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Death rates drop as heart disease treatment improves

Death rates in England and Wales have fallen dramatically, by 25 per cent among men and 22 per cent among women, over the last decade, latest figures show.

The Week In Radio: Relax to arias of outstanding natural beauty

Opera is brilliant for the blood pressure. According to research, Verdi's arias, which follow musical phrases that are 10 seconds long, synchronise perfectly with the natural cardiovascular rhythm. When stroke and cardiac patients were played rousing operatic music like Puccini's Nessun Dorma, full of crescendos and diminuendos that alternately arouse and relax the body, they experienced lowered blood pressure and better outcomes.

'Magic bullet' tested to cut risk of heart attack and stroke

An international trial was launched yesterday to establish if a one-a-day pill can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

'He was just so charismatic': Blair's return provokes a bout of nostalgia

The man with the Golden Tan flew to Gordon Brown's aid yesterday.

Eating chocolate 'can cut heart attack and stroke risk'

Eating just one square of chocolate a day can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%, researchers said today.

Englishman nears end of 1,000-mile race

Since a week ago last Monday, William Sichel has been running around a 1km circuit of road at a disused airport outside Athens in an attempt to become the first man in more than a decade to finish a 1,000-mile running race.

Professor Sir James Black: Nobel laureate who designed the first modern drugs for high blood pressure and peptic ulcers

Sir James Black invented the first modern blood-pressure drug, propranolol, and the first modern ulcer drug, cimetidine, which rank among the most important medical advances of the 20th century, having saved countless lives and abolished overnight the need for ulcer surgery. Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, regarded Black as "the greatest drug-hunter of the 20th century. Not only did he develop two entirely novel classes of drug, beta-blockers and H2 antagonists, which had a major impact; but he also introduced a unique approach to drug discovery by using agonists as the starting point for the development of specific antagonists."

Surgical safety: 'Without this checklist, I would have killed a man'

A simple but effective safety test should be implemented in all hospitals from today. The surgeon behind it, Atul Gawande, describes how it helped him avert a medical catastrophe

Can you be fit and obese?

Kick boxing twice a week, walking the dog two miles every day – Clint Witchalls thought he was healthy. Then a visit to the doctor revealed he was dangerously overweight...

Mystery surrounds poisoning of doctor who exposed torture

Iranian medic 'was given fatal overdose in a portion of salad'

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill, By Dimitri Verhulst

Sombre tale hits the high spots

'Healthy' sweetener linked to high blood pressure

An ingredient in processed foods and soft drinks could be a recipe for high blood pressure, research suggests.

Jeremy Laurance: A breakthrough – but the real answer lies in exercise and diet

The first of a new class of slimming pill is bound to attract attention, especially when it comes with the backing of a leading obesity researcher and is published in an internationally respected medical journal.

Anti-obesity drug takes off a stone in 20 weeks

New treatment performs better than rivals and without the side effects
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee