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

Delivery Watch: The buck stops with Mr Britnell

The public's expectations have been raised by the Chancellor's billions for the NHS. So the heat is on the service's managers, reports Cole Moreton from Birmingham in the latest of our series

Guilty conscience can damage your immune system

British Psychological Society annual conference

LIFE DOCTOR

MODERN PSYCHIATRY suggests that Ebeneezer Scrooge was not a mean old git at all. He was just depressed. He exhibited classic signs of anhedonia - the inability to experience pleasure. He had very little appetite, experienced sleep disturbance and found other people's good cheer irritating.

Pioneer hails giant step in transplants

IN WHAT could be the most significant development in transplant treatment for 40 years, doctors have found a way to avoid using the powerful buttoxic drugs needed by patients to prevent organ rejection.

Gulf War veterans `made ill by smell of battle'

SYMPTOMS OF sickness and depression experienced by Gulf War veterans could be the result of their immune systems reacting to the smells, tastes and sounds of war, according to a new report published today.

Letter: Vaccine threat

Letter:

Letter: Protect yourself

THE BEST "protector" we can bestow on our children is a wholesome (natural) immune system ("An epidemic born of fear", 22 August). The only proven factors that contribute to a strong immune system are: a strong inherent constitution built upon sensible diet, proper housing and balanced emotional care. Vaccination, on the other hand - apart from the immediate harmful side effects in a handful of cases - certainly weakens natural immunity, and its effectiveness needs serious independent review.

Foetus cells can damage mothers

CELLS PASSING between a pregnant woman and her foetus may act as the trigger for severe illnesses in later life.

Science: How to get blood out of a bone...

The potential for transforming human cells sets Lewis Wolpert's pulse racing, in this, the first of his new columns

Letter: GM food furore

Sir: Dr Pusztai, the scientist banned from speaking publicly about his study of genetically modified foods, has found evidence that GM potatoes damage the immune systems in rats, but neither Mr Blair, nor Mr Cunningham is taking any notice of that. What a waste of the lives of rats!

Letter: Citizen Leka

Sir: Would you allow me to reply to Daniel Cooke's emotional defence of Mr Leka Zogu, the South African resident who claims to be king of Albania (letter, 10 February)?

Letter: Acts of tyranny

Sir: With regard to the case of General Pinochet, it is interesting to note the judgement in US v Noriega, June 1990.
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