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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.

Mary Dejevsky: Genetic testing has little value if there's no chance of a cure

If you submit to screening at, say, the age of 40, and learn that you have a predisposition to Alzheimer's, what are you supposed to do about it?

US workers protest over plan to limit union power

Obama faces new political battle as rally by public-sector employees in state of Wisconsin evokes spirit of Middle East

Rupert Cornwell: An 18th-century battle for modern health care

Out of America: Obama's reforms stir ancient fears over the demarcation of power between government and the individual

Popeye had it right: spinach really does make you stronger

Popeye's taste for a can of spinach before a fight has a genuine scientific basis, researchers have found: the leafy green vegetable really can boost your muscle power.

Organic milk is better for you, say scientists

Britain's beleaguered organic sector receives a boost today with a study that suggests organic milk is healthier than the ordinary variety.

Missed opportunities to thwart gunman's plans

As Federal investigators in Tucson try to piece together a detailed picture of Jared Loughner, the suspect in last weekend's mass shopping centre shooting, one question keeps coming back: why were no alarm bells sounded with the authorities before last Saturday about his disturbing behaviour?

Cold swimming: Come on in, the water's icy

You don't have to be mad to enjoy a dip in winter. Despite sub-zero temperatures that leave even the hardiest of athletes numb, Jenny Landreth discovers why cold swimming is a life-affirming experience

Questions Of Cash: Prevaricating Pru was giving me the needle

Q. I made a claim for acupuncture from my PruHealth Personal Health Fund. Prudential has repeatedly promised to meet the claim, but it has instead rejected or ignored them. They have also continually changed the criteria on eligibility. I have spent many, many hours trying to sort this out with Prudential and I don't believe that this can be resolved without third-party assistance. HP, Lewes.

Vitamin D, the cure-all supplement that could be bad for your health

It is called "bottled sunshine" and claimed to be one of the most effective health supplements on the market. Scores of studies have suggested that it protects against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, and a growing number of doctors have recommended it to their patients.

43 million Americans live in poverty

One in seven Americans was living in poverty last year – the worst figure since 1994. The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 per cent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said yesterday in its annual report on the economic well-being of US households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama's first year in office.

New crackdown on Wall St fraud

Federal prosecutors in New York vowed to step up their campaign to root out and punish wrongdoing by Wall Street over the credit crisis. The US attorney's office in the southern district of New York, which has much of the finance industry under its jurisdiction, yesterday named a new head of its civil frauds office to examine "large-scale and sophisticated financial frauds".

Camel milk? Pull the udder one

Once, it came from cows and was delivered to our doorsteps. Now the dairy is just one of many points of origin for the white stuff. Alice-Azania Jarvis investigates

Scientists hail health benefits of black rice

Black rice – revered in ancient China but overlooked in the West – could be one of the greatest "superfoods", scientists believe.

Balcony plunge newlywed flown home

A woman who fractured her spine in three places while on honeymoon in Corfu arrived back in Britain today.

Honeymoon balcony fall woman to be flown home

A woman who fractured her spine in three places while on honeymoon in Corfu is due to be flown home tomorrow.

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