A vaporiser or electronic cigarette is used to inhale vapour made from liquid, concentrate or dry herb and while the practice is widely viewed as less harmful than smoking, it is not without its critics. Photograph: Getty Images

Electronic cigarettes can play a significant role in helping people to give up smoking, though they are not recommended for non-smokers, according to (...)

AS many as four referendums could be required to bring about a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A united Ireland could necessitate at least three referendums and possibly four, constitutional experts have said. A working unit has been set up co(...)

The importance of physician empathy should not be underestimated. Photograph: iStock

In 1811, the English novelist Frances “Fanny” Burney (1752-1840) ate breakfast at her Paris home before undergoing a mastectomy in her bedroom . . . w(...)

Ruby Wax (centre) with Gelong Thubten (left) and Ashish Ranpura

A comedian, a monk and a neuroscientist walk into a concert hall would be an interesting premise for a joke. It is the premise of a sold-out show at(...)

Watching more than three-and-a-half hours of TV per day has been associated with a decline in memory of words and language.

Watching a lot of television in later life can damage memory of words and language, a new study has found. The research, conducted at University Col(...)

Ian Buruma: It is unclear whether he resigned or was fired from  The New York Review of Books. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position on Wednesday amid an uproar over the magazine’s publication of an essay by a(...)

Nobel Prize winner Prof John O’Keefe’s  tells forum  that his team of scientists are “trying to come up with simple spatial memory tests, which will allow us detect people who are at the early stages of the disease”. File photograph: Getty Images

Simple tests of spatial awareness could allow clinicians to spot early indications of Alzheimer’s disease, Nobel Prize winner Prof John O’Keefe told t(...)

Reaction to the study has sought to downplay interpretations of a direct link between abstinence from alcohol and risk of dementia.  Photograph: PA Wire

Both heavy alcohol consumption and abstaining from alcohol entirely are linked to an increased likelihood of developing dementia, a new study has foun(...)

Managers are made rather than born and most become accomplished through a combination of training, good mentoring (if they’re fortunate) and experience. Photograph: iStock

The prospect of missing out on a sackful of presents is usually enough to keep kids on their best behaviour for at least three months of the year. Unf(...)

This image, captured by a scanning electron microscope, shows T cells (orange) attached to a tumour cell. Innovative treatments harness the ability of T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells.

An “almost miraculous” therapy for some childhood cancers is emerging; four out of five leukaemia patients have responded positively to it in recent c(...)

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