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?

Eating almonds 'could help prevent diabetes'

Eating almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease, according to a study.

Scandal of the deadly diabetes drug subsidised by French state

French politicians of both the right and left are facing severe embarrassment and legal recriminations with the forthcoming publication of an official report on what could become the worst health scandal in the country's history.

Fat of the land: Nauru tops obesity league

Pacific islanders say they're just born to be big, but new UN figures show an explosion of chronic diseases linked to high-fat diet

Can air pressure help healing?

Under the microscope

Leading article: The little tablet that could (and still can)

Scarcely a month passes, it seems, without the humble aspirin offering up a new benefit. Yesterday it was announced that this most ubiquitous of medicines could cut the risk of several cancers by as much as half. At a time when any medical innovation seems expressly designed to stretch even the capacious wallet of the NHS, the discovery of another use for aspirin – in addition to heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, dementia and, let's not forget, common or garden pain – offers glad tidings that deserve to be shouted from the rooftops.

Les Parents Terribles, Trafalgar Studios, London

Antipathy begins at home

Hearing loss warning to diabetes sufferers

Diabetes sufferers were today urged to have hearing tests after it emerged people with the condition are twice as likely to suffer deafness.

AstraZeneca profits drop by a quarter

AstraZeneca's profits slumped by more than a quarter in the three months to the end of September after it paid out nearly $500m (£314m) over claims relating to its Seroquel schizophrenia treatment.

Number of adult diabetics soars 6% in year

The number of adult diabetics in the UK has soared by 6% since last year while obesity shot up by a similar amount, new figures showed today.

Statins 'cut bowel cancer risk by 12%'

Cholesterol-lowering drugs used to prevent heart problems can reduce the risk of bowel cancer by 12%, a study suggested today.

Pre-conception diet link to baby's health

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables before conception could boost the chances of delivering a baby of healthy weight, according to a new study.

Many private health tests 'unnecessary'

People have been warned against paying for unnecessary, invasive and costly private health screening.

HGH grows in appeal despite the side effects

Human growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain and is essential for childhood growth and the development of muscle, bone and cartilage.

Jack Tatum: American footballer famed and feared for his heavy hitting

For all the excitement of its long touchdown passes, or the cerebral nature of its complicated tactics, American football remains at heart a battle between blocker and defender, ball-carrier and tackler, a game of violence epitomised by "The Assassin" Jack Tatum. Tatum was a great defender because he was one of the game's hardest hitters, but his legacy will be just one hit, the one which left Darryl Stingley paralysed for the rest of his life.

Uproar at top restaurant as waiter quits over 'nipple tweak'

The sedate world of dim sum dining is set to be rocked by allegations of sexual harassment among the waiting staff of one of London's best-known and award-winning Chinese restaurants.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?