News 2008 picture of purple tomatoes at the John Innes Centre in Norwich

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

Patients outside a hospital in Benidorm, Spain

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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness