Arts and Entertainment David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

Babies who are breastfed enjoy many benefits, including better protection against chest and ear infections

The nanny state? Mothers could be given shopping vouchers for breastfeeding their babies

Levels of breastfeeding in the UK are among the lowest in Europe.

Breakthrough could revolutionise treatment of blood pressure

'World's biggest silent killer': Breakthrough could revolutionise treatment of blood pressure

Discovery will help patients who do not respond well to various treatments

Are universities doing enough to include mature students?

UK campuses are doing more than ever before to accommodate ethnic minority and LGBT students - but how much support is there for mature students?

Embryos being prepared for IVF

Children born after certain infertility treatments at higher risk of autism

Children born after certain infertility treatments are at higher risk of autism, and all IVF treatments carry a slightly heightened risk of low intelligence later in life than natural births, a major study has shown.

Issues with NHS non-emergency line 'unacceptable'

Some of the providers of the new NHS non-emergency advice line have delivered an "unacceptable service", a Health Minister said today.

New research casts doubt on the wisdom of parental generosity

The secret to turning your children into savers? Don't give them pocket money

New research suggests that parental generosity is not the best way to make youngsters financially responsible

'Killer robots need to be stopped now, before it is too late' says Human Rights group

Pressure group, academics and Nobel prize winners unite in call for pre-emptive banning of 'swarms of killer robots'

On the run: As budgets tighten, people take up cheaper activities such as jogging rather than golf or sailing

Olympics fail to involve more people in sport

A promise to make Britons more active has been hit by funding cuts and the economic downturn

Children 'not properly hydrated'

Nearly two thirds of children are not drinking enough at breakfast time to be properly hydrated, according to a study.

Bioengineers create implants to help nerves grow back

Computer-generated implants that help nerves rewire themselves could improve the chances of restoring movement and sensation in severely injured limbs.

Gardening turns out to be very eco un-friendly

Lawns, patios and even trees – nearly everything in your backyard comes at a carbon price

A study showed that homeless men are dying at an average of 47 years and homeless women at 43, in stark contrast to the average age of death for the general population, 77 years

Homeless die 30 years before the average person

Homeless people can expect to die 30 years before the average person, research has found.

Rev Canon Prof James Atkinson: Priest and theologian acclaimed as an authority on Luther and the Reformation

The Reverend Canon Professor James Atkinson was Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, where he combined to a rare degree both academic precision and warm pastoral care, both nourished by a deep Christian faith.

Fertility landmark as scientists make sperm from stem cells

Cells taken from infertile men or women could be turned into 'germline' cells that give rise to sperm and eggs

Fertility doctors attack 'unethical' £20 IVF raffle

Top UK clinics refuse to participate in charity game to win a single cycle of treatment
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