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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment