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.

Design: Evolutions In Design No 2: The Vacuum Cleaner

WE USED to damp down dust with tea-leaves and sweep it up. Now we take it for granted that the electric vacuum cleaner is one of the most basic and effective of cleaning tools. Its invention revolutionised dust removal. Instead of needing an armoury of specialised brushes for every imaginable dusting task (a goose wing was recommended for cleaning the spines of books, for example), one greedy nozzle could suck almost anything off anywhere. It, more than any other factor, outmoded spring- cleaning.

Letter: Asthma

Sir: Many wind-pollinated plants can trigger asthma, as you report ("The disease that lurks in the dust", 13 October). However, three trees can be removed from the list. Elder and horse chestnut are insect-pollinated. They have obviously been confused with the wind-pollinated alder and sweet chestnut. Willows also are insect-pollinated. Their stiff, showy catkins attract a variety of insects, especially early bees. There have been suggestions that some birds might also pollinate willows, but almost certainly any bird showing an interest will be after the pollinating insects or, even better, the caterpillars that feed on the catkins.

Shopping: Modern problem that is not to be sneezed at

With allergies on the increase, selecting the right food, linen and household goods can be a life-or-death decision. By Claire Gervat

Swedish boost for Glaxo drug

SHARES IN Glaxo Wellcome, the world's second-biggest drug maker, rose 26p to 1,840p after it said it had won approval for Seretide, its treatment for asthma, in Sweden.

Design: The Millennium Collection Nos 8 & 9: The Sylvan Corporation Anti-Asthmatic Pillow and Pertex Fibre

So far, more than 200 Millennium objects have been chosen for excellent design. This week we examine two associated products which together might eradicate the problem of dust mites, believed to be responsible for the allergens which aggravate asthma

CS spraying of patients backed by Home Office

SQUIRTING MENTAL patients with CS spray may be the kindest way of dealing with them, a Home Office minister said last night.

Report condemns police use of CS spray on mental patients

REGULAR police use of CS spray as a "chemical straitjacket" to subdue mentally ill people is severely criticised in a report to be published this week by one of Britain's leading psychiatric hospitals.

Health on the Net Special: The Web way to good health

Want to know more about your body? Forget the library; go for the Internet. But user beware.

Letter: Power and clean air

Sir: In your report "Power pollution linked to asthma" (27 May) you say that, according to research by the Atmospheric Particles Expert Group (APEG), power stations may be a major source of particulate air pollution. I would point out that APEG has not yet finalised the conclusions of its research and a preliminary draft report is not expected to be circulated for peer review until July. It is not possible therefore to comment on details of the research at this stage.

Power pollution is linked to asthma

POWER stations may be a major source of air pollution, according to a study due to be unveiled today.

Bean danger

A WOMAN was recovering in hospital yesterday after the smell given off by red kidney beans triggered a violent allergic reaction.

Nurse's passive smoking claim fails

A NURSE who claimed she developed asthma through being exposed to passive smoking in an old people's home yesterday lost her claim for damages in a landmark court case.

Ozone fear mars sunshine weekend

Summertime blues: Britain basks in good weather, but we still can't get a drink in the Continental-style cafe and the air is polluted

Passive smoking claim makes history

Former worker at old folks' home blames polluted atmosphere for onset of asthma in case that could set legal precedent

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?