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.

Terence Blacker: Nick Clegg's revealing literary fantasy

The effortlessly irritating Nick Clegg has done it again. Clegg the would-be writer has stepped forward, as tentative and unsatisfactory as Clegg the politician. In the latest issue of Easy Living, the Deputy Prime Minister reveals that he would like to write a novel one day. "I find writing very therapeutic," he says. "I would love to emulate the style of one of my favourite writers, J M Coetzee, although I don't think I ever could." During his twenties, he embarked on a novel inspired by another of his literary idols, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, but he abandoned it after 120 "shockingly bad" pages.

Stephen Baldwin, left, and Kevin Costner have been ordered to attend court every day while the trial continues

Costner and Baldwin take lead roles in trial over BP oil clean-up deal

Hollywood actors face off in court over share-sale dispute

Album: Dexys, One Day I'm Going to Soar (BMG)

"Attack! Attack!" yelps Kevin Rowland as the martial funk-soul groove of "Now" heralds Dexys' first album in 27 years, a quarter of a century that has seen him stumble from arrogance to ignominy and back again.

The Day is Dark, By Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Reykjavik lawyer and under-age granny, Thora Gudmundsdottir, isn't usually fazed by the dark. But finding herself in remotest Greenland, investigating the disappearance of mining company employees, she finds herself listening out for unexplained creaks.

Trailer of Bond's new film, Skyfall

Gun? Check. Tuxedo? Check. Therapist? Er...

The first minute-and-a-bit teaser trailer for Sam Mendes's Bond movie, Skyfall, has just premiered online. Here are 007 things we've learnt from it:

Statins 'could benefit the healthy'

Cholesterol-lowering drugs can benefit even apparently healthy people with no previous history of heart disease, a study has found.

Statistics for missing children 'confusing', Government admits

Official figures to measure how many vulnerable children go missing from care and are subjected to exploitation are confusing and meaningless, the government admitted today.

Care worker sacked after feeding patient dog biscuit

A care worker at an old people's home has been sacked for feeding a patient a dog biscuit, it emerged today.

Breakthrough announced in ageing genes study

Four "Father Time" genes that help determine how fast we age have been uncovered by scientists.

Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery, By Mark Rice-Oxley

To an outsider, Mark Rice-Oxley looked lucky, with his job at a national broadsheet, happy marriage and three children. But in 2009, he suffered a major episode of depression which necessitated months off work, medication and professional help.

Living with a heart condition: Paddy and his mother, Sasha, on 'The Listening Project'

The Week In Radio: A time capsule of intimate snippets from family life

"Never forget what belly you came out of," cautioned a grandfather to his granddaughter in The Listening Project. The conversation lasted just a few minutes but revealed much about the social and economic shift that had taken place over three generations of one Yorkshire family. Lindsay, who had just got a place at university to study law, was born in December 1992, exactly a year before her grandfather Chick's colliery, where he had worked all his life, was closed down.

Height linked to ovarian cancer

Tall women are at greater risk of ovarian cancer, new research has shown.

The British Library has released an audio collection of the work of 20th-century travel writers, from Laurie Lee to Freya Stark; price £16. Go to

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Amol Rajan: This therapeutic madness is taking over our schools

There are now schools in England where having a best friend can get you in trouble. Gaynor Sbuttoni, an educational psychologist working with schools in south-west London, told The Sunday Times : "I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn't have a best friend and that everyone should play together... They're doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend."

Enough is enough: hoarders often find it impossible to throw
anything away

Hoarding: The art of letting go

Hoarding can take over people's lives and homes, but only now is it being recognised as a distinct psychological disorder. Emily Jupp meets members of the first therapy group for sufferers

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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