Pied à Terre, 34 Charlotte Street, London W1

Once impressive but joyless, Pied à Terre is now so sleek, warm and pedigreed that it practically purrs. Terry Durack feels like the critic who got the cream

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Health: A Question of Health - with Dr Fred Kavalier

I read that isotonic "sports"drinks help relieve cramp, so when one of my clients said she was suffering from it at night, I suggested she drink some. She says they make her feel more energetic. She also suffers from polymyalgia rheumatica and osteoporosis. Do these drinks have adverse effects? Will they do her any harm?

Patient is given meningitis man's liver meningitis sufferer

DOCTORS TRANSPLANTED the liver of a man who had meningitis into another patient, a hospital confirmed yesterday.

Transplant patient given liver of meningitis man

A HOSPITAL confirmed yesterday that doctors had transplanted the liver of a man who had meningitis into another patient.

Health: Health Check: Drink to your liver

THE DEFINITION of a drunk used to be one who drank more than his doctor. A pickled liver was evidence of a tough constitution and as much a part of the medical make-up as a white coat and a hard heart. But ask a doctor today about drinking and the likeliest advice you receive will be to have frequent drink holidays.

Cell research offers `dazzling medical applications'

RESEARCH THAT could herald a new era in transplant medicine and at the same time fend off the ravages of old age has been voted the most significant breakthrough of 1999 by the leading American journal Science.

Axa sells former GRE's Irish life business to Royal Liver for pounds 55m

AXA SUN Life, the insurance group, will today announce it is selling the former Guardian Royal Exchange Irish life business to Royal Liver, the mutually owned insurance company, for around pounds 55m.

Debtor told to sell eyeball, kidney and parts of his liver

A DEBT collector was arrested after trying to force a Tokyo man aged 62 to sell his kidney, an eyeball and parts of his liver to settle an overdue loan.

Three benefit from single liver donation

THREE PATIENTS have received liver transplants in a "domino" procedure that French doctors have claimed is a medical first.

Health bias against alcoholics `unfair'

ALCOHOLICS DO just as well with a liver transplant as any other patients and denying them the option of a new organ amounts to unfair discrimination, new research suggests.

`Our son was dying. The risk to myself was not important'

Most parents say they would do anything for their children, but few are tested. Jill Bettelley gave up part of her liver. She talks to HESTER LACEY

Letter: Racist transplant

Sir: Reading your story "How a dead man provoked an ethical dilemma that has convulsed the NHS" (8 July) I am struck by the thought that, while someone may prefer not to give me his organs, I equally would prefer not to have the heart, liver etc of a racist inside me.

Food: A perfect pear

When it comes to the avocado, some curious combinations can work surprisingly well. Photograph by Jason Lowe
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?