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An ode to the dedicated souls pounding away out on the river before the sun's even up

Flower has surgery on melanoma

England's coach, Andy Flower, had an operation to remove a melanoma from his right cheek yesterday. He was absent from the second day's play of the first Test of the Ashes series but is expected to return before the end of the match.

Rise in number of sunburnt whales

An increase in the number of whales with sunburnt skin has been documented by scientists after they took photographs and tissue samples of the animals.

Moisturisers 'can aggravate eczema'

Using moisturiser to treat eczema could make the condition worse, scientists have claimed. Ointments such as aqueous cream BP reduce the thickness of healthy skin, aiding irritation, research from Bath University found.

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Classic facial hair in sport

Newcastle are back, Joey Barton is back, but more ominously, facial hair is back.

Radon gas: The silent killer in the countryside

Some of our best-loved beauty spots conceal a deadly hazard. Who's at risk?

Toxic plants: A growing danger

Plucking a wild fennel frond on a summer walk nearly left Barbara Hall with scars for life. Few are aware, she explains, that sunshine can turn some plants toxic

The hot spot for cool customers: Swedish label Acne

Fashion insiders love the hip Swedish label Acne – and now it’s opening a store over here. About time too, says Harriet Walker

Quarter of teens 'get sun burnt for tan'

More than a quarter (26%) of teenagers admit getting sun burnt on purpose to try and get a tan, according to research published today.

Ten years ago today, it was revealed that the human genome had been decoded. A medical revolution beckoned. So what happened next?

The two scientists stood shoulder to shoulder with President Bill Clinton in the East Room of the White House, the same room where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark unfurled their map of the Northwest Territories for Thomas Jefferson.

Call to tackle deprivation link to cancer

Thousands of cancer cases could be prevented every year if people from poorer backgrounds were as healthy as the rich, figures showed today.

The ten best men's skincare

New wetsuit protects bald penguin from sunburn

A bald penguin has been kitted out today in a new "comfier and snazzier" wetsuit to help prevent it from getting sunburnt this summer.

Food allergy victims 'receive worst services from doctors'

Victims of food allergy are among the worst served by medicine, according to one of the largest reviews of research into the condition.

Has the elixir of youth come of age?

Scientists claim that by 2012 they will have developed drugs that delay the ageing process

Podiatry: Life as a foot expert keeps you on your toes

It may not be the most glamorous part of the body, but, to the UK's 14,000 practising podiatrists, the human foot stands centre stage when it comes to our overall health and well-being. "People don't much like feet," says Lorraine Jones, a member of council at the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, "and podiatry doesn't tend to make it into the papers unless it's something like David Beckham's Achilles tendon injury or a celebrity's bunions. Yet despite our low profile, as many as four in five adults will need to seek help from a foot specialist at some stage in their lives simply to stay mobile and independent."

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada