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Sleep researchers found that disruption to natural body clock has ‘severe’ impact on finely-tuned DNA

Polish wrong-way lorry driver jailed

A Polish lorry driver has been jailed for driving into oncoming traffic on the motorway while under the influence of alcohol.

The brain of a person shortly after diagnosis with schizophrenia (top) showing it relatively unscathed. Five years later, there is substantial loss of grey matter (above). Damage starts in the outer regions of the brain and spreads to all parts over the years. Patients with the worst tissue loss tend to have the worst symptoms

Scientists shocked to find antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Chance discovery of link between acne drug and psychosis may unlock secrets of mental illness

Scientists to urge making drug-driving a criminal offence

Driving under the influence of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy is one step closer to being outlawed, The Independent can reveal.

Teenager drugged in latest Santa attack

A man dressed as Father Christmas drugged a 15-year-old girl at a market in Berlin over the weekend, the latest in a series of attacks targeting revellers.

Rory McIlroy feels the heat in Dubai yesterday

Dengue fever could derail McIlroy quest

Rory McIlroy's eventful season has taken yet another twist after medics informed him he may have contracted Dengue fever.

Murderer caught after chance DNA sample

A man who was not even a suspect until he voluntarily gave up his DNA has been convicted of killing three New York women more than 15 years ago.

Key find could prevent deadly prostate cancer

A blood test that can distinguish between the benign and dangerous forms of prostate cancer could soon be developed following a breakthrough in understanding the complex genetics behind the most common type of cancer in men.

Old vial of blood may reveal serial killer Ted Bundy's secrets

Ted Bundy, the prolific serial killer who confessed to murdering at least 30 young women in the 1970s, could soon have more deaths added to his toll. Police in Florida have found a vial of his blood, allowing them to create for the first time a full DNA profile that they hope will help solve a string of cases.

Patients warned in Hepatitis scare

More than 150 heart surgery patients at a hospital have been warned they may have contracted the dangerous Hepatitis B virus.

Ice Cube, IndigO2, London<br/>Friendly Fires, Roundhouse, London

Cube's longevity in the fast-changing world of rap is a thing of wonder; and seeing an icon in the flesh is always a thrill

Ian Poulter happy with first round at the Open

England's Ian Poulter admitted he would have been disappointed had he not finished under par having played so well without creating many chances in his first round of the 140th Open.

The &#163;400 test that tells you how long you'll live

DNA breakthrough heralds new medical era &ndash; and opens ethical Pandora's box

Blood test could diagnose Alzheimer's disease

Scientists have developed a blood test which they believe could diagnose Alzheimer's disease in its early stages.

Simple blood test could save hundreds from ovarian cancer

A £20 blood test given to women with suspected ovarian cancer could save hundreds of lives a year, experts said yesterday.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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