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A pill which may "lock in" the benefits of dieting, allowing dieters to return to normal eating without putting on weight, has been discovered by scientists.

Jeremy Laurance: Good news, but think twice before popping pills

They are the biggest-selling drugs in the world – and with reason. In the UK, cardiovascular disease causes more than one in three deaths – 120,000 mortalities a year. Statins have the capacity to cut that toll by a third. Hence their billing as the "miracle drugs" of the 21st century.

'I was diagnosed with cancer and found out I was pregnant on the same day'

For Audrey Eade, being pregnant was a bittersweet experience. Sweet, because she enjoyed the feeling of having the baby growing inside her; bitter, because of her conviction that there would be no happy ending, "no Carl, me and the baby" afterwards.

Toxic shower curtain warning

American scientists are warning that the humble plastic shower curtain is responsible for releasing more than 100 toxic chemicals into homes, including some suspected of causing cancer or having gender-bending effects.

FBI helped Japanese gangster to have life-saving transplant in US

A Japanese gangster, known as the "John Gotti of Japan", was flown to the United States for a life-saving liver transplant with the connivance of the FBI.

Police shot barrister at least five times, inquest hears

Mark Saunders was shot at least five times by police to end the siege at his Chelsea home, an inquest heard.

MP calls for alcohol ad ban at sports events

A ban on alcohol advertising at sporting events is being demanded by a Labour MP in an attempt to tackle binge drinking among young people.

Tindall set to put liver on line in cup crunch

Mike Tindall's serious liver problems, the direct result of on-field events during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham rather than off-field ones after it, have prevented him playing rugby for two months now. There is, however, a chance – quite a good chance, according to his head coach – that he will be back in the Gloucester mix for this weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Kingsholm. "We lose something when we play without Mike, so if we can get him involved without too much risk, we'll do it," said Dean Ryan yesterday.

Drug lowers cholesterol and fights hepatitis C

A drug that can lower cholesterol levels and prevent the liver from being attacked by the hepatitis C virus has come a step closer following a successful trial on laboratory animals.

Bruised liver likely to end Tindall's season

Just as Brian Ashton, the England head coach, was beginning his analysis of one of the more jaw-dropping system failures in recent red-rose history – in short, how his side managed to present Wales with a first Twickenham victory in two decades after laying the foundations for what should have been a 30-point stroll – he was presented with a problem every bit as big and twice as urgent.

Britain's transplant crisis: Poor lifestyle fuels big rise in waiting lists

Binge drinking is blamed for a 76 per cent increase in 10 years in those needing a new liver, while the demand for kidney replacements is up 55 per cent. This week, a 14-point plan will try to tackle the donor shortage. By Nina Lakhani

Athletics: Pavey adds to UK record collection

Briton follows up Bekele's world indoor best to earn the approval of watching old rival Radcliffe

Vigil honours the healing qualities of Afghanistan's al-Qa'ida cemetery

There are new graves at the al-Qa'ida cemetery, the shrine to the "martyrs" who had died fighting in the US-led invasion four years ago. The fresh mounds of earth were dug for those killed in the ferocious fighting of the recent months as war returned to Afghanistan.

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