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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

Gene therapy proven to work in treatment of Parkinson's disease

Scientists have proved for the first time that gene therapy is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease, the progressive disorder of the nervous system which causes tremors, delayed movements and rigidity.

Grace Williams Says it Loud, By Emma Henderson

A first novel that speaks volumes

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A baby girl born starved of oxygen, whose body was cooled for three days to reduce brain damage, has made a complete recovery.

Amis: I’d write for children only if I'd had a brain injury

Children's authors have hit back at comments by Martin Amis in which he said he would need to "have a serious brain injury" before he would consider writing children's literature.

New tests could identify Alzheimer's early

Early signs of Alzheimer's can be detected in apparently healthy people with a combination of brain scans and spinal fluid testing, a study has shown.

Employers fail people with mental health problems

Prejudice in the workplace and a lack of policies force many sufferers to hide their illnesses

Breakthrough could lead to MS drug

An advance in the understanding of multiple sclerosis that could lead to the development of drugs to reverse the condition was hailed by experts yesterday.

Are We Related?, Edited by Liz Jobey

Philip Larkin's famously frank condemnation of the effects of parents - that they "fuck us up" - lead us into this Granta collection of fiction and memoir on family relationships.

Scientists identify brain's region for introspection

Scientists have identified the part of the brain that appears to control introspection – the ability to think about what you are thinking.

Cathy John: My diagnosis with MS has taught me the wisdom of 'gathering ye rosebuds while ye may'

Tolstoy once quoted an Eastern parable, which he felt summed up the three responses to the utter absurdity of life in light of the certainty of death.

Brain scan promises to identify the hidden sufferers of autism

Autism could in future be diagnosed in 15 minutes from a brain scan – saving patients and their families years of suffering from a condition that can go unrecognised for decades.

Spinal fluid test provides Alzheimer's diagnosis

Scientists have taken a step towards developing an early screening test for Alzheimer's disease.

Speech pattern can give early clue to autism

Children with autism may in future be diagnosed by the way they talk and parents may be able to measure their progress by monitoring their speech. Scientists have discovered that the condition has a "unique vocal signature" which could allow affected children to be identified before they show obvious symptoms.

Low vitamin D may lead to Parkinson's

A shortage of vitamin D can lead to Parkinson's disease and mental decline in old age, new research suggests. One 30-year study of 3,000 people revealed a three-fold higher risk of developing Parkinson's in those with low blood levels of vitamin D.

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