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?

Diabetes lifts birth defect risk

Pregnant women with diabetes are almost four times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, according to research published in Diabetologica.

Kellogg's will be adding vitamin D to every one of its children's breakfast cereals

Should we be fortifying foods with nutrients?

Scientists say fortifying foods with nutrients could help save lives, while critics say it's mass medication and unethical. Meg Carter hears the arguments.

Eating less is good for you but evidence has for a long time suggested that cutting down on calories extends life

Britons don't know how to count calories

Most Britons have a "troubling" lack of understanding about the calorie content of everyday foods, a health charity has warned.

A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes

'24,000 unnecessary deaths from diabetes every year'

Up to 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily every year, according to a new report.

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Captive ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson pleads for help in video‎

The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers today and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors.

An X-ray of lung cancer, often caused by tobacco

43% of tumours preventable with better lifestyles

More than 40 per cent of all UK cancer cases could be prevented by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles and environmental risks, according to the biggest study of its kind into diseases that kill more than 150,000 people a year.

Smoking, unhealthy diets, alcohol and being overweight cause in excess of 100,000 tumours every year

Lifestyle and work changes 'would prevent 40 per cent of cancers'

More than 40 per cent of all cancers in the UK could be prevented by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles and environmental risks, according to research.

Snooker: Leading referee Ganley dies at 68

Tributes have been paid to snooker referee Len Ganley, who has died at the age of 68.

Small Talk: Axis-Shield stands firm in the face of £230m Alere bid

Axis-Shield is not for turning. At least not yet. Last week, the medical diagnostics company, which makes machines to test for conditions such as diabetes, published details of why it had said no to an offer from its American rival Alere Inc.

Diabetes drugs cost NHS £725m

Diabetes drugs account for 8.4% of the NHS medicines bill, costing £725 million a year.

Eating bacon may make you diabetic

Eating bacon every day may raise the risk of developing diabetes by more than 50 per cent, research suggests.

Warning over rise of deaths in pregnancy

Women are dying needlessly from conditions that develop or worsen during pregnancy because of a shortage of specialist doctors.

Herbal remedies lack safety warnings

Some herbal remedies still lack clear safety information on side-effects despite new EU rules earlier this year that they should carry warnings. New research shows that even products that fall under these new rules are available online and in shops without the safety information, and old stock is still on sale.

Driver's diabetes not cause of crash

The driver of a bus in which two schoolchildren died after it collided with an oncoming car on the wrong side of the road told an inquest yesterday that he thought everyone on board would be killed.

The Bourne ultimatum: was it all a PR stunt?

The mother-in-law-from-hell saga which tickled Britain last week may be no more than an elaborate publicity stunt, it was suggested yesterday.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003