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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

Fish oil does not aid memory loss

Omega-3 supplements do not appear to prevent mental decline in old age, a study review has shown.

Autism signs in fish 'astonishing'

Signs of autism have been found in fish swimming in water contaminated with psychoactive medications.

Monkey see, monkey iPad 2: orang-utans are able to play with tablet devices

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Heather Roberts, 57, pictured with her daughter Frances, 27: 'It was frustrating that it was such a hard fight to be diagnosed'

Most GPs can't recognise signs of Alzheimer's

Early treatment alleviates symptoms but only 37 per cent of doctors are trained to identify it

Disabled home care costs up 10 per cent

Frail elderly and disabled people are being charged more for council help to get washed, dressed and fed at home, according to a survey.

Valerie Carlin, 45, suffers with Asperger syndrome

Autistic adults bullied and not supported at work, poll shows

More than a third of adults with autism have been bullied or discriminated against at work, the largest ever survey on the condition has found.

The Marriage Plot, By Jeffrey Eugenides

Smells like Regency teen spirit

Louis Theroux: ‘For the first time I’m doing shows that have no real implied critique’

'You can't in any way take advantage of or manipulate people who are vulnerable'

A documentary on autism has wowed the TV critics, says Simon Usborne

Two-year-old Tilly is being trained to carry medicine for her owner at Dogs for the Disabled in Banbury

Guide dogs for the mind to fight dementia

Animals will help Alzheimer's patients remember their medicine and steer them through the day

How should a man die? The late Tom Lubbock

Until Further Notice I Am Alive, By Tom Lubbock

This extraordinary, vast little book enacts Larkin's almost-instinct, almost true: what has remained of him is love. Tom Lubbock was art critic of this paper for many years until a brain cancer removed, inch by inch, his language and then he died, stupidly young.

Last Night's Viewing: Louis Theroux: Extreme Love, BBC2 - Grandma's House, BBC2

In his new documentary, Louis Theroux told us, he would be exploring "the pleasures and strains of one of the most extraordinary kinds of relationship".

Darrell Desuze sentenced for killing pensioner Richard Mannington Bowes during riots

The 17-year-old who killed a pensioner during last year’s rioting in London has been locked up for eight years.

3,000 sought for Parkinson's study

A charity is looking for 3,000 Parkinson's sufferers to take part in the biggest ever study into the cause of the disease. 

Kyoto van crash leaves eight dead

Eight people have died after a van ran through a crowded junction and struck pedestrians in the western Japanese city of Kyoto today.

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