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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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