apparently large egos.
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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