Life and Style Was the testosterone filled James Bond susceptible to bouts of man flu?

Men with high levels of testosterone have a secret flaw - less effective immune systems, researchers have discovered

125,000/1 against: this boy's chances of finding a bone marrow donor...

...but were he white it would be a different story. Jerome Taylor reports on the racial lottery for patients in need of transplants

Kazakhstan president is given lifetime immunity

Lawmakers approved amendments to the constitution giving President Nursultan Nazarbayev lifetime immunity from prosecution for acts committed during his rule, and the right to approve important national and foreign policies after he retires.

Get ready for the sneezing season

Hay fever is on the rise, with city dwellers suffering worst of all. But a few simple lifestyle changes can help you keep a clear head, discovers Fiona Roberts

'Exciting breakthrough' offers hope to thousands of arthritis sufferers

A simple blood test could lead to a "new era" of tailored therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, it was claimed today.

Vitamin D helps immune system

MEDICINE Vitamin D plays a key role in fighting infection by "priming" inert white blood cells known as T-cells into killer cells that seek and destroy unwelcome invaders, Danish scientists have found.

Attempt to close gender pay gap

Firms that check and publish any difference in pay between male and female staff will receive limited immunity from investigation, the equalities commission announced today.

'Super elms' begin to fill the gaps in English landscape

Saplings are to be propagated from specimens that survived when 20 million trees perished. Planted nationwide, they may transform the landscape again

Pregnancy swine flu advice could change

Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems could be advised to stay away from crowds for a period of a "few weeks" should the swine flu reach "big numbers" in the autumn, the chief medical officer has said.

DVD: Un Conte de Noël, Retail & rental, (Drake's Avenue)

Arnaud Desplechin's yuletide drama might not feel like timely viewing, but its original French release date in May is a clue that this is anything but Hollywood-style seasonal fodder.

Cancer: shock breakthrough

Patients with inoperable prostate disease recover after single dose of drug

Drug 'may revolutionise cancer treatment'

A commonly prescribed diabetes drug has the potential to "revolutionise" cancer treatment, it was claimed today.

Twice as many children set to suffer from Type 1 diabetes

Caesareans, bottle-feeds and less exposure to bugs blamed for predicted rise

Karadzic files motion detailing 'immunity deal'

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic today filed a 140-page motion arguing the war crimes charges against him should be dropped because he was promised immunity by a top US official in 1996.

The secret to finding true love may lie in genetic differences

Immune system DNA could influence mating

Hay fever: How to ease the sneezing

Hay fever affects a quarter of the British population, yet few of us understand what causes it. Camilla Pemberton reports on the latest research, the best treatments – and the prospects for a cure
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin