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.

Stephen Foley: ObamaCare is bad news for Big Pharma

US Outlook: It has been a delight to see the good citizens of the UK getting all atwitter in defence of the National Health Service, in the face of so much bad-mouthing here in the US. If you can find an American, and disabuse them of the notion that the British government runs "death panels" that decide who gets life-saving treatment, that might help bring the healthcare debate here back into the realm of the real.

Leading article: Mr Obama fights back

Hardly a day goes by without someone recording another slide in President Obama's popularity or the man himself appearing somewhere on the stump. We are watching, though our transatlantic telescopes, the latest battle for US healthcare reform – battle being no exaggeration, given reports of public meetings that have descended into fistfights.

Obama turns to internet in bid to sell his health care reforms

Palin joins critics with attack on 'death panels' which would deny care to the old, she claims

Your Questions: How do I get my six-month old pug to stop humping everything?

Q. I have a six-month-old pug called Harry. I've had him since he was 10 weeks old and he's done the normal puppy things. But lately he's started to hump everything, mostly other dogs – male or female – voraciously and with no mercy! And now he's starting to chase other dogs for this purpose. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I'm going to be banned from the park – help! Jocelyn, Wimbledon

US health care insurance could cover abortion

Health care legislation before the U.S. Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue.

Lisa Markwell: A good tan isn't worth dying for

We need to get serious about this: sunbeds should be banned altogether

Organic food 'no healthier than conventional'

Organic food is no healthier than conventional food, according to the world's biggest research project into the issue.

Health costs divide 'unacceptable' says Obama

US president Barack Obama quoted a new White House study suggesting that small businesses pay far more per employee for health insurance than big companies, said the disparity was "unsustainable" and "unacceptable".

Democrat senators deal blow to Obama's health revolution

President appeals to US heartlands as reforms get snagged in Washington

Obama tries to regain momentum in healthcare debate

President Barack Obama appealed to Americans on today to back his ambitious revamp of the US health care system, seeking to regain momentum amid growing worries among lawmakers over how to pay for it.

Beginner's Guide To: Travel insurance

The summer holiday season is in full swing, yet according to research from American Express, a quarter of holidaymakers will head off without travel insurance. With the cost of insurance for a week in Spain starting from less than £5, it could be an expensive mistake going without, particularly when medical bills can run into thousands of pounds.

Two mothers in three 'fear stares if they breastfeed'

Parliament to debate change in the law to support nursing mothers

Ovarian cancer 'was wrongly diagnosed as IBS'

Lindy Waldron developed ovarian cancer which was wrongly diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee