Life and Style Michael Mosley holding up a piece of human tapeworm as Mosley lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for a documentary

It's a documentary that promises to be fascinating – but you'd be well-advised not to watch it over dinner.

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour's Baby, By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, trans. Keith Gessen and Anna Summers

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, the grande dame of Russian letters, won the 2010 World Fantasy Award for this collection of short stories, subtitled "Scary Fairy Tales". While all the pieces, written over the last three decades, have some elements of mystery, their inherent realism is equally powerful. The strength of these dark modern fables is the author's ability to weave the extraordinary into the everyday without making the former an end in itself.

Expenses MP 'fiddled stationery orders'

A former Labour MP accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses asked a stationery company to confirm he had paid for orders when he never did so, a jury heard today.

Ex-MP 'used false invoices for cleaning work'

A former Labour MP accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses used false invoices to claim for cleaning work that was not done, a court heard today.

Leading article: Too soon to declare victory on heroin

On the face of it, the sharp decline reported yesterday in the availability of heroin in the UK is a thoroughly positive development. If the street price rises proportionately, as crude market mechanics suggests that it should, then the number of people becoming addicted should fall and the number seeking help for an existing dependency should rise. Even at their most elementary, the figures compiled by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) testify to impressive progress in combating this scourge.

Pakistan: six months after the floods

It has been six months since devastating floods first hit Pakistan, killing nearly two thousand people, destroying some 10,000 schools, two million homes, and hundreds of bridges, roads, electricity pylons. More than two million hectares of crops were destroyed or damaged. In total some 14 million people were displaced, forced to abandon their homes.

Questions over statin prescribing

Evidence is lacking to support widespread use of cholesterol-lowering drugs among the "worried well", a study has found.

Cooper Brown: He's back and this time he means business

i cannot tell you how good it is to be back in the Yookay after my extended stay back home in the States. Don't get me wrong, I love America with all my heart but there's something about coming back here and being a big fish in a small pond that is right up my street. I find it strangely reassuring that you still refuse to address certain basic issues like prole obesity, the age-old dental thing, basic personal hygiene but... i have to admit, I've missed you.

Fears of flu epidemic rise as schools start new term

With infection rates soaring, Labour says the Government has 'seriously misjudged' the crisis

Flu outbreak claims another 12 victims

Twelve more people died from flu last week – all but one under 65, the public health watchdog said.

Norway accused of funding abuse in Burma

State pension fund invested billions in energy projects, report says

The show where everyone wants to be the face in the crowd

Clothes Show Live is one of the prime events for spotting new models. Luke Blackall reports

Nearly one-third of dentists fail to meet hygiene standards

Practices risk exposing their patients to potentially deadly diseases

Oink! This little piggy can spread diseases

Parents are warned of the dangers of micro-pig craze ahead of Christmas

Councils reject new £2.5m food hygiene plan

Many local authorities are boycotting a new national hygiene system for restaurants and cafés, claiming it is too expensive to run and not tough enough.

Professor John Waterlow: Physiologist celebrated for his achievements in the field of childhood malnutrition

John Waterlow enjoyed international acclaim for his lifetime of work on the scientific basis and medical treatment of childhood malnutrition. He leaves a legacy of devotion to the betterment of humankind worldwide.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada