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

Journey's End: Larner wants the law on assisted suicide to be changed

Chris Larner: The actor who helps his ex-wife die every night

Taking a loved one to a suicide clinic isn't something most people would want to write a play about. Let alone when they've only just got married again. Emily Dugan meets Chris Larner

Racing circuit groundsman awarded £2m damages

A racing circuit groundsman who was brain-damaged in a freak work accident has been awarded more than £2 million damages.

David Cameron vows to double dementia funding

Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015 in a bid to make Britain a world leader in the field, David Cameron announced today.

Best Friends: Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan exchange confidences and laughter in The Trip, and we love to listen in

The Listening Project: Yes, it's good to talk. But the real joy is in being allowed to listen

As the BBC airs intimate conversations, project deviser Tony Phillips finds he is deeply moved

Pill breakthrough in battle with MS

At least 3,000 people in the UK with multiple sclerosis (MS) could benefit from the world's first pill for the condition, it was announced today.

Met's restraint on autistic boy 'was not justified'

The Metropolitan Police subjected a severely disabled boy to assault, battery, degrading and inhumane treatment, false imprisonment and unlawful disability discrimination by forcing him into "shackles" at a swimming pool, a landmark ruling has found.

Letters: My gravely ill son had to starve himself to death

How well I understand the feelings of Tony Nicklinson and his family ("My right to choose when to die", 13 March). We were in the same situation last year.

RICHARD MANNINGTON BOWES: The retired accountant was hit as he tried to put out a fire

Youth admits killing pensioner during riots

A teenager yesterday admitted to killing a retired accountant by punching him as he tried to put out a fire in a rubbish bin during last summer's riots.

Scrap metal row murder pair jailed

Two men were jailed for life today for killing an unemployed plumber who was beaten to death after cashing in stolen scrap metal for £105.

The rapid advance of the research is raising concerns that meddling with the brain could change people's personalities

The six million dollar question

Like Steve Austin in the 1970s sci-fi show, it is now possible to implant microchips into the body to control everything from weapons to wheelchairs. But is it the start of a sinister new era in science?

Romana Canneti: Shining a light into darkness at the Court of Protection

The media should be allowed to act as the eyes and ears of the public
Muhammad Ali has been battling against Parkinson's for 18 years

Boxing: Clinton praises Ali's courage in adversity

Bill Clinton, the former United States president, has paid tribute to the courage Muhammad Ali has shown throughout his entire life, not just during his boxing career.

Brief encounter: Jonathan Brown wears distorting glasses, noisy headphones and neoprene mittens to experience what life is like for people living with dementia

Dementia: A small taste of hell on earth

Dementia affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, yet few know how it feels. A new awareness course aims to help us to find out

Ali celebrates his 70th in style

Muhammad Ali was set to celebrate his impending 70th birthday with the first of five parties last night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, sometimes hailed as the greatest sportsman of all time, was back in his hometown in Kentucky to mark the milestone.

Superficially similar, but the Iron Lady had a quality that Streep lacks

Iron Lady film made too soon, says David Cameron

David Cameron today stepped in to the row over the Iron Lady, claiming the film should have been made "another day".

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions