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All these men and women are 55. But, after taking a revolutionary new test, some are

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, is part of team behind the test. He says:'Studies have found that our blood's glycan levels closely track our chronological age'. In other words, different patterns occur at different ages - so how much you vary from the norm for your age is a sign you're ageing at a slower - or faster - rate than most of your contemporaries. Glycan patterns also change with the menopause because of the drop in oestrogen, which protects against ageing.

Similarly, children who experienced parental absence were 46 per cent more likely to have started drinking alcohol by the age of 11, researchers from University College London found.

Mother-of-one Katie Beck, 33, from Kelso, Scotland, was one of the first to try the new brain-mapping technique. Before the surgery, she had 15 seizures every night, and some during the day too.

In most cases, though their symptoms weren't typical, patients had visited their doctor 'multiple times during the months leading up to their diagnosis', says Cristina Renzi of Cancer Research UK.

Many allergy experts say it is vital for our future health and that of our children to reduce hand washing and allow friendly microbes back into our mouths, says epidemiology professor Tim Spector.

Laid low with a cold this autumn? Dr Adam Frosh, an ear nose and throat consultant at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage, chooses five of the best decongestants in your local pharmacy.

Secrets of an A-list body: We reveal how YOU can get Eva Green's slender waist

Appearing on the red carpet for the première of her most recent film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, French actress Eva Green wore a dress that accentuated her trim waist. Before filming starts, she does two to three months of dedicated training up to five hours a day. 'It's like a drug almost, you feel addicted,' Eva said. 'I go for a 30-minute run every day and do elliptical training [on a cross-trainer] and stretching.'

Many women who struggle with low sex drive after their menopause don't have this treatment as an option, says Dr Nick Panay of Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals.

Have YOU got high blood pressure? Revealed, 7 things you should either eat or avoid to

High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. Now, three experts from the University of Newcastle, Australia reveal how to lower it. They say you should consume more rolled oats (top left) and vitamin C (top middle) to lower your blood pressure. People should also eat more beetroot (top right) as they cause the arteries to dilate, they say. But adults should avoid alcohol (bottom left) and liquorice (bottom middle) as they both increase systolic and diastolic blood pressure. However, caffeine should also be avoided because it increases blood pressure in the short term.

Nivolumab, developed by the Institute of Cancer Research, is the first treatment to extend survival in a phase III clinical trial for patients who did not respond to chemotherapy.

Induced pluripotent stem cells grown from one monkey's skin revitalised the damaged hearts of five macaques, researchers from Shinshu University, Japan, found.

Cities and towns across the state have recorded at least 427 recent cases. Most of the patients are children, with more than 30 schools reporting numerous infections.

Everyone farts between 10 and 20 times a day. And though it may seem like an embarrassing reality we'd rather not live with, each fart is a sign of a healthy digestive system. But what makes them smelly?

It helped Carola lose eight stone, but is this bizarre weight loss op a step too far?

Three times a day, after each meal, Carola Karlsson from Sweden takes herself off to the nearest bathroom to dispose of a third of what she has just eaten to control her weight. But the crucial difference between this 43-year-old nursery nurse and someone with bulimia is that Carola 'purges' a specific amount via a surgically fitted medical device that drains food directly out of her stomach. Carola, who is 5ft 4in, weighed 19st before she had the device fitted two years ago. Within nine months, she had lost an astonishing 8st.

The controversial procedure was designed to prevent families passing on genetic mutations, not to aid fertility. But two Ukrainian women have used it after going into 'embryo arrest' during IVF.

Researchers at Nottingham University discovered a protein, called carbonic anhydrase, found within the powerhouse of a cell has a crucial role in the ageing process.

The research by Harvard Medical School is the first test to compare human and virtual doctors. Doctors correctly diagnosed 84 per cent of patients. Computers only got 50 per cent right.

In a new study in Israel, patients are being given injections of special cells to replace those killed off by AMD, or dry age-related macular degeneration. The hope is that will stop the disease progressing.

Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty takes our health quiz

From working out 35 hours a week to eating 8,000 calories a day, British Olympian Adam Peaty reveals how he trains for a major event. The swimmer has been diagnosed with hyperbolic joints, like Michael Phelps. 'I just push through pain when I'm training. If I don't feel it really burning when I train, I'm not doing it right, it's too easy,' he says. 'The hardest part is when I'm pushing my heart-rate so much that my heart can't work any harder.'

Ben Stiller says prostate-specific antigen tests helped find his aggressive prostate cancer. So why is the test not routinely offered to patients on the NHS? Two experts give their opinions.

In August veteran Sky news broadcaster Mike McCarthy, 58, almost became the story after suffering a massive heart attack while out jogging in Teesside.

Graham Wiggins from Dartford, Kent, was diagnosed with a calcified carotid artery. Apart from taking statins, Dr Martin Scurr recommends an unusual remedy: eat at least three tomatoes a day.

I could barely walk and struggled to see - but TWO doctors said there was nothing to worry

Following a holiday in Colombia last year, Adam Millward woke up drained of energy and with a pounding headache. 'I knew it wasn't just a hangover,' says the 29-year-old from London. As he would later discover, Adam had leptospirosis - a bacterial infection that's spread through the urine of infected animals, such as cattle and rodents, and that you can pick up in contaminated water, practically anywhere in the world, including the UK.

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, said volunteers are needed for training exercises in how to carry out examinations of the foreskin, penis, testicles and rectum.

Levels of adherent-invasive E. coli are higher after food poisoning, experts from McMaster University, Hamilton, found. Crohn's disease sufferers are known to have higher levels of it.

Inserting the PGC-1-alpha gene into the brains of mice helped to stop protein build-ups - found in the brains of dementia patients - from forming, experts from Imperial College London found.

Glasgow University scientists looked at the records of 525,046 patients aged 40 to 80 who were followed for five years. They found patients on beta blockers twice as likely to suffer depression.

Still unsure whether or not you should carry a donor card? Then read this young couple's

The only thing that saved Luke Yates from Hampshire in the horrible weeks and months after his wife Sam's death was the knowledge that she would have wanted him to go on living. When she died in his arms at the age of 28, his grief was so raw, so visceral that he thought he might lose his mind. Luke, a biomedical research scientist at Imperial College London, says he was 'haunted by terrifying flashbacks of the day she died, obsessed with the idea that I could have done more.

A leading supplier has issued a warning that retailers are facing higher olive oil prices and could be forced to reduce shelf space for Italian extra virgin olive oil due to another poor olive harvest.

Britain's largest general practice recruitment firm is planning to hire up to 1,000 doctors over the next four years mainly from Romania, Hungary, Portugal and Spain.

One in seven British adults takes daily fish oil capsules, believing their omega-3 fatty acids are good for body and mind. Even more take them occasionally, with £100m a year spent on them.

Scientists have discovered that combining two powerful agents has the potential to clear tumours. Professor John Wagstaff, from Swansea University Medical School, said it could prolong lives.

Family of baby whose head has swelled to twice its normal size has sold 'everything they

Nara Ariska (left), 10 months old, from a remote part of Indonesia, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus - a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid on her brain - when she was born, causing her head to swell (right). Her condition causes her headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion and eyesight trouble. Medical officers in the village she originates from visited her family earlier this year and promised to pay for treatment to rid her of the disease. However, her parents are yet to see any action and have took matters into their own hands. In a desperate attempt to cure her of her suffering, the family have sold everything they own to raise funds.

Hygge is a Nordic cultural staple entering the British public conscience - a word that describes 'a feeling of cosiness and content', and 'enjoying the good things in life with good people around you'.

Q After I had my third child, my breasts started to droop. I'm only in my 50s, but I wear very supportive bras. Chest creams haven't worked, but I don't want a surgical breast lift - is there an in between?

The breakthrough £39.99 Osentia screening kit uses a single toenail clipping to determine whether the person is at risk of osteoporosis. The condition affects three million in the UK.

It has always been believed that human females have a limited number of eggs, but that theory could be debunked after it was revealed that women's ovaries may be able to grow new ones.

What cancer looks like under fluorescent lights and 3D scans

Collated by the National Cancer Institute, the images were taken at a number of cancer centres across the US. A range of fluorescent light micrographs, 3D transparent tumour tomography images and optical tissue clearing images were used in the collection. One scan shows cancerous cells lining the placenta (top left) and the intricate detail of a polyploid giant cancer cell in the breast (top middle), which is made up of different proteins. Bone cancer spreading to affect healthy tissue (top right) and a tumour which has grew so large it has exceeded the blood vessels ability to provide oxygen (bottom right) - a state known as hypoxia - can also be seen. Further images show breast cancer cells resisting treatment (bottom middle) and the proteins that allow cervical cancer to spread (bottom left).

The NHS rationing body has been accused of abandoning children with a life threatening genetic condition after it refused funding for a breakthrough drug that will let them live 'long and healthy lives'.

The former West End dancer, 51, had one hip replaced in 2013, but now says: 'I wore out both joints from dancing and ballet and it was made worse by arthritis.'

Researchers at Mainz University in Germany have found a link between intelligence and shortsightedness, saying those who wear glasses may often be smarter than those who don't.

Three-quarters of women lose interest in sex after reaching the age of 50, according to research - but the verdict from the medical community was that couples should not be suffering in silence.

How to tone your tummy from the comfort of your own home

There is an exercise you can try to tone your tummy lying down in the comfort of your own home. You can also get a flatter stomach by choosing to eat probiotic and prebiotic foods. Also, you should try to consume fibre every day to maintain a flat tummy. As always, hydration is key - aim for two litres per day and this can include herbal tea.

Plastic surgeons in Brazil and Portugal are offering a procedure known as the 'internal Spanx' which sculpts the bottom like the underwear but by instead going under the skin.

A study of 19,000 Britons compared the mental health of those born during one week in 1958 and one week in 1970. It found that at 42, the younger group were more likely to feel depressed or anxious.

By 2025, 268 million children aged between five and 17 years old are expected to be overweight, the World Obesity Federation predicts. More than 90 million of those will be obese.

According to scientists, human beings have a finite number of years they can ever hope to live for, which they have worked out to be 125.

Teen serenaded by Florence & The Machine dies of cancer months after their duet

The 15-year-old cancer patient who dueted with Florence & The Machine in a viral video earlier this year has died. Karinya Chen, who battled bone cancer for five years, passed away in Austin, Texas. She touched millions of people around the world when she perfectly harmonized with the British Grammy-winning band while lying in her hospice ward in May. Just five days before her death on Saturday, she spoke with remarkable strength as she contemplated her disease. She said: 'I think the biggest thing is not to worry and fear.... You just have to remember that there's always tomorrow and if you take it one day at a time and just tell yourself don't worry and don't take things for granted and tell yourself that you are loved and you are blessed then it makes it a lot easier to fight.'

Dermatologist Dr Vishal Maden, from Salford, said infections caused by picking spots from the bridge of the nose to the corners of the mouth, could lead to vision loss, paralysis or even death

Michelle Doig-Collins had a routine uterus exam three months ago with Dr Ann Raffo, her ob-gyn of 10 years at Orange Coast Women's Medical Group in Laguna Hills, California.

Children who eat combo meals at fast food chains that include a soda, sweetened tea or flavored milk consume 179 more calories per meal than those that eat at home, NYU research shows.

Paris-based L'Oréal, teamed up with bioprinting company Poietis, which is based in Pessac, southwestern France to form a partnership that aims to develop a working 3D-printed hair follicle.

The probe, by psychologists at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, suggests the secret may lie in how chocolate fans think about what they are eating.

New research suggests a diet rich in daily helpings of vitamin B12 can combat premature ejaculation, a problem which affects one in four men in the UK. Meat, fish and eggs are also rich in the vitamin.

A brain tumor delayed Ken Baker's puberty and teenage sex drive until he was THIRTY

Puberty makes everyone's teenage years a dragged-out nightmare. But at least we all going through it at more or less the same time. Imagine hitting that awkward phase in your late 20s. That is exactly what happened to E! News reporter Ken Baker - whose memoir is the subject of a new movie starring Jane Lynch: The Late Bloomer. Baker, now 46, experienced an almost unheard-of hormonal transition due to a benign brain tumor pressing on his pituitary gland. The tumor caused a hormone imbalance in his body called hyperprolactinemia, which over-produced the female hormone prolactin, stunting his natural development. It meant his body lactated milk from the nipples, 10 times more than a breastfeeding mother. His body was soft and lacking muscle. And he had absolutely no sex drive.

Tramadol is 'claiming more lives than any other drug' and should be upgraded to the Class A category, says Professor Jack Crane the state pathologist for Northern Ireland.

US government officials question how much evidence there is to categorize items as carcinogens, and whether it can cause an unwarranted public health scare.

Researchers in Spain found 90 percent of people can be considered either optimistic, pessimistic, trusting, or envious - and the rest behave in a way that falls outside of the defined models.

Research by Heinz into women's attitudes towards health and diets, revealed the average female attempts to stick to eating an average of 1,800 calories a day but actually eats 2,200.

Hornchurch boy with rare brain tumour causes him to smile before having a seizure

Nathan Box (left), seven, from Hornchurch, was struck down by a mystery illness two years ago - but doctors assumed it was epilepsy. However, a string of tests at hospital (right) revealed he was suffering from an incredibly rare brain tumour called Hypothalamic Hamartoma. The side effects of his condition means he breaks into a grin shortly before having a seizure - of which he can have up to 25 in a day. But the family were left heartbroken after the NHS refused to fund a miracle operation in the US. Instead Nathan will remain on drugs to lessen the symptoms for the rest of his life - not cure them.

Many things can trigger an early menopause, but to understand exactly why it happens when it does requires going back to before birth, London-based medical jounalist Thea Jourdan says.

Both men and women who have lonely personalities tend to take more selfies for approval from others, experts from the National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, claim.

The amount of omega-3 farmed salmon contains has halved in the past decade. The fatty acid is recommended by doctors to combat a variety of conditions.

The study, published online in the British Journal of Nutrition, found eating oat fibre can reduce lipoprotein, which carries bad cholesterol through the blood.

The 10 fastest ways to stain your teeth

Tariq Idrees, a dentist and owner of a private clinic in Manchester, advises people to drink through straws because the liquid bypasses the teeth. Here he reveals the quickest ways to stain your smile. He says you should avoid tomato ketchup (top left) because it's acidic and rich in colour and steer clear of ice lollies (top middle) which contain colourants which stick to the teeth. Fruit teas (top right) are rich in colour which leave surface staining while strawberries (bottom right) are high in their acid content. Any type of cola (bottom middle) is bad for staining teeth and chicken tikka masala (bottom left) contains a lot of turmeric which can easily stain teeth.

NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing it as part of plans to save £8.4 million, despite warnings from senior surgeons it is 'wrong'.

Cases of 'tick-induced mammalian meat allergy' are booming in parts of Australia, specifically around Sydney. But some have also been reported in Europe, Asia and Africa, experts warn.

The caution was triggered by the case of a four-year-old boy with autism who was admitted to hospital in London after he became seriously ill.

Doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports said the unnamed 38-year-old had Rapunzel syndrome, a rare condition in which a hairball, called a trichobezar, is found in the stomach.

People smile for many reasons other than happiness, such as smugness. Find out below what your smile might indicate about you. Top facial reader Jean Haner analyses different smiles.

A leading industry wholesaler, which supplies hundreds of outlets, insist there is a demand for smaller chip portions among weight-conscious customers.

Emmerdale's Leah Bracknell is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer

The actress (left), a major star in the ITV soap from 1989 until 2005, was diagnosed with the condition five weeks ago. Her partner Jez Hughes is now raising funds to send her for treatment at a private oncology clinic in Germany in a desperate bid to prolong her life. Within hours of the GoFundMe page being set up, fans had donated thousands of pounds to help the 52-year-old. Currently, 1,200 people have donated to the site, making a total of more than £29,000.

Cheryl Hile with multiple sclerosis plans to run seven marathons on seven continents

Most of us shudder at the idea of going for a one-hour run, even in the best of shape. A marathon? Not a chance.  Enter Cheryl Hile to put us all to shame: she plans to run seven marathons on seven continents by June next year - despite having multiple sclerosis.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, Albin's mother Emelie Eriksson, left, smiles as she poses for a photo with her son and her mother Marie, right, outside her home in Bergshamra, Sweden. Eriksson was the first woman to have a baby after receiving a womb transplant from her mother, a revolutionary operation that links three generations of their family. (AP Photo/ Niklas Larsson)

Emelie Eriksson, from Stockholm, received a uterus from her mother after being born without a womb. She gave birth to son Albin nearly two years ago.

How much exercise does it take to burn off your favourite tipple? A new infographic reveals how long you'd need to spend running, walking, doing Pilates or cycling to negate the calorie count.

British women born in 2015 can expect to live 82.8 years on average and men 79. But women can expect to stay disability-free for only 72 years, while for men it is 69.9, the study found.

They can do as many hours as they want - from home or their surgeries - in between their NHS patients. Yet there is a severe recruitment crisis and up to one in eight GP posts are unfilled.

Santa Fe student suffering from rare skin condition upbeat despite online abuse

Lucy Beall Lott (left), 17, from Santa Fe, was diagnosed with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) when she was born. Her condition means just picking objects up can cause her fragile skin to shred off, leaving her with painful blisters and wounds (right). Whenever she swallows the skin in her throat is severely damaged - putting her at risk of choking to death. When she was 13, she had just a 3mm opening in her throat - forcing surgeons to stretch her skin in a complex procedure (inset). She's suffered hurtful comments from strangers including that she would be 'hot' if it wasn't for her scarred legs and arms throughout her childhood. Despite the vicious remarks, she's adamant she has nothing to hide since and refuses to let her condition hold her back.

It was strange watching Sally Phillips (pictured) and her documentary on babies with Down's syndrome. She is brave, but most mothers don't want a disabled baby, writes KATIE HOPKINS.

Amanda McGuinn and her husband Paul, 38, of Lee, south east London, have lodged a legal bid against Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust citing 'wrongful birth' in relation to daughter Matilda.

According to researchers at the University of Illinois, toddlers aged between two and five years old are at a crucial point of development, beginning to form anxieties that could lead to eating disorders.

The younger the brain, the weaker it is as it grows and strengthens, scientists at Canada's Western University warn. And their research shows marijuana can have a devastating affect on that process.

Distraught mother claims her Down’s syndrome son was turned away from a play centre

Simone Blount (left, with her son when he was a baby and right) took her four-year-old son Stephen to the Mattel Play! centre, Liverpool, for a day out. But she claims that, after queuing for more than 20 minutes, a female member of staff leaned over her desk to look at Stephen and said the centre was 'unsuitable for children like him'. She added that Stephen was 'absolutely heartbroken'. Mattel Play! (inset) deny the claims and insist a member of staff 'mistook' Stephen for a baby in a pushchair and was 'just trying to help'.

David Rogers, a physiotherapist based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, says a good night's sleep could help to cure your back pain and help you regain control of your life.

The abnormal protein that helps tumours to grow are stored as amyloid bodies - which causes dementia - in dormant cancer cells. researchers from the University of Miami found.

Researchers at the University of Vermont found therapists were more likely to respond to voicemails from patients with a white-sounding name like Allison than a name like Lakisha.

The state's Health Department filed a proposal on Wednesday to cover hormone therapy for young people with gender dysphoria. Current rules only cover therapy for transitioning adults.

Mother's allergy to WATER means she can't shower or even cry without causing a rash

Candice Dent (left), 35, from Kentucky, suffers from aquagenic urticaria - which triggers an outbreak of hives (top right and bottom right) if she comes into contact with water. But she also suffers from dermatographia, meaning her skin becomes itchy and swollen when touched - which she said is far worse. It prevents her from wearing certain clothes and sleeping on certain materials because they will cause welts in her skin. Medication has proved to be ineffective, meaning all she can do when she has a break out is wait for the itchy hives to disappear.

Despite many fears about botox, Alison Bridges, a dermatologist from the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, says Botulinum toxin is completely safe and you can stop at any time without any lasting effects.

Scientists at Oxford University found the incidence of breast cancer was essentially the same whether someone did no night shift work at all or did night shift work for several decades.

Men can now expect to live til they are 69 while women reach just short of their 75th birthday on a worldwide average - 10 years longer than ever before, The Global Burden of Disease study found.

Kim Page is taking civil action against both the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Private Ambulance Service Ltd following her husband Gary's death in February.

Ava Christianson, of Prescott, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with the most common type of leukemia that's easily treated in 90% of cases. But she relapsed five times, and has now tried immunotherapy.

Researchers like Madeline Lancaster, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Medicine in Cambridge, are growing human brains in labs, to figure out what gives us unique disorders like autism and schizophrenia.

California woman Victoria Vega claims she has EIGHT different personalties

Victoria Vega, 24, from California, has dissociative identity disorder which started during her troubled childhood. It results in her different personalities taking control of her body at any given time. These personalities include Southern Belle Allie, tough New Jersey gal Goldie, AGE, and dinosaur-loving Senka, 5. She also has quieter 'alters' Citizen, Lucy Lovelace and Celia. Miss Vega says she does not consider it a disorder and loves her different personalities which mean life is 'never boring'. She blogs about her experiences and has even written a memoir about her experiences with the condition. 'I hate to call it a disorder because I genuinely don't feel sick. I love my alters and without them, I promise I would not be here today,' she said.

The results come from a new poll of 1,000 dieters by weight loss firm Forza Supplements. Turning off cookery shows came second with weighing yourself daily top of the dieting tips.

Sarah Dransfield, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, was just 16 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. After chemotherapy didn't work, doctors revealed she needed an amputation.

The UK is one of only three countries where 15-year-old girls were inebriated more often than their male counterparts - and the gender gap is highest here.

London-based nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, whose clients include Chelsea footballer Cesc Fabregas, tells FEMAIL the 10 foods making us hungrier.

Columnist Bel Mooney opens up about each decade of her life as she turns 70

Columnist Bel Mooney (pictured above in each decade of her life) has opened up about her life and shared her wisdom. Tips include: Never go to bed without cleaning and moisturising, don't think you must use expensive products, exercise at least twice a week, eat well and choose one quick, easy beauty product to use each day for a morale boost.

Seriously ill patients given homoharringtonine, a drug made from the leaves of the plum yew tree, made remarkable recoveries, researchers from the University of Hong Kong found.

Tests on the first group of men to have been born using the ICSI technique have now shown that they too suffer from low sperm counts and poor-moving sperm.

Females have an inbuilt buffer against the early symptoms of Alzheimer's - meaning it is not spotted until later, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found.

Mum speaks out about the emotional toll losing a potential child takes

NSW woman Dianne Johnston (pictured right with husband Shane) has opened up about the emotional toll of IVF, revealing she lost 11 embryos before finally travelling to South Africa for treatment and falling pregnant aged 49 (left). She said IVF was 'heartbreaking' and 'soul destroying' to go through but she has since given birth to a baby boy, Liam (inset)

Scientists analysed findings from 5,000 studies looking at associations between golf and well-being. Their review, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concludes...

A 10-year-old boy with special needs from Kerrville, Texas, is fighting for life in hospital after suffering horrific burns while playing in a park, with his mother saying he was attacked by bullies.

Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of GPs, will say that up to £800million earmarked for practices is instead being used to bail out debt-ridden hospitals.

Researchers led by Jan Vijg of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York studied age of death statistics from a range of sources and estimated that 125 is the top age possible.

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