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The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest.
NHS and care services patients should be "savvy consumers", a new watchdog body says.
Why are packs of 10 cigarettes being banned?
'Ancient humans' used toothpicks nearly 1.8 million years ago, a study of their teeth reveals.
A "bacterial zoo" with microscopic cages has been built out of jelly by US researchers.
Expert argues "food addiction" may just be an excuse to overeat
How mobile phones are helping register deaths
Fly-on-the wall TV programmes may not be showing us the real National Health Service, warns Dr Johnny Marshall, of the NHS Confederation.