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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.

Most Britons prefer to retire abroad

But sunnier climes may come at a heavy cost. Chiara Cavaglieri examines the financial risks

Trouble brewing over 'tea of the gods'

Some claim kombucha fights cancer and arthritis, others say it's toxic. And it's about to arrive here

Frozen yoghurt: Cooler than ice-cream

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Exercise 'won't cure child obesity'

Scientists have questioned the assumption that a lack of exercise causes fatness in children.

Fish supplements may reduce risk of cancer

The health benefits of oily fish have been advocated for 20 years. Adding one or two servings a week of mackerel or salmon to the household shopping list is believed to help fend off heart disease and has been claimed to ease the symptoms of asthma and bowel disease, prevent premature birth, boost memory, and cure depression. Now US researchers say that taking fish oil supplements may cut the risk of breast cancer. Previous dietary studies have been inconsistent, possibly because few people meet the recommended target for oily fish consumption. Taking supplements could result in higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids that bring the benefit, they say.

Jeremy Laurance: This option would hurt, however you did it

Like a favoured son, the NHS grew fat during the years of plenty under Labour, doubling in size in real terms. Now it is suffering the envious jibes of rival departments, placed on starvation rations, questioning how it can justify its protected status.

Anti-breastfeeding article prompts fury

An article describing breastfeeding as "creepy", written by an editor of a parenting magazine, has provoked outrage and been reported to the Press Complaints Commission.

The £1,000 body scans that ought to come with a health warning

BMA fears patients are being exploited by 'unreliable and inaccurate' private tests

Group calls for end to 'breast is best' slogan

Health campaigners called today for the "breast is best" message to be changed after research suggested it may be failing to convince new mothers.

US budget deficit is not sustainable, Bernanke warns

Ben Bernanke took his "something must be done" message about the US deficit to Capitol Hill once again yesterday, telling lawmakers that they risked riling financial markets if they fail to tackle the exploding costs of government health and social security programmes.

Arab-American crowned 2010 Miss USA

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title.

Chinese state holds parents hostage in sterilisation drive

Hundreds of senior citizens have been held captive in Chinese government offices as part of a campaign by family planning officials to force their children to submit to sterilisation.

Lionel Shriver: 'I had to get to grips with death'

The latest novel from the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin was inspired by the terminal illness of a friend who refused to accept that she was dying

All the President's pen: why Obama's White House letters have that personal touch

It is a tiny but preciously guarded part of the daily routine of the world's most powerful man.

'Humiliated' mother forced off bus for breastfeeding

A bus company apologised today after a "humiliated" young mother was told to get off a bus in the rain because she was breastfeeding.

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