Weight-loss surgery is being sold as a "quick-fix" option, akin to breast enhancement, according to a report by the charity the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.
Millions of lives are at risk in Iran because western sanctions are disrupting the import of medicines for diseases including multiple sclerosis and cancer, the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases has warned.
The cyclist Lance Armstrong has stood down as the chairman of the cancer foundation Livestrong, which he founded after his diagnosis for testicular cancer in September 1996.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has set up a fund for charitable donations for the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who is being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being shot by a Taliban gunman.
Animal welfare charities have called on the government for help as the number of abandoned horses soars with the recession.