Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Sky star Kirsty Gallacher: The first aid heroes who saved my dad... after he 'died' three times 

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 02:12 PM PST

Golfer Bernard Gallacher suffered sudden cardiac arrest in August last year. His daughter, Sky Sports star Kirsty, says her father 'would be if it wasn't for the first aid he was given'.

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Health Notes: Vanessa hits the gym on kickboxing day

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 02:11 PM PST

After signing up with top catwalk agency Select Model Management, pop star Vanessa White's personal trainer, Giacomo Farci, is allowing her only two days off over Christmas.

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All Lulah wants for Christmas is a blood donor

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 02:07 PM PST

On December 25, Lulah Rae Smith, of Higham Ferrers, will be in hospital receiving a life-saving blood transfusion – her 31st such treatment since being diagnosed with a rare disorder at birth.

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Bladder cancer crisis as thousands are left without crucial drug because British hospitals are running perilously low on supplies

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 02:05 PM PST

Up to 12,000 people are to be left without the crucial medication, called BCG. Pictured, model Patti Hansen, with husband Keith Richards, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2007.

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Schools Minister David Laws backs Mail on Sunday campaign to introduce vital CPR lessons in schools

Posted: 20 Dec 2014 02:04 PM PST

Schools Minister David Laws became the first high-profile member of the Coalition to support the move to introduce mandatory training for first aid in schools.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Worst ever week in the 'field hospitals' of A&E: Waiting times hit record level for second week with tens of thousands of patients left for up to 19 hours 

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 05:26 PM PST

The Government's target is that 95 per cent of A&E patients should be either discharged or admitted within four hours. Last week only 89.8 per cent was achieved.

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NHS 'in crisis' with hospitals at breaking point after record number of admissions this week

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 05:12 PM PST

This week the health service was facing the highest level of emergency admissions in its history, with staff having to work 'flat-out' simply to cope with demand.

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Eat some wild blueberries to 'undo' damage of a high-fat diet  

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 09:57 AM PST

University of Eastern Finland scientists said the fruit - which is a key part of the Nordic diet - could be better utilised in other areas round the world.

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severely allergic boy breaks out in a rash if he touches anyone who's eaten dairy, eggs or alcohol

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 08:35 AM PST

Ryan Costello, nearly two, from Middlesborough, cannot even brush against someone who has eaten a chocolate from an advent calendar without vomiting, suffering diarrhoea and breaking out into a rash.

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Firm develops patch to stops reactions in peanut allergy sufferers

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 06:59 AM PST

French biotech firm DBV Technologies has created a patch which administers small amounts of the peanut allergen to the skin, so over time the immune system becomes used to it.

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Anti-psychotic drugs given for wrong illnesses

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 12:18 AM PST

And the elderly are twice as likely to be prescribed the drugs as people in their 40s, even though they are linked to a higher risk of premature death in older people. (Stock image)

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NHS managers 'delaying cancer tests to meet targets and avoid fines' are putting lives at 'serious risk' 

Posted: 19 Dec 2014 12:18 AM PST

NHS guidelines say that 93 per cent of patients given an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer should be seen by a specialist in hospital within two weeks, who will then send them for tests.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause can be a clue to your risk of breaking a hip

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 06:12 PM PST

Menopause symptoms could be an early warning sign of women whose bones will deteriorate quickly, a study using data from almost 24,000 older women found.

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Obesity IS a DISABILITY, rules highest EU court

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 05:30 PM PST

The European Court of Justice today ruled that if obesity could hinder 'full and effective participation' at work then it could count as a disability.

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Mother lost her baby in queue of ambulances outside A&E

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 05:05 PM PST

Steph Harper, 34, fears she has been left infertile after an ectopic pregnancy ruptured and surgeons were forced to remove one of her fallopian tubes. She blames delays at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl.

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Standing on just one leg, the simple stroke test for OAPs: Older people who struggle who balance for 20 seconds more likely to suffer an episode 

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 05:01 PM PST

Older people who struggle to balance on one leg for 20 seconds are more likely to have a stroke, researchers claimed yesterday.

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Ibuprofen may provide 12 extra years of good health, study finds

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 01:46 PM PST

In a series of experiments, the popular painkiller extended the life of yeast, worms and flies by around 15 per cent, say researchers from the Buck Institute for Age Research in California.

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The painful condition that affects millions of women - but no one talks about because they're too ashamed 

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 01:44 PM PST

Vaginismus affects a woman's ability to engage in any form of vaginal penetration, including sex and using tampons, explains London-based gynaecologist Dr Geetha Venkat.

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Oxford women given all-clear after breast cancer screening told they DO have the disease

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 10:56 AM PST

Oxford University Hospitals Trust carried out a review into all the patients assessed by one radiologist between 2011 to 2014. 30 were identified as potentially having been given incorrect information.

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Older people can still multitask long after they lose the ability to pay a bill

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 09:58 AM PST

Scientists from the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit discovered problem solving skills deteriorate faster than the ability to multi-task.

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Scientists discover enzyme that ages the skin

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 09:44 AM PST

University of British Columbia researchers found mice who lacked the enzyme Granzyme-B aged significantly less than than those who had it.

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Celebrities urge YOU to donate bone marrow in memory of Millie Forbes

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 09:21 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Ten years after her big sister Millie lost her life to leukaemia, Annabella Forbes, 29, from London, has launched the #InspiredbyMillie campaign backed by celebrities across the globe.

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Cuddles relieve stress and protect against infections, study finds 

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 09:18 AM PST

Just a cuddle or squeeze is enough to reduce illness symptoms - and the more you do it, the greater the effect, say researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

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Man who chopped off his hand has it sewn back on with near perfect movement

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 08:50 AM PST

Stan Smith, 60, from Hull, was rushed to hospital when his sleeve got caught in a chop saw and his hand was cut off. But surgery saved his hand, and he is now building a 32m kitchen extension.

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We're all living six years longer: Fall in deaths from cancer, heart disease and infections is boosting life expectancy around the world (except Africa, where the scourge of HIV continues)

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 04:21 AM PST

Life expectancy has increased by six years in a generation, research has shown. Global life expectancy at birth rose by 5.8 years for men and 6.6 for women between 1990 and 2013.

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Tiny particles in diesel engine fumes 'double the risk of autism in unborn babies' 

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 03:10 AM PST

Researchers found the risk rises sharply in areas with high levels of traffic pollution, with women most vulnerable during the last three months of pregnancy.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Millions of workers go into work when sick

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 04:01 PM PST

New research by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) reveals the main reason why people put their job before their health was they felt they had too much work to do to be able to take time off.

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Why airline pilots have a higher risk of skin cancer

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 01:01 PM PST

The dangerous exposure occurs because airplane windshields do not completely block UV-A radiation, say researchers from the University of California.

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Lincolnshire woman sheds 7st to stay alive for daughter born with Down's syndrome

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 10:07 AM PST

Stacie Watts, 28, dropped from 20 stone to 12 stone and lost six dress sizes, raising more than £300 for the Leeds General Infirmary, which saved the life of her daughter Ellie-Mae, now four.

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More women are having IVF than ever before but success rates stay the same

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 10:06 AM PST

New figures from the UK's fertility watchdog include a rising number of women over 45 using donor eggs and 20 per cent increase in same-sex female couples having treatment.

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Glycaemic index is irrelevant for most healthy people

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 10:05 AM PST

Scientists at Harvard Medical School in Boston claim people eating a healthy diet and not suffering diabetes or heart problems don't need to worry about where food falls on the glycaemic index.

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Scandal-hit hospital cleared of deliberately manipulating cancer waiting times: Managers were 'incompetent but not corrupt', declares health watchdog 

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 09:54 AM PST

Colchester Hospital in Essex has been cleared of manipulating cancer waiting times by a CQC report. However, some patients did receive sub-optimal care, it said.

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Guilt over pre-menstrual carb and chocolate cravings can trigger eating disorders in some

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 09:23 AM PST

Michigan researchers found women are more preoccupied with their weight around their periods - when food cravings are at their highest. Some women consume up to 1,000 extra calories a day.

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Why ARE magazines in doctor's waiting rooms always old?

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 08:56 AM PST

A study in the BMJ found patients steal an average of 1.32 magazines from their doctors office a year. Gossip magazines with celebrity photos disappear 15 times faster than more serious ones.

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Mother miraculously gives birth to QUADRUPLETS after four miscarriages

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 07:55 AM PST

Grace Slattery, 32 and her husband James, 33, from County Limerick, Ireland, had given up on having a child when they found out Mrs Slattery was pregnant with quadruplets.

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E-cigarettes DO help people quit smoking, review finds

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 06:53 AM PST

A review of two trials, published by the global Cochrane Library, found one in 10 smokers using e-cigarettes had been able to quit the habit up to a year later, while around a third had cut down.

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Documentary photographer Rosie Barnes captures life of boy living with autism

Posted: 17 Dec 2014 06:20 AM PST

When her son Stanley was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, Rosie Barnes, from South East London, embarked on a 14-year project to understand and appreciate the world through his eyes.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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How graduates who suffer a noticeable lapse in their memory 'are 39% more likely to fall victim to a stroke'

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 08:47 PM PST

Researchers from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Holland, studied data on 9,000 people aged 55 and over who were monitored for 22 years.

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Men suffer pregnancy symptoms too: Fluctuating hormones make fathers-to-be less aggressive and more caring

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 07:23 PM PST

University of Michigan researchers say the dip in two key hormones may help men prepare for bonding with their babies – as well as stop them from straying.

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Chopping boards harbour 200% more faecal bacteria than toilet seats

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 04:42 PM PST

A survey by the Global Hygiene Council found the dirtiest items in the home e were chopping boards, kitchen cloths and tea towels, all with millions of harmful bacteria including e-coli and salmonella.

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75% of pizzas reviewed contained more than RDA of 6 grams of salt

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 04:28 PM PST

A survey by health campaigners found that nearly three quarters of all restaurants and takeaway pizzas - 586 out of 802 - surveyed contain more salt than recommended for a day.

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Pregnant women at risk of mental health issues will receive extra support after tragic deaths of mother and four-day old daughter 

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 04:15 PM PST

Nice's 'wide-ranging' updated guideline comes two weeks after Charlotte Bevan, 30, went missing from a maternity hospital in Bristol with her four-day-old daughter Zaani Tiana on December 2.

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Could CANNABIS treat epilepsy? Haddington boy is one of first to trial new treatment

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 04:03 PM PST

Max Robertson, 12 from Haddington, East Lothian, will trial the experimental drug Epidiolex, which is chemically based on CBD, a cannabis compound that is not psychoactive, and does not give a 'high'.

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Is a Nintendo a safe Christmas present?

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 03:37 PM PST

Dutch researchers found 38 Nintendo-related injuries and problems ranging from neurological and psychological to surgical after searching two medical databases.

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Could you BREATHE away those excess pounds? 80% of fat leaves the body via the lungs, say experts (so the more you exercise the better)

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 03:30 PM PST

Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have discovered for every 10kg of body fat oxidised, 8.4kg leaves the body via the lungs as carbon monoxide.

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Legal 'E-spliff' helps relieve pain of MS and cancer patients - without the cannabis high

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 09:55 AM PST

The firm behind the e-joint, called KanaVape, claims it will provide all the relaxing and pain-killing effects of marijuana, without the high. The product goes on sale in France next month.

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Would you drink coffee with BUTTER? Advocates claim it burns fats

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 09:38 AM PST

Creator Dave Asprey formulated the recipe for the brew when he discovered yak butter tea in Tibet. He claims it gives 'six hours of energy' and 'improves cognitive function'.

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Dean Woodford has stopped hiding the skin he hated because of his birthmark

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 09:12 AM PST

EXC: Dean Woodford, 31, from Salisbury, was born with a port wine stain birthmark covering his entire left arm. For years he was bullied forced to cover up but today he shows it off with pride.

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'A&E departments already straining from winter demand, NHS' Sir Bruce Keogh admits

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 07:29 AM PST

Speaking at a conference in London, Sir Bruce Keogh said: 'The system is creaking, it is under pressure at the moment.' Others blamed ambulances being called by NHS 111 operators.

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Man unable to speak after car crash 'wakes up' and talks after being given drug

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 07:29 AM PST

The case of the 43-year-old Italian man was the first ever to be seen in medical literature, say doctors writing in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

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Yoga is as healthy for your heart as cycling, says Harvard scientist

Posted: 16 Dec 2014 04:23 AM PST

Researchers at the US university analysed 37 studies into the health benefits of yoga, which involved more than 2,700 people and found yoga clearly improved health.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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How to get one of your five-a-day from a packet of CRISPS

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 09:30 PM PST

According to a recent survey, even though 95 per cent of the public are aware of the five-a-day fruit and veg recommendation, a third of us are unclear about exactly which foods count.

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General anaesthetic that led to British socialite leaping to her death

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 07:20 PM PST

British jewellery designer Sandra D'Auriol, 53, awoke gripped by panic after facelift surgery in January, fought with a nurse, then fled from a security guard and climbed to the top of the hospital block.

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Regular mammograms raise the risk of cancer?

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 06:45 PM PST

Could X-rays undergone over 20 years lead to breast cancer and what is causing a spasm in the left eye, plus why we're all at the mercy of computers now.

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Natalie Imbruglia legs: Secrets of an A-list body

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 06:37 PM PST

The 39-year-old singer has legs so toned they suggest a dedication to the gym. She tries to work out 3 to 4 times a week, incorporating leg-strengthening boxing moves and Pilates.

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Herbal pills to heated mittens: Why your hands and feet are so cold (and how to get them warm again)

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 06:36 PM PST

It's estimated that ten million people have Raynaud's, a disproportionate reaction of the circulatory system to even the slightest drop in temperature.

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Diabetes: Sorry, but being slim may be no defence against diabetes

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:45 PM PST

Although doctors have thought the overweight are at more risk of type 2 diabetes, a ground-breaking study produces evidence that thinner people may be just as prone.

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Yoga is as healthy for your heart as cycling, says Harvard scientist: Analysis of studies finds discipline can cause weight loss and cut blood pressure 

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:17 PM PST

Researchers at the US university analysed 37 studies into the health benefits of yoga, which involved more than 2,700 people and found yoga clearly improved health.

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Mother's 5-year fight for the truth after doctors missed signs of killer meningitis in her baby: 'Neglectful' medics said it was a virus and sent her home with Calpol

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:13 PM PST

Eloise Lema Dalton was listless, pale, had mottled skin and a rash on her chest, but her condition was not identified by staff at Leeds General Infirmary, her mother Abby told an inquest.

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Piles: The pain-free piles surgery that won't leave you incontinent

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:07 PM PST

A third of the population will experience piles. Now a simple procedure, which causes less pain than conventional surgery, can treat even the most advanced kind. Joan Hands tried it out.

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The worrying dangers of air pollution

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 04:02 PM PST

Exposure to fumes from factories and vehicles, particularly diesel engines, is now widely agreed to have both instant and long-term effects on the body.

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You really are only as old as you feel: Study finds that believing you are younger than you actually are is the key to a long life

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 04:00 PM PST

Scientists from the University College London asked people how old they felt and of those who said they felt younger, 14 per cent died over the eight-year period they were studied.

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Food allergy epidemic that experts fear may be caused by pollen and modern diet

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 03:58 PM PST

Ben Abbott, 37, is allergic to celery, carrots, cucumber, kale, mustard, chilli and all raw fruits except for bananas.

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20p tax on fizzy drinks 'would slash disease rates': Thousands of children could be saved from cancer, diabetes and heart disease in later life by new levy

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 03:46 PM PST

The tax proposed by the Children's Food Campaign would be 20p per litre, adding another 7p to every can of lemonade, Coke or Pepsi, and could reportedly save 6,000 from diabetes in London alone.

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NaturalCycles app uses a woman's temperature to predict when she is fertile

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 10:33 AM PST

EXC: The Natural Cycles app uses body temperature to predict the days when a woman is at risk of becoming pregnant - and has none of the side effects of the Pill such as mood swings.

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Cancer patient has NINE organs removed to treat cancer

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 07:50 AM PST

Pam Pope, 65, from Camberwell, Surrey, underwent the 13-hour operation to treat the rare cancer pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), which spreads quickly through the abdominal cavity.

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Inspirational 17-year-old Hannah Brown loses cancer battle but raise nearly £50,000 for charity

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 07:28 AM PST

Hannah Brown, 17, from Hatfield, South Yorkshire raised nearly £50,000 for charity, despite being so ill with a brain tumour she was not able to carry out any of the tasks on her bucket list.

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Older people are becoming healthier every year

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 07:22 AM PST

Oxford University researchers calculated that older people becoming more healthy has led to a decline in emergency admissions of more than 100,000.

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The average menopause lasts 3 years, 8 months and 20 days - and a THIRD of women say their sex life ends afterwards 

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 06:36 AM PST

Only a fifth of women report their sex lives return to normal after going through the menopause, and 44 per cent said it put a strain on their relationship, a poll by Balance Activ found.

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Teen who was 'never ill' now battling cancer and needs a life-saving transplant

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:31 AM PST

Emily Clark, 17, from Cwmbran in Wales, is battling non-hodgkin lymphoma for a second time. Specialists say a transplant is her only hope.

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Russian teen left partially blind and suffering chemical burns after £3 eyelash and brow tint

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 05:01 AM PST

The parents of Masha Kuznetsova, 13, from Volgograd, opted for the eyelash and brow tint to speed up her make-up ahead of singing performances.

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