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The apple-sized balloon is encased in a pill which patients swallow

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Who ate fewer of the pies? Scottish football clubs' weight loss initiative proves successful with fans

Scottish football fans taking part in a fitness programme sponsored by their favourite clubs lose nine times more weight than a control group

'Chicken McNuggets' at a McDonalds fast-food restaurant in Yichang, central China's Hubei province

World hunger has dropped greatly – but what do we do about the planet’s expanding waistline?

Body mass index rises alongside economic growth

Taking regular exercise is the most effective single lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia

Exercise most effective lifestyle choice for preventing dementia, researchers say

Taking regular exercise is the most effective single lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, according to one of the most extensive studies yet into people’s long-term health outcomes.

Preventing flu: Scientists find bacteria in Japanese pickled turnips which could boost immune system

Study on mice in Japan has led to start of promising human trials using new probiotic drink

Public health minister Jane Ellison will be urging construction workers to 'get into shape'

The cheek of it! New health minister’s crackdown on builder’s bum

Jane Ellison has announced her first priority is urging construction workers to 'get into shape'

A ride that's not just across a country, but about one

Cut his journey almost in half, add several hours of sleep, and reduce hard-man levels by at least 60 per cent and I know a bit about the challenge Mr Hopkinson has taken on.

Fat chance of slimming: dieters who eat high-fibre foods consume more calories, scientists say

Manufacturers' measurements do not take into account the caloric value of fibre

Nichols keeps its fizz after defying drag from the weather

The Vimto and Sunkist soft drinks maker Nichols saw its shares fizz up yesterday after it said it would beat City forecasts despite last year's dire weather.

Choirs are magical - but should they be a social tool, too?

There's a risk that in using choirs for everything from helping fragmented communities to stress relief, we drag them down to the level of the mundane

Healthy living 'benefits over-75s'

Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can extend your innings by up to six years, research has shown.

AB De Villiers says South Africa are in the mood to win ODI series

De Villiers insists that tourists won't allow party to fizzle

Four years ago, South Africa arrived at this point like men who were intent on breaking the record for the planet's longest party. They had won the Test series and frankly the one-day games could take care of themselves.

Five-minute memoir: Barbara J Zitwer recalls her honeymoon behind bars

'What should I wear to my honeymoon in jail?" I asked myself as I wandered through Bergdorf Goodman, my favourite store on Fifth Avenue. I walked in the steps of women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly who had shopped at Bergdorf's before me. I perused the racks of Chanel, Marni, Gucci and Dior. It was the dead heat of a summer in the city, 1999, and my honeymoon was to take place in the Sullivan County Prison in New York State, home to the Son of Sam serial killer, where my new husband, Gil, was serving 10 years for robbery.

Will the weight fall off if you cut calories? Slim chance, say scientists

Bad news for people trying to lose weight. A new assessment of how the body responds to dieting shows that it is about twice as difficult as previously thought to shed fat.

Mary Ann Sieghart: With role models like these, we are our own worst enemies

Acute little naked baby is grinning at the camera. "Is this the happiest she'll ever be about her appearance?" asks the slogan on the billboard. The ad was for a campaign last year to save future generations of women and girls from hating their bodies. For the explosion in cosmetic surgery – and the explosion of breast implants inside women's bodies – is just a symptom of a corrosive unhappiness that begins only a few years after birth.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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