Life and Style Peanut allergy affects around half a million people in the UK

Thousands of people suffering from peanut allergies could be saved from potentially fatal allergic reactions thanks to a revolutionary new therapy spearheaded by British doctors.

The Sound of One Hand Killing, By Teresa Solana

Teresa Solana is already known to us, as are her terrible twins, through two previous crime novels. Again translated by Peter Bush, The Sound of One Hand Killing is, however, the first in the series in which Solana and her twin Barcelona private eyes, Borja ("Pep") and Eduard Masdeu, actually meet on the page.

Lance Armstrong used a post-dated medical note to explain away positive tests

Cycling: Lance Armstrong failed four drugs tests in 1999, UCI admits

The International Cycling Union has defended its actions after it was confirmed that Lance Armstrong returned test samples with traces of corticosteroids four times during the 1999 Tour de France.

Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to researchers at the University of Portsmouth

Use reflexology to complement drugs in pain treatment, survey findings suggest

Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to a new scientific survey.

Studies find heart can affect how we feel fear

Fear may be felt in the heart as well as the head, according to a study that has found a link between the cycles of a beating heart and the likelihood of someone taking fright.

Review: The Gamal, By Ciarán Collins

The idiot's guide to Irish love stories

Can Have Sex Will Have Sex, a Channel 4 programme

Can Have Sex, Will Have Sex: Channel 4 to show mum hiring escort for her disabled son weeks after complaints over 40 Year Old Virgins

Last week Channel 4 received complaints about a documentary in which a man, 45, lost his virginity to a sex surrogate. Now it is due to broadcast another controversial programme in which a woman pays for an escort to help her disabled son have sex for the first time.

Paperback review: The Gospel According to Cane, By Courttia Newland

Beverley is a West Indian woman living in West London. Single, in her forties, she is an ex-teacher who, thanks to her wealthy parents, no longer needs to work, but runs free creative writing classes for troubled teens at a community centre.

Photomicrograph of human white blood cells with acute myelocytic leukaemia ( AML ) in the pericardial fluid, shown with an esterase stain

Cancer halted in five patients after treatment with own genetically modified cells

Results of the early-stage trial demonstrate that it may be possible to use the gene-therapy technique to control cancers in relapsed patients

The paedophile - sick or criminal?

Last week the Catholic Archbishop of Durban claimed that paedophilia was a psychological ‘illness, not a criminal condition’

Trawling through your own Facebook pictures could be good for your mental health

Do you cheer yourself up by trawling through your old photos on Facebook?

Imago, Glyndebourne Opera, East Sussex

Glyndebourne’s education department has always been the brand-leader in community opera, and this time composer Orlando Gough, librettist Stephen Plaice, and director Susannah Waters have hit on an unusually topical idea.

Gonorrhea cases soar as STI gets more resistant to treatment

New diagnoses rose to nearly 21,000 in 2011 - a 25 per cent leap in one year

Special advisers like Dominic Cummings are instructed to avoid 'personal attacks'

Labour says Michael Gove aide should resign if he breached code through implying journalist needed therapy

Labour today said a controversial adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove should resign if - as appeared to be the case - he was in breach of his profession's Code of Conduct by implying that a journalist required therapy.

‘Hooked on happy pills’? How the media demonises mental health medication

Language is very telling of attitudes - would it be the same talking about medication for high blood pressure?

Boyd Tonkin: Books as a tranquiliser

Franz Kafka’s idea about the correct relationship of reading to happiness would not have found favour in today’s NHS.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?