Life and Style Michael Mosley holding up a piece of human tapeworm as Mosley lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for a documentary

It's a documentary that promises to be fascinating – but you'd be well-advised not to watch it over dinner.

Think the humble house spider is harmless? Think again: woman nearly dies after spider bite

Natalie Hemme suffered a rare allergic reaction after being bitten on the wrist by a house spider

Man dies after eating dozens of bugs and worms in a live cockroach-eating contest

A man has died after winning a live cockroach-eating competition in Florida.

A genetically modified cow that produces milk for allergic children

Scientists create GM cow to cut milk allergies in children

Calf was cloned with extra genetic material that 'switches off' the protein allergen

Sufferers endure the longest hay fever season in more than two decades

Hay fever sufferers have been forced to endure the longest hay fever season in more than two decades, scientists said.

Appeal launched to find pyjamas fit for an itchy horse

An appeal has been launched for a pair of pyjamas with a difference - to fit a large horse.

Safety alert over response to children's food allergies

Minimum safety standards should be brought in to Britain's schools to cope with the rising number of children with food allergies, doctors have warned.

Children risk asthma if parent of same sex has it

Children are twice as likely to develop allergic diseases including asthma if a parent of the same sex is a sufferer, new research suggests.

Market Report: Allergy given a hay fever shot in the arm

Punters in Allergy Therapeutics were breathing a little bit easier yesterday. The Aim-listed drugs company was enjoying a revival after regulators in the States finally decided to rescue its grass pollen allergy vaccine from limbo.

Scientists call for a longer ban on bird flu research

Work on making H5N1 strain transmissible should not resume until it is safe, says US agency

Wearing her new perfume, Dita Von Teese would be unwelcome in many US buildings

Bring your guns, but leave your perfume at home

After paying out thousands of dollars in compensation to allergic workers, US authorities are banning artificial scents

David Cameron's hot weather hay fever misery

The spring heatwave has been welcomed by many people across the UK, but David Cameron has revealed he has been struck down by hay fever as a result.

A diabetic 'medical tat'

Doctor, doctor, I've got this strange tattoo

Forget Angelina Jolie's shoulder-covering Buddhist incantation or David Beckham's Christ on the cross. The smart money is on a new kind of tattoo: the medical tat.

Allergic shocks rise 700 per cent in 20 years

The number of people admitted to hospital with life threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

Huge rise in potentially fatal allergies

The number of people admitted to hospital with life-threatening anaphylactic shock – involving sudden swelling, breathlessness and low blood pressure – has increased by at least 700 per cent in the last two decades.

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