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

Holby City accused of using 'unsafe' drug in storyline

Doctors have accused the BBC of bowing to pharmaceutical industry propaganda after a storyline in an episode of the hospital drama series Holby City featured an expensive drug that is widely regarded as "ineffective and unsafe".

John Walsh: The lethal bullets of celebration

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Jean King: This industry should be kept away from young people

Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills one in two long-term users. It remains the preventable cause of more than a quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK. The tobacco industry has funded misleading research and seeks to gain unwarranted respectability by association with credible bodies such as universities.

UN warns of bird flu resurgence

The United Nations today warned of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, saying wild bird migrations had brought it back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain was spreading in Asia.

UK fat alert: 26 million will be obese by 2030

Government urged to act to prevent looming national health emergency

Mystery remains after pesticides blamed for Thailand tourist deaths

The father of one of the tourists has called for a fresh investigation into her death after Thai authorities said she had probably died after eating 'toxic seaweed'

Warning over drug-resistant salmonella superbug

A potentially deadly drug-resistant form of salmonella is spreading across the world and has already infected hundreds of people in Britain, scientists have warned.

'Revolving door' leads ex-health chief into job with lobbying firm

England's former chief medical officer has joined a global lobbying firm advising companies in the private health industry.

Breast cancer screening has not cut death rate, says study

Breast cancer screening has had little impact on falling death rates from the disease, new research indicates.

India named world's most depressed nation

One of the oddities of the human race is that people living in wealthier nations are less happy and more depressed than those in poorer ones. In France, the Netherlands and America, more than 30 per cent of people have suffered a major depressive episode, compared with 12 per cent in China, according to research from the World Health Organisation.

UN lying over Somalia famine, say Islamists

Aid agencies blocked from helping millions

A grotesque symbol of starving Africa

Desperate women bind their stomachs to deaden hunger pains, eating next to nothing so children can be fed

£15 million raised in East Africa Appeal

The British public has donated £15 million to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa.

Pills costing 15p are 'major breakthrough' in fighting Aids

Until a year ago the fight against Aids was focused on behaviour, such as using condoms and having fewer partners

Drug-resistant STD prompts global warning

A prostitute in Japan who developed a strain of drug-resistant gonorrhoea in her throat has triggered a worldwide alert about the spread of untreatable sexually transmitted diseases.

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