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Ulcers linked to 'earlier death'

Diabetic patients who develop foot ulcers are more likely to die prematurely than those who do not, a study has suggested.

Actors perform in a sequence meant to represent the NHS during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics

Technological advances in the NHS at a crossroads

They could save the NHS – or bankrupt it. New technological advances that are transforming care of patients also risk crippling the health service responsible for delivering them.

Chocolate 'lowers blood pressure'

Merely thinking of chocolate may set pulses racing, but research suggests it can actually lower blood pressure.

Oxytocin's effect on women is well understood, but not in men

Doctors find a nasal spray that can save your marriage

The hormone oxytocin can help to take the heat out of arguments, study finds

Philip Hensher: Only Jeremy Kyle believes in lie detector tests. Oh, and the Government

Fans of The Wire will remember a deathless scene where the policemen extract a confession from a murder suspect with a homemade lie detector. First, they load a photocopier with three sheets of paper reading TRUE, TRUE and LIE; they bring in the suspect and ask him three questions. Is your name X? Do you live in Baltimore? Did you kill your friend Rashid? TRUE, TRUE, LIE. The suspect is horrified, and starts blabbing.

All-in-one 'polypill' could save lives, says report

An all-in-one “polypill” with the potential to save many tens of thousands of lives each year in the UK could be available in less than two years.

Portugal great Eusebio hospitalised in Poland

Portugal great Eusebio was in stable condition Sunday at a hospital in Poland after undergoing tests following a heart attack scare, officials said.

Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor expresses concern for her health on Europe tour

Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor expressed worry today that the Nobel Peace laureate's whirlwind tour of Europe could weaken her health, after she fell ill on the second day of her two-week trip.

The number of diabetics doubled to 3.1 million between 1994 and 2009

Diabetes timebomb: Only half of NHS patients receiving acceptable care

Sweeping variations in standards of care for diabetic patients is costing thousands of lives and wasting tens of millions of pounds every year, the government’s spending watchdog reveals.

Jogging 'increases life expectancy'

Jogging for as little as an hour a week can put years on your life, new research has shown.

Those going on the holiday experiment face one of three scenarios: an Indian Ocean beach break (pictured); a sub-Saharan expedition; or an Asian cultural experience

Sun, sea ... and psychiatric evaluations. Travel deal proves there's no such thing as a free holiday

A leading travel firm is seeking volunteers to find out if a change really is as good as a rest

Sally Bercow 'tempted to try' legal high mexxy

Speaker's wife Sally Bercow today said the Government's plans to ban a so-called legal high made her tempted to try it before it was too late.

Alcohol may benefit heart patients says new study

Turning to drink can help men live longer after a first heart attack, a study has shown.

Diabetes complications at new high

Rates of stroke and kidney failure in people with diabetes have reached record levels, according to a new analysis.

Ronnie Corbett: I'll treasure my CBE

Comedian Ronnie Corbett spoke of his delight at receiving the CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.

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Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

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Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'