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

Link between migraine and stroke

Young women who suffer from migraines with visual disturbances and who smoke and take the contraceptive pill are at a higher risk of stroke, research suggests.

Leading article: Clones, cons and censorship

The great cons have always worked because they give people what they want to believe. And there is nothing that the scientific community and the public at large have wanted as much a breakthrough in cloning that would progress the search for a cure for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Jeweller Jade Randeria: 'Now I've a chance to shine'

A stunning woman in her early 20s models a gold bauble crystal bracelet, and another made of silver flowers. She appears every inch the chiconomic dresser, someone appropriating couture style at cost price. Her trendy exterior, however, belies the complexity of her life.

People with autism 'condemnded to poverty'

Fewer than one in six people with autism are in full-time employment and a third live without a job or benefits, the National Autistic Society says.

Cooling 'cure' averts infant brain damage

Hi-tech 'ice pack' helps to protect newborns starved of oxygen through suffocation

Right-to-die campaigner arrested over suicide

An 83-year-old right-to-die campaigner was arrested by appointment today in connection with the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer.

J&J looks to knock $100m off Elan price

Johnson & Johnson is trying to knock down the price of an 18.4 per cent stake in Irish biotech group Elan Corp after a US judge said the terms of the deal breeched an earlier agreement.

Decision day for law on assisted suicide

The law on assisted suicide reaches a pivotal moment today with a decision due on the case of Debbie Purdy, the multiple sclerosis patient seeking clarification on the law regarding assisted suicide.

Leading article: Compassionate Conservatism

It is common for political leaders to deliver speeches on topics on which they have no personal experience. But that will not be the case when David Cameron addresses an autism conference today on the subject of special needs. In February, the Conservative leader sadly lost his six-year old son, Ivan, who had suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy.

The Devil Within, By Stephanie Merritt

"I've got to have something to hold on to," writes Anne Sexton in a poem forming the epigraph to this haunting memoir in which the turbulent world of emotion is described with admirable stylistic control. With a skilled touch, Merritt subtly unravels depression's "knot of contradictions", blending informative research with an insightful personal account in the vein of William Styron, Andrew Solomon, Lewis Wolpert and Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Kieran Breen: The race against time to unlock this terrible illness

The area of the brain Parkinson's researchers are most interested in is the substantia nigra, where nerve cells die in the disease. The substantia nigra of a Parkinson's-affected brain contains cells which are alive, cells which are dying, and remains of cells which are dead.

Autism forces family moves

One in 10 parents of autistic children are forced to move home because of a postcode lottery in services for those affected by the condition, says a survey published today.

Billboard bid for PM's help over autism

The mother of a boy with autism has launched a her own billboard campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to call her and discuss treatment for the condition.

Botox could treat depression

Botox treatment has an uplifting side effect that brings a smile to the face, researchers have found.

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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