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UN agencies issue rare joint appeal for action to end bloodshed in Syria

UN says at least 70,000 people have been killed since start of conflict

Chinese health workers collect bags of dead chickens at Huhuai wholesale agricultural market in Shanghai

China orders poultry cull after sixth death from bird flu never seen in humans before

Alarm over a sixth death from a strain of lethal bird flu never before seen in humans has led Chinese authorities to slaughter more than 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai.

Health officials carry sacks of culled chickens after bird flu was found at a farm in Agartala, India
Anti-smoking campaigners protest in Manila

WHO concern at Philippine's support for tobacco fair

The Philippines has a strong tobacco industry, but it pledged to ban advertising

The virus responsible for swine flu is becoming increasingly resistant to Tamiflu

Virus responsible for swine flu pandemic becoming increasingly resistant to Tamiflu

2009 outbreak may have caused the deaths of up to 579,000 people

Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a young patient on a malaria vaccine trial in Mozambique

Bill Gates: Why do we care more about baldness than malaria?

Gates blames capitalism for channelling more money into curing minor ailments

#FGM: Forget 'cultural differences' the practice of female genital mutilation is simple brutality

Female genital mutilation (FGM) isn’t just something that’s carried out in the deepest, darkest recesses of the globe. It's a UK problem too.

Irish food safety chief, Prof Alan Reilly; The Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, which was raided by police and the FSA

Professor Alan Reilly: 'If I'd got horse meat tests wrong, I would be selling The Big Issue by now'

David McKittrick speaks to the Irish scientist whose team first discovered the scale of the horse meat problem

Sars background: a fragile virus with deadly results

The novel coronavirus responsible for causing severe pneumonia in 11 patients worldwide is distantly related to the SARS virus, and has so far claimed the lives of half of those infected. But experts emphasised yesterday it was not the same. 

Briton in intensive care at Manchester hospital after contracting potentially fatal Sars-like virus

A UK resident has contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus, health experts have confirmed.

A medical technician works at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital

Disappointment for British researchers as new TB vaccine ‘does little to protect children’

Hopes of wiping out pulmonary tuberculosis suffered a major setback today, as the most promising new vaccine was shown to do little to protect children.

It's not our libraries' responsibility to help the mentally ill. It's the Government's

News that GPs will prescribe books to help those suffering from mental health problems is a smokescreen - the Coalition is failing the most vulnerable

World Cancer Day: How meat can be murder

Warnings are now added to cigarettes, but what about meat consumption?

Share violent crime data, A&Es urged

A coalition pledge urging hospitals to share violent crime data with police to help fight crime is only being carried out properly in a third of areas in England, a Department of Health (DH) report has revealed.

Children were worst hit by 2009 swine flu outbreak

Almost half of all children and teenagers in the UK and other countries hit by swine flu in 2009 succumbed to the virus, a study has shown.

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