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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.

Take a break, it could save your life

Office workers beware: long periods of sitting at your desk may be a killer. Scientists have identified a new threat from our sedentary lifestyles that they call "muscular inactivity".

Barack Obama: The insurance lobby must not be allowed to kill healthcare reform

Over the past few decades, there has been an intense struggle in Washington between the lobbyists for the insurance industry and the interests of the American people over what has been called a Patient's Bill of Rights – a set of rules to protect Americans from some of the worst practices of the health insurance industry; rules to ensure that all Americans are getting the care they need from their doctors and the care they deserve from their insurance companies.

Cooking with seaweed

A new Irish cook has published a book of seaweed recipes claiming the ingredient is full of cancer-busting properties.

Ready for a rainy day? Time to get a financial umbrella

More than a quarter of British families have no savings or investments to fall back on in times of emergency, according to new research from Abbey. With unemployment nearing 2.5 million and set to go higher, being one wage packet away from the breadline is a sobering thought.

Abortion hijacks the US healthcare debate

Battle over amendment that may prevent women paying for terminations

House passes sweeping US healthcare overhaul

The US House of Representatives approved a sweeping healthcare reform bill yesterday, backing the biggest health policy changes in four decades and handing President Barack Obama a crucial victory.

A tradition of wellness on the islands

The long menu of options at the luxurious Mare Nostrum Spa in Tenerife includes hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and chocolate therapy. How very modern, you might think. After all, we're living in a time when no major hotel worth its Dead Sea salt seems complete without some kind of treatment centre. Don't be fooled into thinking that this penchant for pampering is a newfangled fad, though. In the Canaries, wellness tourism is as old as tourism itself.

Tory plans for care home scheme 'unrealistic' says pensioners' group

NPC attacks proposals for one-off £8,000 payment to fund insurance plan

Big Think: US Game Show TV CEO David Goldhill talks healthcare

David Goldhill, the CEO of the Game Show television network, never intended to be at the center of the United States' healthcare debate. After his father died from an infection he caught in a poorly run hospital, Goldhill became obsessed with the health reform, constantly researching it, asking questions, and talking about it at dinner parties.

My great escape: Garrison Keillor

A stroke forced author Garrison Keillor to face up to mortality – and gave him a sobering insight into the stark realities of America's healthcare debate

Obama bets all on health reform address

President seeks support from Congress

Grace Boyle: India's farmers will gladly tell you why they champion organic food

Most of us are now pretty well-versed in the climatic consequences of consuming Food From Far Away, but I think it's fair to say that when it comes to organic food – a partiality of the middle classes, in particular – most selections are made in the belief that organic is better for you: thy body is a temple and no chemicals shalt pass thy lips, even if a few do go up thy nose at weekend dinner parties.

Forget aspirin – big thighs could be key to beating heart disease

Study shows those with thinner legs are more likely to suffer cardiac problems

Obama to address Congress in bid to revive healthcare plan

Democrats hope President's skills on the podium will rescue reforms

Barack Obama: Silence over the true cost of doing nothing about US healthcare

The history is clear – every time we come close to passing health insurance reform, the special interests with a stake in the status quo use their influence and political allies to scare and mislead the American people.

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