What DOES 100 calories look like? From a third of a muffin to a sliver of cheese - we reveal how much of your favourite foods you can eat...

We reveal what 100 calories looks like in snacks

EXCLUSIVE: Research shows most people underestimate the calories in food and what constitutes a portion. Here, dietitian Helen Bond reveals a range of 100 calorie snacks. Pictured, from left to right, is a quarter of a pain au chocolat, a sliver of cheese, an apple and a handful of grapes, a third of an American blueberry muffin, four peaches, four and a half Brazil nuts, 27 strawberries, three tablespoons of low fat hummus and crudites, three quarters of a can of Coke, eight apricots, an oat cake smeared in a tablespoon of low fat hummus and cucumber slices, and half a bar of chocolate.

Can't resist the chocolate aisle? Eating an apple before going to the supermarket primes shoppers to buy healthy food

People who ate a bit of apple before going shopping bought 25 per cent more fruits and vegetables and more low calorie foods, researchers from Cornell University discovered.

Are YOU an emotional eater? Find out in this quiz - then break the habit to boost your inner glow

All this week, AMELIA FREER - nutritionist to the stars and author of bestseller Eat. Nourish. Glow - shows how to change the way you eat. Today, how to achieve grace around food...

How having more than woman is bad for a man's heart: Those with multiple wives are 'five times more likely to suffer heart disease'

While marriage has been shown to boost a man's chance of a long life, the effect appears to be opposite for those who indulge in polygamy, say cardiologists in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

'China doll' bride who has broken every bone in her body - some triggered by a SNEEZE - defies the odds to walk down the aisle

Rebecca Dinsdale, 31, from Somerset, was born with brittle bone disease and doctors warned she would never sit up or walk unaided, and would be lucky to live beyond the age of two.

Parents' heartbreak as they are told TWO of their children have horrific disease that will rob them of their ability to see, speak or walk - and means they are unlikely to see their teenage years 

Parents' heartbreak as parents are told TWO of their children have horrific disease that

Lucy and Mike Carroll, 29 and 31, from Poynton, Cheshire, (inset) have been left devastated after being told both their son Ollie, four, (left) and daughter Amelia, two, (right) have Late Infantile Batten Disease (LIBD) and are unlikely to live past age 12. The degenerative condition will rob them of their ability to walk, speak and see and they will need to be cared for full time. The couple have begun planning a wishlist including a trip to Disney World Florida to make as many happy memories as possible in their short lives. They have also launched a social media campaign and are fundraising to raise awareness to the condition. Mrs Carroll said: She said: 'I don't even know how to describe the pain that we are feeling right now.'

Are you beach ready? YES you are, says weight-loss doctor - but she warns the nation's bulging waistline is JUST as dangerous

Dr Sally Norton, a weight-loss expert, agrees the Protein World advert showing a super-slim Renee Somerfield alongside the question, 'Are you beach body ready?' is irresponsible.

Forget sexism. The real danger in the poster is the protein powder it pushes to women, writes JOHN NAISH

The ad campaign for Protein World's weight-loss range sparked angry complaints that women are being held to unrealistic physical standards with some posters in London being defaced.

'I fight my depression every day': Woman details how exercise helps her to fight her mental health issues as she reveals images of her dramatic physical transformation 

Aliesha Peterson, 22, said on Reddit that she first started hitting the gym, reluctantly, because of advice from a therapist. Now she loves working out and has an impressively toned figure.

How sons really CAN break a mum's heart: Working mothers are at greater risk of heart disease and heart attack if they have boys

Although it isn't clear why, scientists at Turin University in Italy think it may be because sons are less likely to pull their weight at home by helping with the housework.

Father born with severe facial disfigurement is branded 'cruel' after he and his wife decide to keep baby daughter who also has the condition - and insists 'I'll tell her she's beautiful every day'

Father with facial disfigurement branded 'cruel' for keeping daughter with same condition

Simon Moore, 30, from Norfolk, and his daughter Alice, one, both suffer Treacher Collins syndrome which is characterised by facial disfigurements, including the absence of cheekbones. The 30-year-old (pictured right with Alice, and left with wife Vicky and Alice) is also profoundly deaf and spent much of his childhood hiding indoors to escape bullies who taunted him.Still to this day, he has to face strangers pointing and staring at him in the street. But despite his own ordeal, he and his wife Vicky, decided to keep their baby girl when scans revealed their fears - she too, had the condition. He said: 'Even though I grew up with all the problems and complications it really didn't bother me either way whether she had it or not. We all knew if she had it that she'd be surrounded with people who loved her whatever. She's her dad's little girl and I will tell her she is beautiful every day.'

It's a wonder couples ever get it on! If you want sex with your partner, the magic moment for passion is 7.54am for men... but 11.21pm for women 

A new study has shown that the optimum time for sex for a man is 7.54am compared to 11.21pm for a woman. While the majority of women feel frisky in the evening, men prefer sex before they start their day.

Man has the head of his penis removed after it 'died' and turned black due to blood poisoning

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. The 54-year-old man, from New Jersey, had calciphylaxis, a rare disease which caused blood poisoning, said doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case reports.

Gorging on burgers, biscuits and steaks for just TWO WEEKS 'drastically increases the risk of bowel cancer' - but a high-fibre diet can help reverse damage

Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Pittsburgh, looked at what happened when a group of African volunteers swapped diet with a group of African-American participants.

Binge drinking raises the risk of a heart attack by 70% - with spirits more dangerous than beer or wine

The chance of a heart attack soars by 72 per cent in the hour or so after a heavy drinking session, scientists from Harvard School of Public Health found.

Gemma Collins reveals she lost three stone in just three months after she was hypnotised into believing she'd had a gastric band fitted... and says she won't stop until she reaches her size 14 ideal 

Gemma Collins reveals she lost three stone in just three months

The star, who has dropped from a size 22 to an 18, explained that a hypnotist last month put a 'hypno gastric band' in her - and it's changed her eating habits completely. In an interview with Now magazine, the plus-size fashion designer said: 'Now I have four mouthfuls of food and can't eat any more. It feels like I can't breathe I'm so full. Whatever he's done, it's bloody worked.' Explaining the treatment, Gemma, 34, recalled the years of unhappiness surrounding the termination she had in 2011.

Tragedy of the little boy sent home from hospital with 'tonsillitis' - who was dead by the following morning from meningitis

Danny Pearce, 4, died from meningococcal septicaemia just hours after arriving home. Bosses at Lewisham Hospital have since agreed an out-of-court settlement with his family.

Cocaine causes 'profound changes' in brain that makes addicts more likely to relapse, scientists warn 

University of East Anglia researcher Peter McCormick said that in tests on rats, just one shot of cocaine can completely change the brain architecture.

The mother who drank 24 cans of Red Bull a DAY - but cured her addiction with hypnosis

Mother who drank 24 cans of Red Bull a DAY cures her addiction with hypnosis

Sarah Weatherill, 31, from Coventry, spent a staggering £5,460 every year on the popular energy drink since becoming hooked in 2009. She was revising for law exams and used the drink to stay awake, but soon became dependent and couldn't get out of bed unless she knew she had some in the fridge. She also became lethargic, depressed, had heart palpitations and was constantly feeling anxious as her £105-a-week habit spiralled out of control. She decided to try to give up the drink, but was told if she did so too quickly she risked having a seizure as her body was so used to the caffeine. After cutting back to eight cans a day, she saw a hypnotherapist - and claims she was cured of her habit in one 50 minute session. She said: 'I am convinced I won't have another can ever again. I feel like a different person.'

Why breastfeeding could reduce a woman's chance of breast cancer: Scientists believe protective effect is caused by a reduction in oestrogen levels

Scientists found that breastfeeding protected against the most common genetic type of breast cancer - luminal subtype A, which accounts for 40 per cent of cases in the UK - but not the rarer forms.

Postcode can boost odds of beating cancer by 66%: Experts say 'shocking' and 'unacceptable' differences are causing hundreds of needless deaths

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that only 7.2 per cent of women with lung cancer in Surrey and Sussex can expect to live for five years compared with 12.1 per cent in East Anglia.

Arthritis IS linked to your genes: Researchers find genetic mutations are significantly more likely to cause severe disease and premature death

Manchester University researchers found that genes are not only associated with the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, but may also predict the course of the disease.

Chemo brain is real: Researchers find first evidence cancer treatment can lead to chronically wandering mind 

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The negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the University of British Colombia study is the first to explain it.

Heartbreaking toll of men too proud to seek help for depression 

Men too proud to seek help for depression leave heartbreaking toll

Diana Ladyman, from the village of Stone, near Aylesbury, Bucks, came home one Sunday afternoon to find the house eerily silent. She found a note in her husband Philip's handwriting with the words underlined several times: "Don't look in the garage. Call the police." In the months before he died, work had been scarce and he was worried about money. Just a few weeks before he died, he'd said to her: 'You have to understand that I'm the hunter gatherer. I should be bringing in the money. I need to be able to provide for my family.' Men who are depressed or suicidal are adept at hiding their distress, as Diana knows only too well.

Ministers' shame on killer salt: Government sabotage of drive to cut intake has cost 6,000 lives, say doctors

Experts say replacing the life-saving scheme with the 'responsibility deal' - set up under Andrew Lansley and which focused on health initiatives led by the food industry - was a 'major step backwards'.

One in 10 jobs unfilled as GPs quit surgeries: Problem four times worse in four years

Almost one in ten GP posts are empty with vacancy rates up four-fold in four years. Family doctors are retiring early or moving abroad without being replaced by younger medics.

Being bullied is 'worse than child neglect or abuse': Youngsters tormented at school are much more likely to suffer anxiety, depression or self-harm

Bullied children are five times more likely to have anxiety at age 18 and twice as likely to be depressed or self harm, psychologists from Warwick University said.

Children with peanut allergies are more likely to suffer a reaction at HOME than at school or when eating out

The University of Montreal researchers also discovered that when children had allergic reactions, parents and medical professionals did not know how to react appropriately.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer who has to work out five times a week just to stay alive lands career as a fitness model thanks to his rippling abs (and now he wants to pose for Calvin Klein) 

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Ben Mudge lands career as a fitness model 

Although working as a personal trainer and fitness model allows Ben Mudge, 25, left, before his training, and right, after, from County Antrim, Belfast, to to make a living, being an expert in fitness and nutrition helps him fight off potentially fatal illnesses. Training five times a week has enabled Ben to keep his lung function at 98 per cent, a percentage seldom found in those suffering from cystic fibrosis at a similar age. His terrifying ordeal began when Ben was just seven hours old, inset. He went into surgery to clear out his bowels as his inability to pass waste was an early tell of cystic fibrosis.

Divorce DOES affect teenagers: Those who live through a break-up are more likely to suffer headaches, loss of appetite and sleep problems

Scientists at Stockholm University found teenagers whose parents divorced were more susceptible to psychosomatic health problems, with girls and those living with one parent more at risk.

How exercise can make chemotherapy more bearable: Cancer patients who stay active suffer fewer side effects - and can tolerate higher doses of drugs

Women with breast cancer who exercised while on chemotherapy felt less pain, had more energy and were less likely to suffer nausea, say researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

The end of jetlag? Researchers discover 'molecular reset switch' for our body clock

A young woman waking up in bed.

McGill scientists haver discovered what they claim is a molecular reset button for our internal body clock. The process, known as phosphorylation, is triggered by light.

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.

Could YOU save your loved one from death if they collapsed in front of you? 

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Mark Cunnington, from Hastings, East Sussex, remembers with terrible clarity the moment his 13-year-old son, Matt, now 19, pictured, stopped breathing.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Why has this stomach bug left me so weak? 

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A patient wonders if salmonella can lie dormant in your system and then reoccur. Dr Scurr explains.

Get your tissues ready: Allergy season may be one of the worst in years, claims expert

According to Yale University, many trees and flowers are expected to bloom at the same time this year, creating a sudden burst of different types of pollen.

'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.

Doctors 'scared to tell youngsters to diet': Only one third of obese children are offered weight loss advice despite NHS guidelines

A study found that only a third of obese children attending routine hospital outpatient clinics were offered advice or support on helping them lose weight.

Can drinking organic milk in pregnancy cut baby's IQ? Normal milk contains a third more iodine vital to brain growth

Because milk is the main source of iodine in the British diet - providing 40 per cent of the average daily intake - switching to organic may have a significant impact on health, scientists warn.

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.

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.

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 

Aquascutum designer loses EIGHT STONE after she was too fat for plane seat 

Sharon Smith, 43, from Halesowen, weighed over 20st and was a size 26 when she decided to slim down after the humiliating long-haul flight and a daily commute to London that saw her squeezing into train seats. The children's clothes designer joined a slimming club before catching the running bug. She has now completed two 10k races and a half marathon to become a svelte size ten. Sharon also says she's stopped grazing on snacks all day and will only eat home-made food that she cooks from scratch.

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.

Are these Britain's buffest twins? Brothers who have trained together twice a day for TWENTY YEARS reveal their original fitness inspiration... their mum's aerobics classes

Are Delroy and Trevor Thomas Britain's buffest twins?

Delroy and Trevor Thomas, 35, from east London, have become stars of the health and fitness industry, since they started training at home together at the age of 15. The brothers have collected seven titles between them for their ripped physiques which they say is a result of hard work and not performance-enhancing drugs. Trevor said: 'We are very competitive with each other and have been as far back as I can remember.'

Twenty-three stone horse lover loses HALF her body weight after becoming too fat to ride her beloved steed

Sam Lamb, 28, knew she had to lose weight when she became too heavy to ride her horse, Bob. The animal lover from Bishop's Stortford, Hertforshire, went on to lose 12 stone and is now a size 14.

ME AND MY OPERATION: It's magic! Tiny tube unblocks your arteries - then vanishes! 

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A new implant could help patients with narrowed heart arteries. Louis Drake, 47, a retail development director from King's Lynn, Norfolk, had the procedure, as he tells CAROL DAVIS.

The healing gel made with your own blood: Substance contains platelets important for clotting

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It is made by taking a small amount of blood from a patient's arm and then processing it in a machine that spins the blood at high speed until it separates into its various components.

Secrets of an A-list body: How to get Jennifer Lopez's impeccably toned arms 

How to get Jennifer Lopez's impeccably toned arms 

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week: Jennifer Lopez's arms.

It's not just women who get hot flushes: Men having treatment for prostate cancer can be hit by classic menopause symptoms 

Men having treatment for prostate cancer can be hit by hot flushes

Craig Lister, 54, from Watford, is on hormone therapy for prostate cancer. This starves cancer cells by reducing levels of testosterone in the body. One side-effect is hot flushes. He says: 'I have about ten to 12 flushes a day'.

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.

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.

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

A stock photo of a woman drinking water.

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.

Just ONE hour of TV a day doubles the risk of a child becoming overweight or obese

The researchers, from the University of Virginia, are now calling for more stringent recommendations on how much television children should watch.

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'.

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

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.

'I know I will die, I won't grow old with the man I love or see my girl grow up': Mother with terminal cancer so rare it has no name in race against time to marry long-term love

Mother with rare terminal cancer in race against time to marry

Courtney Terry, 27, from south east London has a rare kidney cancer, which also killed her 23-year-old brother. She is now asking strangers to fund her wedding to her boyfriend before she passes away. Pictured: Courtney with her childhood sweetheart Billy Webb and their daughter Dolcie (right).

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.

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.

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.

'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.'

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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