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A shipment of genetically modified tomato juice designed to boost health benefits is on its way to the UK for testing.

10 things you need to know about holiday health

Of course you’ll have a list of medicines to pack when you go away, but there are some surprisingly simple ways to stay healthy this summer.  

American researchers found that cigarette breaks, increased absenteeism and greater healthcare costs combined to the extra burden smokers place on employers

£4,000 a year: The cost to employers of smokers' cigarette breaks, illness cover and health care costs

Smokers cost £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers, a study has claimed.

Five Questions About: The EHIC card

What's that, something you get after drinking too quickly?

Forget the gym: Just 12 minutes' exercise a week is enough to stay fit, says study

Study finds that four minutes, three times a week could be enough to keep people fit

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European Commission probes Spain over refusals of European Health Insurance Card

Cash-strapped country could eventually be fined

Retiring on top: Alex Ferguson waves to the Manchester United faithful

Work longer, live healthier? How retirement can seriously damage your health

Depression and physical decline are more likely than for those staying in work, study reports

Troops prepare for their mission in Kathryn Bigelow’s movie Zero Dark Thirty

'I killed him': US Navy Seal who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden breaks his silence

His actions were praised by Barack Obama, and considered by many to be the key foreign policy achievement of the US President’s first term. Yet the former US Navy Seal who killed Osama bin Laden has revealed that, after leaving the military, he has been left without a pension or health insurance and is struggling financially.

Documentary maker Bertolt Meyer (who has a bionic hand) is pictured examining 'Rex'

Meet Rex: the $1m bionic man with working heart, set of lungs and human face

Most human body parts can be replaced,  say scientists, and here’s the evidence

Plans to cut postal deliveries to five days a week have led to protests

Idea to trim US mail delivery prompts new hunger strike

As negotiations continue between the Senate and the House on a possible year-end deal to help the financially struggling US Postal Service, a small band of protesters launched its second hunger strike in six months on Tuesday.

Young men 'safer riding a bike than behind the wheel'

Despite incidents highlighting the perils of riding a bike in Britain's cities, young people are much safer cycling than driving, researchers say.

What is it really like to stay in a private hospital?

Mention private hospitals to most people and it’s likely you’ll conjure up images of enjoying a sunny room all to yourself, smiling nurses in pristine uniforms, flat screen TV on the wall and great food.

What is private health insurance? An overview

There are approximately 3.26 million people currently with their own health insurance cover in the UK but with free NHS cover available to all, there are plenty of factors to consider before you decide to purchase.

Postal Service lettercarrier Raymond Hou delivers mail along his route

US postal service posts annual loss of $15.9bn

The US Postal Service on Thursday reported a record annual loss of $15.9 billion in the past fiscal year, prompting renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation to help.

'Routine screening would stop suffering'

I am surprised by the high incidence of PTSD in my constituency. Various governments have been slow to recognise the condition and, while it is now well understood, I am not sure we are delivering as we should.

Mackerel, sardines and pollock: Currently the sixth, seventh and eighth most popular fish by volume in the UK, they are relatively plentiful and, in the case of mackerel and sardine, rich in fish oils

Fish oil supplements won't keep the doctor away, finds new research

Eating two portions of oily fish a week could help ward off a stroke, research suggests.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album