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Slimming World unveils its Couple of the Year

Mark and Amanda Gibbon, from Chepstow in Monmouthshire, swapped their favourite sugary cereals, fry ups and curries for healthy oats and stir fries to shed 11st 5lbs between them.

A new study from Rockefeller University, in New York City, has found that people who stay awake at night have a gene mutation that's responsible for keeping clock genes off for longer.

If you get stuck in a cycle of ‘yo-yo dieting’ – losing weight and gaining it later – don’t give up, for research suggests this is healthier than never dieting at all, claims a leading obesity expert.

A new study, from the University of Bristol in the UK, found that children with autism have a more difficult time recognizing facial expressions and also confuse different emotions.

Rich in potassium, bananas, sweet potatoes and spinach prevent hypertension by balancing levels of salt within the body, researchers from the University of Southern California claim.

Channel 4's Super Orgasm follows four woman who are able to reach climax dozens of times during sex. Mechanic Nathalie, from Bournemouth, averages 20 to 30 a time.

Melbourne dad Mat Bowtell has been making 3D printed limbs for two years now after a chance encounter with a $1million dollar bionic arm in Japan. He wanted to help more kids without the price tag.

Los Angeles woman with Epidermolysis Bullosa survives

Vanessa Leinert (left), 30, from Los Angeles, has defied doctors who said her rare skin condition meant she wouldn't live past the age of three. Vanessa suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa, which causes her skin to break out in painful blisters every time she walks, gets dressed or simply uses her hands (right and inset).

How much money do YOU spend on make-up and skincare? A new survey reveals that the average American woman will spend up to $300,000 on products in her lifetime.

Women must have missed their period for a full year before they can safely stop birth control, a Mayo Clinic expert warns. About 90 to 95 per cent will be menopausal by 55.

A Spanish man became infected with a pig bacteria that has never been seen in humans before. The man, 53, is thought to have stepped on a contaminated syringe that punctured the sole of his boots.

EXCLUSIVE: Many Britains want to be more emotionally healthy but don't find enough to smile about, with 66 per cent blaming stress and 28 per cent saying they don't have time to smile.

Roundworms were found to become obese and live for two days longer than their svelte counterparts after consuming mono-unsaturated fats, researchers from Stanford University found.

Woman's spine exploded after 14m roof plunge in Peru

Emily Wornes (right with mother and sister), 25, from Brisbane, travelled to Peru in 2015 on the trip of a lifetime with her best friend, but fell 14m through her hostel's roof on to a marble floor and batted to walk again after breaking her back pelvis, elbow, ankle and toes and shattered both her feet. After multiple surgeries she returned to Australia (left) and took her first steps just before her 24th birthday and hopes to soon walk unaided.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010, file photo, a waist is measured during an obesity prevention study in Chicago. A study published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests gaining and losing weight repeatedly may be dangerous for overweight heart patients. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Heart attacks, strokes and death were more common in patients whose weight changed the most over four years, researchers said - advising people to 'lose weight but try to keep that weight off'

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found that memories transfer between 'silent' and 'active' states, a pathway that if targeted by drugs could help to treat memory disorders.

Websites selling prescription medicines may seriously harm patient safety. The Care Quality Commission found four major online prescribers are coming up short in their standards.

And more than half of the tobacco-related deaths occurred in just four countries - China, India, the US and Russia, according to researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Feedback from Patricia Lauder's Fitbit may have saved the Connecticut woman's life, as it confirmed her suspicions that shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat were worrisome.

One skincare expert believes she has a cheap and effective solution for treating spots - and you'll find everything you need in your kitchen cupboard.

750lb Steven Assanti loses 73lbs

Steven and Justin Assanti, from Warwick, Rhode Island, weighed 734lbs (left) and 604lbs, respectively, when they documented their journeys on My 600lb Life. During the first half of the two-part special, Justin ended up leaving the hospital, while Steven got kicked out for bad behavior and was sent to rehab for drugs. In the second half of the special, Steven's weight fluctuated until he reached 750lbs, weighing 16lbs more than he did when he started. After he fell off a golf cart (inset) and demanded painkillers, his frustrated doctor forced him to look in the mirror and confront himself. The life-changing moment helped him shed 73lbs, and at 677lbs, he weighed 57lbs less than he did when he started the show (right).

It's trendy among hipsters, but eating a vegan diet could do wonders for your health. Scientists at the University of Ghent found swapping dairy for soya could prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

A new CDC report has revealed that one in five US adults are infected with a high-risk form of HPV, leading to cancer. Most would have been preventable with the vaccine.

A major study of nearly 280,000 women at the University of Florida concluded exposure to sooty particles had an increased chance of having dense breast tissue.

Some 42 per cent of people treated by experts at Oxford University successfully responded to the drug, which was slowly injected over 40 minutes once or twice a week.

Double hand transplant patient able to pour his own beer

Chris King (left), 57, lost both his hands - except the thumbs (top right) - in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work four years ago. After having the operation in July at the UK's specialist centre at Leeds General Infirmary to replace both limbs (bottom right), he was looking forward to holding a bottle of beer. Months after the 12-hour procedure, he was able to pour a pint of his favourite Yorkshire ale from a bottle - making it taste 'sweeter' because of his accomplishment. Nine months on, he is able to use his hands much more than he previously was, even allowing him to make a cup of tea (inset). says his highlight is having been able to write a letter to thank his surgeon Professor Simon Kay, who conducted the operation alongside eight other medics. The consultant plastic surgeon says he is incredibly pleased with Mr King's progress as he aims to tie up his own shoelaces and button his shirt in the coming months.

Cambridge University researchers discovered how sugary foods eaten during pregnancy may permanently disrupt crucial processes in the mother and child.

Marmite could boost brain activity, according to scientists, while some countries have outright banned it. For a humble yeast spread, there’s a lot of things to love — or hate — about it...

Researchers in Washington, US, found sugar substitutes mess up the body’s metabolism Consuming high amounts of sucralose may promote fat formation, the new study shows.

A professor of Psychology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania believes that humiliation is often a key growth factor for terrorist conflicts (stock image).

What your skin says about your health

It is no secret that your skin is a reflection of your inner health.  People who sleep more, drink more water, and eat less greasy food tend to have clearer skin. Those who binge on alcohol and caffeine, lead stressful lives, and don't exercise are more prone to break-outs.  For most of us, these blemishes may seem random - appearing on the cheek, chin, forehead or nose without a clear reason. But to a trained dermatologist, each zone marks a clear representation of a certain health concern. Indeed, skin professionals can use your face as a map to detect a plethora of issues - from dehydration, to stress, to breathing problems, to hormonal fluctuations, and more. Here, we break down each zone, what it reveals, and how to treat it...

In recent years, there has been a surge in Uber drivers being summoned by passengers asking to go to the hospital, using the ride-hail car instead of an ambulance due to the low cost.

A scientific review by researchers at the University of California Berkeley has concluded that we cannot get away with less sleep as we age, as many experts believe.

Harriet Fielding, 57, with her adopted son Mark (left) and Catherine Watts, 43, with her adopted daughter Sarah (right). Both have different experiences of adopting troubled children.

Women with healthy BMIs tend to have larger fat cells in their breast tissue, rather than in their lower body. As they grow, these cells can trigger an inflammatory response, US researchers found.

A new study, from Washington State University, has found that depending on whether you have a intact gene called FABP7 could determine if you sleep fitfully or peacefully.

Are movies turning us against those with skin conditions?

A University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, study found 60 percent of baddies, suffer from some kind of blemish. The study included the Queen from Snow White (top left), who has facial warts, a hook nose, wrinkles, and undereye circles. Regan MacNeil (top right) from The Exorcist has scars, wrinkles and undereye circles. Darth Vader (bottom left) has deep wrinkles, facial scarring and alopecia. Hannibal Lecter (bottom right) suffers alopecia. 

A pesticide known for harming bee populations has been discovered in drinking water. It activates receptors in the central nervous system that can overstimulate the body and cause paralysis.

Researchers at IRCCS Policlinico San Donato and the University of Milan discovered a technique using coils on the scalp can improve microbiota and cause weight loss.

A 28-year-old man in the US regained movement just two weeks after a device was implanted to use electrical stimulation on his spinal cord. The electrode sends signals to the brain.

Women who gained more than 2.5 per cent of their body weight every year for seven years were at triple the risk of suffering from gestational diabetes, University of Queensland researchers found.

How YOU can get Scarlett Johansson's body

Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to action movies. With the role of Black Widow in the Iron Man and Avengers series, and plenty of stunts to perform, she has to stay in top shape. Johansson's former trainer for Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, Bobby Strom, reveals his diet and exercise secrets and what it takes to get a celebrity body.

Slovakian man with a nose deformity finally has surgery

Tibor (left), 52, from Slovakia, had surgery on his massively deformed nose that dominated his face after years of being treated like 'a clown.' His plastic surgeon Dr Igor Homola (pictured bottom right) made Tibor a new nose 'as if from play dough.' After a successful operation, Tibor looks like a new man (top left).

Paul Gallagher, 45, and wife Lesley, 48, from South Lanarkshire, Scotlan, were struck down with diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps at a luxury resort.

An Indian man has had a football-sized tumour removed from the back of his neck. Bheem Sen, 55, suffered constant agony and was forced to sleep on his side for six years due to the 1.5kg growth.

Mother's miracle baby triggers incurable stomach disorder

Roxanne Burton (left), 26, was told she had only a 'very slim' chance of having children because of a teenage condition before she became pregnant with Freddie (pictured together top middle). But just months after he was born, the former hairdresser's elation turned to horror as one of her arteries blocked part of her small intestine. After nearly a year of tests, doctors found it was caused by her organs having 'crossed over' when her insides moved back into place after birth. However, she has been left housebound and can only be fed through a permanent feeding tube (bottom middle) as a result of Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome. Reliant on medication and hospital stays, her weight plummeted seven stone (right) in the first three months of the illness in January 2015.

Nigel Stepto, an associate professor in exercise physiology at Victoria University, says there are far more benefits from taking a 30 minute walk with friends than using the machines.

One in four Britains sleep in the nude - but do you know its serious health benefits? According to GP Dr Sarah Brewer, sleeping naked could help with weight loss, preventing thrush and boosting male fertility.

EXCLUSIVE: Nearly three in five women have experienced dryness, itches or painful sex - a condition linked to growing older, according to a survey of 1,047 British women over the age of 18.

Scientists have found long-term antibiotic use increases the risk of developing bowel polyps, according to a paper in the journal Gut. Polyps grow on the bowel lining and can turn cancerous.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta sufferer has countless broken bone

Zoe Lush (left), 6, from Huntington Beach, California, has a rare condition that means her bones are so delicate they break in the wind. Suffering over 100 broken bones before her first birthday, she has fractured almost every bone in her body and was almost internally decapitated when bones in her neck began to wear away (pictured in hospital, right and inset).

Leading Utah-based naturopathic doctor Trevor Cates lists the 20 most harmful hidden ingredients to look out - many linked with cancer, hormone disruption, lung disease and allergies.

Professor Gordon Shepherd, from Yale School of Medicine, said wine sparks a reaction in the sensory and emotional parts of the brain. He added spitting wine prevents true appreciation.

Researchers tested the impact of a daily spoonful of Marmite on 28 people over the course of eight weeks and found the yeast extract toned down the brain's response to visual stimuli by a third .

More than a million Brits arrive at NHS hospitals each year complaining of chest pains, the majority of which are not serious. A new test could mean most of these patients are sent home immediately.

Doctor who missed fatal sepsis in boy avoids strike off

Dr Thiagarajan Sundaravadivelu, right, failed to diagnose the sepsis which eventually killed Thomas Hull, 11, after he attended Whiston Hospital in Merseyside in December 2013. A Medical Practitioners Tribunal inquiry found him guilty of misconduct after it heard Dr Sundaravadivelu altered the youngster's medical records to make it look like he had performed a thorough examination. The tribunal heard the boy died six hours later at his home after being discharged by the doctor. The tribunal accepted it was 'an isolated incident'.

Sociologists from the Open University and Huddersfield University said that modern women accept that men wanting sex more than them is just ‘part and parcel’ of a normal relationship.

Dr Neerav Padlyia insists these weight changes are more manageable than we may think. He explains why weight loss becomes more difficult, and the exact steps to take to make it easier.

Different types of oral bacteria can reveal your risk for different forms of cancer. Scientists say this is because the germs can travel via the blood to different organ tissue and infect it.

Donald Tenbrunsel aged 89 has brain of a 25-year-old

Donald Tenbrunsel is 89 years old, but he is just as likely to talk to you about Chance the Rapper as reminisce about Frank Sinatra. The highly engaged and delightful conversationalist, who reads, volunteers and routinely researches questions on the Internet, is part of a new path-breaking Northwestern Medicine study that shows that SuperAgers' brains shrink much slower than their age-matched peers, resulting in a greater resistance to 'typical' memory loss and dementia. Over the course of the 18-month study, normal agers lost volume in the cortex twice as fast as SuperAgers, a rare group of people aged 80 and above whose memories are as sharp as those of healthy persons decades younger.

The research carried out at Holland's Leiden University has been hailed as a significant step in understanding both autism and gender.

A new study from Zhejang University, in Hangzhou, China, has found that exposure to common pesticides can speed up puberty in boys because they boost the hormones that make testosterone.

Squirting the life-saving gadget increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, researchers from Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, found after analysing data of more than 140,000 adults.

Christina DePino, 28, from Michigan, began feeling severe itching during her pregnancy. She was diagnosed with a liver disorder that could cause stillbirth if she did not induce labor.

What you should eat for a healthy smile

London-based nutritionist Rick Hay says bright yellow and orange foods (top left) are rich in beta-carotene - which helps to keep mucous membranes healthy, keeping the gums in good condition. Oily fish (top middle) and supplements (top right) will also help to keep teeth strong. But it's important to avoid coffee (bottom right) as it stains the teeth. Meat (bottom middle) and sugar *bottom left) are believed to have the same effects.

A California-based firm's new robot dispenses measured quantities of ingredients for ready-to-eat salads Named Sally, it also uses proprietary technology to provide precises caloric counts.

Low doses of the common antibiotic sparked long-term behavioural changes in mice, a trial by researchers at McMaster University, Ontario, showed.

Obese children should be screened for a deficiency as an indicator of potential heart problems in later life, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Orlando.

Just how clean is your bathroom? It turns out it's a haven for a plethora of bacteria, breeding in places you would never believe weren't sparkling clean, from the floor to the the light switch.

A new study, from the University of London in the UK and the University of Zurich in Switzerland, has found that an antibiotic called doxycycline can help cure and prevent PTSD.

Maltese boy with ROHHAD being kept alive by triathlons

Jake Vella (left), eight, from Malta, has an illness that makes him gain weight despite his regular exercise and healthy diet. No matter what he does, he will continue to get larger as a result of the condition - of which less than 100 people have ever been diagnosed. Doctors are unsure how long he has left to live as no sufferer has ever managed to survive into their 20s. The condition can also lead to the development of certain tumors. In Jake's case, It has caused one to grow on his back. But in an effort to remain as healthy as possible, he completes triathlons (right and inset).

A study from the American Cancer Society has found that men who sleep five hours or less every night raise their risk of developing prostate cancer by 55 percent.

A pregnant woman signs up for free Zika testing in Miami Beach

The study released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 250 pregnant women who had confirmed Zika infection in 2016.

At least 16 babies have died after suffocating on plastic bags used for nappy disposal since 2001. Parents often store nappy sacks beneath the cot, putting babies at a critical risk.

Researchers from the Eastern Connecticut State University looked at the dating preferences of 80 women and found that young women prefer attractive men, regardless of their personality.

Woman with rosacea cures it with a cream made from CAPERS

Frances Batten, 33, from Somerset, was diagnosed with rosacea after her skin flared up with red marks and pus-filled blisters. The mother-of-three says the condition was ruining her life until she found a cream that brought relief. Doctors say it was triggered by stress after a change of job and the death of her mother.

A schoolgirl, 12, has been left unable to walk after developing complex regional pain syndrome after being bitten by a weever fish while playing in the sea in Cornwall.

Some 63 per cent of people over the age of 70 feel more content than at any other point in their lives, according to a new survey of 1,500 British adults by the Royal Voluntary Service.

How food poisoning ruined my gut (and my life) for YEARS

Ten years after an infection from a birthday meal, Nancy Fahmy from Middlesex is still affected. The food poisoning had stopped her intestines working, and they could no longer push food along. ‘Some evenings I would be sick multiple times and couldn’t keep anything down. The weight kept dropping off,’ she said. ‘At one point I was losing 1-1.5kg (2½ -3 lb) a week, and while that slowed down, over a year I dropped 16kg.’

According to top UK dermatologists, what you eat for lunch could be having a huge impact on your skin - and the wrong choices could cause wrinkles, acne and even eczema.

Anxiety is a hidden epidemic that ruins the lives of countless women. But now an expert who suffered from anxiety since she was fifteen has come up with a pioneering treatment.

American scientists from Harvard and Boston examined data from 225,000 people aged 25 to 91, analysing their weight history over a period of time, rather than at a single point.

Sheffield woman drops four stone after going to the gym

Louise Papprill, 24, from Sheffield, once tipped the scales at more than 13 stone (left and inset) and found herself on the receiving end of countless cruel jibes because of her size. But she has slimmed down to 9 stone and wears a dress size 10 after a pep talk from her friends prompted her to hit the gym (right).

A pack of sweet potato crisps sold under the upmarket Tyrrell’s brand had the highest contamination, while higher levels were also found in products sold in Tesco and Waitrose.

The health benefits of regular exercise are indisputable. Being active is enough to reduce your risk of having a stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers.

Urine test made to mimic the ability of labradors and spaniels to sniff out cancer. More than 46,000 men a year are diagnosed accurately with prostate cancer and 11,000 die each year.

Kim Kardashian turns to surrogacy in latest KUWTK

The 36-year-old admitted that surrogacy was now her ‘reality’ after unsuccessful surgery on her uterus to try and have a third baby during latest Keeping Up With the Kardashians episode. The mother of two was left devastated when doctors told her that it would not be safe for her to carry another baby after complications with kids North and Saint West.

More than 50 per cent of people suffering from lower back pain who received massages experienced improvements, research from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis found.

A new study, from the University of Montreal Hospital in Canada, has discovered that eggs in older women have the wrong number of chromosomes, a cause of infertility.

When men and women misreport their sexual behaviors, it undermines program designers' and health care providers' ability to plan appropriately.

Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has revealed that the next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product - it will be upgrading humans, as technology will let some become 'gods'.

The pill-sized gadget is placed under the skin in a minor procedure. It is positioned so that it touches the hypoglossal nerve, which controls tongue movements.

McFly's Harry Judd reveals he's expecting a second child

They welcomed their first child in 2015 after a round of IVF. And Harry Judd and wife Izzy have revealed they are now expecting their second baby, dubbing their little one a 'miracle' as they have conceived naturally.  Announcing the news on Instagram on Monday, Escala violinist Izzy shared an adorable snap of their daughter Lola, two, touching her blossoming baby bump. 

The 'world's strongest cup of coffee', a brand known as Black Insomnia, has 702 milligrams of caffeine in one 12-ounce cup - dangerous levels that could cause heart palpitations.

Researchers created a quiz to help people understand the complexity of their internal clocks. It also reveals if they are a night owl or a morning person to help them be more productive.

Whenever Tony Tunnah has a meal, his nose starts to run excessively. It means he's too embarrassed to eat out in restaurants. Mr Tunnah asks DR SCURR if there is a cure.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found tackling fires puts a strain on the heart, increases blood clotting and worsens the function of blood vessels.

Anna Victoria posts photo from before her 'transformation'

The 28-year-old from California insists the effect her workouts and diet have on her health mean far more to her than her physical transformation, and on Sunday she took to Instagram to share two photos of herself: one from when she first embarked on her fitness journey five years ago and one of her today. 'My "transformation". Sometimes I don't like calling it that because I was never unhappy with the way I looked to begin with,' she wrote of the image, which sees her with dark hair and softer curves.

The doll, which is made by RealDoll, a firm based in California, talks in a Scottish accent, and can be programmed with 18 different personality traits, including 'shy' and 'sexual.'

It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors.

Natural sounds can help us to relax and result in better performance in tasks that require monitoring attention, researchers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have found.

A new study, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has found that extracts of maple syrup can boost the potency of antibiotics to help fight drug-resistant superbug infections.

The researchers, of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, said the cause of epilepsy is poorly understood and in most cases a definitive cause cannot be determined.

The Imperial College London researchers hope that the early-stage study could provide hope for women who are affected by flushes and for whom HRT is either unsuitable or not preferred.

Alabama named most stressed state in America

A recent study from WalletHub has ranked Alabama as the most stressed state in the US. The Heart of Dixie and other southern states (shown in dark purple) ranked the worst in categories of strain from work, money, family and health. Meanwhile, Minnesota took the top grade as the least stressed state. North and Midwest states (shown in white) had the least amount of residents living below the poverty line, had greater job security and slept more hours at night.

Researchers believe some people derive little benefit from exercise - and have discovered it's all down to a protein secreted in the liver. The findings may lead to exercise-enhancing drugs.

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa reviewed the solutions people commonly believe to work and found that only one was really a good idea - vinegar.

Chin Moi Chow, a sleep and wellbeing researcher from the University of Sydney, explains how coffee naps have been proven to help improve driving performance in a previous study.

Joseph Kean, chairman of a public health group on steroid use in Yorkshire and Humberside, said there were probably 15,000 to 30,000 users over the age of 40 in the UK.

Scans reveal colours of cancer cells and body's defence

Striking images (left to right) from a scanning electron micrograph show the vivid and colourful scans of rare cancer tumours of the central nervous system under attack during treatment. Taken by the scientific photography studio Eye of Science in Reutlingen, Germany, the scans reveal how chimeric antigen receptor T-cells of the immune system work to fight the tumours after being extracted and reintroduced into the patient.

Researchers from Yale University and Peking University, Beijing found that men living in cities with high pollution seem to lose their abilities in both logical and verbal reasoning.

In the latest study by the University of Colorado, men were found to have reduced levels of bone formation after just three weeks of poor sleep. This increased their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Botanist James Wong has compiled a list of the healthiest varieties of fruits and vegetables in his new book: How To Eat Better. He reveals why baby plums are much healthier than beefsteak tomatoes.

Cloe Jordan, from Wolverhampton, was fed up with the mole getting in the way of her snaps. Doctors found it to be a melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.

An investigation was carried out at the NHS 111 call centre at St Charles Hospital in west London, which provides 24-hour support for callers from 11 London boroughs (Stock image).

Surgeries may also need to cut back on nurses and support staff after receiving the invoicess. Shepperton Medical Practice (pictured) in Surrey thought it would have to close but has since had a revised offer.

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