Arts and Entertainment Fat chance: Xand van Tulleken in ‘Horizon: Sugar vs Fat’

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

My mid-life allergy crisis: Can you suddenly become allergic to something or is it all in the mind?

Having never had an intolerance to food, Dan Roberts suddenly started experiencing symptoms at 40.

Food aid reaches only one in five of Somalia's starving

Civil war and Islamist militias are preventing convoys from bringing relief to the most needy

Ethiopia counts the cost of East Africa's crisis

Its population is starving while the country takes in more Somali refugees

Two million East African infants are now starving

Refugee camps are overflowing, crime is rife, and militants are stopping food aid getting through. Emily Dugan reports on an ever-growing tragedy

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More than 12 million people are at risk of dying from hunger in the Horn of Africa as a result of the worst drought in 60 years.

Aid teams struggle to cope as Somali famine spreads

The famine gripping parts of southern Somalia has spread to three more areas, with the entire south likely to be declared a famine zone within the next six weeks.

Mediterranean diet can add 15 years to your life

Female non-smokers who eat a Mediterranean diet, exercise and keep a healthy weight could live up to 15 years longer, researchers say. Meanwhile, men who follow a similarly healthy regime could add eight years to their lifespans, according to academics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Cancer: the good news

It's the most feared disease, but great leaps forward in detection and treatment mean more of us are surviving it.

Rain destroys starving refugees' shelters

Tens of thousands of famine-stricken Somali refugees were cold and drenched after torrential rains pounded their makeshift structures early yesterday in the capital, leading to appeals for aid.

Kenya is on the brink of its own disaster

While the situation in Somalia deteriorates, millions of its neighbours are at risk of malnutrition

Now Kenya stands on brink of its own famine

While the world focuses on Somalia and the starving refugees pouring across the Kenyan border, Kenya is on the brink of its own famine.

Nourishment, By Gerard Woodward

Woodward's black comedy looks at some of the more carnal pleasures to be had in wartime Britain. Tory Pace is sitting out the Blitz when she receives a missive from her POW husband asking that she writes a dirty letter: "I mean really filthy, full of all the dirtiest words and deed you can thing of".

Aid flight starts Somalia relief operation

An aircraft carrying 10 tons of nutritional supplements for malnourished children has landed in Somalia, a UN official said yesterday. The airlift is part of a crisis intervention as famine threatens to spread across the country.

UN: £220m more needed to help those on Kenya's 'roads of death'

An extra $360m (£220m) is urgently needed to tackle the food crisis in Somalia and across east Africa, the World Food Programme said yesterday, as aid agencies dubbed the routes to Kenya's refugee camps "roads of death" thanks to the numbers dying on the way.

Rise in rickets linked to ethnic groups that shun the sun

Rickets, the bone disease that causes bowed legs and stunted growth in children and is associated with Victorian England, is making a comeback.

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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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