'I'm just going to pop upstairs and kill myself': Fern Britton reveals battle with depression that led to suicidal thoughts... and how career and family saved her

Fern Britton reveals battle with depression in A Good Catch

The TV star and author, 57, has suffered with depression since childhood. She reveals how she copes with her episodes and how she is looking forward a bright and surgery-free future.

Detox your kitchen and GLOW with health: Want to look slim AND healthy this summer? Our major new series shows it's not you that needs a detox - it's what's in your fridge and cupboards... 

Changing the way you eat and what you buy can improve your vitality and the first step to healthy living is transforming your relationship with food. Here, Amelia Freer reveals how this can be done.

Is being dehydrated really as bad for you as being drunk? A new study says drinking too little water is just as hazardous as alcohol

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Water makes up 78 per cent of our brains and two-thirds of body weight. Women should drink 1.6 and men should drink 2 litres of fluid a day, according to Loughborough University.

Revealed, the foods that keep you slim as you age: Cheese and yogurts are in, but red meat, potatoes and rice are out 

The type of food, not just the number of calories, affects weight gain, experts from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found.

Babies as young as 6 MONTHS are using smartphones and tablets before they learn to walk or talk 

And by the time they are a year old, one in seven toddlers is using devices for at least an hour a day, according to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Revealed, the four ways to banish belly fat, from eating bread AFTER exercising to taking unflattering selfies

A flat stomach can be achieved by avoiding white bread and pasta and carrying out full body exercises that speed up the metabolism, says London-based personal trainer James Staring.

Nurse is suspended after removing alarm buzzer from brain-damaged patient who kept calling for help - and tells disciplinary panel she 'doesn't care and isn't interested' in the case

Vanessa Kennard was suspended from Sevenoaks Hospital for six months after she was filmed removing the alarm buzzer from Grant Clarke, who was left severely disabled after a brain haemorrhage.

Horrifying video shows man popping huge fluid-filled cyst using a needle, pliers and a SCREWDRIVER

Man pops huge cyst using a needle, pliers and a screwdriver

The man, known only as Jason (inset), from Vancouver, uploaded a video to Youtube of his unique - and dangerous - method of draining his ganglion - a fluid-filled cyst. He asks his sister-in-law to put a needle into the grape-sized swelling on his wrist. Then, holding the needle with a pair of pliers, she hammers it deeper into the swelling using the handle of a screwdriver (pictured, centre). As she does this, Jason cries out in pain. He then removes the needle and squeezes the growth, and a see-through, jelly-like liquid emerges, rolling into a ball. Doctors say this method is not advisable, as ganglions do not usually require treatment - and popping them only makes matters worse.

Have scientists found a way to banish hunger pangs? Breakthrough could help dieters lose weight - and make them less grumpy 

Scientists in Boston and Edinburgh have identified the brain cells that control hunger - raising hopes of a drug that switches off the frustrating feeling and the irresistible urge to snack.

Binge drinking as a teenager can damage the brain for LIFE: Alcohol triggers changes to the regions affecting memory and learning

Scientists at Duke University warned alcohol exposure during adolescence, when the brain isn't fully developed, can result in enduring abnormalities in the hippocampus.

Midwife accepts her actions 'contributed to the deaths of two babies' at scandal-hit Morecambe Bay trust - and tells hearing 'I'll regret what happened for the rest of my life'

Marie Ratcliffe chose not to appear at her fitness to practise hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council today, accepting 77 allegations of misconduct and poor care at Furness General Hospital.

'My new eyebrows changed my life': Woman left completely bald and with no body hair due to alopecia describes the hell of being bullied - until she had £300 procedure

Brenda Finn left completely bald by alopecia on bully hell before £300 treatment

Brenda Finn, 30, from London, developed alopecia at 14 and says it destroyed her confidence. Her body hair and fingernails fell out and she was forced to wear a wig. This meant she was bullied and nicknamed 'cancer girl' at school, and dropped out when the bullying became too bad. She was home-schooled, but became so anxious and depressed she rarely left the house (she is pictured left). But a new job working with children, who accepted her wig, boosted her self-esteem. She then had a £300 procedure to tattoo eyebrows on, which she said made her look more 'normal'. This gave her the confidence she needed to face the world again (pictured centre and right). Now, she is calling for medical tattooing to be available on the NHS, as she says it could have saved her years of pain, and saved the NHS money in terms of treating her mental illness. She said: 'Getting my eyebrows back has done for me overnight what psychotherapy and anti depressants could not. The incredible difference it has made to me is why I think eyebrows should be available on the NHS and I hope that I can help make a difference to other sufferers.'

Brother and sister who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at their Corfu holiday chalet 'complained about feeling sick the day before their deaths' 

Christi Shepherd, seven, (left) and her younger brother Bobby, six, (right) died in their sleep at their family chalet at the four-star Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek island in October 2006.

Young mother, 24, could die at any moment due to rare heart condition that means she's like a 'ticking

Betheny Coyne, from Wigan, was diagnosed with the defect before she was born - and was never expected to reach her fourth birthday. She is now trying to make as many memories as possible.

Always seeing the same GP raises risk of missed cancer: Doctors who know patients well could mistake warning signs for ongoing medical problems

The study of 18,500 patients found that people with bowel cancer who saw their normal GP were diagnosed, on average, a week later than others. It did not apply to breast or lung cancer.

Obese woman loses EIGHT STONE by taking up running... after being forced to stand for an 11-hour flight because she was too fat to fit in the plane seat 

Sharon Smith, 43, from Halesowen, West Midlands, who weighed over 20st, decided to slim down after the humiliating long-haul flight and now she's done two 10k races and a half marathon.

Mother who had surgery for breast cancer is stunned to be told she'd NEVER had the disease - and had been victim of 'hospital mix-up'

Mother who had surgery for breast cancer is told she'd NEVER had disease

Doctors at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, right, told Elizabeth Dawes, 39, left, a biopsy had shown she was suffering aggressive breast cancer and needed immediate surgery and chemotherapy. The mother-of-one was also told she would need a further procedure to correct 'deformities' to her breasts caused by the first operation. But four days later, Ms Dawes was asked to attend an appointment with her consultant. There, he revealed there had been a mix-up with her hospital notes and those of two other patients, - she had in fact, never had the disease. She said: 'I am absolutely appalled at what I have been through and am still struggling to comprehend how this could even happen.' The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has admitted liability and said 'no other patient received inappropriate treatment as a result of the incident'.

Mother is reported for child abuse and surrounded by armed police over fears she scalded her son - who actually suffers with ultra-rare skin disease

Mother reported for child abuse over son's rare skin disease Netherton's syndrome

RJ Jackson, four, from Las Vegas, is one of only 70 people in the world who suffers Netherton's syndrome, an extreme form of the disease ichthyosis. His skin appears red and inflamed, and is often covered in dry skin that appears like scales on his body. His mother Valerie Jackson (left) has to regularly cover him in creams to try and prevent his skin drying out. But while out shopping recently, Mrs Jackson was suddenly surrounded by armed police, who had been called by a member of the public. They reported fears Mrs Jackson had been abusing RJ. 'It just shows the extent of people's ignorance,' Mrs Jackson said.

Do you have a male or female brain? The simple test that investigates your 'gender personality'... and the answer will surprise you

From a young age, males and females often have different to each other and automatically have gender-specific interests. Is this a result of nature or nurture? Is your brain more male or female?

Bad back? Blame it on the chimps: Some human spines less well adapted for walking upright because they are shaped like chimpanzees 

Scientists at Aberdeen University found that those who suffered from disc problems tended to have spines that were closer in shape to those of chimpanzees, who mostly move around on all fours.

Chain-smoking takeaway addict shed 8 stone after doctors warned she would have a stroke at just 23 

Chain-smoking takeaway addict shed 8 stone after drs warned she would have a stroke

Rochelle Holmes, 26, of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, began gaining weight at school when she went out to bars and clubs with her friends and drank sugary alcopops. She also ate several takeaways each week and smoked 20 cigarettes a day. By the age of 17, she was a size 20, and by 23 she was a size 24 (left). But it was only after a stark health warning - having become breathless climbing a slight of stairs to a medical centre - that she decided to lose weight. There, a nurse took her blood pressure and told her she was at risk of dying of a stroke at just 23. Determined to avoid this, Miss Holmes joined Slimming World, swapping takeaways for healthy meals, and joining Zumba and kettlebell classes. Now a slim size 12 (right), she said: 'I'm proof that you can succeed and I want to feel healthy for the rest of my life.'

Student left with 'vile' lump of scar tissue the size of a nut after getting an oversized ear piercing as an act of teenage rebellion

18-year-old Remmie was left with a hazelnut-sized keloid scar on her ear after a bar piercing went badly wrong. The teen, who says she had hoped to stand out of the crowd, describes the scar as 'vile'.

Millions ignorant of chicken danger: Fewer than one in three have heard of UK's biggest cause of food poisoning 

Research for trade magazine The Grocer found that just 32 per cent of UK consumers have heard of campylobacter germs found on raw chicken.

Broccoli breakthrough in fight to treat arthritis: Artificial version of ingredient found in vegetable can prevent inflammation

UK drug company Evgen Pharma has developed a stable synthetic version of the chemical sulforaphane that offers the potential of a pill treatment which could help the condition.

First DIY test for HIV goes on sale in UK: Self-testing equipment has a 99.7 per cent accuracy

The 99.7 per cent accurate BioSure HIV Self Test enables people to test themselves when and where they like.

Mother is reported for child abuse and surrounded by armed police over fears she scalded her son - who actually suffers with ultra-rare skin disease

Mother reported for child abuse over son's rare skin disease Netherton's syndrome

RJ Jackson, four, from Las Vegas, is one of only 70 people in the world who suffers Netherton's syndrome, an extreme form of the disease ichthyosis. His skin appears red and inflamed, and is often covered in dry skin that appears like scales on his body. His mother Valerie Jackson (left) has to regularly cover him in creams to try and prevent his skin drying out. But while out shopping recently, Mrs Jackson was suddenly surrounded by armed police, who had been called by a member of the public. They reported fears Mrs Jackson had been abusing RJ. 'It just shows the extent of people's ignorance,' Mrs Jackson said.

Thousands of lives at risk as hospitals ignore simple tests for blood poisoning

Some 90 per cent of patients were not given correct treatment to prevent blood poisoning on a surgical ward at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, an NHS study revealed.

Implants boost odds of halting prostate cancer: Men treated with radioactive 'seeds' twice as likely to find disease has stabilised after five years

Prostate cancer patients treated with radioactive implants are twice as likely to find the disease has stabilised after five years, a study has found.

Hundreds of babies are born with brain damage every year because their mothers drank during pregnancy 

Last year 272 children were admitted to hospital in England after being born brain damaged following exposure to alcohol in the womb, alarming new figures have revealed.

Writer who simply replaced pasta with spiralized vegetables loses 2st in just three MONTHS

Ali Malfucci replaced pasta with spiralized vegetables and lost 2st in three MONTHS

Ali Maffucci, 28, from New York, lost 11 kg, (24 lbs) in three months by replacing pasta, rice, and bread with spiralized vegetables (she is pictured, left and right, before and after her weight loss). She went from a size 12/14 to a size 8/10 (pictured centre). Before changing her diet she said she felt tired and lethargic, but now she feels happier and more energized than ever. She said: 'My focus during the days is so much stronger now too. Without that old laziness anymore I get so much more done now.'

MATT ROBERTS: It's safe to HIT the road after a heart attack

Surviving a heart attack can leave you feeling you've been given a second chance. Embrace it, there is no reason why you can't work towards becoming extremely active.

Simple blood test that can detect ovarian cancer in 80 per cent of patients could be available by next year 

In a new pilot study, the test picked up cancer cells in 80 per cent of 42 patients with ovarian cancer - an 'encouraging' breakthrough as the disease is often diagnosed too late for a cure.

Cell check spares women chemo for breast cancer: New £2,500 tests reveal risk of disease returning

Breast cancer patients may be spared chemotherapy thanks to new tests that pinpoint genetic 'markers' in the tumour and determine its aggressiveness.

Operation save dad: He was overweight, diabetic and on the verge of losing a leg, but Geoff Whitington refused to change the lifestyle that was killing him. Until his sons intervened

Operation save dad: He was overweight, diabetic and on the verge of losing a leg, but

Geoff Whitington, 63, (left) from Ashford, Kent, was made so sick by obesity-related type 2 diabetes that he was told he may need a leg amputated. His sons Anthony (main, left) and Ian (far right) helped the father-of-four shed six stone and overhauled his health. He is a man transformed and loves to cycle, never eats take-aways and counts kale and couscous among his favourite foods. Doctors say he is no longer diabetic - and he is off medication.

THE MIND DOCTOR MAX PEMBERTON: Is being mindful just a bit of a fad? 

Mindfulness - a form of meditation and therapy based on Buddhist teachings - is the latest craze to sweep the medical world.

HEALTH NOTES: Forget the Botox, now I'll grow old gracefully says Judy Murray 

She once revealed that Botox anti-wrinkle jabs stopped her looking like 'a scary monster' before she appeared on Strictly - but Judy Murray has vowed never to have the treatment again.

Is this the daftest and most dangerous fashion trend yet? How girls as young as 16 are risking their health in agonisingly tight corsets in a bid to copy celebrities 

While preparing to take ten GCSEs this summer at one of Britain's most elite girls' schools, Gabriella, from Godstone, Surrey, is wearing a tight corset in an attempt to whittle down her already tiny waist.

Sugar, not laziness, makes us fat: Poor diet responsible for more disease than lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol combined, say doctors

Doctors said poor diet was now recognised as being responsible for more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Obesity has rocketed in the past 30 years.

'You should never give up hope': Mother reveals joy at defying doctors to have miracle baby girl after heartbreak of TEN miscarriages in ten years

Mum's joy at miracle baby after ten miscarriages in ten years

Sarah and Mark Brennan, from south Wales (pictured) describe the joy of becoming parents to seven-month-old Eryn Elisabeth after a series of miscarriages that left them traumatised and fearing they'd never have a family of their own. Although she was premature and weighed just 3lb 11oz, mum Sarah, 36, and her technician husband, 35, say their daughter is thriving.

How your THOUGHTS can fuel brain tumours: Scientists reveal how cancer hijacks the process of thinking

Stanford University in California found that tumours hijack a process known as myelination, which insulates nerve fibres, allowing them to carry thoughts more quickly.

BABY STEPS: How can I stop dogs turning my bubbly boy into a nervous wreck

Two-year-old Felix Hoyle is terrified of dogs and starts screaming uncontrollably when one approaches him. He is pictured meeting German Shepherd puppy Beth at his local Dogs Trust centre.

The woman who's allergic to her husband's kisses: Rare condition means contact with his saliva triggers agonising HIVES

Kerrie Armitage's condition means contact with his saliva triggers HIVES

Kerrie Armitage, 28, from Leeds, suffers from the ultra-rare condition aquagenic urticaria - an allergy to water. She was diagnosed two years ago after her skin erupted in agonising blisters (right) when she got caught in a rain storm. Now the 28-year-old has had to stop kissing her husband Peter (inset) - because the saliva on his lips can trigger a painful flare-up. The mother-of-three said: 'Because his lips are wet, the saliva can make me react. He's got to make sure his lips are dry before he gave me a kiss. It's not every time - I can do the same thing time and time again and not react, but then I'll do it once more and get a flare-up.' Her condition has become so bad that her hugging her children can trigger an episode, as their body heat makes her sweat - and she has trained herself not to cry.

'I attack my own face': Woman suffering from rare psychosomatic condition spends several HOURS a day obsessively picking at her pores and squeezing her spots

New York-based writer Jenna Marotta, 27, suffers from a psychosomatic disorder that makes her obsessively pick at her skin, a time-consuming habit that often leaves her face bloody.

Diet Pepsi drops controversial sweetener aspartame after customer concerns about safety

PepsiCo has confirmed will now use sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda, in US products. Despite repeated fears over aspartame, the FDA says it is safe.

How safe are the prawns YOU'RE eating? Farmed shrimp found to contain traces of E.coli, MRSA and salmonella

Experts at Consumer Reports tested 342 packages of frozen prawns from farms in Thailand, India and Indonesia. They found 60 per cent were found with traces of harmful bacteria.

Letting your baby nap in a car seat, swing or bouncer could be deadly, experts warn 

Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center warned babies put to sleep in car seats, slings, swings and bouncers were at risk of death via strangulation from straps or suffocation.

The bravest mum of all: Non-smoking mother-of-two with terminal lung cancer to walk London Marathon course as she battles disease for the sake of her sons

The bravest mum of all: Non-smoking mother-of-two with terminal lung cancer to walk London

Until a year ago, life for Angela Field (pictured) was good. She was dedicated to caring for her husband Elliot and two young sons Aaron (right), 9, and James (left), 6. Then came the devastating news: though she'd never smoked, she had inoperable lung cancer. Since then, there have been moments of despair but Angela, 40, is determined to live as normally as possible for the time she has left. Today, with inspiring determination, she will once again return to race the London Marathon after having run it in 2003 - where she will walk the entire course dressed as Superwoman in order to help raise money for the Cancer Treatment and Research Trust.

Is Bikram yoga safe? Experts warn it raises body temperatures and heart rate to 'dangerous levels'

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found the body temperature of some class participants reached 40°C/105°F putting them at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The starvation diet that can REVERSE type two diabetes: How dramatic weight-loss could lower blood-sugar levels

Participants lost an average of 2st 5lb. At a follow-up scan, they had all regained about half a stone but most still had normal blood-sugar levels despite eating normal food again.

HRT raises breast cancer risk up to EIGHT years after women stop taking it, scientists warn 

New findings from the Women's Health Initiative in Seattle, have shown women taking combined HRT of oestrogen and progesterone have an increased risk years after stopping treatment.

Woman 'desperate to be normal again' after botched boob job abroad left her with a breast that 'looks like a croissant'

Gloucestershire woman 'desperate to be normal again' after botched boob job

Alison, 43, from Gloucestershire was left with an imploded breast that looked 'like a croissant' (bottom left) after she succumbed to a severe infection following breast augmentation surgery six years ago. Since the botched operation, she has had 12 further surgeries, none of which have managed to fix the damage. Now she has appeared on reality show Extreme Beauty Disasters in the hope surgeon Vik Vijh (top right) will be able to fix the mess.

How to keep your crown jewels safe: The things you should look out for and why you should check them once a month 

Men should get used to checking their testicles once a month, a testicular cancer survivor has said, preferably after a shower. It's a focus that young men especially find uncomfortable.

How to beat men's problems: Why men MUST seek help if their love life's falling flat 

Around 40 per cent of men over 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction and while the cause may be psychological, it's important to get treatment as it is 'very often' a warning sign of serious health problems.

'Now I know he loves me': Forty-seven stone woman reveals how her husband STOPPED her from losing weight... over fears she would leave him if she slimmed

47stone Bettie Jo woman reveals how her husband STOPPED her losing weight

Bettie Jo, from Houston, Texas, tipped the scales at 47 stone (660lbs) but found it difficult to lose weight without the support of her husband Josh, she reveals on tonight's My 600lb Life on TLC. The 24-year-old (right) was housebound and unable to tend to her own needs and lived off a diet of fried chicken. Bettie Jo, who now weighs 35st 8lbs (500lbs) thanks to surgery, reveals on the show that Josh (pictured with her left) had become her 'caretaker' - helping her go to the toilet and into the shower, and putting powder between her rolls of flesh afterwards to stop her skin from chafing.

Teacher whose decayed teeth were reduced to 'apple cores' wins £30,000 in damages from his former dentist

Kevin Bowes, 53, from Guisborough in North Yorkshire lost several teeth, had four avoidable root canal treatments and five avoidable crowns at the hands of dentist Dr Nicholas Crees.

Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children, scientists warn over-protective parents 

Although scientists have long known that anxiety runs within families, the attitudes of over-anxious parents strongly affect their children's behaviour, say the researchers at King's College London.

Too much time indoors damages children's eyes: Lack of natural sunlight causing problems in the young

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In China, where four in five teens are shortsighted, some schools are using translucent classrooms to expose children to more sunlight, after research showed it helped combat the condition.

How to beat men's problems: Cancer ops don't have to ruin your sex life 

The good news is there have been significant advances over the past decade in treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, says Professor Roger Kirby, who is one of the world's leading prostate surgeons.

The woman who's allergic to her husband's kisses: Rare condition means contact with his saliva triggers agonising HIVES

Kerrie Armitage's condition means contact with his saliva triggers HIVES

Kerrie Armitage, 28, from Leeds, suffers from the ultra-rare condition aquagenic urticaria - an allergy to water. She was diagnosed two years ago after her skin erupted in agonising blisters (right) when she got caught in a rain storm. Now the 28-year-old has had to stop kissing her husband Peter (inset) - because the saliva on his lips can trigger a painful flare-up. She said: 'Because his lips are wet, the saliva can make me react. He's got to make sure his lips are dry before he gave me a kiss. It's not every time - I can do the same thing time and time again and not react, but then I'll do it once more and get a flare-up.' Her condition has become so bad that her hugging her children can trigger an episode, as their body heat makes her sweat - and she has trained herself not to cry.

Malaria vaccine that will prevent millions of young children catching disease could be available within months after trial results find it reduces number of cases by half

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The drug, known as RTS,S, has been developed by British firm GlaxoSmithKline over 30 years, and tests show that it could prevent millions of cases of the disease in very young children.

Is it safe to use last year's suncream? From fake tan to mosquito repellent, experts reveal the summer essentials you can store for years

From sun cream and after-sun to mosquito repellent, bite cream and fake tan - Alice Smellie asks the experts which products we can use year after year, and which ones we'll need to restock each summer.

Depression is NOT caused by low serotonin levels and most drugs used to treat it are based on a myth, psychiatrist claims

Writing in the BMJ, Professor David Healy, a psychiatrist in Bangor, North Wales, claims the idea that SSRIs can correct a chemical imbalance and treat depression is a fallacy.

'Did my son eat himself to death?': Mother's heartbreak as 'lonely' obese teenager dies at just 18 - after years of gorging on junk food and playing computer games

Shaun Appleby's mother's heartbreak as obese teenager dies at just 18

Shaun Appleby's heartbroken mother Satish said her son's lifestyle should be a warning to others. The teenager, from North Tyneside, died aged just 18 after years of gorging on junk food and sitting at his computer for up to 10 hours a day. Over the years his weight peaked at nearly 20st. But five years later, just as he began to shed the weight, he was found dead in his bed. A coroner recorded Shaun's death as being due to sudden adult death, noting he was also obese. Research has shown that excess weight increases the risk of sudden cardiac death, as does type 2 diabetes, which is related to obesity. Today his heartbroken mother said: 'My message is for children to get out more, meet other kids, get more fresh air and get off their computers. It's not healthy to be on a computer for hours and hours every day. If this saves one child then Shaun's death is not wasted. No parent should be going through what I am.'

The terrifying truth about the deadly diet pills containing DNP: Capsules are made from chemicals used in war weapons and pesticides, scientist reveals

Dr Simon Cotton, a senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of Birmingham said DNP is highly toxic. Eloise Parry (pictured), died after DNP pills made her 'burn up from the inside'.

Dr Pimple Popper will see you now! Meet the dermatologist whose videos of ruptured zits and cysts have turned her into a YouTube star 

Dr Sandra Lee, from Upland, California, has nearly 60,000 people subscribing her YouTube channel, in which she posts videos of herself extracting her patients' pimples and cysts.

The student with a 'TWIN' growing inside her head: Surgeons extracting 26-year-old's 'brain tumour' discover embryonic growth with bone, hair and teeth

Surgeons extracting Yamini Karanam's 'brain tumour' discover embryonic growth

Yamini Karanam, 26, has dubbed the tumour, circled inset, her 'evil twin sister', adding 'she's been torturing me for the past 26 years'. She underwent surgery at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles to remove a mass, initially diagnosed as a pineal brain tumour. But Dr Hrayr Shahinian, the expert operating on Miss Karanam, discovered the growth was in fact an embryonic twin, complete with bone, hair and teeth. Known by its medical name, a brain teratoma, the tumours are very rare. Indeed, Dr Shahinian, who has removed around 7,000 brain tumours has seen just two teratomas in his career.

Women like Angelina Jolie who carry the BRCA1 gene are less likely to die from breast cancer if they have their OVARIES removed

Scientists at the Women's College Research Institute in Toronto found the procedure, known by the medical term oophorectomy, was linked to a 62 per cent reduction in deaths from breast cancer.

The six foods you should add to your diet NOW to help prevent heart attack, cancer and stroke

Weight-loss expert, Dr Sally Norton, reveals how cherries, avocados, cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin and chia seeds are a 'power-house of nutritional value' helping boost your health.

The GP with 4,300 patients: Doctor single-handedly caring for thousands after his partners retire says he fears for patient safety

Dr Arfon Williams is now the sole GP covering two rural practices in North Wales after his last partner retired in March. He has warned it will be difficult to provide a 'safe service' for his 4,300 patients.

Cancer patient has his tongue re-built using skin from his ARM (which still had hair on it)

Surgeons at the Royal Derby Hospital had to cut into the jaw of David Billings, 48, and use skin tissue from his arm to rebuild his tongue.

Heartbreaking and horrifying images of West African communities torn apart by deadly Ebola virus take top prize at this year's Sony World Photography Awards

Images of Ebola outbreak take top prize at Sony World Photography Awards

A series of images showing the heartbreak, brutality and horror of the Ebola virus as it tore through West African communities (pictured left) has taken the top prize at the world's largest international photography competition. The Sony World Photography Award winners were announced at a gala in London last night, where dozens of stunning photographs showcased people, communities and landscapes from around the world. Pictured top right is a pyrograph on Mount Kenya, while bottom right is a group of children playing football in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Argentina.

Obese mother whose boozy lifestyle saw her balloon to a size 24 ditches takeaways to lose EIGHT STONE... after a stranger asked if she was pregnant

Lizzi Crawford, 32, from Stoke-on-Trent, tipped the scales at 20 stone when she overheard the young bus passenger ask his mum: 'Has she got a baby in her belly?'

Horror as boy, 10, suffers cardiac arrest in the school playground due to undiagnosed heart condition

Koby Hodder, 10, of Doncaster, suffered a cardiac arrest after playing a game of British Bulldog in his break. He was found to have the same heart condition as footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Major asthma breakthrough as scientists discover root cause of the condition - and say a new treatment is less than 5 years away

Cardiff University scientists have found a protein within the airways which they believe triggers all asthma attacks. And remarkably, a drug already exists which they think could deactivate it.

Webcam model uses her EIGHT FOOT belly to find love... and she claims she had her pick of doctors, lawyers and bodybuilders

Gayla Neufeld, from Texas, said she uses her large size to entice men from around the world, including latest hubby, Lance, who she now lives with in Manitoba, Canada.

Tragic Teddy, the baby who became Britain's youngest ever organ donor: Parents tell of heartbreaking decision to donate kidneys and heart valves of their 'hero' twin son who lived for only 100 minutes

Parent's of Teddy Houlston, Britain's youngest ever organ donor Teddy, tell all

Tiny Teddy Houlston (pictured left with his mother) was alive for less than two hours before he died on April 22 last year. His parents Jess Evans, 28, and Mike Houlston, 30, from Cardiff, were told during the pregnancy that he suffered from rare brain condition anencephaly - which stops the brain and spine developing properly - but were determined that his life would not be wasted. Despite their heartbreak over the loss of their son, the couple allowed medics to carry out pioneering surgery on their baby so he could go on to save the of an adult man, 233 miles away in Leeds, who was suffering from renal failure. They managed to spend a few precious hours with Teddy before his death, during which he was reunited with his twin Noah outside the womb (right). The parents, who were childhood sweethearts, said that their son 'lived and died a hero'. Teddy's twin Noah is now a healthy one-year-old living at home with his parents and his sister Billie, three (pictured together inset). The family have shared Teddy's story in the hope people will donate to the charity, 2 Wish Upon A Star, which aims to improve bereavement services for parents who lose babies or young children.

Are you a victim of HIDDEN hearing loss? If you listen to the radio at maximum volume or lip reading you're probably suffering from the silent epidemic

Hearing loss affects around 10 million people, but that is set to rise dramatically to 14.5 million by 2031, according to Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

Can't hear? It may be down to grinding your teeth or problems with your kidneys

Grinding or clenching the teeth can cause problems with the jaw joint, putting stress on the muscles and making them inflamed. It can also cause loss of hearing in one or both ears.

Do YOU always get bitten by mosquitoes? Blame your parents: Being attractive to bugs is genetic, scientists say

Whether or not a person has body odour that is attractive to mosquitoes is strongly influenced by genetics, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.

Warning to dog owners over the ticks that can wreck lives: Many are unaware their pets can transmit potentially deadly Lyme disease to them, say vets 

Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project.

Farmer is found to have hundreds of coins and nails in his STOMACH after swallowing them because he was 'depressed'

Indian man has hundreds of coins and nails removed from his stomach

Rajpal Singh, 34, from Bathinda in India's western state of Punjab, went to many different medical centres complaining of a stomach ache, but doctors were baffled as to the cause. Finally, an X-ray revealed a mass of foreign objects in his stomach (the scan is pictured top right, and some of the coins he swallowed, bottom right). Mr Singh had sunk into a depression and began eating metal objects including coins, iron nails, magnets, nuts and bolts and screws. Doctors carried out a nine-hour operation to remove the metal from his stomach (left is an image revealing the objects, taken from a camera put down his throat into his stomach), but he will still need another procedure as they couldn't get it all out in one go.

How a demanding job could help you fight dementia: People with 'greater mental reserves' live longer after being diagnosed

The Penn State University research adds to the theory that have long held that keeping your brain active - especially in later years - could be the best insurance against developing dementia.

Marijuana users may have 'false memories': Brain scans reveal how cannabis smokers can live in their own reality

Using neuroimaging, scientists in Barcelona discovered that the brains of heavy cannabis had a less active hippocampus - and area that stores memories - compared with the general population.

Personalised drugs could revolutionise the war on cancer: New treatment uses body's immune system to recognise, attack and kill off cancerous cells 

The German team which carried out the research found that early trials of the new technique 'profoundly retarded' tumour growth in mice, with survival rates boosted by more than 50 per cent.

Scientists genetically modify human embryos for the first time: Controversial technique could lead to designer babies

Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzho, China, tried to modify the gene responsible for -thalassaemia, a potentially deadly blood disorder, using a method known as CRISPR.

Father, 31, told his six-month cough was 'harmless' FIVE TIMES is now dying from lung cancer - despite not being a smoker

Father dying from lung cancer was told cough was 'harmless' FIVE TIMES

Chris Rowe, from Gloucester, was repeatedly told by doctors he was suffering a simple virus. He has since been diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer that has spread to his liver and bones. The 31-year-old has been told his cancer is inoperable and has undergone gruelling rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to prolong his life so he can create memories with his young family. His wife, Kate, 28, is currently pregnant and due to give birth in June - they also have a three-year-old daughter called Sophia. He hopes that by sharing his story that others look out for the symptoms of lung cancer.

Is it fair to deny fat patients and smokers surgery on the NHS? Joint replacements and IVF could be rationed to save money

More than a third of health trusts are considering rationing some types of surgery to save money. Obese patients may be denied knee and hip replacements while smokers could be banned IVF.

The man with the giant kidneys: Each organ grew to size of a newborn baby due to incurable, genetic disease

The man, who was treated at a hospital in Delhi, was suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that caused his organs to grow to 20 times their normal size.

Should children be allowed teddy bears in hospital? Soft toys 'harbour germs putting youngsters at risk of infection'

Scientists at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, advise parents and carers to wash and sterilise their children's soft toys and comfort items before they are admitted to hospital to reduce the risk.

Taking too many vitamins pills 'increases risk of heart disease and cancer', study warns

Exceeding the recommended daily amount of vitamins is actually harmful to health, said Dr Tim Bryers, of the University of Colorado Cancer Centre.

The woman who lost total control of her body - while driving a car: Terrifying brain condition means mother, 40, is now incontinent and unable to walk

Brain condition means mother is incontinent and unable to walk

Samantha Rawcliffe, 40, from Morecambe, pictured left and top right with her husband Philip, was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder following the accident. It has left her confined to her home, and reliant on 32 drugs a day bottom right. She has since had to give up her job as a teaching assistant, and can no longer drive. She struggles to walk further than eight metres, and relies on a mobility scooter to get around. The 40-year-old spends most of her time confined to her home, and has to take 32 tablets each day to prevent choking fits and tremors. She said: 'I used to be the life and soul of the party and I've never been a miserable person but there is so much that I can't do and it's hard to take.'

Children 'should be BANNED from playing rugby at school': Researchers say one in EIGHT will suffer serious injury on the field

The Government wants rugby to be played more at school as part of plans to increase competitive sports and curb obesity but experts say the game poses an unnecessary health risk.

Can mercury fillings really poison you or is it just a scare story? Jameela Jamil is convinced they triggered her health issues

Jameela Jamil, 29, is convinced her teeth - or rather, the dental work done on them - triggered a host of health problems that plagued her for nearly seven years.

How a Hollywood film is helping dementia patients: Sufferers shown videos from loved ones to ease confusion in idea borrowed from 50 First Dates 

Residents at a care home in New York, are shown recordings from relatives each morning. In the 2004 film Adam Sandler uses the technique to remind Drew Barrymore who he is after she suffers a brain injury.


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