News Reading a novel may boost brain functionality for days, new research has found

Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist

How changes in weather can give you a headache

Scientists discover why weekend warm spell may have given you a migraine

Rare condition leaves children severely disabled

Ivan Cameron suffered from a very rare epilepsy syndrome that was coupled with severe cerebral palsy.

How we're fighting our child’s autism

Geoff Sewell and Simone Lanham were devastated when doctors told them their daughter’s condition was incurable. But after three years of research and treatments costing £100,000, they are seeing surprising results. Rob Sharp reports

Sleepers who hit out 'prone to dementia'

People who punch or kick out in their sleep are more likely to develop dementia or Parkinson's disease, research revealed today.

Single-sex schools 'are the future'

Differences in how male and female brains work mean single-sex schooling will make a comeback, a leading headmistress says.

Drug can reverse the effects of MS

Discovery is hailed as breakthrough in treatment of debilitating condition

Leading Article: Black, white and shades of grey

More than 100 Britons have travelled to Switzerland to take advantage of the country's assisted suicide law, according to recent figures from the Dignitas clinic. Among them – as we report today – was Daniel James, a 23 year-old who was paralysed after a rugby accident. From beginning to end, this is a tragic case. Who knows what was in Mr James's mind when he decided to do what he did? Was there something more that could have been done to make his life more tolerable? This and related questions may be tackled in the course of the police inquiry and inquest that have been ordered.

MS sufferer seeks legal clarity on aided suicide

A 45-year-old woman with a progressively debilitating disease appealed to the High Court yesterday to clarify the law on assisted suicide to enable her to plan her own death.

You write the reviews: Benefit for Macmillan Nurses and Multiple Sclerosis Society, Comedy Store, London

There was a 10 per cent drop in ticket sales at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival box office, possibly due to a lack of public interest or thriftiness as recession looms. But this gig at central London's world-famous Comedy Store was sold out.

Noble Vs Major: Sir John and Lady Major deny claims they are ignoring their autistic grandchild

The son of the former prime minister Sir John Major accused his ex-wife of making "wholly false and hurtful allegations" last night after she publicly claimed that his parents were ignoring their autistic eight-year-old grandson, Harry.

Dando accused's brain 'severely abnormal'

The man accused of killing the television presenter Jill Dando will not be giving evidence in his own defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Her Name is Sabine (12A)

The French actress Sandrine Bonnaire's documentary portrait of her younger sister Sabine is, at times, so poignant you feel your heart might break.

Breakthrough in migraine therapy

New anti-migraine drugs that have fewer side effects than existing treatments could be on the market within three years, scientists said yesterday.

MS sufferer seeks answers over laws on euthanasia laws

A woman who suffers from a degenerative disease has called for the law on assisted suicide to be clarified so that she can decide when she wants to die.

This Is Your Brain on Music, By Daniel Levitin

We can all appreciate and enjoy music, yet the study of it can seem excessively rarefied, and you'd think the study of its neurological effect on the brain even more so. The success of this book, by a record producer turned cognitive neuroscientist, is both that it goes out of its way to make the general reader feel at ease, and that it celebrates a capacity for analysing and understanding music that is extraordinary – in several regards still inexplicably so – but that is nevertheless shared by any person with a normal brain.

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