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

DVD: Lourdes (U)

Subtle, sensitive and slippery, Austrian director Jessica Hausner's French language film is a quiet delight. Sylvie Testud is Christine, a multiple sclerosis sufferer on an organised pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Foetal transplants for Parkinson's patients brought closer to reality

Controversial tissue transplants from aborted foetuses to people suffering from Parkinson's disease could soon begin again following a scientific breakthrough in understanding and overcoming the side-effects of such operations.

Ben Chu: A Conservative migrant migraine

Interesting to see that some Tories seem to be waking up to the fact that their immigration cap is going to undermine growth

Jeremy Laurance: The biggest puzzle is the rise in cases in the past 30 years

The authors dismissed suggestions that lifestyle changes were behind the 12-fold increase

NHS 'failing to support' children with autism

The NHS is failing youngsters with autism, a charity warned today.

'Brain surgery gave me my life back'

An adolescence blighted by life-threatening seizures forced Rachel Hanretty to grow up quickly. So when doctors suggested a drastic cure, she didn't hesitate

Exercise can counter effects of age on brain

Physical exercise may help to rebuild parts of the brain that are lost with age, a study suggests.

Stem cells could be used to repair brain damage

It may soon be possible to repair damage to the human brain by reactivating stem cells within the body that can grow on specially constructed "biological scaffolding" inserted into the brain, scientists say.

Profile: The MS Nurse

A multiple sclerosis specialist helps sufferers to carry on living their lives

Boy locked up for stamping attack

A 16-year-old was ordered to be detained for seven years today for a "disgraceful and brutal" attack on another boy in a park.

Magnetic pulse relief for migraines

A hand-held device that fires a magnetic pulse to the back of the head may offer new hope to migraine sufferers, research suggests.

DVD: Adam (12)

Adam has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. He's also got a new neighbour, Beth.

You don't have to be bipolar to be a genius – but it helps

Study reveals that high-achievers are far more likely to be manic depressives

Hundreds of child epileptics denied surgical 'cure'

Ill-informed paediatricians are reluctant to refer

Giving birth could slow MS

Having children could slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), research suggested today.

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