Monday, January 26, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


How your glass of 'pure orange juice' could be TWO YEARS old... and why raspberry flavoring comes from beavers, in our series on the unsavory truth behind some of your favorite foods

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 10:50 PM PST

Inspired by the popular Channel 4 series Food Unwrapped, a new book by Daniel Tapper explores the myths about the things we eat and reveals the often unsettling truth about how they reach our plates.

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Post-natal depression can start DURING pregnancy - and for those women the condition is often more severe

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:26 AM PST

Scientists at the University of North Carolina have found in extreme cases post-natal or post-partum depression develops while a woman is still pregnant. In these cases the condition is likely to be more severe.

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Jessica Madine told she was 'too fat' for IVF loses FIVE stone

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:42 AM PST

Jessica Madine, from Liverpool, managed to lose five stone in order to have a baby. She swapped McDonald's takeaways for salads and is now receiving IVF, which she calls a 'dream come true.'

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Giving up smoking destroyed my boobs, claims lorry driver, 46, who gained a dress size after quitting 30-a-day habit and then shed the weight 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:51 AM PST

Lisa Holmes, from Stevenage, says her fluctuating weight - simply going from a size 10 to 12 - 'destroyed' her 34B breasts - so she decided to spend the £4,000 she had saved not smoking on a boob job.

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Woman says she 'wanted to die' after suffering horrific burns to 80% of her body from her nightdress going up in flames 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:54 AM PST

Nikita Cummings, 20, from Greenock, Scotland, accidentally set her nightdress on fire when she was nine years old. She 'wanted to die' but her son has now given her a renewed sense of purpose.

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Treatment with 'fat burner' injection reduces jowls without surgery

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 07:54 AM PST

The drug ATX-101 is made from deoxycholic acid, a molecule which helps the body break down fat. U.S manufacturer Kythera claims the injection reduced chin fat in 90 per cent of people.

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Infertile cancer survivor's best friend offers to be surrogate

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 09:39 AM PST

Victoria Eames (left), 32, had her womb removed to prevent cervical cancer spreading. The treatment left her infertile, but best friend Jenah Colledge is to help her realise her dream of becoming a mother.

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Raised cholesterol levels in middle age 'increase the risk of heart disease by up to 40%'

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 03:19 PM PST

For every ten years of raised cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55 increases the risk of heart disease by up to 40 per cent, researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, U.S., found.

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Cervical cancer rates in under 35s soar as number having smear tests fall

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 03:28 PM PST

The charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has launched a new social media campaign #smearforsmear (pictured) to encourage more young women to ensure they have their regular smear tests.

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Secrets of an A-list body: Tess Daly's legs 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 03:59 PM PST

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week: Tess Daly's legs.

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Rice-size implant that boosts hearing and cuts ear infections 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:12 PM PST

A new implant could help the many people who struggle with standard hearing aids. Peter Kay, 70, a business consultant from Bramhall in Greater Manchester, had one fitted, as he tells CAROL DAVIS.

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Now arthritis drug can treat sciatica pain

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:27 PM PST

The drug seeks out and 'silences' compounds involved in inflammation - and early trials show that it can banish pain completely.

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From cold baths to high heels - why a bit of discomfort is GOOD for you 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:40 PM PST

Most of us like being comfortable - sinking into a soft snuggling bed, firing up the central heating now it's cold, or wearing flat shoes.

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Why are care homes still using chemical coshes?

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:43 PM PST

Andrew Oldham, 48, from Blackpool, saw his mother, Barbara, with her head lolling, her eyes glazed and she was drooling. The care home had been giving her Promazine 'almost nightly'.

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'I gave a kidney to my wife - but a bungled op meant it was all in vain': The Mail's GP reveals all in an extract from his gripping new book 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:49 PM PST

When my wife Glynis was seven years old, she and her twin sister were diagnosed with rickets. But it wasn't the traditional type caused by a vitamin D deficiency, writes DR MARTIN SCURR.

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Chef, 30, who ignored smear test letters for EIGHT YEARS is left infertile by cervical cancer treatment

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:56 PM PST

Lindsay Davies, from Nottinghamshire, shunned the screening because she was 'embarrassed' by the thought of medical staff examining her. She needed a hysterectomy to get rid of the tumour.

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Popular sleep remedies and hayfever pills 'increase risk of Alzheimer's by more than 50%'

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 04:59 PM PST

Antihistamines Piriton and Benadryl, sleep remedy Nytol, and Ditropan - to treat an overactive bladder - have all been linked to Alzheimer's, a study by the University of Washington found.

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Mystery of vanishing 'miracle' acne cream: Why has PanOxyl been discontinued?

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:14 PM PST

After spending a small fortune, I finally discovered the miracle - a blackhead-buster that was worth its weight in gold. And it cost £5. That miracle was PanOxyl, writes IONA BAIN.

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It's not just hot flushes - women's hormones also trigger asthma 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:34 PM PST

Sarah Broom, 42, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, had no idea why she was suddenly struggling to control her asthma symptoms.

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Why were we ALL misdiagnosed? As more and more of us are told we've an irritable bowel, how doctors may be missing problems that are even WORSE

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:37 PM PST

There are concerns that IBS is being overdiagnosed. James Hennessey (left) and Zaynab Mirza (right) were told they had IBS but actually had cancer.

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Knock back a drink six days out of seven, say scientists

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 05:40 PM PST

According to scientific research, laying off alcohol for just one day a week could significantly reduce your risk of liver damage.

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Are you always popping heartburn pills? People who suffer acid reflux for more than three weeks should visit a doctor because it could be a sign of CANCER 

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 06:38 PM PST

The national 'Be Clear On Cancer' campaign is urging people who have suffered heartburn for three weeks or more to visit their doctor, because it can be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Health Articles | Mail Online

Health Articles | Mail Online


How your glass of 'pure orange juice' could be TWO YEARS old... and why raspberry flavouring's made from beavers, in our series on the unsavoury truth behind some of your favourite foods

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 06:50 PM PST

Inspired by the popular Channel 4 series Food Unwrapped, a new book by Daniel Tapper explores the myths about the things we eat and reveals the often unsettling truth about how they reach our plates.

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Two-year-old girl's now living a normal life after pioneering surgeons use 3D printer to make copy of her heart 

Posted: 25 Jan 2015 03:22 PM PST

Mina Khan from Bury, Greater Manchester, was born with a hole in the wall between two chambers of her heart which left her struggling to survive.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Health Articles | Mail Online

Health Articles | Mail Online


Calpol can be dangerous - so why make it taste like strawberry sweets? Doctors urge manufacturers to make medicine less appealing to children

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 02:14 PM PST

Doctors have urged Calpol, to make the medicine less appealing to children, who could be put at risk of overdose by its 'almost irresistible' taste and colouring.

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Grayson Perry hat trick boosts his hearing: Artist wears a bonnet as a 'sort of ear trumpet'

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 02:16 PM PST

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry believes wearing a funnel-shaped. bonnet-style hat helps his hearing, which has been getting steadily worse since he was a child.

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A good night's sleep when you're young can ward off Alzhemier's

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 02:24 PM PST

Researchers analysed more than 200 studies, going back to 1967, and found those who 'banked' eight hours of quality sleep a night in middle age had better mental functioning later on.

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Mrs Google's DNA test for her unborn girl: Wife of internet tycoon has daughter tested for risk of cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in later life

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 04:29 PM PST

Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google tycoon Sergey Brin, sent off her amniotic fluid for DNA screening to find out if her then unborn daughter was at risk of disease in later life.

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The Poundland sports kit: NELL MCANDREW asks, is the budget chain's exercise range REALLY fit for purpose?

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 04:57 PM PST

With the Poundland gym gear range, I had visions of cheap bits of plastic falling to bits as soon as you touch them, and in some cases I wasn't wrong, writes NELL MCANDREW.

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After ridiculing vanity in The Fast Show, 'Does My Bum Look Big In This?' comedian ARABELLA WEIR asks: Have I let down the sisterhood by fixing the bags under my eyes?

Posted: 24 Jan 2015 05:56 PM PST

I would never tell someone they ought to have surgery but I'm glad I did this. I do think I look better on camera, and that, in turn, makes me more confident, writes ARABELLA WEIR.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


The DEATH test: Doctors' check list spots patients most at risk of dying within 30 days

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 04:19 AM PST

Doctors from University of South Wales, Australia, say the test will give elderly patients the chance go home and spend times saying goodbye to loved ones, rather than endure their last days in hospital.

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Woman had ALL her top teeth removed by dentist without her consent

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 04:36 AM PST

Nicki Stanley, 46, from south London visited the dentist to have new crowns fitted but was shocked to find all her top teeth had been removed, leaving her too embarrassed to leave her home for five years.

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Fat can PROTECT you against obesity and diabetes, improving blood sugar control and metabolism, study finds

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 05:17 AM PST

People with higher levels of 'good' brown fat had better blood glucose levels and burned off 'bad' white fat faster, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch, found.

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Woman, 86, spends her final weeks covered in agonising pressure sores because 'nurses failed to turn her in her hospital bed for THREE MONTHS'

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 07:06 AM PST

Maureen Clayton, 86, from Rainham, Kent, died in hospital in November. Her son claims nurses failed to turn her once in 11 weeks, meaning she died covered in painful sores having contracted MRSA.

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Prescription painkillers increases the risk of brain, spine and heart defects in babies

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 10:41 AM PST

Opioid-based painkillers such as codeine and morphine can also cause babies to be born prematurely, research by the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found.

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Boy covered in 'fish scales' due to rare skin condition

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 10:55 AM PST

Jayden Watson, five, of Bedford, Warwickshire, was born with harlequin ichthyosis, which leaves him with persistently thick, dry, 'fish-scale' skin.

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First doses of Ebola vaccine arrive in Liberia ahead of the largest-ever trial, with 30,000 volunteers taking part

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 11:04 AM PST

An initial 300 doses of the vaccine, developed in the UK, will arrive in Liberia today. They will be used in the first large-scale vaccine trial, where healthcare workers will be among the first to receive the drug.

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People with autism show 'unique brain patterns', say scientists

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 12:06 PM PST

The findings could impact earlier diagnosis of the disorder and future treatments, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S., said.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Fall in heart deaths 'due to healthy living, not statins'

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 04:48 PM PST

Plummeting smoking rates and dietary changes, such as eating less trans fats, have reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, resulting in a massive fall in heart deaths, according to a new study.

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How can you avoid catching the flu? Staying at home and watch TV

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 05:01 PM PST

Scientists at California, Arizona, Georgia and Yale universities found non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as social distancing and staying at home, can help halt the spread of flu.

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How fat is YOUR country - and which nations have the highest obesity rates? These new maps may surprise you...

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 06:04 PM PST

EXC: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) data shows an obesity epidemic oacross most of Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the U.S. But the Pacific Islands east of Australia top the scale.

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How to beat the late life blues: gloomy about getting older? These simple and uplifting tips from a top doctor will soon put the spring back in your step 

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 12:43 AM PST

Sir Muir Gray, the former chief of knowledge for the NHS, offers advice on how to live happily later in life, including tips on healthy wellbeing, staying active, battling depression and remaining positive.

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'I'd rather have CANCER than chronic fatigue syndrome', says woman battling condition

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 07:36 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Andrews, 42, from Nottinghamshire, had bladder cancer when she was 32 - but says a decade of CFS, or ME, has had a far more devastating impact on her life.

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Three GP practices put into special measures by CQC

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 08:52 AM PST

The practices in Liverpool, Sale and Caversham have been given a six-month warning to improve after inspectors from the CQC rated the surgeries as providing inadequate care to patients.

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15m homes affected by Toxic Home Syndrome which increases heart disease and cancer risk

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 09:22 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Mould spores, pollen, gases including radon, carbon monoxide as well as compounds found in cleaning products all pose a risk, increasing the chance of cancer, cardiovascular disease and asthma.

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Mothers who had a C-section are TWICE as likely to suffer pain during sex

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 09:50 AM PST

Researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia, found 78 per cent of mothers resume having sex three months after giving birth but 45 per cent experience pain.

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E-cigarettes may release more formaldehyde than tobacco, study suggests

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 11:04 AM PST

Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Why are sperm counts falling? 'Contraceptives in drinking water and chemicals in some plastics'

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 01:08 PM PST

Washington scientists say the sex hormone oestradiol - the birth control hormone that passes untreated through sewage plants - has an even larger effect on sperm than Bisphenol A or BPA.

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What bacteria are living on YOUR gym kit?

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 01:21 PM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Dr Lisa Ackerley, a hygiene expert, told MailOnline the growth of bacteria on a sports kit could be causing more than just an unpleasant odour.

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Gluten illness among children triples... but those from poor families are only half as likely to be diagnosed

Posted: 22 Jan 2015 03:52 PM PST

Nottingham University researchers found diagnoses of coeliac disease in girls doubled since the 1990s and that boys were 53 per cent less likely to have the autoimmune disorder.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Taking the Pill 'may increase the risk of brain cancer'

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 04:05 PM PST

Women who had used an oral contraceptive or hormone-releasing intra-uterine device (IUD), or coil, were 50 per cent more likely to develop brain cancer, say Danish researchers.

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Could this treatment prevent autism?

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 04:13 PM PST

The intervention is aimed at babies who have an older sibling with autism - and therefore an elevated risk themselves, reports research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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One hour of exercise a week found to reduce chance of premature death

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 05:10 PM PST

Despite public health campaigns urging a daily 20-minute workout, experts from Toulouse University Hospital, say people should focus on the benefits of small increases in activity.

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Want to know how long you're going to live? Your FRIENDS are the most accurate judges of the habits that could send you to an early grave

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 05:54 PM PST

Researchers from Washington University in St Louis found friends are able to observe personality traits accurately enough to predict early death decades down the road.

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Pressure on obese to slim fuels cosmetic surgery boom

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 01:19 AM PST

More than one in five people – 22 per cent – say they would consider procedures such as liposuction and excess skin removal to shed the pounds, according to a survey.

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How a man by her side in the labour ward can make a mother feel even MORE pain

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 01:22 AM PST

British scientists, who carried out the experiment on 39 women, found that the presence of a loved one during labour can intensify a woman's pain.

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Staying fit and healthy is still the best way to stave off cancer, doctor argues

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 03:44 AM PST

A recent study found two in three cases of cancer are the result of random mistakes in genes rather than poor lifestyle choices. Dr Sally Norton says it's not that simple.

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Chilly feet CAN increase the risk of catching colds and flu, leading expert warns

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 03:48 AM PST

Dr Ron Eccles, director of Cardiff University's Common Cold Centre, advises keeping feet dry and wearing sturdy shoes could decrease the likelihood of catching a cold in winter.

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Short bursts of sunshine ensure people get enough Vitamin D

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 04:28 AM PST

Health watchdog NICE has advised the public to spend short bursts in the sun from April to October, to ensure they get enough Vitamin D. This is crucial for healthy bones, but 1 in 6 adults are deficient, it said.

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Woman's face and lips 'balloon' because of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 04:42 AM PST

Christie Newport, 33, from Lancashire was diagnosed with the rare neurological condition Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, which causes facial paralysis, and swelling of the lips and face.

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Meet the woman biologically unable to feel fear due to rare condition

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 05:23 AM PST

The U.S. woman, known only as SM, is biologically unable to feel fear. She has Urbach-Wiethe disease, which has caused the part of her brain that controls fear to waste away.

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Man with SCISSORS lodged in his head stuns doctors after walking into A&E and politely saying 'I have a small problem'

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 06:00 AM PST

Jose Acevedo Monroy, 32, from Chihuahua, Mexico, was stabbed in a bar. He was nicknamed 'The Gentleman' by hospital staff as he was so polite when asking for help with the scissors in his head.

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The secrets to Denise Van Outen's slender frame?

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 06:22 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Denise, now 40, told MailOnline she's not scared of ageing, but hasn't ruled out plastic surgery in future. She maintains her enviable figure by avoiding carbs after lunch.

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Man dressed as a nurse on his stag do falls down pub stairs knocking him unconscious

Posted: 21 Jan 2015 10:08 AM PST

Andrew Croft, 29, tumbled down a flight of stairs at a pub in Covent Garden while celebrating his impending marriage. He credits London's Air Ambulance with saving his life.

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