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25 per cent of Russian men die before they are 55, study reports

The No 219 Sodcast Project, Radio 4, Tuesday<br/>Clear Spot, Resonance FM, Wednesday

Sodcaster? Or 'sound-design consultant'?

Death wish: Routine use of vital antibiotics on farms threatens human health

As Europe and the US face up to the menace of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, UK farmers have dramatically increased their use of the drugs most likely to cause these lethal strains

Gay: Born this way?

The debate about what makes people gay has been raging for decades. Now scientists aim to settle it for good, says Jeremy Laurance

Bill Gates's plea: help me save four million lives

Bill Gates hails breakthrough as he urges world leaders to back new vaccination drive

Letters: Don't give bigots a platform

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's anger is entirely justified ("Racism will go on rearing its ugly head until we shout stop", 6 June). In my view however she is missing the point by using her article to vent her ire. Though it gets my dander up just as it does Ms Alibhai-Brown's, petty thoughtless racist nonsense is best ignored on an individual level.

E.coli outbreak traced to German restaurant

German scientists are looking for clues about the source of the killer E.coli food bug in a restaurant in the northern German town of Luebeck after 17 people fell ill after eating there, a newspaper reported today.

E.coli: panic grips Germany while Britain waits nervously

Crisis 'not over yet' say health officials

Leading article: We must be prepared for a new world of infection

The German outbreak of E.coli, caused by a rare and extremely virulent strain of the bug, is worrying on at least three counts.

1,800 hit by virulent E.coli strain

More than 1,800 people worldwide have been infected by highly toxic E.coli, with almost 200 new cases in Germany in the last few days.

Fears grow as E.coli outbreak is traced to new strain of bacteria

The use of manure as a fertiliser could have led to contamination of vegetables which ingest the bacteria as they grow

Europe E.coli outbreak caused by toxic new strain

A deadly outbreak of E.coli centred in Germany and spreading across Europe is caused by a dangerous new strain, Chinese scientists who analysed the bacteria said.

Fewer jailed for carrying knives

Three British nationals in the UK have been infected with E.coli linked to the German outbreak, the Health Protection Agency said.

Babies at risk as girls fail to get enough iodine

70 per cent of schoolgirls aged 14-15 had levels below 100 micrograms per litre, or a mild deficiency
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