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Arsene Wenger denies Paul Merson medical treatment claims

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions by former midfielder Paul Merson there was anything untoward in the club's medical treatment.

'Sunshine vitamin' pills may extend lives of cancer patients

A vitamin pill available for a few pence in any local chemist's shop may have a bigger impact in extending the survival of cancer patients than drugs costing tens of thousands of pounds, says a leading cancer specialist. Professor Angus Dalgeish, consultant medical oncologist at St George's Hospital, Tooting, south-west London, will tell a conference next week that he tests all his cancer patients for the level of Vitamin D and prescribes supplements where they are low.

People born in spring are 'more likely' to become anorexic

The trees are in bud, the hedgerows full of blossom and lambs are gambolling in the fields – but spring may be the worst time for human babies to be born.

Research links factors to MS levels

Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be linked to the combined effects of a viral infection and not getting enough sun, research suggests.

Deborah Ross: Health scare stories can give you cancer

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Belgian enters the record books with 365 marathons in a year

Stefaan Engels adds new meaning to the word "globetrotter". The 49-year-old Belgian athlete, known as Marathon Man, has completed 365 races in a year, speeding through seven countries at the staggering rate of one 42km marathon a day.

How to make friends with your freezer

Vegetables packed with nutrients, fish that's often better than fresh – it's time we stopped seeing frozen food as second best, says Annie Bell

Breakfast: the smart way to start the day

Should we ditch toast and cereal for a cooked breakfast? And is porridge really the superfood it's cracked up to be? Perri Lewis explodes some myths about our morning meal

The Yuck Factor: How disgusting became the last word in luxury

Bird droppings, snail slime, excreted coffee beans – there's no substance so vile that it can't be a must-have product. Gillian Orr explores a world of (very) gross profits

Ban for Coca-Cola's 'Vitaminwater' ad

An ad for Coca-Cola's Vitamin Water has been banned for claiming that the drink is "nutritious" while containing up to five teaspoons of sugar, a watchdog said.

Antioxidants may boost chances of pregnancy

Men who are struggling to make their partner pregnant could boost their chances by taking antioxidants, new research suggests.

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Want a piece of chocolate? Or a drop of something stronger? You don't have to swallow them

Dressing table: New year, new you...

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The science of your hangover

Understand exactly how alcohol affects your body and you can enjoy the party season without the payback. Kate Hilpern reports
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Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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14 best Easter decorations

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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