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

Mystery disease kills 61 children in Cambodia

Health chiefs in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months.

Swine flu's shocking real toll: 265,000 more than anyone realised

The swine flu pandemic of 2009 was responsible for the deaths of thousands more people than originally thought, according to a new report published yesterday.

Olympic news you may have missed

Tim Stockdale took another significant step on his comeback trail yesterday, finishing second in the St Gallen Longines Grand Prix. The Northamptonshire-based showjumper, who broke his neck eight months ago, went clear with Kalico Bay, but could not quite eclipse German winner Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue.

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Great Britain's domination of the rowing scene continued in Switzerland, with five medals secured on finals day at the World Cup event in Lucerne. The men's four, women's pair and women's lightweight double all prevailed, while silver was secured in the men's eight and the lightweight four won bronze.

UN global health agency chief Dr Margaret Chan wins second term

Dr Margaret Chan, who has steered the World Health Organization through crises over bird flu and the respiratory SARS bug, has won a second five-year term as its director-general.

New rules to be introduced on traveller TB screening

Foreign travellers coming to the UK from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis will have to be screened for the potentially fatal infection before being granted a visa under new rules, the Immigration Minister said today.

World maternal deaths halved in 20 years

The global mortality rate for women giving birth has fallen by half over the past two decades, a UN report released today said.

Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050, says WHO

Cases of dementia - and the heavy social and financial burdens associated with them - will soar in the coming decades as life expectancy and medical care improve in poorer countries, the World Health Organisation says.

Olympics influx will create 'extreme risk' of pandemic

The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will place Britain at extreme risk of a deadly flu pandemic, according to research being released today.

Olympics influx will create 'extreme risk' of pandemic

The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will place Britain at extreme risk of a deadly flu pandemic, according to research being released today.

Korean-born academic is US choice to head World Bank

Jim Yong Kim nominated by White House in bid to address concerns about US monopoly on post

David Blanchflower: Better match for the Bank than Dartmouth

I arrived back in Blighty this morning to find the wires full of the news that my boss at Dartmouth College, Dr Jim Yong Kim, whom I know pretty well, had been nominated by President Obama to replace Robert Zoellick as president of the World Bank.

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Antibiotics threaten to damage health of nation

The world is entering an era where injuries as common as a child's scratched knee could kill, where patients entering hospital gamble with their lives, and where routine operations such as a hip replacement become too dangerous to carry out, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation

Health chief warns: age of safe medicine is ending

Antibiotic crisis will make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee could be fatal

In the United Kingdom, only 1per cent of babies are exclusively breastfedat six months

Women 'pressured' to breastfeed babies

For decades women have been cajoled to breastfeed their babies with slogans such as "breast is best." Now researchers have criticised the approach, saying it is "idealistic" and "sets parents up to fail", and that greater recognition of the multiple demands new parents face would reap greater dividends.

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