Hope of cure for rheumatoid arthritis

New research holds out the hope of ending the misery of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for many thousands of sufferers, it was revealed today.

MI6 death: Murder most strange

Jonathan Owen tries to determine the facts about the death of intelligence officer Gareth Williams, and asks experts for their views on a real-life spy mystery

The target seats

Every general election has its bellwether constituencies. Rob Sharp takes a tour

Free elderly care expansion plans spark row

Plans to expand free home care for the elderly sparked furious exchanges at Prime Minister's questions today as a new report said "radical changes" were needed to maintain the care system in the face of increasing demands.

Tooth decay: Take the acid test

Decay isn't the only threat to our molars and incisors. Dentists are now fighting tooth erosion, caused by fizzy drinks and fruit – and the damage begins in childhood. Steve Connor reports

Serena's story: How one student is demanding a better deal for postgraduates

Postgraduates are a critical part of university business, so it’s time they were given the same support as undergraduates.

Why is the University of Birmingham shunned by applicants?

Lucy Hodges talks to the man who aims to put that right

Calm amid the storm: Why MBA courses have never had it so good

"We're like The Apprentice, only nicer," says Terry Kendrick, MBA director at Norwich Business School. During the course, students find themselves pitched in competition with each other in a way that resembles the popular television series: in teams, they create an event to make money for charity. "But we give them a couple of months to do it, rather than a day, and we're not Sir Alan Sugar," he says.

NHS pins its hopes for treating back pain on acupuncture

Unprecedented approval for alternative therapies from health service watchdog

Don't rely on prospectuses, become active consumer when choosing where to study

The sight of Plymouth spreading out from the train station to the sea was the clincher for Richard Trigg when he attended the university's open day. When he discovered there was sailing on offer too, his other favourites, Sheffield and Middlesex, hit the bin.

Britain jumps on Bollywood bandwagon

The success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' has sparked a range of new films with an Indian flavour

Worry more, live longer

Stress may not be the one-way ticket to an early grave that most of us assume. In fact, it could do wonders for the immune system and even keep cancers at bay. Kate Hilpern examines the evidence

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (8 February 2009)

DrugScope supports calls for an expansion in residential rehabilitation provision, but it should not be seen as a "silver bullet" for overcoming drug dependence ("UK drug rehabilitation service is 'collapsing'", 1 February).

Shakespeare's 'first theatre' unearthed

The theatre where "The Merchant of Venice" and "Romeo and Juliet" likely debuted and where William Shakespeare himself may have trodden the boards has likely been discovered in east London, archaeologists at the Museum of London said.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness