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Recently married teacher dies 3 WEEKS after being told she had bowel cancer

Christine Peggrem (right), 52, from West Moors, Dorset, had complained of abdominal pain for weeks but put off visiting her GP until it became too much to bear. The maths teacher was later admitted to hospital and diagnosed with bowel cancer last month. But just two weeks later, doctors revealed she was terminal and had just weeks left. Mrs Peggrem and her partner of 32 years Clifford (left), 51, decided to finally tie the knot in an emotional ceremony at the start of the month. However, her health rapidly deteriorated and she died at home with her husband by her side earlier this week. Mr Peggrem, who met his wife in 1984 (inset), regrets her not seeking answers from her GP earlier and has warned others not to ignore any cancer-related symptoms.

When starved, bacteria start to eat away at the layer of mucus that lines the colon until it erodes and can be infected by dangerous pathogens, University of Michigan researchers found.

Researchers from Rockefeller University, New York, found skin cells called keratinocytes, which generate new tissue, were slower to travel into the gap under the scab.

Dutch researchers found HDL - widely known as 'good cholesterol' - increases inflammation in certain immune cells called macrophages.

All humans activate three parts of the brain when shifting attention. But men require more energy to do so, and activate two other brain regions, making the process much slower, Russian research shows.

London-based physiotherapist Naomi Sofer says carrying any more than 10 per cent of your body weight in your handbag can put too much stress on your body which can lead to headaches.

The are 31 confirmed cases of mumps at the University of Missouri. There are another 27 probable cases of people who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed mumps.

3D printed skull gives 7-year-old boy new lease of life two years after tragic fall

A seven-year-old boy who lost half his skull in a fall has been given a new lease of life thanks to a 3D printed skull. Teddy Ward was just five when he slipped and fell down a cliff in Topanga Canyon, near Los Angeles. The impact crushed his head, shattering all of the bone on his left side (x-ray pictured, top right). After surgery to replace the skull was unsuccessful, he was sent home with a helmet, ordered to wear it 24 hours a day (bottom right). It meant Teddy - described by his mother as a 'rumbunctious kid' - could not go to friends parties for fear of getting on a bounce house, and his friends parents could not bear the risk of hurting him during a sleepover. But now he is running around like any of child, thanks to a newly-designed skull that almost perfectly mimics the original (pictured, left, after surgery this year). It was created by doctors at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles after years of research to find a solution for Teddy. The final product, surgically implanted earlier this year, was made from a material called PolyEtherEtherKetone (or, PEEK). Uniquely, it bears all the physical hallmarks of real skull material.

Hailey Gossage-Paul, from St Louis, Missouri, is given her breakfast at 7.30am precisely, lunch at midday on the dot and dinner not a second later than 4.35pm to cope with her Prader-Willi syndrome.

Helen Barnaby, 26, from Gloucestershire, once tipped the scales at 16 stone and wore size 22 clothes. But after her foster mother Sally urged her to join a slimming group she has dropped 6 stone.

Women get a new brush or electric toothbrush head every 92 days while men stick with theirs for almost twice as long - an average of 185 days, a new survey by Carisbrook Dental in Manchester found.

The tool, called Outcome Prediction in Subfertility, gives a percentage score of how successful it is likely to be based on multiple factors, University of Aberdeen researchers say.

Scott Thomas claims Apple Watch saved his life by alerting him to heart condition

Scott Thomas, 51, from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales received the smartwatch as a present from his wife and says that it enabled him to spot an abnormally low heart rate. Mr Thomas is pictured left reading his Apple Watch (inset) and right following an operation to fit an ICD (implantable cardiac defibrillator).

University of St Andrews researchers believe men prefer bigger women because skinnier women tend to look more frail and show an inability to reproduce.

Lauren Farley-Smith, 20, from Darlington, first showed symptoms of Hereditary Angioedema - which causes attacks of extreme body swelling - when she hit puberty.

The Alzheimer’s Society today says the neglect is ‘happening behind close doors’ and ‘away from public attention’ which was mostly focused on poor care in hospitals.

12-year-old creates bucket list of things to do before she goes blind in 2 YEARS

Ashley Watson (left), 12, from Mill Creek, Washington, was diagnosed with liver failure at eight months old. She received a new organ in 2010 (inset), but doctors revealed it had caused permanent damage to her eye. But until she goes blind, her family are attempting to make as many memories as possible. Tickets for her favourite band have been bought and trip to Paris planned while has also been given her own fluffy puppy. Her mother, Stephanie Watson (right), 34, said: 'We're determined to make as many visual memories as we can.'

Experts at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore found students who napped before a test performed better than revisers. They say that last-minute revision is limited in the long run (stock image)

More than 1,700 people from North America and Europe were asked about their connectivity habits, preferences and expectations, and their dependence on mobile connectivity (stock image)

More than 2.4million people around the world have downloaded the free Sea Hero Quest game which tests their ability to navigate a boat around mazes and misty seas in a fictional world.

Canadian scientists found children who drank whole milk with a fat content of 3.25 per cent had a Body Mass Index score that was 0.72 units lower than those who drank two per cent semi skimmed milk.

Girl 'eaten alive' by herpes that she caught from kissing a family member has recovered

Sienna Duffield's family, from Gloucester, were forced to wash her bed sheets daily and constantly had to throw out of clothes because of her blood stains from her painful facial blisters (left). Her family were forced to wash her bed sheets daily and constantly had to throw out of clothes because of her blood stains. After eventually being prescribed antibiotics - despite doctors thinking she had eczema, her face has cleared up (right) and it is hoped the virus will never return. Her mother, Savina French-Bell (inset), 21, is now sharing her story to help other parents battling the same condition.

Until now, it has not been possible to alter genes in the brain, heart, liver and eyes - the root of many illnesses. Salk Institute researchers have used it to cure blind mice, paving the way for much more.

The strength and dynamism of the antibody - known as N6 - means it could be developed and re-purposed to treat and prevent HIV infections, according to a National Institutes of Health team.

Canadian researchers found little clinical difference between injured people who underwent regular physiotherapy sessions, and those who simply used ice, painkillers and rest.

An estimated 1,380 women a year in England and Wales will benefit from the drug, which is given to patients with the HER2-positive form of breast cancer as soon as they are diagnosed.

Baby boy born with the head and arms of his 'parasitic' twin attached to his chest

Both the babies, from Rajasthan, India, have a seperate heart and lungs. However, they are reliant on the same liver and share a large portion of blood.

Young victims of sudden infant death syndrome have been found to have lower levels of a protein called orexin, researchers based in Australia have found.

In a study of more than 2,000 men and women over 11 years, Finnish researchers found the 121 people who died of heart disease had a gloomier outlook than the rest.

This type of drug delivery could replace inconvenient regimes that require repeated doses and could combat certain diseases, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers believe.

In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, photo, Luincys Fernandez demonstrates how she had used the AeroForm handheld dosage controller during an interview at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Doctors are testing the device that would let women contribute to the breast reconstruction process at home. It is aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control _ something cancer often takes away. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

More than 100,000 women each year in the United States have surgery to remove a cancerous breast, and many of them choose reconstruction with an implant.

Conjoined twin girls from Nigeria separated at US hospital days before their 1st birthday

A set of conjoined twin girls have been separated in a US hospital. Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, from Nigeria, were conjoined at the pelvis. The girls, who turned one today, underwent an 18-hour operation at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 7 and 8. They arrived in the US on June 28 with their parents Samuel Olusegun Ayeni and Mary Abiodun Ayeni, their older sister, and their pastor. It was their only hope at separating the girls, after trying and failing to find a hospital nearby that could carry out the operation. Finally, after months of research, they were referred to Le Bonheur, whose surgeons offered to do the life-saving operation free of charge. Pictured: the girls in Memphis before their procedure (top left), waiting to fly from Lagos with their parents (bottom left), and after the procedure (right).

Dr Victoria Leong, a researcher at Cambridge University said speaking in a soothing sing-song voice – dubbed ‘motherese’ – helps the baby to enter a state where it is more receptive to learning.

Over the last decade, scientists have seen rates of drug resistance almost double in samples of the life-threatening Pseidomonas aeruginosa bacteria collected from children in pediatric wards.

Researchers from the University of Colorado say the findings could help to reduce one of the leading causes of debilitation and death among patients in nursing homes.

Research by the Kings Fund shows 10.5 per cent of British patients wanting an appointment are offered advice over the phone. This is up from just 8 per cent in the same period two years ago.

Huddersfield boy diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 that his father has

Nathan Lewis (right), 30, and three-year-old Thiago (left), from Huddersfield, were both born with neurofibromatosis type 1. Mr Lewis did not know he suffered from the genetic condition until tests revealed he had developed a rare form of tumour as a result of having it in 2009. While his son was diagnosed with the same type of growth after doctors were unsure what had cause a two inch difference in the size of his legs. But after an initial operation to remove the mass, Mr Lewis has been told it has now developed into a form of cancer. However, the NHS won't fund his treatment. His only hope of being cured means raising £75,000 for pioneering cancer therapy abroad.

NHS figures show that 31 per cent of women aged 25 to 49 had missed their most recent smear test. Cervical cancer is known as a ‘silent killer’ because there are so few symptoms.

Data published at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in New Orleans showed that those treated with Repatha saw artery blockages shrink over 18 months.

The new diagnoses come just two weeks after the illness, acute flaccid myelitis, killed a six-year-old boy. The newly-diagnosed children are aged between three and 14 years old.

Unlike most countries, the United States does not regulate drug prices, meaning firms can push up the cost of their products as far as they like. Policymakers blame this for the addiction crisis.

Baby who had a cancerous tumour the size of an ORANGE survives after the growth shrunk

Rylee Brady (left), from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma - a rare form of the disease more common in childhood - just days after he was born. Doctors warned he may have to undergo chemotherapy in an attempt to save his life. But they advised his family to wait and see how the tumour developed before starting any treatment (inset). Despite the agonising wait to see how the growth responded naturally, it was revealed that his tumour had began to shrink. And now, the one-year-old is cancer-free and is now a happy, healthy little boy, his parents (right) Shelbie Barnes, 23, and Michael Brady, 27, say.

Kimberly Gladman, 31, who is originally from Ayr in Scotland, says her home-made breast milk soap cleared up the rash on her arms and thighs when steroid cream and traditional remedies failed.

Professor David Taylor, of University College London, called for the rigid system by which drugs are assessed to be abandoned - and a more flexible approach to be adopted.

Going to nursery or spending time with grandparents improved everyday skills, scientists at Oxford University and the London School of Economics suggest.

One in three don’t know who to contact out-of-hours, according to the research. The Care Quality Commission is ‘deeply concerned’ by the findings and has placed four failing health trusts under review.

Family criticise Alder Hey after medics didn't realise child caught E.coli

Padraig Henry (pictured right and inset) was admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool Padraig Henry was admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Doctors knew the hospital was fighting a virulent strain of the bug, but kept his parents Colin Henry (pictured left) and Karen Bailey in the dark and decided to go ahead with the surgery regardless. Padraig was born at 28 weeks in April 2013 weighing just 2.5lbs and needed an operation to repair a hole in his bowel aged just four days. He contracted E.coli soon after the surgery. A catalogue of blunders thenmeant medics failed to realise he had been infected and, as a consequence, treatment with the correct antibiotics was delayed.

Brisbane parents Josh Roberts and Katelyn Galea feared their baby boy Archie may die when what was initially thought to be an ear infection turned out to be deadly meningococcal disease

Kamil Williams, from Philadelphia, was 10 months old when he was taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia. But his health deteriorated overnight and he was rushed to intensive care.

Oncologists at Sichuan University's West China Hospital in Chengdu delivered cells modified using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique into a patient with aggressive lung cancer.

A six-year-old boy from Queensland will never walk or talk again after he was struck down by a rare disease which causes the gradual deterioration of brain functions and muscle movement.

Boy needs operation to help him walk again after he suffered brain damage banging head

Frankie Duke (pictured) was just two years old when he put a children's chair on top of his Thomas the Tank table to get his hands on two Spiderman chocolate calendars his father David, 28, had pinned on his bedroom wall. But the toddler toppled off and banged his head, causing a bleed on the brain which left him with extensive brain damage. Frankie battled to learn to talk and eat again but has been left unable to walk. This month his parents Rachel Nesbitt, 28 and David (inset), a ground worker, have been told his only hope of walking again is a £30,000 operation in America not funded by the NHS. The family from Fareham, Portsmouth, are faced with a race against time to raise the money before he becomes too old for the operation to have maximum success.

A pre-mammalian reptile that lived 259 million years evolved horn-like structures on its upper and lower jaws which led to our canine teeth for 'sexual display', researchers concluded.

Darkening sunspots, crepey wrinkles on your decolletage and sagging jowls are a dead giveaway of advancing age. But thanks to revolutionary advances in skincare, help is at hand.

Women following the trend were three-and-a-half times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than women whose weight remained stable, Brown University, Rhode Island researchers found.

People with lower levels of cognitive control found it easier to solve problems creatively, researchers from the University of Toronto and Harvard University found.

Surrey student who thought she had pins and needles was actually PARALYSED

Ece Ozcan, 19, from Egham, Surrey, was unable to feel her left leg and had pins and needles when she woke up - but assumed she had just slept in a funny position. Her parents rushed her to hospital, but doctors were baffled as to why she was paralysed (right). They eventually diagnosed her with an isthmic defect. It had caused scoliosis and a hernia - which pressed on her nerves in her bent spine (inset), squashing them and leaving her unable to move. Doctors revealed she would never walk again - but she refused to accept their diagnosis and searched for a surgeon who would be willing to operate on her. Two years and two procedures later, she has defied the odds (left) and is now back on her feet again.

If you must take a drag, a new report published by The American Journal of Medicine has found drinking a glass or two of red wine before lighting up protects your cells against some of the damages.

London nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert reveals the foods we should all avoid. She explains that low-fat yoghurts can contain as much sugar as a dessert.

According to a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry on Tuesday, fast food depletes the levels of a key protein called reelin, which is needed to help brain neurons connect.

But stronger alternatives, prescribed if proton pump inhibitors fail to work, were found to have no increased risk, Danish researchers discovered.

Doctors left baffled over Alicia Goss' uncontrollable shaking which left her unable to

Alicia Goss, right, was labelled a medical mystery by baffled doctors who couldn't understand the reason for her sudden uncontrollable shaking. Many months later she was diagnosed with Wilson's Disease, symptoms which include tremors, memory loss and psychosis. She had to return home from Canterbury university to be cared for by her parents (left) before eventually regaining her strength to head back to pursue her degree.

The billionaire businessman is a proud patron of Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's while promising to curb federal regulations - a change from the Obama's healthy eating campaign.

Figures show one in four 18-35-year-olds regret their tattoos. And so they should, says Greg Hall, a primary care physician at Case Western Reserve University, as he explains the health dangers.

A two-decade study of 115,000 women, by Harvard University researchers, found that those who complained of migraines were 50 per cent more likely to develop major heart problems.

Statins reduced the risk of early overall death by 14 per cent and had no harmful side effects, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, found.

Gwen Ifill, the respected PBS news anchor who died on Monday, was diagnosed with endometrial cancer less than a year ago. Here we explain the symptoms, tests, and treatments.

A study by Washington University revealed the number of 12- to 17-year-olds with untreated depression rose from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. The figures were highest among black females.

Extreme eczema sufferer has clear skin for the first time in her life

Melanie Lynch (left), 37, from Birmingham, was first given topical steroid creams as a toddler to treat her flaky skin. But over the next 30 years her condition worsened (top middle), forcing her to use the treatment on her entire body. When her skin didn't appear to be recovering, the mother-of-two made the decision to quit the treatment - but immediately suffered horrific reactions, causing her to have her face bandaged to prevent further damage (bottom middle). It caused her face to swell, her hair to fall out and her skin to turn bright red - often forcing her to spend months inside her house, away from strangers. But after three years battling her horrific symptoms she finally has clear skin (right) - after the steroids were actually making her skin worse.

Just under half of stroke patients were not prescribed statins and a quarter were not given anti-hypertensive drugs, researchers from the University of Birmingham found.

A firm called Alkahest has found that injecting the blood of 18-year-old humans into old mice rejuvenates the body and brain, improving cognition and allowing them to frolic about like younger mice.

Leading Surrey-based nutritional therapist May Simpkin says simply planning your meals in advance could help you in your quest to return to your pre-pregnancy figure.

Australian beauty vlogger, Karima McKimmie, has become the latest person to get on board with shaving her face. Ms McKimmie swears by the benefits, which make her skin more luminous.

Ameliya Pellett, from Ottawa, Canada, is having to teach herself how to use her legs once again after contracting Guillian-Barre syndrome and losing her movement within just 10 days.

Researchers from the University of Victoria in Australia analysed 26 previous scientific studies that linked the consumption of alcohol to prostate cancer.

Betsy Duncan Smith reveals her shock after six months of gruelling chemotherapy

Betsy currently lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Iain, who was leader of the Conservative party for two years. She says she still finds the diagnosis in 2009 difficult to talk about. She is only now publicly discussing her mastectomy for the first time to promote the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which is engaged in two pioneering trials with NHS trusts to detect cancer using dogs it has trained to sniff out the disease from breath or urine samples.

From how you ask your date questions to your body language, Rachel Maclynn from The Vida Consultancy has revealed where you could be going wrong - and how to fix it.

Nasar Ahmed, who was in year nine at Bow School in Tower Hamlets, east London, fell ill during a lunchtime detention last Thursday after telling staff he needed his inhaler.

A shocking new study has revealed that the average glass of ginger beer contains 38.5g sugar - which is more than any other fizzy drink, even Coca-Cola, which has 35g.

A hospital in Australia, located three miles from an indoor trampoline park, treated 40 children under 17 for trampoline injuries in the first six months after the park opened. Now, many experts are worried.

Many minor health ailments can be helped by everyday food and items found around the home. It’s a fact that we often overlook, says Dr Rob Hicks, a London-based sexual health doctor.

We often hear about drugs being denied to patients because they’ve been judged too costly for the cash-strapped NHS. But patients are also missing out on drugs that cost just a few pence a day.

Little girl diagnosed with cancer after persistent gastro and fevers

Brisbane girl Violet Box, 7 (left and bottom right), was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last year. Little Violet had been sick for months with gastro, fevers and body aches before doctors found the cause. By then the cancer had spread from an 8 centimetre tumour in her left adrenal gland to her bones. The cancer is one that is hard to detect, and by sharing her story Violet's mother Colleen (pictured top right with her family) hopes to raise further awareness.

In the third part of our tried-and-tested anti-ageing guide, we focus on how to turn back the clock on your smile and bring a youthful sparkle to your eyes without having to resort to the knife.

Products such as Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Doritos were found to have traces of glyphosate – identified by the WHO as a ‘probable human carcinogen’.

'I had one patient whose index finger no longer bends because the cartilage in the knuckle was destroyed within 24 hours,' says Maxim D. Horwitz, a London hand and wrist surgeon.

Hanneke de Bruijne, a 58-year-old from the Netherlands, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2008. Despite losing all bodily control, an implant has given some of it back.

Colin Greaves' aphantasia means mental images become 'empty blank spaces'

Ask Colin Greaves from Bath to picture his wife or children’s faces, and all he can see is a blank screen. That’s because Colin, a married father-of-two, cannot visualise things in his brain: his ‘mind’s eye’ is essentially blind. The mind’s eye allows us to form mental images in our brain — for instance, being able to visualise what the McDonald’s arches look like or remembering someone’s face when you’re away from them. According to experts around 2 per cent of the population lack this ability, a problem that was recently given a name — aphantasia.

Nick Clegg made his call in a letter to the British Medical Journal claiming cannabis is much safer than many medicines in the UK describing the ongoing ban as 'absurd'.

Aneurin Bevan’s founding principles of a national health service — care that is free at the point of delivery, that meets the needs of everyone, from cradle to grave is no longer working.

Like hundreds of thousands of others, Bob Jesse from Hampshire had an enlarged prostate. Ten years after the symptoms began, he underwent the minimally invasive op, called UroLift.

The study, by the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, says we've evolved to believe red foods are likely to be more nutritious.

7 tastiest low calorie and allergy-friendly advent calendars revealed

Advent calendars are as much a part of Christmas tradition as carols and crackers. But if you want to avoid the calorie and fat-loaded variety, we reveal some much better alternatives. For example, the Holland & Barrett No Added Sugar is filled with with chocolate that’s sugar, gluten, nut and dairy-free, is suitable for vegans and people with food intolerances.

A study of 183 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital found those with early signs of the disease were far less likely to be able to identify or easily recall smells.

A US study of 80,000 adults over six years found those who drank moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis had far greater control over their cholesterol levels than those who did not drink.

The masks are on trial at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the U.S. Twenty patients with sleep apnoea will have 3D pictures taken of their faces using special cameras, a process that takes five minutes.

Howard England from Essex consults our expert about his daughters fatigue, which may be connected to a tick bite she got in 2005. She was told the disease can only be treated in Germany.

Secrets of an A-list body: We reveal how YOU can get Mark Wahlberg's pecs

The 45-year-old actor from Massachusetts is renowned for his toned pecs. He trained for 100 days without a break for his recent film, Deepwater Horizon, during which he was on a very strict diet. 'No wine, no bread, no pasta. The only carbs were sweet potato and yams,’ he said. To work your pectoral muscles, we recommend the Archer push-up, with one arm extended to your side and placed on a ball or low step.


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