NEW UCLA gymnast Macy Toronjo, 19, from Westwood, California (pictured left), was diagnosed last year with VKH disease - a rare, likely autoimmune, disorder that left her blind, with vertigo and overly fatigued. Despite heavy medication, she fought her way back into competition and has gone on to become a top scorer (pictured top right in 2017 and bottom right in 2014).
Amiir, the son of Prince and Mayte Garcia, was born a month early on October 16, 1996, and lived just seven days before succumbing to Pfeiffer syndrome.
Jasmin Floyd, from Connecticut, suffers with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva - a rare disorder with only 800 recorded cases worldwide.
EXCLUSIVE: Woman tormented by common breast deformity says it leaves many suicidal as they have the WRONG surgery to 'fix' it
EXCLUSIVE: Laura Peacock, 34, from Manchester, founded Support for Women with Congenital Breast Deformity in 2012 and it now has hundreds of members. The mother-of-two underwent corrective surgery in 2012, having struggled emotionally with tuberous breasts since she was 13 years old. Prior to that, the condition was so bad that while trying to breastfeed her son, she left him in hospital with severe dehydration.
From the pain of Crohn's Disease to the mesmerising beauty of the eye: Wellcome Trust announces the winners of its 2017 Image Awards
After months of anticipation, the London-based Wellcome Trust has announced the 22 winners of its 2017 Image Awards. The winning image shows a skeleton and depicts the experience of Crohn's disease (top left). Other winning photos showed a Hawaiian bobtail squid (top middle), the blood vessels of a crow (top right), a mouse embryo's 'neural tube' within its spine (bottom right), microRNAs (bottom middle), and cat skin (bottom left).
Would YOU pay £25 for a can of fresh air? Three women claim a daily intake has improved their energy levels, health and looks
It was once a fad followed mainly by celebrities — Simon Cowell reportedly raved about its anti-ageing properties. Now ordinary women are catching on to the benefits of fresh air straight from a can, and seeing benefits ranging from increased energy to better skin, and fewer headaches. Sue Clifford, 58, of Orpington, Kent, (centre) was constantly tired, but found herself lying awake at night. She says she was cured of these symptoms by inhaling oxygen. Louise Rose, 41, from Maidstone, Kent, (left) insists sniffing oxygen three times a day clears her mind and increases her efficiency at work. And Debbie Reddin, 36, of Stoke-on-Trent, (right) has oxygen after drinking a few too many. The trio are just a small portion of a growing number of women who say they get a mental and physical boost from inhaling oxygen. But can simply sniffing oxygen daily really improve your energy levels, health and looks?
Changing face (and body) of women over six decades: Today's ladies are curvier, bustier and taller than those of the 1950s
Research carried out by lingerie firm Bluebella found women from the 1950s were significantly slimmer and smaller than 'Miss Average' today. In the 1950s, the average-sized British woman was 5ft 2ins, 9st 10lbs, had size 3 feet and was a dress size 12.She had a petite figure, with a slim waist of 28 inches and a 34B bra size. But flash forward 60 years and the shape of the typical British woman has changed dramatically - most strikingly in her waist and chest. Miss Average is now 5ft 5in, 11st, wears a dress size 16 and has a shoe size of 6. Her bust has swollen more than any other part of her anatomy to a more shapely 36DD.
GP who 'relied on receptionists' to prioritise her workload admits more could have been done to save a girl, 16, who died of meningitis
Dr Katherine Pearce spoke to Isabel Gentry's mother hours before the teen's death at Bristol Royal Infirmary and admitted that there was a delay in calling back the her family. Dr Pearce, who works at the Willow Surgery in Downend, Bristol, told an inquest that there was things she could have done differently to help the youngster (pictured). She said: ‘There was a delay [in returning Mrs Booty's first call] due to urgent blood results. I have reflected on the calls I made and have wondered if there was anything I could have done differently to identify if Isabel was sicker than she was. I think there are things I could have done which would have prompted me to ask Mrs Booty to call an ambulance [sooner].’
Girl, 7 months, whose cleft palate was so severe she struggled to eat smiles for the FIRST time after surgery
Riley Johnson (right), from Baltimore in Maryland, US, was born without a fully-developed mouth, nose and top lip after her features failed to form in the womb (left). This meant she struggled to eat, pronounce certain letters and would often drool. But, last month, she had surgery to reattach the skin under her lip and nose, which has allowed the seven-month-old tot to smile and pronounce the letter 'm' for the first time. Her mother, Angela, said: 'When she came out of surgery I cried, she was so beautiful, I felt extremely fortunate.'
Meet the 'mermaid baby': Heartbreaking images show the plight of a 10-month-old whose legs are bound together and is blind in one eye
Jermkwan Krathumnat (left and right), 10 months old, of Kananchaburi, in Thailand, suffers from a rare form of Sirenomelia - more frequently referred to as 'Mermaid's syndrome'. Doctors are unable to determine its gender due to the rare form of the condition. Better known as 'Kwam', the toddler was also born with a severe cleft palate. Currently, she is being treated at Srirat Hospital in Bangkok, meaning her family often have to travel 75 miles just to see her.
How PROTEIN is the key to a toned stomach - and the very simple daily diet changes that can boost your intake
FEMAIL has come up with a list of easy food swaps you can use to boost your protein intake. Britain's sports nutrition market is bigger than ever, but you don't have to shell out to get the toned abs look. To increase your protein intake try swapping the following (left to right): jam for peanut butter; natural yoghurt for Greek yoghurt; and rice for quinoa.
Millionaire scent boss with a nose so sensitive she can sniff out cancer: Jo Malone found to have same level of smell as dogs that identify diseases
Entrepreneur Jo Malone (left and right) can identify cancer by smelling subtle changes in chemicals way beyond most humans’ capability. Her skill was discovered when she had tests at the Medical Detection Dogs centre in Milton Keynes. During the tests, Miss Malone, 53, was given five pots and asked to identify the one containing tiny doses of amyl acetate, which was diluted in mineral oil. She was able to spot when the chemical, which is used as a control, was present in one part in 100,000 and even when it was present in one part in one million. According to the centre, most humans are unable to identify the chemical when it is present in one part in 1,000.
'I want to reclaim my life': Mother-of-three who went BLIND on her honeymoon vows to travel to Russia for controversial $73k treatment after receiving MS diagnosis
Laurie Johnston (pictured left and right on her wedding day), 40, was diagnosed with MS just two weeks after her wedding. The Gold Coast nurse's condition began to rapidly deteriorate just weeks later (inset). She now needs a walking stick to move around every day and suffers from severe neurological pain. Laurie will travel to Russia to receive Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, a procedure that involves transplanting newly harvested stem cells after the patient receives chemotherapy.
Leading mental health hospital used by Kate Moss and Robbie Williams is declared unsafe in damning report
The private facility in south west London, used by a range of celebrities, was ordered to make urgent improvements, with inspectors rating the safety of care as 'inadequate'.
Dressed to kill? The outfits that take a toll on your health including statement necklaces, oversized handbags and skinny jeans
Doctors have warned that current fashions are changing the way women walk – and having a detrimental impact on their health. Skinny jeans, oversized bags (left), hooded jackets (bottom, centre), oversized necklaces (top, centre) and asymmetric hemlines (right) can all put pressure on various body parts, causing strain and injury. Taken on their own, the British Chiropractic Association says none of the above will cause pain or pulled muscles. But together and over time their effect can build up to cause significant problems.
'I almost lost my sight - it made me realize how lucky I am': Rapper Common teams up with Big Pharma in campaign to end preventable blindness by 2030
Since rising to fame from humble roots in South Side Chicago, Common has been speaking up for communities. The Grammy Award-winning rap star, who sang Love Of My Life, made waves fronting a campaign for HIV/AIDS sufferers, and launched the Common Ground Foundation to work with young people in urban neighborhoods. Today, the 45-year-old emcee reveals he is putting his influential voice behind a new and unusual campaign: teaming up with a pharmaceutical company to help end preventable blindness by 2030.
Does quantum theory explain human consciousness? New institute to probe one of life's greatest mysteries
Sir Roger Penrose, an Oxford University professor, created the puzzle to prove the human mind can never be matched by a computer because it exhibits quantum effects. This means the brain doesn't follow the rules for the classical properties of matter, like a computer. Instead, it follows for a new concept of matter altogether that leaves cracks for consciousness and intuition to appear. Now, the Oxford university professor has invited everyday puzzle enthusiasts to pit their wits against the problem to test his theory.
These three slender women gorge on a mammoth 8,000 calories every weekend. But how DO they stay so SLIM?
The Fast Diet demands discipline for two days a week and normal eating for the other five and Melissa Keighley, Vanessa Powell and Chloe Hepburn swear by the feast-to-famine regime. But while the three women, like many others, claim the diet is the secret to their slimming success - dietitians warn that they're depriving their bodies of important nutrients.
Has stem cell therapy helped the Boden's poster girl say her first words? Cerebral palsy patient Holly, 11, shows huge improvement after £10,000 treatment
The hope and anticipation felt by Holly Greenhow and her family when their flight touched down in Los Angeles was tempered by not a little trepidation. It was, they were all acutely aware, a leap into the unknown. Holly, 11, pictured, who captured the nation’s hearts three years ago when she starred in a Boden modelling campaign, has cerebral palsy and has been severely physically disabled since birth. She could neither walk nor talk and it seemed that was how it would always be.
Cat Deeley flaunted her super-toned legs in a shimmering silver mini dress on the red carpet recently. The glamorous 40-year-old TV host has said she has a low-key regimen —she walks at a brisk pace for 45 minutes a day, often with her dog, and is a fan of indoor cycling classes. She also does yoga three times a week.
'People know there is a problem': Inside the dangerous world of 'weight cutting' where MMA fighters shed over a STONE in just 24 hours through dehydration
Dean Garnett, 28, from Liverpool, is filmed for a BBC Three documentary going through a process known as 'weight cutting' in preparation for a Mixed Martial Arts fight in the bantam weight category. He must shed 7kg (15lbs) of body weight so that he is allowed to compete - that means going nil by mouth and dehydrating his body of all fluids. He begins the process at 10st 7lbs (left) and just 19 hours later, after a gruelling process of starvation and saunas (inset), he drops to his target weight (right).