Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

Human beings can smell sickness in others

Study suggests the human sense of smell can detect when a person's immune system is fighting an illness

Google unveils smart contact lens prototype for diabetics

Miniaturized sensors monitor wearers' glucose levels from their tears, saving diabetics from the disruption of regular blood checks or embedded sensors

Monkeys banned from eating bananas at Devon zoo

Zookeepers say the stereotypical food actually makes monkeys more aggressive, rots their teeth and can lead to diabetes

Bleach could reverse ageing and treat skin damaged by sunburn and radiotherapy

Scientist say household bleach could be used to fight signs of ageing as well as heal radiation dermatitis and sunburn

A new research says a meat-based diet containing too much acid increases diabetes risk

Meaty diets linked to diabetes, study shows

A meat-based diet containing too much acid increases diabetes risk, research has shown.

Diabetes UK urges flu jab uptake

Lives are being put at risk because people with diabetes are not getting their free flu vaccine, a charity has warned.

Katie Hopkins told This Morning parents needed to 'man up'

Katie Hopkins on This Morning: 'Behind every fat child is a fat mother'

The controversial commentator tackles childhood obesity

The actor Tom Hanks has revealed he has Type 2 diabetes

Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

It is thought the condition could be linked to the dramatic weight gain and loss the actor has undergone throughout his career

Walking just 2.5 hours a week could prevent 37,000 deaths

Almost 37,000 deaths in England could be prevented a year if people walked for just 2.5 hours a week, a study claims.

US genomics company patents tailor-made babies but denies plans to ever use it

23andMe have denied that they ever intend to pursue the patent, which offers parents the chance to select traits desired in their babies

One in 10 adults in deprived parts of Britain have diabetes, new figures show

People in deprived parts of England are twice as likely to have diabetes as those in wealthier areas, according to new figures

Two Chinese man receive treatment at a diabetes hospital in Beijing

Millions at risk as China’s prosperity brings diabetes epidemic

The country's march out of poverty has changed its diet, and the result could be devastating

Thousands of 'well-dressed' women are dying from strokes as doctors think they look healthy

Thousands of women are dying from strokes, as doctors miss heart failure symptoms because they are too well groomed and look healthier than they actually are, claims new French research.

Eating fruit significantly cuts diabetes risk - but drinking juice INCREASES it, says study

People who ate three standard servings a week of whole fruits like blueberries had a 26 per cent lower chance of developing the disease

The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

Scandal-hit Stafford health trust to be prosecuted over death of diabetic patient who was not given insulin

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was subject to major inquiry that reported catastrophic care failings between 2005 and 2009

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