Man spends eight YEARS with an open wound in his ankle after doctors refused to remove a loose screw THEY left there, saying there's 'nothing they can do'

Carl Ashby has spent eight months with an open wound in his ankle and fears he could lose his foot

Sugary drinks increase the risk of high blood pressure by 70% - even in teenagers

Drinking sugary drinks can cause high blood pressure, new research suggests

Research published in The American Journal of Cardiology revealed there is a strong correlation between drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and elevated blood pressure.

People who have been to university are SEVEN times more likely to recover from a brain injury

People who have been to university are more likely to make a full recovery after a brain injury

Research published in the journal Neurology revealed people who have remained in education for longer have a greater 'cognitive reserve'.

Just one boozy night a week can put on 2lb! But it's not the drink that does it... it's the hangover food that follows

A mixed doner shawarma kebab: Yum!

Feasting on fatty takeaways after the pubs and clubs have shut and combating a hangover with a full English breakfast can see men alone put away an extra 5,000 calories.

Great-grandmother with broken pelvis is left in hospital toilet for more than an HOUR after staff FORGOT about her

Annie Stanley (pictured with her daughter, Gwen Greenaway), 87, was left for more than an hour in a hospital toilet after staff forgot she was there

Annie Stanley (pictured with her daughter, Gwen), 87, from Northamptonshire, was stranded in the bathroom at Northampton General Hospital.

Lung disease to become the biggest cancer killer among women because of the number who took up smoking in 1960s

Death rates for women with lung cancer will rise eight per cent by 2014 in the 27 EU states, a new report warns today.

Death rates for women with lung cancer will rise eight per cent by 2014 in the 27 EU states, a new report warns today.

New blood test could predict arthritis and allow treatment which will stop irreparable damage being done

A new blood test could predict who will suffer from arthritis before it hits, allowing for early treatment to stop irreparable damage being done

British scientists hope the test could be available within five years - signifying hope for sufferers and potentially saving the NHS millions in expensive joint replacements.

'Mud's "Tiger Feet" cures my Parkinson's symptoms': Woman, 73, can walk and dance with ease while listening to music

Christine Reeve

Christine Reeve (pictured with physiotherapist, Fiona Lindop), from Derbyshire, says listening to music makes her feel as though she has regained control of her body. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight years ago and said 'it's like the music lets me have a break'. Among the top five hits that help her symptoms is the 1974 hit 'Tiger Feet by the British band Mud (right).

Cannabis increases heart problems and 'may even prove fatal for young and middle-aged users'

Smoking cannabis can cause potentially lethal damage to the heart and arteries

Researchers at the University of Toulouse, in France, found the drug can even trigger heart attacks and problems with the brain's blood vessels.

4m are missing vital cervical cancer tests: Women struggle to book convenient GP appointments

Concern: Without check ups, women are left worried as cervical cancer rarely shows symptoms

Around 3.7million were overdue smear tests in 2012/13 – a rise of 11 per cent from 2009/10. This includes more than a million women in their 30s.

Regular exercise can keep dementia at bay - even if it's in your genes: Being active three times a week stops the brain from shrinking

A study of men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking potentially helping keep Alzheimer's at bay (posed by model)

A study by the University of Maryland into men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking.

Are these the ultimate 'period panties'? New stain-resistant and anti-bacterial underwear can absorb up to six teaspoons of liquid

Thinx underwear

Thinx has created four styles of underwear, from thongs ($24) to hiphuggers ($34), that catch spillover from tampons, while being resistant to stains and bacteria.

Bride-to-be is saved by her VACUUM CLEANER when her left leg began jolting while cleaning and doctors discovered she had a brain tumour

Claire Dent

Claire Dent, 43, from Wakefield, Yorkshire (left with husband Jez and right with daughter Eve), experienced a phenomenon known as myoclonic jerks - similar to the 'jumping limb' sensation people experience when drifting off to sleep. Scans revealed she had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball which would have killed her if left untreated.

'Bionic ear' restores a person's hearing for the first time - and technology could help those with depression and Parkinson's

Regrowing the auditory nerves allows a person not only to understand speech but also to appreciate music

University of New South Wales researchers used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves.

Mother of seven, 29, dies of blood poisoning just five weeks after being diagnosed with a skin infection

Tragic: Lisa

Lisa Watling, 29, from Hull, Yorkshire, died of septicaemia after initially refusing to go to hospital because it meant she would be away from her children.

Women with wide hips have more sexual partners and are 'more likely to have one-night stands'

Women with a wide hip diameter are more likely to have one-night stands and more sexual partners in general, a study has found

This is essentially because women with hips wider than 14 inches across find childbirth less traumatic, the Leeds University researchers suggest.

What does your poo say about YOU? Colour guide reveals the health clues in stools

When people have green poo it can suggest their food is being digested too quickly

Faeces can be any shade from brown to green and be considered normal. But, there are other colours that can indicate a serious problem.

How low-carb diets wrecked our health: As women reveal how they suffered fertility problems, thin hair and fragile bones, do YOU still fancy a trendy high-protein diet?

Emma Victoria Houlton Low Carb Diet

Emma-Victoria Houlton, 29, is one of the women who believes cutting out carbs has permanently damaged her health. She said: 'Although I’m better now, I have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It only started during the low-carb regime. It's effectively wrecked my health.'

The robot that makes EYE-CONTACT: Charlie could help bridge the gap between man and machine by copying our behaviour

Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues. Pictured is  AJung Moon, a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at British Columbia University with Charlie

Engineers in Canada hope improving human-robot interaction can lead to advanced droids using in everything from medical rehabilitation to manufacturing.

How the trauma of life is passed down in SPERM, affecting the mental health of future generations

When a man is traumatised changes occur in his sperm which are passed on to his children

Researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich found the changes are so powerful they can even influence a man's grandchildren.

The roast dinner you DON'T need to chew: Scientists develop 3D 'smoothfood' to provide nutritious meals for the elderly

Just like Mum used to make? Scientists have revealed their new 3D-printed gel food. Pictured is jellified roast lamb with green asparagus, wrapped with cooked ham and served with potato mash

A German company called Biozoon has developed 3D-printed gel food. Known as 'Smoothfood', the 'Performance' project was funded by the EU

Former soldier, 65, demands a £20,000 sex change on the NHS to transform her from Doug to Roxanne

Ms Yeatman is having 'feminisation' lessons and has been taking female hormones for two years

Roxanne Yeatman, from South East London, says she was 'born in the wrong body' and that she needs the operation 'to be who [she] wants to be'.

Girl's heart stops FOUR times in 45 minutes after she suffers rare reaction to sore throat which made her 'swell like a blueberry'

Ava Mear suffered four heart attacks after having a severe reaction to the sore throat bacterium

Ava Mear, from Bedfordshire, suffered an extreme reaction to Strep A and was left fighting for her life. She was saved by doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital who hooked her up to an artificial heart and lung machine.

'Not tonight dear, I've got a headache': Women ARE more likely to go off sex when they are in pain

Men really are less likely to say 'not tonight dear, I have a headache' than women, new research shows

Researchers at McGill University, in Montreal, found that male mice are still interested in sex even when they are in excruciating pain.

How Britons remain ignorant about HIV even three decades after its discovery: One third don't realise people with the virus can work as nursery teachers or chefs

More than a third of people wrongly believe that people who are HIV positive are not allowed to be chefs or nursery school teachers (file picture)

A study conducted by the National Aids Trust revealed 20 per cent of people think people with HIV can only expect to live for 10 years after acquiring the virus.

The secret to happiness? Visit a library... and avoid the gym: Study finds which activities most boost our contentment

The report ranked different leisure activities based on how much money they are worth to the people who take part in them. Going to the library was worth the equivalent of a £1,359 pay rise, according to the study

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport survey asked 40,000 people about their participation in arts and sports before ranking leisure activities in terms of their effect on well-being.

Couch potato mother who was too afraid to weigh herself drops SEVEN stone in a year


Claire Griffiths, 35, from Hemlington, Middlesbrough, went from 19st 2lb to 12st 2lb and a dress size 12 in a year after joining a slimming club. She says: 'I used to read about people who’d lost weight and think "that’s not the same person". But it really, really does work - as long as you stick to a plan. I’m living proof.'

Breast cancer victims are denied new 'wonder' drug that can extend life by six months: Watchdog to block treatment on cost grounds

Breast cancer victims have been denied new 'wonder' drug that can extend life by six months. Pictured here is a patient having a breast scan in hospital

Rationing watchdog NICE is set to block routine use of the medicine on the NHS for those with the most aggressive form of the disease on the grounds of cost.

Want your kids to behave? CHOP UP their apple: Children are naughtier when they bite chunks out of food, study claims

A new study claims that cutting your child's food makes them twice as relaxed at the dinner table

New research by Cornell University suggests children are rowdier when not eating cut food. They were up to twice as aggressive when using front teeth to eat.

One-off jab could cut migraines by two-thirds: Genetically engineered drug is new hope for millions of sufferers

Ouch: Migraine

Research shows that a single injection of two breakthrough new drugs can cut the number of migraines by two-thirds for those suffering them.

Are you a grazer or a rep-eat-er? 20-year study finds nation's eating habits fall into just four categories

The Birds Eye study reveals that one in ten people in Britain eat their dinner in the office (file picture)

The Big Mealtime Audit by Birds Eye found over a quarter of Brits eat their breakfast on the commute, while one in ten eat dinner in either the office or the car.

'I lost a FIFTH of my leg skin to meningitis': Mother reveals horrific damage and warns others to be aware of the symptoms

Michelle Atkinson

Michelle Atkinson, 37, from Bristol, was diagnosed with meningitis after becoming feverish and dizzy and struggling to move her legs. The disease caused her to lose a fifth of the skin on her legs and parts of her toes. She had to spend three months in hospital recovering and has spoken out to warn others it is not just children and teenagers who can be affected by the deadly illness.

Do YOU have signs of autism? Take this test to find out if you're one of the rising number with the condition

National results

The interactive quiz contains 50 simple multiple choice questions about your outlook on life - judged by how much you agree with certain statements.

Calling obesity a disease makes people 'resigned to their condition' - and encourages them to eat more

Obese people who are told obesity is a disease are less likely to try dieting, new research shows

Researchers at the University of Richmond and the University of Minnesota found people who are told obesity is a disease place less importance on dieting.

Is ibuprofen making us sick? Research suggests it may cause gut conditions such as coeliac disease

Taking ibuprofen is linked to the development of coeliac disease, research suggests

A National Institutes of Health study revealed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause intestinal inflammation and can increase the permeability of the intestines.

Why you only need to spend 25p on toothpaste - but splash out on a toothbrush

Dentists insist there's little difference between budget and premium toothpaste

Should you scrimp on budget remedies or spend more on big-name brands? Here, the experts give their verdict...

Plastic surgery in South Korea is now so good that people travelling home afterwards need CERTIFICATES to prove who they are

South Korean plastic surgery

Some hospitals in South Korea are said to be giving patients certificates to prove they have had surgery so they can get through passport control. The patients are often said to have bigger eyes, higher noses and slimmer chins than are shown in their passport photos. Those who have flown in from abroad to have the operations are, in some cases, so transformed that they are struggling to get through passport control on the way home.

Secrets of an A-list body: How to get Kate Winslet's waist

Kate Winslet arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Divergent on Friday

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week: Kate Winslet's waspish waist.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Will this new drug stop me losing my sight?

A consultant decided to put Kitty on decided to put me on another drug called Eylea for her eye condition

Dr Martin Scurr advises a patient who has been treated with Lucentis for an eye condition for years. She has now been prescribed Eylea.

DNA is 'edited' to cure liver disease for first time - and the technique could someday be used to prevent Down's Syndrome

Genetic liver disease has been cured in living, adult mice for first time using a 'jaw-dropping- genome-editing technique that could soon be used on humans

Researchers in Massachusetts used a technique known as Crispr to correct a single ‘letter’ of the genetic alphabet in diseased mice.

The plaster cast of the future? 3D-printed design uses ultrasound to speed up healing

Droid medicine: The award-winning Osteoid medical cast pulses low frequency ultrasound directly on to the arm

A Turkish design student has unveiled his revolutionary cast for patients. The 3D-printed cast enables injuries to be treated faster and more easily.

'We were told to say our goodbyes': Parents' relief as daughter who was declared medically dead for seven MINUTES survives

Alexia Rose Crane

Alexia Rose Crane was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital when she was just 14 months old having suffered a heart attack. Doctors battled to save the toddler’s life but her devastated parents were reduced to tears after being told to say their goodbyes. But three months on, the brave toddler has pulled through, to her parents' enormous relief.

The back pain you must never ignore: Doctors delayed treating Claire - now she'll never walk properly again

Claire is trying her best to be positive

Claire Thornber, 42, is trying her best to be positive. But a back condition left her disabled, incontinent and without a sex life.

ME AND MY OPERATION: Sound waves that kill prostate cancer but spare a man's sex life

The procedure had successfully got rid of the cancer and he suffered no serious side-effects

Roy Sands, 66, a printer from Kent, underwent a treatment involving ultrasound, as he tells OONA MASHTA.

Hallucinations. Flashbacks. Nightmares. Depression: How a stay in intensive care can leave you as traumatised as going to war

Peter Cross experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after staying on an intensive care unit

As a result of his time in intensive care, Peter Cross, 61, he developed post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Could laughter be the best way of improving memory? Older people had better short-term recall after watching comedy

Laughter can improve short-term memory in older people, research suggests

Researchers at Loma Linda University, in California, found laughter reduces stress levels - and stress has a negative impact on memory.

Tell us your Health Hero: As the Prime Minister launches our hunt for the unsung health workers who always go the extra mile, meet the inspirational woman who helps young cancer patients smile again

Today, we launch our 2014 Health Hero Awards. Bianca Effemey, pictured with 15-year-old cancer patient Ed Scott, works at Kingston Hospital.

Today, the Daily Mail proudly launches our 2014 Health Hero Awards, in partnership with Boots and ITV's This Morning. These awards honour the men and women - be they doctors, nurses, care assistants or hospital porters - who work tirelessly for their patients, going the extra mile. Bianca Effemey, pictured with 15-year-old cancer patient Ed Scott, works at Kingston Hospital as a parent supporter.

Package holiday boom's deadly legacy: Huge rise in skin cancer cases since 1970s blamed on sunshine getaways


The huge increase in skin cancer cases has been blamed on the legacy of sunshine package holidays which became popular in the 1960s.

Pacemaker-like implant to zap your way to a good night's sleep

Condition is linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke, as well as accidentS

The new device - which has been devised specifically for central sleep apnoea - sends electrical signals to the phrenic nerve to make the diaphragm move.

My spine is crumbling... but I'm too scared to have surgery: He is blighted by back pain, yet singer Mike Crawshaw is vowing to dodge the knife - by exercising

Back pain: The Overtones' singer Mike Crawshaw, 34, was diagnosed with a degenerate disc in his spine in 2008

The Overtones' singer Mike Crawshaw, 34, was diagnosed with a degenerate disc in his spine in 2008 but has turned down surgery.

'Sprightly' widow, 94, died from catastrophic series of errors after being admitted to hospital following a minor fall

Violet Wood, 94, died of a brain haemorrhage after falling and hitting her head in a hospital ward

Violet Wood, from Blackheath, south east London, fell over in hospital at 3am and staff failed to notice that her health was deteriorating rapidly.

Daily Mail 2014 Health Hero Awards: A chance to say thank you to our angels in aprons, by David Cameron

David Cameron pictured with his late son Ivan at their country home in May 2004

Today, the Daily Mail proudly launches our 2014 Health Hero Awards, in partnership with Boots and ITV's This Morning. The Prime Minister writes of the importance of out hunt for the unsung health workers who always go the extra mile, and his overwhelming gratitude towards our National Health Service.

'I'd rather have HIV than diabetes': Doctor says people can live with the virus - but type 2 diabetes reduces life expectancy by 10 years

Dr Max Pemberton says he would rather have HIV than Type 2 diabetes

Dr Max Pemberton, a psychiatrist in the NHS, says antiretroviral therapy means people with HIV experience few health problems as a result of their infection.

Health Notes: Kelly Brooks' hero David McIntosh muscles in on the net

Online business: Kelly Brook's boyfriend David McIntosh has set up a website where he will sell fitness programmes and photos of himself

Kelly Brook's Gladiator boyfriend has launched a fitness website and plans to develop a fitness clothing range.

Why Neanderthals didn't get autism: Scientists discover 'light-switch' genes that are turned 'on' in humans but were 'off' in our ancient cousins

Scientists believe they have discovered why modern humans can develop autism while Neanderthals did not

Scientists believe they have discovered why modern humans develop brain disorders like autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's but our Neanderthal cousins did not.

Silver surfers are happier than techno-foges: Internet use cuts elderly depression rates by 30 per cent

Using the internet can help elderly people avoid depression, new research suggests

Researchers at Michigan State University found using the internet can reduce rates of depression in the elderly by more than 30 per cent.

Pictured: The 'giraffe women' of eastern Burma who wear brass rings around their necks as a sign of beauty

Kayan women

The Kayan women wear brass coils around their necks to give the impression that their necks have been stretched. In reality, the length of their necks has not changed but the weight of the coils has pushed their collarbones and ribs down causing their necks to appear longer. The women – who can start wearing the rings from the age of five - have a long piece of brass wound in a spiral around their necks. A full set of the neck rings can weigh as much as 10 kilos - but few of the women now wear a full set. Despite the weight of the rings, the women wearing them experience little restriction to their movement.

Great-grandmother was left screaming in agony while hospital doctor nearby 'played on a computer'

Sarah Ann Gray, 81, was 'screaming in pain' and vomiting because her bowel perforated after an operation

Sarah Ann Gray, 81, from Haughton Green, Tameside, was 'screaming in pain 'and vomiting at Manchester Royal Infirmary, an inquest heard.

Salmonella alert over supermarket sultanas: Sainsbury's recalls dried fruit over health fears

Sainsbury's has recalled 500g packets of So Organic Sultanas bought over the past five months

Customers who have bought 500g packets of Sainsbury's Organic Sultanas over the past five months have been contacted.

My emotional ode to recovery: How one woman escaped the depths of depression through poetry

Rachel today

Three months after the birth of her second child, Rachel Kelly found herself sinking into deep depression. Here she describes how her life spiralled out of control – and how she was saved by her passion for poetry.

Children lose seven minutes of sleep for every hour of TV they watch

Children get seven fewer minutes sleep for every hour of television they watch each day

Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health found boys are particularly likely to miss out on sleep because of TV.

'If we don't raise $1million our daughter won't be able to speak in six months': Parents' desperate bid to get money for a potential cure goes viral

Eliza O'Neill

Eliza O'Neill, four, from South Carolina, has Sanfillippo syndrome which means she will soon lose the ability to speak, walk and look after herself. Her only hope of survival is that her parents, Glenn and Cara (top right) raise enough money to allow a clinical trial of a potential cure to go ahead. However, they need to raise the money before Eliza starts to deteriorate. A Canadian photographer heard about their plight and offered to help them by making a video about Eliza. The video was released on YouTube on April 2 and has helped the family raise $400,000 to date. Mr O'Neill told MailOnline: 'The comments we are getting from around the world are just amazing. The outpouring is just incredible.'


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