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.

Everything is about to change forever: My experience of gender dysphoria

Gender reassignment isn't something to take lightly, it is a necessity. And a life change I know I will be judged for

Children can 'grow out of' autism, psychologists say, challenging the established view that it is a permanent, incurable condition

Identifying transition from 'autistic' to functioning like their peers could lead to effective therapies

Last night's viewing - Numb: Simon Amstell Live at the BBC, BBC4; Climbed Every Mountain: The Story Behind The Sound of Music, BBC2

Is self-consciousness contagious? When I started watching Numb: Simon Amstell Live at the BBC I was feeling pretty relaxed. But by the end I was almost as knotted with anxieties as he is. How would he feel if I criticised his voice, for example? He can't do anything about it, after all – that high-pitched, thready delivery which sits just a tweak away from a whine. And I know that he's self-conscious about it because he mentioned it during the routine.

DVD: Peep Show: Series 8 (15)

It's still the best thing David Mitchell and Robert Webb have ever been involved in and it's probably, along with Father Ted, Channel 4's funniest sitcom.

Doubt cast on MS cannabis treatment

There is no strong evidence to back the use of cannabis extract in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), it was claimed.

Nuchem Rosenberg: 'I thought it was coffee or something and he throws it in my face'

Rabbi who fought against child sex abuse is attacked with bleach

'Revenge' street assault comes one day after the conviction of prominent offender

An aerial view of the Coq d’Argent

Victim of Facebook stalker leapt to her death from rooftop restaurant

Rema Begum became distressed after her lifestyle was exposed to her Muslim parents

Cancer cells: New treatment offers hope

Cells from patients' own blood spur cancer remissions

Nine leukemia patients are cancer-free after being treated with genetically-altered versions of their own immune cells, giving strength to a promising new approach for treating the blood cancer.

The Weekend’s Viewing: Peep Show's Pompous and Punchable deliver a tour de force of squirm

Peep Show, Sun, Channel 4 // Him & Her, Sun, BBC3 // 4Funnies: Dr Brown, Fri, Channel 4

IoS album review: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire (RCA)

Keys doesn’t do “cryptic”. Girl on Fire is about fresh beginnings, hence tracks called “New Day” and “Brand New Me”, and, at one cringeworthy point, the voice of her baby.

Experts have said the figures could indicate a rise in the number of cases, and that this could be due to an increase in anxiety and stress, possibly caused by long working hours and the recession

Stress and economic climate to blame as Westminster is named impotence capital of England

A study showed that 20 per cent of people seeking treatment for the problem live in the South East of England

Anti-psychotic drugs can lead to 'startling' weight gain

Ignorance over dose levels means patients can put on a stone in just eight weeks, inquiry finds

Patient care of schizophrenics at 'all-time low', claim experts

Last year almost 49,000 patients were detained against their will under the Mental Health Act 2007, the highest level since the act was introduced five years ago. Black and Afro-Caribbean men are disproportionately represented among those who were detained.

Brain damaged woman allowed to 'die with dignity', judge rules

A woman left with irreversible brain damage and diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state is to be allowed to die with dignity after a judge dismissed reports by two “shocked” therapy assistants that she may have repeatedly whispered the word "die".

Tonight's Viewing: Gay to Straight: Stacey Dooley in the USA, BBC3
50 Years of Bond Cars: a Top Gear Special, BBC2

Stacey’s innocence is part of the brand. Being startled is what she does best”

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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