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

Killer nurse granted leave to appeal

A former staff nurse serving at least 30 years behind bars for the murder of four patients at two Leeds hospitals was given the go-ahead to challenge his conviction today.

Tiger Woods' mother-in-law leaves hospital

Barbro Holmberg returns to golfer's Florida home after treatment for stomach pain

Baby died of glucose overdose, inquest told

A premature baby died of a "massive overdose" of glucose following a series of blunders at a leading children's hospital, an inquest heard today.

Letters: Ante-natal testing

Why some women shun ante-natal testing

Case cracked – by a leech

When Tasmanian police arrived at the home of an elderly victim of armed robbery in 2001, they found only one piece of forensic evidence: a leech, freshly engorged with blood. They bagged it and extracted the blood for DNA profiling, with little hope it would lead them to the culprit.

Swine flu vaccines tested on children

Swine flu vaccinations have been given to 500 children in a trial to determine their effectiveness. The study involves 600 children aged six months to 12 years and began a week ago in Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Exeter and London.

Has science found the cause of ME?

Breakthrough offers hope to millions of sufferers around the world

'Dirty bomb' breakthrough

British scientists have developed a revolutionary method of treating victims of radiation contamination. Trials of a new device, no bigger than a small suitcase, which can rapidly detect the extent of cellular damage caused by exposure to a nuclear "dirty bomb" or a radiation leak, will be announced this week. It could mean doctors being able to scan hundreds of potential victims at an incident within hours.

Gender doubt over 800m star

Women's world No 1 Semenya faces tests to dispel rumours she has male genes

Letters: Men's health

Men are badly served by the National Health Service

Mood music can help babies cope with pain

Playing music to babies in hospital can ease their pain and help with feeding, according to research published today.

Beached whales must be killed, say marine experts

Rescue attempts to refloat animals 'causes unnecessary suffering and rarely works'

Ovarian cancer: What women should know

The day she gave birth to her first child, Astrid Wynne was told she had ovarian cancer – at 28. Every woman, whatever her age, should recognise the symptoms, she argues

Mark Hughes: Why DNA profiling is not just about convicting the guilty

The acquittal of Sean Hodgson is the latest case to benefit from the enhancement of DNA profiling techniques.

No sex please: An asexual life

Andy is young and healthy – yet he’s never experienced physical desire. And there are thousands more like him. Olly Bootle meets the asexuals
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album