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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.

Choirs are magical - but should they be a social tool, too?

There's a risk that in using choirs for everything from helping fragmented communities to stress relief, we drag them down to the level of the mundane

The age of millionaire rockers was a mid-century blip

Tales From The Water Cooler
Actors perform in a sequence meant to represent the NHS during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics

Technological advances in the NHS at a crossroads

They could save the NHS – or bankrupt it. New technological advances that are transforming care of patients also risk crippling the health service responsible for delivering them.

Terence Blacker: Generation Sloth are the victims of a betrayal

Taking exercise should be a part of any civilised education

WellPoint in deal for Amerigroup

The US health insurer, WellPoint, is buying its rival Amerigroup for $4.46bn (£2.87bn). The move is a major bet on the expansion of the US government's Medicaid health plans for the country's poor.

The Republican presidential candidate intends to scrap the scheme

Obama court victory spurs flood of Romney campaign donations

Campaign donations were flooding yesterday into the coffers of Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger in the race for the White House, signifying a tidal wave of outrage among conservatives over Thursday's decision by the US Supreme Court to uphold President Barack Obama's controversial healthcare overhaul.

Supporters of
Mr Obama's
Affordable Care
Act celebrate
the ruling
outside the
Supreme Court

Obama vindicated with court ruling on healthcare

After months of fevered anticipation, the US Supreme Court yesterday upheld the core of the ambitious healthcare overhaul driven through Congress by President Barack Obama in 2010, thus ensuring that provisions to extend health insurance to nearly every American can be implemented as planned.

Supporters of
Mr Obama's
Affordable Care
Act celebrate
the ruling
outside the
Supreme Court

Supreme Court stands behind Obamacare

Ruling is a huge win for President, ensuring healthcare provision for all Americans

Jerry and June Caldwell both
developed a rare typhus

US high court upholds key part of Obama health law

The US Supreme Court today upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms, handing him a huge election-year political victory.

'Fat tax' call over unhealthy foods

Britain would need to put a 20 per cent "fat tax" on unhealthy food and drink to improve the numbers of people suffering diet-related conditions such as obesity and heart disease, medical experts warn.

Jogging 'increases life expectancy'

Jogging for as little as an hour a week can put years on your life, new research has shown.

Egg donor Sylvia Barr

Eggs unlimited: an extraordinary tale of scientific discovery

Two biologists, split by rivalry and disagreement, suddenly realised that they were on the same side. The result was a revolutionary breakthrough. Special report by our Science Editor, Steve Connor

Members of the public attended the oral arguments last week in the Supreme Court where President Obama's healthcare bill was being debated

Rupert Cornwell: Obamacare is in the hands of the unelected

Out of America: The Supreme Court has the power to trump Congress and consign to history the US's boldest attempt at universal healthcare

Accidents can be costly, particularly if your policy includes a high excess

Voluntary excess on insurance may be false economy

It may cut your premium but make sure you can afford it if disaster strikes

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John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
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peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
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Tito Vilanova passed away aged just 45
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Benedict Cumberbatch
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While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week