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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

Leading article: The unacknowledged epidemic of our age

Dementia is still barely understood and sufferers often slip through gaps in the system

Carol Jennings: 'Gradually it [Alzheimer's disease] was going through the family. It seemed like each year another one would have developed it'

'Most of my family had dementia. I knew I should tell someone'

Peter Popham meets a remarkable family from Nottingham who changed the way scientists thought about Alzheimer's – and offered hope to millions of people

Babyjabs.co.uk to remove MMR autism claim

A website offering parents advice on childhood immunisation has been ordered to remove information about the MMR vaccine after renewing claims that it could be linked to autism.

Album: Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World (Rough Trade)

The notion of transformation has always been fundamental to the work of Antony Hegarty, often in trans-gender and even trans-species terms. He's the ugly duckling that turned into the magnificent swan – and on Cut the World, that swan gets to drift all the more elegantly across a lake of full-scale orchestral arrangements, which themselves transform some of his earlier songs into more fabulous creations.

James Holmes was identified as a possible safety threat by his own psychiatrist

Colorado cinema Batman massacre accused James Holmes was identified as threat by his psychiatrist

Development adds weight to speculation that the mass shooting could have been avoided

Coffee can help control Parkinson's tremors, shows research

Coffee can help tame the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, research has shown.

Single pill could be used to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis

A single pill has the potential to treat multiple brain conditions including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, it has been revealed.

The apartment where James Holmes is believed to have planned his attack was the scene of a massive security operation tonight

The killer: 'Loner' medical student who opened fire and left his nearby flat booby-trapped

James Holmes described himself as “a quiet and easy-going medical student” on the application form he filled out last May before renting a third-floor apartment in a brick-walled building a stone's throw from the University of Colorado's sprawling hospital campus.

Man missing in desert for three weeks survived on diet of frogs and roots

An autistic man survived in the desert for three weeks on a diet of frogs and roots, US authorities have said.

Mystery disease kills 61 children in Cambodia

Health chiefs in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months.

John Simpson with partner Dee Kruger and son Rafe

BBC broadcaster John Simpson says he plans to commit suicide rather than allow young son to see him as a 'gibbering wreck' in old age

The veteran correspondent said "I don’t want my 6 year-old son to have his only memory of me as a gibbering wreck"

Man dies in Southsea 'landsurfing' accident

A 26-year-old man has died after hitting a concrete post while "landsurfing" - a new form of skateboarding.

Care home patients with dementia being 'denied sex'

Care home patients suffering from dementia should be allowed to participate in consensual sex, experts said.

Horse Man: Rupert Isaacson developed his son's language skills in the saddle. A charity using his approach is to be launched in the UK

How riding a horse taught a boy to speak

A father has found a therapy that can transform autistic children

Husband and wife team Geoff and Nargis Soppet at the Autism Show, ExCel, London

World's first autism show offers a chance to shine

Event will bring disability into the open and celebrate its links with creativity

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone