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Scientists said simply eating more fruit and vegetables could be an effective treatment against asthma

Eating more fibre could help treat symptoms of asthma, scientists say

Study on mice showed that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole-grains can reduce lung inflammation

Polonium in Yasser Arafat’s body ‘could not occur naturally’

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago, scientists have confirmed.

Romanian princess accused of running illegal cockfighting operation from Oregon ranch

Princess Irina is the daughter of the last king of Romania

Swiss girl loses two-year legal battle against 90 minute after-school detention

The unnamed pupil found herself in trouble for skiing down a forbidden run during a school trip to the Klosters resort

A rescue worker walks at the site of a head-on collision between two trains near Granges-pres-Marnand

Switzerland train crash: Driver's body recovered after disaster leaves 26 injured

Body recovered from drivers cabin amid wreckage at Granges-près-Marnand

Tyson Gay celebrates after winning the Men's 100 m event during the Diamond League Athletics meeting

Tyson Gay wins 100 metres at Diamond League meeting in Lausanne

American champion Tyson Gay continued his impressive buildup to next month's world championships by winning the 100 metres at Lausanne's Athletissima Diamond League meeting in 9.79 seconds.

Beauty of the Beast
Before the serious business of the sprint finals came the serious showbiz of the runners' introductions. And leading the way, with a lion's roar now being copied from Sheffield to Shanghai, was Yohan Blake, aka 'the Beast'. He may not have beaten Bolt in either the 100m or 200m races, but here was the new king of the jungle in the playing-to-the-camera contest.

Yohan Blake aims for Lausanne return

Yohan Blake is set to run the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne where he clocked a career-best 9.69 seconds last season.

Cycling: Lab chief 'didn't aid Lance Armstrong'

The head of a drug-testing laboratory in Switzerland has denied giving banned cyclist Lance Armstrong "the key" to avoiding detection for the blood-boosting agent EPO.

Montreux Jazz Festival founder in a coma after skiing injury

The Montreux Jazz Festival says its founder and general manager Claude Nobs has been hospitalized in a coma due to a cross-country skiing injury over the holidays. 

Lance Armstrong celebrates winning the 2001 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong donation to UCI could be 'sinister' says doping expert

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has been criticised for accepting a cash donation from disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Usain Bolt got the better of Yohan Blake over both 100 and 200 metres in London

Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt refuse to race head-to-head

The world's two fastest men won't face each other until next summer at the earliest, Simon Turnbull hears. And it's not all to do with money

Triathlon: Brownlee helps retain world title

Jonathan Brownlee was part of the Great British triathlon team which retained the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay world title in Stockholm yesterday.

Athletics round-up: Improving Grabarz and Lewis continue to raise the bar

Two weeks after stepping on to the podium at the London Olympics, Robbie Grabarz continues to hit the heights. A brilliant bronze medal winner at the home Games, the burgeoning high jumper now has joint ownership of the British outdoor record.

Robbie Grabarz on his way to winning high jump bronze last night

Leap of faith as Robbie Grabarz secures a high jump bronze

Briton who started year ranked 44 in world keeps Team GB on medal course

Dr Ashenden accused the APMU of 'trying to manage the message'

Top scientist quits Olympics anti-doping body in 'muzzling' claim

A scientist with a leading role in anti-doping at the London Olympics has resigned amid claims he is being "muzzled" by authorities. Dr Michael Ashenden is a leading expert on blood doping in cycling and has been critical of the effectiveness of "biological passports" in monitoring potential doping.

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