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

Head injury link to violent crime

Head injuries can dramatically increase the chances of someone committing violent crime, a study has found.

Couple are cleared of killing baby

A couple have been cleared of killing their four-month-old son who was suffering from rickets.

Appeal as attacked teenager fights for life

A 15-year-old boy attacked following a beach party continues to fight for life today as detectives urged witnesses to come forward.

Siblings of children with autism more likely to develop condition

The siblings of autistic children are nearly twice as likely to develop the disorder than was previously believed, research suggests.

Brains, By Simon Bill

I'll never forget you, whoever you are...

Stem cell trials could lead to MS treatment

A global clinical trial will test if stem cells can be safely used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), it was announced yesterday. It will see if cells can slow, stop and even reverse damage to the brain and spinal cord caused by the illness. The results will advance medical knowledge "by years", scientists said.

Stem cell trials for MS treatment

A major new global clinical trial will test whether stem cells can be safely used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), it was announced today.

Hull waiting on centre Yeaman following fit

Hull are waiting for medical reports on Kirk Yeaman before allowing him to train or play again. The Test centre had an epileptic fit at half-time in the match at Wakefield on Sunday.

MS cure a step closer with new discovery

Researchers believe they may have found a "missing link" in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Campaign seeks faster access to help for autistic children

Many autistic children are being forced to wait a year or more to get help at school, research suggests.

How to protect your finances with a power of attorney

What happens if you are left unable to make decisions for yourself? Kate Hughes looks at ways to provide for family if tragedy befalls

Thousands may have undiagnosed autism

Many thousands of adults in the UK may have autism without knowing it, research suggests.

People born in spring are 'more likely' to become anorexic

The trees are in bud, the hedgerows full of blossom and lambs are gambolling in the fields – but spring may be the worst time for human babies to be born.

The Secret Life Of The Grown-up Brain, By Barbara Strauch

The cartoonish cover of this book might give the impression that it is a lowbrow read but it turns out that its writer is a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist who has previously delved into the teenage brain and who knows her stuff.

Research links factors to MS levels

Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be linked to the combined effects of a viral infection and not getting enough sun, research suggests.

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