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

The WHO tells me I’m ill - but I’ve never been better

The World Health Organisation need to remove transsexuality from its list of mental illnesses - I'm trans, not mentally ill.

David Beckham takes on child stunting

Just when you thought David Beckham had maxed out his capacity for ambassadorial sensitiveness, he lends his voice to a UNICEF column calling for action against malnutrition in children.

New Delhi Metro: becoming a 'hot-spot' for suicides

New Delhi's rail transit system a vehicle for suicides

NEW DELHI — With its air-conditioned trains, clean platforms, clockwork timing, orderly lines and women-only carriages, New Delhi's Metro has been celebrated for a decade as a symbol of a rapidly modernizing nation. But the gleaming public transportation system has now become a suicide hot spot.

'Brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 in Pakistan

A waterborne parasite commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba” has killed 10 people in Pakistan's largest city, a Pakistani official with the World Health Organization said today.

California Governor Jerry Brown called the therapies ‘quackery’

Sexual 'conversion' therapy unethical, pscyhotherapists told

Psychotherapists have been told by their biggest professional body that it is unethical for them to try to “convert” people from being gay to straight.

Cancer costs EU £99bn per year

Cancer costs European countries 124 billion euros (£99 billion) every year, according to the first estimate of the full economic burden of the disease in the EU.

'Sars-like virus' man in stable condition

A man who contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus is now in a stable condition.

Ebola outbreak kills 10 in eastern Congo

An outbreak of suspected Ebola in eastern Congo has infected at least 15 people, 10 of whom have died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Carol Jennings: 'Gradually it [Alzheimer's disease] was going through the family. It seemed like each year another one would have developed it'

Dementia: I have a 50:50 chance. But I try not to worry

Peter Popham meets the remarkable family from Nottingham who changed the way scientists thought about Alzheimer’s - and offered hope to millions

Babyjabs.co.uk to remove MMR autism claim

A website offering parents advice on childhood immunisation has been ordered to remove information about the MMR vaccine after renewing claims that it could be linked to autism.

14 killed in Uganda by deadly Ebola virus outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in western Uganda this month, health officials said, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes.

Deadly virus forces closure of schools across South East Asia

Health officials in several countries across South East Asia are on alert over a deadly virus that has killed more 50 young children and which the authorities fear could spread further.

Motherwell couple launch legal action over homes built on 'toxic land'

A couple who claim their home was built on toxic land launched a legal battle against their housing association yesterday.

Which is your 'weight nationality'? Perhaps like Eva Herzigova (pictured)?

Trending: Measure yourself on the global fat scale

Forget boring chat about body-mass indexes, kilograms and body-fat percentages – the new fun way to look at your weight is with the global fat scale.

WHO still unable to identify illness that killed 61 children in Cambodia

The World Health Organisation says it is too early to say whether a mixture of known diseases or something new is responsible for the deaths of more than 60 children.

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