What a Blessed earful! Cameron and foghorn-voiced actor meet at Downing Street

What a Blessed earful! Cameron and foghorn-voiced actor meet at Downing StreetBrian Blessed is campaigning for greater transparency over animal testing By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:54 GMT, 25 April 2013 It may not have been his most hostile confrontation of the day but it was probably the loudest. David Cameron emerged from Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons yesterday to be bearded in Downing Street by foghorn-voiced actor Brian Blessed. The larger-than-life star, 76, was at No 10 to deliver a petition calling on Mr Cameron to end the secrecy surrounding testing on animals for research.

Bowel cancer rates in men soar by a quarter in 35 years: Obesity, smoking and drinking to blame

Bowel cancer rates in men soar by a quarter in 35 years – and obesity, smoking and drinking are to blame But the rise among women is just 6 per cent, says Cancer Research UKThe biggest rise was seen among people in their 60s and 70sDisease is linked to factors such a lack of fibre and too much red meatSome experts also believe the link with obesity seems to be stronger in men By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 23:23 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:42 GMT, 2 April 2013 Bowel cancer rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, new figures have revealed. But the rise among women is far lower, at around six per cent. A report from Cancer Research UK says reasons for the widening gap in disease rates between the sexes remains a mystery, although it is replicated in other countries.

Simple saliva test for breast and prostate cancer will soon be available at your GP for just 5

5 saliva test that assesses risk of cancer: It will be available at your GP surgery Test would detect high risk of breast cancer and prostate tumours Patients could then be monitored to catch tumours at early stageGenetic testing come about after four years of analysis by 1,000 scientists Doubled the number of genes linked to breast, ovarian and prostate cancers By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 16:03 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 28 March 2013 A saliva swab that tests for the genetic risk of two of the deadliest cancers could soon be available at GPs’ surgeries. The 5 test would help detect women with a high risk of breast cancer and men who are genetically prone to prostate tumours.

Record breaking 30m Britons now in work: Cheer for Cameron as number hits highest level for more than 40 YEARS

Record-breaking 30million Britons now in work: Cheer for Cameron as number hits highest level for more than 40 YEARSUnemployment falls to 7.7% in 10th consecutive quarterly declineRise in private sector jobs makes up for continuing cuts in public sectorMcDonald's announces it will hire 2,500 more UK staff in 2013 But Lloyds TSB reveals plans to cut 940 jobs as airline Flybe follows suit By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 10:17 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 24 January 2013 The number of people in work is at a record high of almost 30million. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the total workforce across public and private sectors last year was 29.7million, the largest number since records began in 1971

The camera you can swallow: New capsule could help detect early stages of caner of the oesophagus

The camera you can swallow: New capsule could help detect early stages of cancer of the oesophagusGround breaking device the size of a large multivitamin pillCaptures microscopic images that detect changes in cells By James Black PUBLISHED: 21:47 GMT, 13 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 14 January 2013 A swallowable camera-in-a-capsule could help doctors spot early signs of oesophageal cancer, research has shown. The hi-tech transparent device is about the size of a large multivitamin pill. It contains a rapidly rotating laser that shines a beam of near-infrared light onto the wall of the oesophagus, or gullet, the pipe that carries food to the stomach.

We know she is dying, but we still believe in miracles: Heartbreaking story of a little girl"s last Christmas- and the amazing courage of parents…

We know she is dying, but we still believe in miracles: Heartbreaking story of a little girl's last Christmas- and the amazing courage of parents determined to fight brain tumour that is killing her Parents of Amelia Saunders, 4, hope her story will inspire people to donate money to brain tumour research Parents said they sympathise with Sally Roberts, mother of Neon, 7Amelia's tumour is inoperable and medical trials in the U.S failed to help By Emily Hill PUBLISHED: 22:31 GMT, 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:32 GMT, 29 December 2012 Little star: Four-year-old Amelia Saunders has an inoperable brain tumour. After spending a heartbreaking last Christmas with her family, Amelia's parents hope her story can inspire people to donate to brain tumour research Four-year-old Amelia is a firm believer in fairy tales. Her parents Richard and Chantal Saunders believe in miracles, too.

Stop smoking ad: Cancerous tumour grows out of cigarette in new anti-smoking campaign

Shocking ad shows cancerous tumour growing out of cigarette in new anti-smoking campaign Department of Health ad, which cost 2.7m, will run for nine weeks on television, billboards and onlineLaunched in response to statistics which show more than a third of smokers still think the health risks are greatly exaggerated | UPDATED: 00:12 GMT, 28 December 2012 This gruesome image of a tumour growing from a cigarette is part of the Government's latest attempt to get millions of Britons to stop smoking. The new Department of Health campaign launched today is in response to statistics which show more than a third of smokers still think the health risks are greatly exaggerated

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises the alarm over rise in sea levels

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises new alarm over rise in sea levelsAverage temperatures have risen 2.4C since the Fifties, study showsWest Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea by 3.3m Sea levels have risen by about 20cm (8in) over the past century By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, a new study shows, heightening fears of a catastrophic thaw that raise water levels from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Petrol prices: Revealed: Real cost of petrol now is as high as in the wake of the Suez Crisis when supplies were rationed

Revealed: Real cost of petrol is now as high as in wake of Suez Crisis when supplies were rationedHouse of Commons says prices now are equivalent to the fall-out of the 1957 fuel shortages triggered by stand-off with Egypt Tory MP Robert Halfon calls for crackdown on 'oil cartels'Ministers to publish a study in January into demise of petrol stations after 285 close in two years | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 24 December 2012 Petrol prices in 2012 are 'broadly equivalent' to those during the Suez crisis, House of Commons researchers said Petrol prices are now as high as in the wake of the Suez crisis when petrol was rationed, shocking new research suggests. In the last 100 years, the cost of filling up a car has only been higher in the wake of the First World War when the petrol pump was still a novelty on the high street

Children aged just three will be given kindles and iPads this Christmas as their parents upgrade leaving toymakers worried

Children aged just three will be given kindles and iPads this Christmas as their parents upgrade leaving toymakers worried Toymakers Mattel and Hasbro said to be 'terrified' by trendAmount of time children dedicate to gadgets has rocketed | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 24 December 2012 iPads and Kindles are said to be more in demand than traditional children's toys such as Mattel's Barbie dolls The toys have been well and truly thrown out of the pram this year as children's Christmas lists are dominated by iPads and Kindles, analysts said. Top toymakers Mattel and Hasbro are said to be 'terrified' at the thought that children no longer plump for traditional presents such as dolls and toy cars, but rather the latest technological gadgets, including iPads and Kindles. 'Up against tech groups that make such engaging entertainment, toymakers cannot compete', said managing director of equity research at Needham & Company, an investment banking firm