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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.

Bike rental schemes 'saving lives in cities'

Bicycle rental schemes save lives by increasing physical activity levels among city dwellers and should be expanded across Britain's cities, according to research in the British Medical Journal. A study of the Barcelona equivalent of London's "Boris bikes" found that short, regular cycle rides by users have reduced the number of annual deaths – despite the increased risk from accidents and exposure to air pollution.

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Doctors claim making bike helmets a legal requirement would put people off cycling

A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima

David McNeill meets a nuclear worker who sees it as his duty to save the stricken plant – even if it means an early grave

Tanning: Let the sunshine in

Tanning gets so much bad press we risk losing sight of the facts. Jane Feinmann asks: is it time we stopped being so scared of the sun?

Sugar and spice and all things unhealthy: what teenage girls eat

Teenage girls have the unhealthiest diets in the UK, with fewer than one in 10 eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Patten to cut two-thirds of BBC's top managers

The new chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, wants to cut two-thirds of the BBC's team of 550 senior managers and to end the custom of giving them annual bonuses and free private health insurance.

Terence Blacker: The value of a price tag on nature

The natural world cannot survive Osborne's cheerful free-market libertarianism

Pomegranate juice could reduce workplace stress

Pomegranate juice could reduce stress in the workplace, according to new research.

Campaigners livid as Whitehall axes Breastfeeding Week

Critics say move may undo years of work, just as message on benefits of mothers' milk gets through

Male coffee drinkers cut cancer risks

Men who consume a lot of coffee cut their risks of lethal prostate cancer, a study has shown.

Government backs 'Independent' safety for cyclists campaign

The Government yesterday gave its backing to The Independent’s campaign to protect cyclists from being killed by lorries and buses on Britain’s roads.

Disabled woman fights off muggers

A scooter user headbutted a teenage mugger after he tried to rob her as she drove her mobility scooter.

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