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New test shows rise in heart attack rates

Thinking you are dying of a heart attack and seeking emergency treatment only to be told you are perfectly healthy might be an embarrassing relief.

Professor Murdoch Mitchison: Biologist who established himself as the foremost authority on the cell cycle in yeast

For a quarter of a century, from 1963 until 1988, Murdoch Mitchison was Professor of Zoology at the University of Edinburgh. According to his predecessor, Michael Swann, he was "the scientist who knows more about the cell cycle in yeast than any other person in the world". A pioneer in cellular biology, he studied the mechanisms of growth and thecell cycle.

Got ME? Just get out and exercise, say scientists

The UK's largest study of treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome has provided the first definitive evidence of what helps those who suffer from the disabling condition that affects 250,000 people in the UK.

Genetic tests prove the 'fairer sex' is kinder too

Women have a stronger genetic predisposition to help other people compared with men, according to a study that has found a significant link between genes and the tendency to be "nice".

Monks' diaries help experts make climate forecast

Ancient weather records, including details gleaned from monks' diaries, are helping scientists work out how and why climates have changed over the past 500 years.

Professor John Harris: This would end an evil trade – and save lives

Two powerful reasons make a regulated market in live organs imperative. First is the evil of the present unbridled and unregulated global market in organs in which people are sometimes kidnapped, often coerced and even murdered to obtain organs. The second equally powerful driver is the tragic, unnecessary and wasteful loss of life caused by the global shortage of donor organs.

Student missing after celebration is found dead

Police have found the body of a 21-year-old who went missing in freezing conditions five days ago.

Brain scans could help early schizophrenia diagnoses

Brain scans could be used to predict the onset of schizophrenia in young people with a family history of the disease, scientists said today.

Breakthrough could lead to MS drug

An advance in the understanding of multiple sclerosis that could lead to the development of drugs to reverse the condition was hailed by experts yesterday.

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Climbers take unnecessary health risks at high altitude

Thousands of climbers trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro are taking unnecessary risks with their health, experts warned today.

Different pathways into the modern medical profession

With the Foundation Programme set to be oversubscribed due to increased demand, Sarah Morrison looks at what the future holds

Paralysed man is first to be treated with stem cells from embryo

A patient who was partially paralysed as a result of an injury to the spinal cord has become the first person to be injected with millions of stem cells derived from early human embryos created by IVF.

Smokers 'have higher risk of ectopic pregnancy'

Scientists have discovered why women who smoke have a higher risk of developing ectopic pregnancies, a new study revealed today.

In memory of her mother, J K Rowling's £10m for MS

At 45, J K Rowling is now the same age as her mother was when she succumbed to the ravages of multiple sclerosis. Anne Rowling's untimely death in 1990 – five years before her daughter first gave the world Harry Potter – has had a profound and lasting influence on the writer, who has been a vocal champion for sufferers of the degenerative disease ever since.

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

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A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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The science of herding is cracked

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