TV presenter who had a party to say goodbye to her breasts shows off her new chest after opting for a preventative double mastectomy... and feels more confident than ever

BBC's Claira Hermet shows off after opting for preventative double mastectomy

Claira Hermet, 28, from Kensal Green, London (pictured right), opted to have the surgery after her mother and older sister died from breast cancer and she discovered she carries the faulty BRCA1 gene, which increases a woman's likelihood of developing the disease. The BBC 1Xtra and BT Sport presenter held a goodbye party for her breasts earlier this year (pictured centre), before undergoing surgery four months ago. After having the operation, she says she has a new-found sense of confidence and self-worth (she is pictured left, on a holiday to Ibiza in June). She said: ''Prior to the operation I didn't know how my body was going to look. I wondered if I would wear a bikini, if I would look good naked, if I would ever get a boyfriend. But the results were amazing. The operation was a massive turning point, in terms of how I feel about my body. It allowed me to be grateful for my body. The fact I could wear a bikini, and didn't look in the mirror and hate what I saw.I could even sunbathe topless on one day of my holiday.'

What do your EYES reveal about your health? From dark circles to a dry, gritty eyes and puffy bags.. experts uncover the underlying diseases that could be to blame

A team of nutritionists tell MailOnline how dark circles, dry, bloodshot and puffy eyes as well as yellow whites of the eye can be a sign of serious health conditions including hepatitis and anaemia.

Children as young as 10 are getting tattoos illegally, without realising they risk catching HIV and hepatitis

More than 60 per cent of young people aged 19 and below, surveyed by Wigan Council, revealed they had their inking done when they were under the age of 18, which is illegal.

You can eat rare meat in restaurants, but NOT at home: Confusion over new 'contradictory' cooking regulations 

Restaurants and fast food outlets no longer need to abide by the regime of having to cook burgers all the way through if they can show the meat has been sourced from a safe supplier, says the FSA.

Why being a mother could be making you ill: Cells from an unborn child can travel into the body and trigger cancer, arthritis and depression DECADES later

While scientists knew that cells travel from the foetus's body into the mother's, whether this can benefit or harm the mother has been unclear for some time, say Arizona State University researchers.

Why men find thinner women attractive: Scientists say 'evolutionary fitness' makes slimmer females more appealing

Men find thinner women attractive because they associate their body shape with youth, fertility and a lower risk of disease, according to a study by the University of Aberdeen.

'I was screaming on the inside': Student is left totally paralysed, unable to breathe or talk... after blaming symptoms of rare condition on a bad hangover

Nottinghamshire student left paralysed with Guillain-Barre syndrome

Rachael Bailey, 20, from Nottinghamshire, (left) was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological condition where the immune system begins to attack the nervous system. It rendered Miss Bailey paralysed, and unable to breathe or even blink (right). But, almost a year later and after 59 days in critical care and 76 days in rehabilitation, the criminology student has made a 'miraculous' recovery (inset). She said: 'In a warped way, I'm lucky it happened because it's changed my outlook for the better. It's made me value what I've got and I realise every day is a gift.'

Eating steak or salmon every day could be 'as good for your heart as giving up smoking'  

People who eat lots of protein-rich food have lower blood pressure and more healthy arteries - significantly lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke, say University of East Anglia researchers.

See through the eyes of someone who's colourblind: Remarkable images show how everyday tasks such as cooking meat can be a struggle

See through the eyes of someone who's colourblind

People with a type of colour blindness called deuteranopia confuse red and green, and may struggle with everyday tasks like picking out a certain coloured crayon or telling if meat is cooked, according to Professor Jay Neitz, of the University of Washington. The tops images show what a person with colour blindness may see every day, (from left to right, meat and numbers in circles) while the bottom images show how a person with normal vision sees the world. According to the charity Colour Blindness Awareness, 60 per cent of sufferers experience many problems in everyday life

Why asking a woman to make you coffee is bad for her health: Covert sexism is 'just as stressful as sexual harassment'

The drip of everyday sexism in the workplaces is just as damaging to women's health as common job stressors like having too much work, say University of Melbourne researchers.

Why you SHOULD eat that cupcake: Self-control can sap your memory, claims study 

Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina say the results may help develop treatments for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction.

Obsession with calorie counting is FUELLING the obesity crisis: Key to staying healthy is adopting a high-fat Mediterranean diet

Leading experts, writing in the BMJ journal Open Heart today, say that existing advice has been so bad that it has contributed to the global obesity crisis.

How bad dates can damage your immune system: Horrible hook-ups release hormones that cause spots, depression and flu-like symptoms

Canadian psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos found that, chemically, the stress of bad dates can lead to an increase in cortisol and testosterone levels in the body.

Mother who spends hours every day picking her skin until it bleeds gets 27 tattoos to cover her hundreds of scars

Mother who picks her skin until it bleeds gets 27 tattoos to cover her hundreds of scars

Nicole Dobbie, 28, from Selkirk, Scotland, began picking at her skin at the age 12, when she started suffering severe anxiety (she is pictured, left). The condition got so bad she had to be home-schooled. She was diagnosed with dermatillomania, an impulse-control disorder where a person is compelled to repeat a particular action. Now, Mrs Dobbie is housebound, spending hours a day gouging her skin until it bleeds. Sometimes she will start picking before bed and emerge at 4:30am covered in sores. Her body is so scarred (pictured top and bottom, centre) that last August, she began to tattoo herself to cover them up (some of her tattoos are pictured, centre and right). Her 27 tattoos help her feel confident, as the condition leaves her depressed and filled with self-loathing, she said. 'When I have a flare up I pick my skin until it bleeds. It makes me feel angry and disappointed and the next week will be spent hiding in my bedroom,' she said. 'Not only do I have to live with the shame of it, hiding my body away even when it's scorching outside, but I also have to deal with those who judge me and just don't understand.'

At last, all babies will be given a jab for meningitis B: Announcement follows growing pressure from charities warning children were dying 

All babies will finally be offered a free vaccine against deadly meningitis B - ending a 17-month delay in its roll-out. From Tuesday the NHS will offer it to all babies in England born since May 1.

Jamie's anger at junk food ads in BGT and X Factor: Celebrity chef says children are bombarded with commercials for sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks

Jamie Oliver has called for prime-time programmes to be subject to the same regulations as children's channels - where adverts for food high in salt, sugar and fat are banned.

So how DOES a retired Olympian stay in shape? Victoria Pendleton reveals the secrets of her toned physique (and they definitely aren't for the faint-hearted)

It's three years since Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton retired from professional cycling but, as FEMAIL discovered during a workout at a London gym last week, she's still as fit as ever.

Baby's incredible journey from test tube to toddler: Pictures show IVF child from first few cells to bonny little Jaycie

Pictures show IVF child from first few cells to bonny little Jaycie

An incredible set of photos document Jaycie Jones life from the very first moments when she was no more than cells in an IVF lab in Nottingham, top, to a scan, bottom left, her birth, bottom centre, and now her at 15-months, right. They have been shared by her parents, Her parents, Paula Chapman, 37, and Paul Jones, 34, sought help from the CARE fertility centre after trying to have a baby for two years without success.

Taking antibiotics increases the risk of type 2 diabetes: People who take just four courses over 15 years are 50% more likely to get the condition

Antibiotics are designed to kill the bacteria that cause infections. But they also kill off some of the 'good' bacteria in the gut, known to influence digestion and metabolism, suggest Dutch researchers.

'It's healthy to be affectionate to your children': Psychologist slams doctor's advice not to kiss their children on the lips because it is too 'sexual'

American child psychologist Dr Charlotte Reznick sparked a heated debate online after suggesting that parents shouldn't kiss their children on the lips because it is too sexual.

Recipe for perfect bedtime story: Ideal tale lasts eight and a half minutes and includes a dragon, a princess, a wizard and a fairy, research reveals 

The study, by holiday camp company Butlin's, highlighted how difficult mums and dads find getting their children to sleep when they start school again following the summer break.

Cannabis DOES change the way teenage boys' brains develop -  but only in those already prone to schizophrenia, scientists claim

Experimenting with cannabis before the age of 16 may affect how the cerebral cortex - the brain's outer layer - develops, researchers from Toronto University found.

Man fitted with 'bionic penis' reveals he kept his lack of manhood a SECRET from his wife until their wedding night... and now he wants to find love again

Man with 'bionic penis' reveals he kept his lack of manhood a SECRET from his wife

Mohammed Abad, 43, from Edinburgh (pictured left), lost his penis and testicle in a freak car accident when he was six. He ran into the road and was dragged for 600 yards by a car. This month, he was fitted with a bionic penis, which contains two tubes which fill up using liquid from his stomach, allowing him to maintain an erection. It has a button in his testicles which he can press to pump it up, as well as another button which drains the penis after use, so it deflates (the pump is pictured, inset). Today, he revealed he kept his lack of genitalia a secret from his wife, who only found out about his situation on their wedding night (the couple are pictured at their wedding, right). She left him a year ago, a move he claims is due to the fact he could not make love or give her children. He said: 'In our culture, if you're not pregnant three months after you marry, people start to ask questions. Last year she walked out on me - she has needs and I just couldn't provide for them because my operation was taking too long. She's moving on but I understand why she had to leave. We keep in touch.'

Goths are THREE times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming

Listening to music from the goth genre might lower teenagers' mood and exacerbate symptoms of depression, experts from Oxford and Bristol found. Pictured is famous goth Marilyn Manson.

Meet the 87-year-old woman who has a five inch HORN growing out of her head

WARNING: DISTURBING PICTURES Liang Xiuzhen from Sichuan, China, has had a horn for about two years. Doctors diagnosed it as a cutaneous horn, which could be cancerous.

Hormone jabs cut bone fractures: Treatment halved the fracture rate in those with osteoporosis over 110-year period 

Researchers in Sweden found that giving growth hormone jabs to older women with osteoporosis reduced the risk of brittle bone fractures and boosted their bone density.

Woman with epilepsy films incredible moment her DOG warned her she was about to have a seizure and then saved her life

Shannon Locke, 23, from County Down, Northern Ireland, has shared a video showing the moment Labrador Poppy warned her she was about to have an epileptic fit - and then saved her life.

Takeaway addict sheds EIGHT stone after being left distraught when the father of her child left her for someone slimmer

Takeaway addict sheds EIGHT stone after father of her child left her for someone slimmer

Kirsty Eyles, 30, from Feltham, Middlesex, weighed in at 18st 5lb after years of eating takeaways and junk food, left. The 5ft 3in Heathrow Airport employee, who now weighs 9st 13lb, right, says that when she started work, food became her focus. She said: 'After a hard day on my feet as a sales assistant, I could never be bothered to cook, so it was either a KFC on the way home or a Chinese. Soon, I was so big I couldn't run for the bus without gasping for breath.'

Obese mother who drank four litres of Coca-Cola every day for ten years loses EIGHT STONE after switching to Diet Coke instead

Sarah Turner, 27, from Kingstanding, Birmingham, lost almost half her body weight after kicking her fizzy drink habit. The single mother now weighs just over nine stone.

The blood test that predicts if breast cancer will return: Breakthrough can detect warning signs eight months before a relapse

Experts at the Royal Marsden Hospital said the DNA test, which could be in widespread use in as little as five years, will help doctors keep one step ahead of breast cancer and even 'outsmart' it.

Why first-born girls are FATTER: Oldest siblings are found to be 40% more likely to be obese than their younger siblings 

A study suggests that birth order may play an important role in determining weight and researchers warned that firstborns could be at risk of other health problems too.

How pears can beat a hangover: They're low in fat and calories - and high in health benefits like oestrogen, vitamin K and folate

Looking for a hangover cure? Try pears. Studies have shown the fruit can help reduce symptoms after a night out, as well as helping with allergies, diabetes, bone health and a healthy pregnancy.

'I'm scarred from head to toe': Young mother suffers horrific burns to 98 per cent of her body after bathing in BLEACH to try and treat her eczema 

Sydney mother suffers horrific burns after bathing in BLEACH to try and treat eczema 

Sarah Cole came close to death after she mixed one cup of bleach into her bath water at her home in Dapto, south of Sydney, as a way of treating her eczema. The 29-year-old spent a month in intensive care and a burns unit recovering from her horrific injuries and scarring. Ms Cole had visited a specialist seeking advice about treating her skin condition when she was allegedly advised to use bleach.

Rising numbers of body-conscious middle-aged men in Lycra are having varicose vein surgery to avoid getting 'grandpa legs'

The surge in treatment has been triggered by men going to the gym or cycling and becoming more body-conscious, according to the Veincentre, which says men now account for a third of clients.

Not doing enough housework is 'making women fat', study claims  

The average female now spends almost 20 per cent less time on chores than her counterpart in the early 1980s, researchers from Manchester University and Royal Holloway, University of London, found.

Bad at maths? Blame your mother! Pregnant women with low levels of a certain hormone are twice as likely to have numerically-challenged children

Hormone tests could conceivably be used to identify children likely to need extra help in maths at school, said researchers from the VU University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

Are sleep-deprived doctors more dangerous to their patients? NO: Staying up all night 'doesn't impair medics' abilities'

A study of more than 40,000 operations in Ontario, Canada, found patients weren't more likely to suffer death, complications or longer hospital days if their doctor worked the night before.

Teacher who slept in his contact lenses while drunk feared he would go BLIND after developing excruciating ulcer that made his eyes feel like they 'were on fire'

Niall Dumigan slept in his contact lenses drunk and feared he would go BLIND

Niall Dumigan, 28, who lives in London (pictured right), had been wearing contact lenses since the age of 16, and knew it was not advisable to sleep in them. But at 18, he got drunk and failed to take them out. The next day, he woke up with the lenses stuck to his eyes, and had to endure them being scraped off by an optician. He vowed never to repeat the ordeal, but once again slept in his lenses last June. He woke up in absolute agony, a pain he describes as 'like being forced to look directly at the sun'. He was rushed to A&E; at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, while wearing tin foil glasses his partner had fashioned for him (pictured top and bottom, left), in order to shield his eyes from light and stop the pain. There, nurses said he had an ulcer on his eye, for which he was given eye drops. Since then, he has had laser eye surgery so he never has to wear contact lenses again. Describing the pain, he said: 'It was indescribable - like my eyeballs were being engulfed in flames. I was aware of the dangers associated with sleeping in your contacts but I'd always thought, "Well, it can't be that bad". How wrong I was.'

Senior gynaecologist told parents of a baby who died after suffering a fractured skull while being delivered with forceps: 'You should smoke 50 cigarettes a day so you can have a smaller baby' 

Dr Sharon Oates, pictured, made the 'flippant' remark after the birth of Jenson Barnett, who died 48 hours after he was delivered with forceps at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire, in June 2013.

Should you be using HRT face moisturiser? How creams containing oestrogen promise to treat menopause symptoms in your skin 

A new generation of skin creams include hormone replacement therapy, which promise to reduce the signs of ageing. HRT is normally taken in pill form to treat menopause symptoms like hot flushes.

New mother dies after doctors leave the head of her baby inside her womb after 'tearing off the body during delivery'

Geeta Devi, 32, was admitted to a government hospital, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India. After the horrific birth she was forced to go to another hospital to have the head removed before she died.

Could WATER be the key to slimming? Drinking a pint before each meal 'helps dieters lose an extra 3lbs over 12 weeks'

University of Birmingham researchers say the 'simple' intervention could be 'hugely beneficial' and can easily be promoted by doctors and other health professionals.

The 22-year-old and her grandmother BOTH fighting breast cancer after being diagnosed within a week of each other 

The 22-year-old and her grandmother who are BOTH fighting breast cancer

Madison Joyce, a mental health worker, discovered she had the disease after finding a lump in her breast earlier this summer. It came just days after her grandmother, Maureen Stanway, 73, was diagnosed with the same strand of cancer. Both women now face a fight to beat the disease. Miss Joyce, from Bucknall, Staffordshire, is just one of a handful of breast cancer sufferers in her age group. Figures show that just 220 women under-30 are diagnosed with the disease each year. She has been forced to make the agonising decision to undergo a mastectomy and has been told that she could face three years of treatment. Her mother and sister are now also being tested to see if they are risk of developing breast cancer.

Ex-model, 32, is starving to death because rare condition pinching her intestines means she CAN'T physically eat 

Lisa Brown is starving to death because of superior mesenteric artery syndrome

Lisa Brown, 32, from Wisconsin, is one of 400 people across the world to suffer superior mesenteric artery syndrome, where her aorta and another artery compresses part of the small intestine, making it impossible to eat. In less than two years her weight dropped by 30 per cent, from a healthy 10 stone (left) to just six stone (right and inset). 'I was vibrant, social, healthy and spirited and now I'm in constant pain, rely on others and I'm confined to my home most days,' she said. She has to hook herself up to a feeding tube in her stomach for 16 hours a day to get the nutrition she needs.

How babies are REALLY made: Researchers find sperm use a tiny 'harpoon' to attach themselves to eggs

Fertilization Discovery: Do Sperm Wield Tiny Harpoons?

The SLLP1 filament viewed along the side, with each neighboring monomer colored alternatively.

Virginia researchers found a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments (pictured), which they believe may lash together the sperm and its target.

Bad grades? Blame your allergies: Teenagers' marks can drop by 10% if their hay fever plays up during exams

The negative impact hay fever can have on exam grades could also apply in other settings, like the workplace, experts from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology warned.

The utter agony of eczema: Mother's heartbreaking video shows how her 4-year-old cries in pain as she treats sore, red patches covering his entire body every HOUR

Video shows Wilf Ford's daily agony of eczema

Wilf Ford, four, from Lancashire (left), suffers severe atopic eczema, which leaves him in constant pain, his entire body covered in sore, red patches (right and inset) that require treatment every hour. His mother Sarah Scott, 28, has filmed her son, to highlight the constant pain he faces. She hopes to raise enough money to take him to France for treatment, which she hopes will cure him. She said: 'He spends almost every day on the sofa because he's just too itchy, sore and tired to do anything else. People say he will grow out of it and yes he might, but right now I have to watch him go through this agony every single day.'

Senior moments? Only worry if you DON'T notice them: Becoming oblivious to memory problems is found to be sign of the onset of dementia 

When you lose your car keys and then go upstairs only to forget why, it's easy to fear your memory is fading. But these 'senior moments' should be welcomed.

NHS children's units could be forced to close because so many female doctors are going on maternity leave

Three quarters of doctors training to be paediatricians are women, leading to a high proportion being on maternity leave, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health warned.

Man, 21, whose gastric band was removed after seven years because it was 'strangling his organs', fears he'll regain the weight as he never learned to control his appetite

Emrah Mevsimler, 21, from Chelmsford, Essex, was 17 stone when he became the youngest person in Britain to have the surgery. He admitted on This Morning that he can barely remember life without it.

Can aphrodisiac gum REALLY boost libido? FEMAIL tests the new £25 'chewable Viagra' that promises results in just eight minutes

KK Gum, packed with ginseng, ginkgo and Chinese wolfberry, claims to increase blood-flow to erogenous zones. Phoebe Jackson-Edwards, 24, from London, tests it with her boyfriend Sam Cook.

Global life expectancy has risen by 6 years since 1990... but we spend longer living with illness and disability

Global life expectancy has risen by 6 years since 1990

A new study in The Lancet reveals life expectancy for both sexes rose by 6.2 years, from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 in 2013. Scientists at the University of Washington also found healthy life expectancy - the number of years a person can expect to live in good health - is rising. But in their analysis, they note that because global life expectancy is rising faster than healthy life expectancy, people are enduring more years of illness or disability. The study revealed that heart disease is the leading cause of health loss across the world.

562 NHS complaints every day is 'just the tip of the iceberg', experts warn as grievances over cancelled or delayed appointments soar by a fifth in a year

NHS figures reveal the health service receives more than 3,900 complaints each week, with those concerning delayed appointments increasing by 19.1 per cent in the last year.

Can't count sheep or picture the faces of loved ones? You may have APHANTASIA: Condition describes people who don't have a 'mind's eye'

The research was carried out when 21 people contacted Professor Adam Zeman from the University of Exeter after reading his previous research and realising they had never been able to imagine.

The two million Britons hooked on painkillers: Prescription drugs acquired from friends, dealers and online are used to get high

Experts have warned of a 'grey market' in legally prescribed painkillers and antidepressants, prompting concern that Britain is seeing the first signs of dangerous US-style levels of abuse.

Timebomb of five million more at risk of diabetes: Warning after report finds one in nine over-16s have high blood sugar level

Another five million adults are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, an official report warns today. Some 2.9million people are already diagnosed with the condition, costing the country £8.8billion a year.

A true labour of love: Scientist who lost her husband to early onset dementia at just 51 embarks on a PhD and discovers new way of diagnosing the disease 

Scientist discovers new way of diagnosing early onset dementia

Helen Beaumont, of the University of Manchester, lost her husband Clive to frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 1999 (she is pictured with her husband on their wedding day, left, and alone, top right). He was struck down with the disease at the age of 45, when his behaviour became increasingly erratic. Ms Beaumont describes how he lost his children, Alan and Rachel (pictured bottom right with their father) when put in charge of their care on two occasions, and would come back from shopping trips with only ice cream, but it took years for the disease to be diagnosed. After his death, Ms Beaumont carried out research and discovered that people with the disease have more fluid on their brain than people without it. She hopes the discovery could lead to earlier diagnosis, and could pave the way for new drugs and treatments. She said: 'If families could have an explanation for this erratic behaviour much sooner it would be so much easy - for them and their loved ones who are suffering.'

Heart disease death rate drops by 45% in a decade: Healthier lifestyles, statins and better medical practices responsible for huge reduction 

The new study, by experts at Oxford University, shows there has been a 44.4 per cent drop in death rates among men in the UK and a 43.6 per cent drop among women linked to heart problems.

Women are more likely to give up cigarettes for vaping: More than half of users are now female as growing numbers look to kick the habit 

The findings come days after Public Health England concluded that, on 'the best estimate so far', e-cigarettes were about 95 per cent less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

We could soon be indulging in SUPER-CHOCOLATE: Scientists tweak ingredients at molecular level to help create perfect recipe

Researchers in Germany have focused on a key ingredient known a lecithin, which is used to keep fat in the chocolate stable so that it doesn't separate from the cocoa solids and dairy.

You will sleep better if you live by the sea - or failing that, a park or woodland 

Public Health England says there is growing evidence that lack of sleep is fuelling health problems including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It also takes its toll on mental health.

The man who SANG during brain surgery: Tumour victim, 22, makes full recovery after revolutionary surgery using LASERS is used in Britain for first time

The laser that can shine a light on brain cancer cells

Reuben Hill (top right), a member of the choir at Imperial College, underwent pioneering treatment at Charing Cross Hospital to remove a golf ball-sized tumour in the part of his brain that deals with language and communication. The PhD student, the only person to be given the laser treatment anywhere in the world outside Canada, feared he might lose his ability to talk and sing following the operation. So, in a poignant moment captured on film, the doctors woke Mr Hill during the surgery and asked him to sing (left) - to check they hadn't damaged key areas of the brain. With the lights dimmed, Mr Hill sang words from the hymn 10,000 Reasons: 'Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, I'll still be singing when the evening comes.' Now, several months on, the operation has been judged a complete success, although Mr Hill will be monitored closely in the years to come. The surgery used a laser that bounces beams of light off the brain (shown bottom right). The technology can distinguish healthy from diseased tissue, making the operation faster and more accurate.

Tired all the time? Restless Legs Syndrome could be the REAL reason why

A stock photo of a stressed tired woman lying on couch with eyes closed at home.


'I was told I have Restless Legs Syndrome - a common condition affecting the nervous system which causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs,' writes BARBARA METCALFE.

Woman's vigorous FLOSSING triggers a nasty knee infection 'after bacteria seeped into her bloodstream via her bleeding gums'

The 65-year-old patient, from Wisconsin, visited hospital complaining of knee pain, swelling and chills. Tests revealed an infection caused by streptococcus gordonii, usually found in the mouth.

Do fish oils REALLY keep the brain young? Study finds 'no evidence' that omega-3 supplements slow mental decline

Harvard scientists tracked 4,000 patients for five years and found the whole group declined at roughly the same rate, no matter whether they had taken the supplements or not.

HALF of adults fail to brush their teeth at night because they're too tired... while others admit to only using their FINGER to 'brush' 

EXCLUSIVE: A survey published today reveals 45 per cent of adults fail to brush their teeth at night, while 28 per cent admit to only using water without toothpaste and 14 per cent use just their finger to brush their teeth.

Could your bad habits actually be GOOD for you? From caffeine addiction to loving a lie-in and being a chocoholic... expert reveals how your vice could boost your health

Could your bad habits actually be GOOD for you?

Dr Sally Norton reveals how some so-called bad habits, including a shopping splurge on pay day and a weekend lie-in are in fact, anything but, and can boost your health and wellbeing.

Could incense be more toxic than cigarette smoke? As they burn, 'sticks release compounds that are linked to cancer'

Incense smoke causes genetic mutations and change cells' DNA, which can lead to cancer, according to a study by the South China University of Technology.

Cancer sufferer who was given six months to live cashed in his pension to travel round the world - but is still alive 10 years later 

Cancer sufferer spends decade touring the world using pension 

Bryan Baldwin drew out his pension after being diagnosed with incurable renal cancer in May 2006. The 65-year-old has since spent £20,000 on a new garden - including a fresh lawn and a new patio - and has enjoyed seven luxury holidays with his wife Susan, 53, including time in Las Vegas (top right), Spain (top left), Barbados (bottom right) and Tunisia (bottom left). Their most expensive trip was in 2012, when Mr and Mrs Baldwin enjoyed a tour of south-west America for around £6,000. They have also bought a new flat - a £105,000 two-bedroom property on the Isle of Wight.

How is YOUR job making you ill? From bakers to pilots, the conditions that go with the territory in your line of work

You may not have given much thought to the impact it could have on your health. Here, we look at surprising ways in which different occupations can affect your well-being.

The baby carried in a womb donated by his grandmother: New pictures show how boy born through pioneering 'uterus transplant' surgery is thriving

The unnamed baby, now nine months old, was born after his grandmother donated her womb to her daughter, as part of a project by Gothenburg University, Sweden. The daughter had lost her womb to cancer.

ME AND MY OPERATION: Magic wand that banishes the misery of heavy periods in 60 seconds 


Julie Turner, 47, an administrator from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, underwent the 60-second procedure in March, as she tells SOPHIE GOODCHILD.

Father who lost 2st in 2 weeks due to crippling bowel disorder which left him needing the loo 40 times a DAY shares his story 'so others don't feel ashamed of the condition' 

Father loses 2 stone in 2 weeks due to crippling bowel condition ulcerative colitis

Seb Tucknott, 29, of Shoreham, West Sussex, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a long-term bowel condition, in 2008. He noticed blood when he went to the toilet, and started going to the loo more frequently, up to 40 times a day. He lost 10 kg (1st 8lbs) in two weeks, and was put on steroids to control his condition. They made him lethargic, so in a few years he changed his diet, cutting out sugar, carbohydrates, processed foods and alcohol, and this helped him greatly. But the condition can be affected by stress and tiredness, so he had a flare up this year during the birth of his son Haydn, now seven months old (pictured left and right). His wife, Emily, 32 (pictured right) had a difficult labour, and the stress caused Mr Tucknott to experience diarrhoea for 24 hours, worrying he would miss the birth itself. Now, Mr Tucknott wants to share a graphic and candid account of his story, so other sufferers of bowel conditions don't feel alone. 'I would have loved to have spoken to someone like me when I was first diagnosed,' he said.

Are YOU at risk of developing dementia? Revealed, the 9 factors that increase your risk of Alzheimer's... and how you can reduce your risk

But the risk was lowered in people who drank coffee, took folic acid, took statins, oestrogen or anti-inflammatory drugs, researchers from the University of California in San Francisco found.

Forget coffee, CAT VIDEOS are the best way to give your body a boost: Chemists reveal how to stay alert without caffeine

The American Chemical Society has produced a series of tips to help workers stay awake without having to drink coffee. It says dancing and viral videos can give vital mood hormone boosts.

The dangers lurking inside makeup bags: Lab tests reveal how barely out-of-date cosmetics might be making you sick... with bacteria that could even cause meningitis 

Six products were tested by London Metropolitan University with four out of the five testing positive for enterococcus faecalis, bacteria which causes meningitis and Septicaemia.

Meet Harry, the little boy who's allergic to WATER: Hot and cold weather can also bring him out in hives. And thousands of Britons suffer the same agony 

Harry Floyd, 4, from Walsall, West Midlands, suffers from physical urticaria, essentially a skin allergy to a host of seemingly benign triggers including water and hot or cold weather.

Obese mother-of-two drops six stone by posting underwear selfies on Facebook for a year... after she was playing on the floor with her toddler and couldn't get up

Obese mum drops 6st by posting selfies on Facebook for a year

Jennifer Gillam, 28, from London, dropped five dress sizes in a year after piling on the pounds having given birth to two children and snacking on fish fingers and chocolate. The part-time supermarket cashier knew she needed to lose weight when she couldn't heave herself up from the floor without help from her husband. She set up a Facebook group to chart her journey and share photos of her transformation.

Teenage pregnancies fall to lowest level on record... but interactive map reveals rates are still rising in parts of the UK including Merseyside, Oldham and Hull

The latest teenage pregnancy rate for the three months to June last year stands at 23.3 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17, down from 47.1 in 1969 when records first began.

The child who appears to be DRUNK: 5-year-old staggers around, slurs his words and vomits due to rare genetic condition

Henry Barber-Riley, five, from Lutterworth, Leicstershire, suffers from episodic ataxia type 2, which causes him to have 'episodes' in which he staggers and slurs his words.

Rise of the flexi-sexual female: Women are 'more likely to be bisexual than men' - and change their minds about their sexuality

In contrast, males tended to describe themselves as '100 per cent heterosexual' or '100 per cent homosexual', found the researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Two thirds of families are cutting back on sugar after experts warn it is the 'new tobacco' - with orange juice and fizzy drinks the biggest victims

Half of people cutting down sugar have ditched fizzy drinks and a third have cut out fruit juice, according to research conducted for The Grocer magazine by consultants Bridgethorne.

Baby girl born with her TONGUE constantly poking out undergoes surgery so it can finally fit in her mouth

Baby girl born with her TONGUE constantly poking out undergoes surgery so it can finally

Ocea Varney, 18 months, from Vancouver, Canada, was born with an abnormally large tongue which stuck out of her mouth (pictured left). While doctors said it was a phase and nothing to worry about, her mother, Melanie Varney, 28 (pictured right with her daughter) knew something was wrong, as Ocea found it difficult to breast feed. After doing research online and finding a specialist, Ocea was diagnosed with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, a congenital overgrowth disorder. A fifth of babies with it develop cancer. At just seven months old, Ocea had surgery to reduce the size of her tongue so it would fit in her mouth, and she continues to be monitored for tumurs. Now, Mrs Varney wants to raise awareness to the condition. She said: 'We want doctors to recognise BWS and ensure families know there is a support network out there for them.'

Why a 5% beer can make you TWICE as drunk as a 4% version: Calculations reveal why a tiny increase in strength has a big impact on intoxication

Calculations by Joe Stange from Phoenix-based Draft magazine show that after three 4% beers, containing 1.4 units each, 1.2 units of alcohol remain, compared to 2.4 units left by the 5% beers.

Boy, 2, born with THREE penises due to incredibly rare condition has surgery to remove the extra appendages

The unidentified two-year-old boy, from Uttar Pradesh, India, suffers from diphallia, a condition where a man is born with multiple genitalia. He had the extra appendages removed last month.

Scientists discover how to 'switch off' cancer: Remarkable breakthrough means diseased cells can be made healthy again

In exciting experiments, Mayo Clinic researchers made cancerous breast and bladder cells benign again. And they believe many other types of cancer should be in their grasp.

Mother, 30, is left temporarily blind and looking like the 'Nutty Professor' after horrific allergic reaction to hair dye she had used for 10 YEARS

Mother, 30, is left temporarily blind and looking like the 'Nutty Professor' after

Marina Hyde, 30, from Coalville, Leicestershire, noticed a few grey hairs and picked up a packet of Schwarzkopf XXL hair dye in Cosmic Blue (pictured inset), which she claims she had been using for ten years. After doing a patch test, she dyed her hair and went to bed, but her scalp soon began to feel itchy. The next day her face swelled up so she couldn't see, and she was rushed for emergency treatment. 'I had a big ball of fat underneath my chin and my lips were all swollen - I looked like the Nutty Professor,' she said (pictured right). When her boyfriend came to visit her in hospital, he didn't recognise her, and her child cried when he saw her. Now, she is taking legal action against the cosmetic firm.

Scientists are 'one step closer' to creating a universal flu vaccine: New jab could protect against ALL strains of the virus

Two separate US teams say they have found a way to create a universal flu vaccine using a technique that targets a stable part of the flu virus, after promising trials on animals.

Want a better marriage AND sex life? Get your husband to look after the kids, say scientists

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Researchers discovered that if men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, couples are more satisfied with relationships and sex lives.

Baby girl born at 27 weeks, so tiny her arm slipped through her father's wedding ring defies the odds to survive 

Baby born three MONTHS early is held by her father for the first time

At her first scan, Stephanie Perrin, 34, of Hull, was told her daughter would not live past three weeks old. A placental disorder meant Mrs Perrin's unborn baby girl was not growing properly, doctors said. Baby Mollie, now 17 weeks old (pictured left with her parents), was born 13 weeks premature by emergency Caesarean section, weighing just 1lbs 1oz. She was rushed to neonatal intensive care. It wasn't until she was 25 days old her father could James, 38, could hold her for the first time (pictured right), and she was so tiny his wedding ring fit around her arm. Mollie defied doctors to pull through, and now weighing 5lbs 10oz, her parents are preparing to take her home for the first time. 'I can't believe the moment has finally come for us to take Mollie home,' Mr Perrin said. 'After weeks of watching parents come and go with their own babies, it's finally going to be time to take our little one home.'

The neck implant that can cut blood pressure: Tiny metal cage helps reduce the rate and strength of heartbeats

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The device, roughly the size of a baked bean, is inserted into one of the two carotid arteries that carry blood full of oxygen from the heart to the brain.

Brave psoriasis sufferer left feeling like a 'freak' proudly shows off the painful red welts covering 97% of her body after a decade of cruel taunts and stares

Psoriasis sufferer proudly shows off the red welts covering 97% of her body

Giorgia Lanuzza, from Basingstoke, was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 13, shortly after her father died. For years she's faced cruel taunts from strangers and classmates and said she was left feeling a 'freak'. But today the 24-year-old is proudly showing off the painful red patches which cover 97 per cent of her body (left and inset), to encourage other women battling the condition to be proud of their skin. She said: 'I was just a teenager and all I wanted was to be like other girls my age - wearing make-up, pretty clothes and talking about boys. Instead, giant patches of my skin were red and unsightly - I felt like a freak compared to other girls my age and did everything to cover up... Now I've come to terms with psoriasis, I want to help others do the same. We might have conditions that make us look different from other women, but we are still beautiful.'

Taking antibiotics increases the risk of type 2 diabetes: People who take just four courses over 15 years are 50% more likely to get the condition

Taking antibiotics increases the risk of type 2 diabetes

Antibiotics are designed to kill the bacteria that cause infections. But they also kill off some of the 'good' bacteria in the gut, known to influence digestion and metabolism, suggest Dutch researchers.


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Baby's incredible journey from test tube to toddler: Pictures show IVF child from first few cells to bonny little Jaycie

An incredible set of photos document Jaycie Jones life from the very first moments when she was no more than cells in an IVF lab in Nottingham to a scan just a month before her birth.

Baby's incredible journey from test tube to toddler: Pictures show IVF child from first few cells to bonny little Jaycie

An incredible set of photos document Jaycie Jones life from the very first moments when she was no more than cells in an IVF lab in Nottingham to a scan just a month before her birth.