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

Worry more, live longer

Stress may not be the one-way ticket to an early grave that most of us assume. In fact, it could do wonders for the immune system and even keep cancers at bay. Kate Hilpern examines the evidence

Hope for diabetes cure after gastric virus find

A common gastric virus may trigger diabetes, scientists have found, raising hopes that a vaccine can be developed.

Leading article: Good genes

Gene therapy promises much, but real breakthroughs have so far been few and far between. Today, though, we have a glimpse of what the future might hold. An Aids patient also suffering from leukaemia was given a transplant at a Berlin hospital with bone marrow from someone with a genetic resistance to HIV. The man, who had taken antiretroviral drugs for a decade, has now been free of HIV for two years.

Want to live longer? Carry on laughing

A good chuckle doesn't just cheer us up. Doctors are discovering that it can ease pain and even help fight disease. Go on, have a giggle, says Roger Dobson

Chickenpox during pregnancy

I am 24 weeks pregnant and I'm worried about chickenpox, as my three-year-old son has been exposed to it at his nursery. Is there any chance that the baby will be infected or damaged by chickenpox?

Why women can't sniff out Mr Right when they take the Pill – and how it affects us all

It was an experiment that involved sweat, love... and could have ended in tears. When 100 women were asked to sniff 100 men's sweaty shirts in the interests of discovering the secrets of sexual attraction, they found the contraceptive Pill disrupted their ability to select the ideal partner.

Len Seymour: This is only the beginning of what gene therapy can do

The compelling simplicity of gene therapy attracts great attention, with interest swinging between enthusiastic optimism when there is dramatic progress and scathing criticism when things go badly. Calling it "gene therapy" does imply the approach will work (it's written on the tin), but it has been a long and difficult road towards success.

'I can't lose another child to XLP'

A bone marrow transplant couldn't save Tamara Lord's son Dylan. Now, his brother must battle the same rare genetic disorder

The twins who unlocked the secrets of leukaemia

British girls are behind dramatic breakthrough in medicine

Shingles: A sign of an immunity problem?

Our six-year-old daughter developed shingles recently on her chest and down her leg. We were told by her GP that she got this because she was run down as a result of the chickenpox that she had about a year ago. Although she is back to normal, we are worried that there may be some underlying immunity problem. Are there any further tests that can be done?

Scotland 15 Australia 44: Larkham and Latham hold the upper hand

These have not been the best of times for Australian rugby. "Wallabies a house of cards, so Connolly shuffles deck again," the Sydney Morning Herald proclaimed in midweek after defeat against the Irish in Dublin prompted six changes from John Connolly for the visit to Edinburgh yesterday. Unfortunately for Scotland, Australia's coach had too many aces left in his new-look hand.

Uefa studies video after Terry blames 'card waving' Barcelona

The aftermath to the Battle of Barcelona proved no less explosive than the match itself when John Terry yesterday accused the Barcelona players of successfully intimidating the referee, Stefano Farina, into booking six Chelsea players. The Chelsea captain said that the Italian official was swayed by the constant "waving cards" mime of the European champions.

Lipomas: living with lumps

I have several lumps on my lower arms, one on the base of my back and several on my thighs. Previously I've been told these were lipomas. Now three more small lumps have come up in a row along the middle of my inside forearm and my doctor has brought up the possibility that they could be an autoimmune disease that affects the connective tissue. I also have permanent hypothyroidism. Do you think this diagnosis is possible, and if it is, what kind of disease?

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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