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

Rats in Madagascar's prisons have been blamed for spreading bubonic plague

Madagascar faces possible bubonic plague epidemic, experts warn

Country's dirty prisons are blamed for disease's spread

Taliban renews assault on Pakistani polio vaccination teams, killing two

Two people were killed and up to 20 more injured after Taliban militants used a bomb to target a team delivering polio vaccination drops to children in north-west Pakistan.

A woman sells coca leaves in La Paz, Bolivia, where the plant has traditionally had medicinal purposes

Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

Coca can treat muscle pain and could provide income for impoverished farmers, says study

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Report urges review of coca leaf research

Sweden ranked as the best place to grow old in report

World population is aging so fast most countries are not adequately prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people says report

Ralph in 1958 from 'Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left' by Michael Newman

The Daily Mail vs Ed Miliband - now the flames have really been stoked

Sometimes they print things so myopic that you feel a fly on the wall might learn something genuinely new about human nature

5.3 million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV

UK pledges £1bn to battle AIDS, TB and Malaria – some of world's most devastating preventable diseases

Only the USA will pay more on global health  - with our contribution aiming to save 'a life every three minutes'

Scientists have discovered the 'blue print' for a revolutionary universal flu vaccine that could protect against all strains of seasonal inluenza – even new deadly new viruses never encountered before

Scientists discover 'blue print' for revolutionary universal flu vaccine

A set of naturally occurring immune cells could play a crucial role in the body's resistance to flu

The UN's statistics on sexual violence are shocking, but they also point the way for change

Changing our idea of masculinity is the key to preventing violence against women

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans

Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans, with greatest risk in Britain

Lung diseases kill one in every 10 Europeans, new figures suggest, and the proportion of deaths caused by the diseases in the UK is the highest of any European nation.

Life and health are not to be begrudged

Kate Hughes: Life and health are not to be begrudged

It's a truth that all of us have had a subconscious knowledge of for as long as we can remember: gender, occupation, wealth and even where in the country you live can have a huge effect on how long and in what health you survive.

Race for life: Blood tests

Stories from the forgotten heroes of Sars

It was the huge bravery of medical staff that contained the pandemic 10 years ago – many of whom risked or even lost their lives. Simon Usborne hears their stories

Indonesian mothers holding their daughters after they received a circumcision

Protests mark new campaign against ‘female circumcision’

Campaigners protested in central London against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Coronavirus was the official cause of the Sars virus, which caused hundreds of deaths in 2003, said the WHO

Man dies from new Sars-like coronavirus in central London hospital

The patient, believed to be 49, was being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure

Electron microscope image of the Aids virus

Two HIV-infected men treated with bone marrow transplants 'have no detectable Aids virus'

One patient has now been off anti-retroviral drug treatment for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks

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