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 Hedgehog (12A)

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Leading article: A waste of expensive prison cells

Once the courts started sentencing those involved in the riots, little imagination was required to see that the prisons would rapidly fill up. Because the number of inmates generally falls in summer and because pressure on youth facilities has been comparatively low this year, the impact of so many new prisoners has so far created less of a crisis than might have been expected. With 100 new people being committed each day, however, the unusual equanimity currently being shown by HM Prison Service will not last forever.

Jessica Fostekew: Luxury Tramp, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Jessica Fostekew has enjoyed some decent placings in a number of comedy competitions in the last three years and this solid Fringe debut will be another boon to her career.

NHS urged to pay for music therapy to cure depression

Making music using African percussion instruments has been proven to help people recover from depression by enabling them to express repressed emotions and communicate painful experiences.

Therapy can drive you mad, says study on 9/11 counselling

Therapy doesn't always work. Sometimes, it makes things worse. And a study indicates that the only person guaranteed to feel better about life after someone sits down on a psychologist's couch is the psychologist.

Leading article: Prozac nation

That one in three women in Britain will take anti-depressant drugs at some point in her life is worrying but unsurprising. It confirms previous studies which show rising levels of prescription.

One in three women will take anti-depressants in their lifetime

One in three women has taken anti-depressants during their lifetime while nearly half of those currently prescribed the medication have done so for at least five years, with a quarter doing so for a decade, according to a survey.

Therapy the right cure for local complex

Over recent years, indigenous sprinters have been made to look rather pedestrian by those schooled in other hemispheres, and yet another Australian speedball, Star Witness, is favourite to win the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot today. His connections have a novel excuse for a disappointing run last time, that he did not take kindly to an adjacent Top Gear roadshow, and any dual Group One winner Down Under is demonstrably entitled to be competitive against our rabble.

Barry Adamson gets behind the camera for film noir 'Therapist'

Therapist is the dark debut film by Barry Adamson, who is better known for his haunting movie scores for Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and David Lynch's Lost Highway than for getting behind the camera. The 40-minute film noir is a about an ethereal Polish immigrant, Monika, searching for her sister. Monika's story merges into that of a film-maker seeking solace on the therapist's couch.

Jodie Foster defends absent Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson's absence from the press conference supporting his new film did not stop him dominating proceedings.

Last Night's TV: Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex/BBC2<br />24 Hours in A&amp;E/Channel 4

The interesting question about Wonderland's intriguing film The Trouble with Love and Sex is whether its technique – documentary soundtrack of Relate counselling sessions paired up with expressive animation – added something or took it away. You could reasonably answer both ways, and in either case you might argue that the result was to be applauded or deplored. So – beginning with subtraction – it's self-evident that this approach deprived us our ability to judge by appearances. But did that make it more difficult for us to exactly interpret the nuances of meaning in the exchanges we heard, or did it oblige us to listen without prejudice? As for addition, did the fact that recalled psychological traumas were bodied forth on screen intensify their impact or simply force us to accept the animator's judgement of what was most significant? I'm not sure that there were conclusive answers to any of these questions but the result was steadily gripping, often very funny and sometimes very sad.

Boarding is as damaging as being taken into care, says therapist

Children sent away to boarding school can suffer psychological damage akin to being taken into care, a leading psychotherapist warns. "Boarding School Syndrome" can leave adults struggling to form intimate relationships and unable to communicate emotions after being traumatised by forced separation from friends and family at a young age.

Why a lack of empathy is the root of all evil

From casual violence to genocide, acts of cruelty can be traced back to how the perpetrator identifies with other people, argues psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Is he right?

Breast cancer prevention drugs 'should be prescribed'

Healthy women at high risk of breast cancer should be given drugs to help prevent them growing tumours, according to a group of international experts.

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