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Boy with just half a heart completes his first triathlon

Jack Foley (pictured), who lives in Long Island, New York, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The disease affects normal blood flow through the body, and occurs when the left side of a fetus's heart doesn't form correctly during pregnancy. It is a type of congenital heart defect. He had three open-heart surgeries before his third birthday (pictured inset is Jack as an infant before his first procedure), and now acts like a normal six-year-old boy. His parents, Rob and Jennifer, said people wouldn't even know until they saw his scar. On June 17, he even completed his first triathlon (pictured right).

More than one third of young British adults admitted they have attended lessons or work with dangerous substances still in their system, according to a YouGov poll.

Researchers from the British Psychological Society found that women are most commonly asked for sexual images of themselves, followed by receiving such pictures from others unsolicited.

MS sufferer says she was cured after losing 100 pounds

Marleen Wardalazarr, a 26-year-old from Toronto, Canada, claims losing 100 pounds cured her of her multiple sclerosis symptoms. In November 2014, Marleen started suffering from numbness in the left side of her body. A few months later she struggled with her vision, her speech was slurred and her mobility reduced. After being tested for a number of other illnesses, including vertigo and a stroke, she was diagnosed with relapse remitting MS in February 2015.

Research from Florida State University shows wives who crash-diet to slim down are often driven to do so if they feel their husband is better-looking than them.

Evie Mueller, from Iowa, was two when she was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015. She got the all-clear in 2016 after chemo and surgery. But it came back and last week she had a triple transplant.

The number of children transferred from one hospital to another increased by more than 36 percent in Massachusetts from 2004 to 2014, Harvard Medical School has found.

Abbey Parkes, pictured, 20, of Staffordshire, died of blood clots on her lungs partly caused by the Pill, with experts suggesting it may have contributed to 550 female deaths since 1963.

Does Netflix movie To The Bone promote anorexia?

New Netflix series To the Bone (pictured) is causing controversy for allegedly promoting eating disorders. Lily Collins, a former anorexic, lost 20lbs to play the lead character Ellen. The movie has been criticized as a potential trigger for viewers. Here, we speak to psychologists and former sufferers about how they responded to the Netflix movie.

Danielle, who is from a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, has finally held her infant son for the first time after recovering from emergency open heart surgery for 111 days.

The figures do not differentiate between surgeries that have closed and merged. But with hundreds of GPs retiring or quitting the NHS each year, it is likely many will be due to closures.

Chinese man with tumours cruelly dubbed an 'octopus'

Chi Zhoujing (pictured), from a remote part of South East China, developed the tumours on his head shortly after birth. But they escalated in size rapidly, causing him to have a completely disfigured face and robbing him of his eyesight. His poverty-stricken family, who are believed to care for him, are unable to afford medical consultations. As a result, they are completely unsure as to what the condition is, which has caused a massive protrusion on the back of his head.

Researchers from the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne found that premature babies given caffeine perform significantly better in tests that measure their ability to breathe out at 11 years old.

Fascinating new graphics reveal how quickly we can reach our RDIs of fat, sugar and salt if we're not careful. You only need to eat a McDonald's Big Tasty meal to reach your RDI of fat (70g).

Researchers from Descartes University in Paris found that women who suffer intensely painful endometriosis are more likely to have lesions deep in their bodies, including on their intestines.

A study of more than 85,500 British and Scandinavian people found those who worked long hours were far more likely to develop atrial fibrillation over the next decade.

Indianapolis woman spared leg amputation due to a bandage

Angela Montes de Oca (left), 47, from Indianapolis, noticed a bruise just before Christmas last year, but had no idea how she got it. Soon black rotting flesh covered 95 percent of the mother-of-three's foot (inset) after antibiotics failed to treat the infection. Determined to keep her foot, Ms Montes de Oca, who was suffering with a diabetic neuropathic ulcer, found an expert online who told her he could save her foot using just a bandage. She has now fully recovered (right).

An Ohio State University trial on mice showed those fed a daily diet of tomato powder for 35 weeks, available in a range of supermarkets, had their tumours shrink.

Riding a bike can cause vaginal infections and bladder problems, warns expert. Pain and numbness and lead to 'sexual dysfunction'. The vulva bears as much as 40% of body weight.

Researchers from around the world, including the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, conclude there is 'no consistent evidence' that the cholesterol-lowering drugs boost survival.

Bangladeshi girl's battle with 'tree man' disease

Known only as Muktamoni, the Bangladeshi girl's upper body has been ravaged by 'tree-man' disease (left), local reports suggest. Left in unbearable pain, the right side of her chest stretching down to her hand has turned completely brown - resembling that of bark. Her right hand, which is infested with parasites, also appears to be growing uncontrollably, curling up and making it impossible for her to use (bottom right). But bizarrely, the other side of her chest is unaffected (top right), despite doctors saying the disease has spread through her entire body. Currently Muktamoni is at Dhaka Medical College Hospital receiving help, her father Ibrahim Hossain told reporters.

Researchers from Harvard University found that drinking at least two sugary drinks a day during a woman's second trimester increases a child's BMI and waist circumference at seven years old.

Dr Cliff Arnall, a former lecturer from Cardiff University, said July 14 is the cheeriest day thanks to a combination of good weather, long daylight hours and the start of the holidays.

Public Health England says boys born between 2013 and 2015 have an average 'healthy life expectancy' of just 63.4 - and will then spend another 16.1 years in poor health.

Activated charcoal has been used for decades in hospitals to detox patients, perhaps from an overdose. But could it have the same effect if eaten through ice cream? A gynecologist explains...

Michelle Heaton talks depression after early menopause

EXCLUSIVE: The singer carries the BRCA2 gene and had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. The 37-year-old revealed she gets 'down and emotional' after early menopause at 35. Her daughter Faith, 5, has a 50% chance of having the faulty mutation, she says. Michelle supports a pioneering trial of a personalised breast screening programme. It aims to give a more comprehensive picture of a woman's risk and options.

A lawsuit accuses the states of creating an 'unequal system' that favors white people and discriminates against lower-income residents - the majority of whom are Hispanic.

That box of cereal on your kitchen benchtop might not be the best option, according to Australian dietitian, Ali Patterson. She said that despite their wholesome image, many are packed with sugar.

Worryingly, the University of Aberdeen findings remained true even after taking into account the smoking habits of the 12,000 women involved in the study.

Tamela Wilson dies of untreatable tick-borne virus

Tamela Wilson, 58, was at work in Missouri's Meramec State Park in May when she noticed two ticks lodged in her body. She removed them and carried on with her day as assistant park superintendent. Within days, she became lethargic, with a fever and nausea. Doctors were baffled and diagnosed her with a urinary tract infection, sending her home with antibiotics. But a week later, on May 31, her condition plummeted and she was admitted to hospital, where blood tests revealed she had Bourbon virus, a rare and untreatable condition that first emerged in 2014. On June 23, she died.

Current targets across England are being scrapped by the NHS in favour of a new system. The overhaul will allow patients most at risk to get life-saving treatment quicker than ever before.

Michigan web developer Madalyn Parker's tweet for taking two mental health days earned viral fame. Psychotherapist Gina Clarke says expecting to be constantly happy is harmful to us.

Researchers from Ohio University found that a 20 percent dietary improvement reduces the risk of dying prematurely by between eight and 17 per cent. Diets that include fish are the healthiest.

Researchers from the universities of California in Berkeley and San Francisco found that highly-stressed pregnant smokers are significantly more likely to have low-birth weight babies.

India man lands record for the world's longest tooth

Urvil Patel (main), from India, had the longest human tooth at 3.67cm (1.44 in). The 18-year-old's tooth (inset) is nearly double the average size. He beats the previous record holder, Loo Hui Jing, by just under 5mm. The boy is feeling much more confident after having the procedure. The tooth was pulled out in February, but he was only awarded the record this week.

The lifestyle website, the brainchild of actress-turned-entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, has earned a name for promoting unusual and often controversial products and lifestyles.

In a major overhaul of the 999 service, the eight-minute response target is to be scrapped. Sufferers will now typically have to wait 18 minutes for help.

Researchers at the University of California, Berekely, consulting US data found that women who were obese at the start of their pregnancy were more likely to have kids with disorders.

Having breast implants fitted could prove the difference between life or death, researchers behind the bizarre findings at the University of Utah claim.

Rebekah Musson and Florida woman pierce their babies' ears

Crystal Lynn, 34, from Florida, sparked controversy when footage of her daughter Emily (seen in video) getting her ears pierced emerged online. The video shows the four-month-old screaming out as she gets both of her ears pierced. She is heard wailing for about 30 seconds, but then appears to be fine. Meanwhile, Rebekah Musson, from Hull, also received criticism from other parents when daughter Maddison was filmed crying after she got her ears pierced. Both mothers defended their actions, arguing that it's better for children to get their ears pierced when they're younger.

Phthalates were found in 10 varieties of mac and cheese mixes including organic by US researchers. The chemicals have been linked to heart disease, diabetes and birth defects.

Researchers from the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research found that 7.4 percent of those who had surgery die from their cancer versus 11.4 percent who did not.

Faced with incredible pressure to get A grades, many are sacrificing their mental health in order to achieve the top results, according to new Manchester University research. (stock)

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California study suggests mothers who breastfeed for a total of at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis.

Dying NJ judge officiates daughter's wedding to fiancee

Casey Kapalko, 27, and her partner, Stephanie, were married in April by Casey's father, Superior Court Judge Paul Kapalko. The wedding took place in the intensive care unit of a New Jersey hospital, just 12 days before Paul's death. Paul was diagnosed with carcinoid, a rare cancer of the hormone system, in 2011 and was given four years to live. He survived six, and was planning to officiate for Casey and Stephanie at their November 2017 wedding. However, in April, his condition spiraled, and Casey asked Stephanie what she thought about getting married that day. They took to the hospital and, wearing masks since Paul was immune-suppressed, exchanged vows. Pictured: Casey, Stephanie and Paul at the wedding in April (left); the newly-married couple last month (top right); and Paul hugging his younger daughter Christina months before his death (bottom right).

Scientists from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian and Medical Research Institute found that high phthalate levels in urine is significantly associated with chronic diseases.

Researchers from the University of California Davis Health found that mice fed a high-sugar, high-fat diet are more likely to develop liver tumors and not respond to treatment for their organ injury.

The research, presented at an American Heart Association meeting in Portland, Oregon, outlined how researchers stripped away rat cells from a rat's heart to repopulate with human cells instead.

Stacy Paris, 31, developed necrotising fasciitis in 2009 after a holiday in France. She had her left leg amputated after learning the bacteria had eaten away at her foot.

Rob Cornthwaite's grief after losing his unborn baby

Socceroos star Rob Cornthwaite (pictured left with his wife Nel and right) has opened up about his grief of losing his unborn baby after his wife tragically had a miscarriage. The 31-year-old father revealed his wife Nel was around 22 weeks pregnant when she was taken to hospital after falling sick about a year ago. Speaking about the traumatic ordeal, the Western Sydney Wanderers players broke down in tears as he relived the tragic day.

The cars can carry to hospital only patients well enough to sit in the back seat. Despite this, East of England Ambulance Service used the cars for 42 per cent of its most serious call-outs in April.

Meet the women refusing to use suncream on their CHILDREN

Femail meets women who refuse to use suncream - even on their children. Mother-of-two from Taunton Stephanie Buckley, 36, uses natural alternatives for her two young daughters and London-based hypnobirthing teacher Sophie Kirkham, 39, just keeps her son Freddie, eight, out of too much sun.

Experts at UMass Medical School in Boston have stopped mice getting the disease. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing illnesses in the Western World. It could take 2-3 years to be available.

Researchers from UC Berkley have shown that proteins, called anti-Crisprs, can be used to prevent off-target effects, acting like a 'kill switch' to disable Crispr-Cas9 after it's done its job.

Researchers in New York City say that the body can respond to stress in diferent way - including being overcome with emotion, staying still and frozen, cooperating or being fatigued.

First ever gene therapy to be approved in America

Regulators have voted to approve America's first ever gene therapy for public use.  An advisory panel of cancer experts at the Food and Drug Administration unanimously backed the one-time treatment at a meeting on Wednesday. The technique, developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp (inset), is called CAR-T therapy, and is designed for use in children and adults with leukemia. Pictured: two girls who have been given the all-clear, Ava, eight, (left) and Layla, 16 months (right).

Under new rules from the UK Government, the Care Quality Commission will check computer systems during routine inspections. Failing to update security will be as important as staff shortages.

Professor Ian Hamilton, from the University of York, told MailOnline that pressure to answer emails and calls could be blurring the line between home and work, sparking a mental health crisis.

Full of gender-bending chemicals responsible for weight gain, dust can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. Duke University researchers were behind the latest findings.

Mom receives death threats for tweeting medical bill

Ali Chandra, 33, from New Jersey, shared the photo last month to show how the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for her son to receive life-saving care. Ethan was born with a congenital heart defect known as Heterotaxy syndrome. It means he has already undergone multiple open heart operations, and will likely need more to keep him alive. Urging President Trump not to scrap the current system with his new bill, New Jersey-based Chandra posted a photo of her son's bill. Her tweet went viral, and was even re-tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. But within minutes, the overwhelmingly positive reactions turned ugly.

Researchers from Imperial College London and University College London found that people with high levels of the vital nutrient have a lower risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Researchers from the University of California in Irvine have shown that the so-called Wnt signalling pathway regulates hair growth across the entire skin, not just certain regions of the body.

Jolene Jones, 26, of Montana, shared two side-by-side photos of herself. She can be seen both during her body building days (left), and posing during a recent rafting outing with friends (right).

The team found we continue to use the site even though it often annoys or offends us to silently watch friends – and perhaps even take pleasure from judging them.

Sophie Turner's trainer gives tips for getting in shape

In this week’s celebrity trainer secrets dispatch, Wissam Khouzoui, PT to Game of Thrones (which starts again this Sunday…) and X-men star Sophie Turner reveals his top body rules. Khouzoui who works as a sports therapist and personal trainer talked us through the tips and tricks the celebs use, to help us all get in shape this summer. Pictured: Sophie, 21, (left) at the Oscar’s in 2016, and (right) in Game of Thrones.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco found regularly being active between the sheets lengthens women's telomeres, which is associated with lifespan.

EXCLUSIVE: Salford University researchers were looking into ways of inhibiting mitochondria, the 'powerhouse' of cells which fuel the growth of fatal tumours, when they made the discovery.

Boys who played football for a year had 'significantly better bones', found University of Exeter researchers. This is compared to those who didn't play sport and teens who cycled and swam.

Psychologists at the Universities of York and Glasgow found that how people see is not only dictated by the shape and condition of the eyes but also perceptual processes in the brain.

Opera singer Lesley Garrett's voice 'saved by HRT'

English opera singer Lesley Garrett said menopause hormone therapy drug HRT has 'saved her voice' after she started taking it 20 years ago to battle symptoms including hot flushes and headaches. She described it as 'the most wonderful drug' and the 'saviour of the soprano'. An estimated one million British women currently take HRT to combat menopause but it has been shown to raise the risk of breast cancer in some cases.

Researchers from universities of Surrey and Bristol found that mothers lacking in the vitamin are more likely to have children who score in the bottom 25 per cent of motor skills tests at 30 months old.

Planned spending in this area has fallen by £64 million, or by 10 per cent, over the past four years in England. But a new analysis shows they will be hit by an extra £30 million cut this year.

The jab for the very common childhood viral illness is not routinely available on NHS. now Superdrug is the first high street retailer to offer the vaccine. Chicken pox can be dangerous for some.

Gruesome footage shows doctor removing dozens of squirming live MAGGOTS from a boy's ear with tweezers

The young boy, from Kazakhstan, had gone to the doctor's surgery complaining of earache, local reports suggest. But eyewitnesses could not believe their eyes when the doctor began removing live maggots with a pair of tweezers. He carefully pulled the maggots one-by-one with his tweezers and deposited them in a surgical dish. By the time the doctor had finished there were dozens of maggots wriggling in the stainless steel container. An eyewitness filmed the gruesome operation - at a doctor's surgery in Kazakhstan - and shared it online where it is proving popular with viewers.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Aakansha Kumarim 16, from India compulsively eat her own hair for years, causing her to vomit and go off food, making her weight drop drastically.

The Royal Society of Public Health has created a list of the worst - and most common - food hygiene errors people make in the kitchen. It says you should pay close attention to use-by dates.

Migraines could be predicted based on stress levels experienced the day before, say US researchers. Sufferers reported stress was the greatest around 24 hours preceding an attack.

Near-sighted children had lower levels of vitamin D and a higher BMI, a Rotterdam study found. The rise in the problem is blamed on less time in natural light and more time on screens.

Mother who excessively sweated reveals she's had surgery

Aremilda dos Santos, 31, from Mogi das Santos, south east Brazil, tried everything to mask her potent body odour but nothing worked. When her friends and family told her that her sweating was 'obnoxious', she decided to have the nerves under her armpits cut out. (Pictured from left: Aremilda dos Santos after her surgery, with her husband Donisete and her son Arthur)

In search of effective new treatments, researchers at the Royal Surrey County Hospital will test the innovative new procedure on up to 500 humans with advanced liver cancer.

'The damage that happens to kids from the infectious disease of toxic stress is as severe as the damage from meningitis or polio or pertussis,' says Dr Tina Hahn, a pediatrician in Michigan.

Emory University professors Lena Ting, a neuroscientist, and Madeleine Eve Hackney, a rehab scientist and dancer, explain how dance is the next step for Parkinson's care.

According to research by the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Arkansas, JFK's chronic back pain and many failed surgeries might have contributing factor to his death in 1963.

Mother shares heart-breaking photo of her 'warrior' son

Ali, 35 and Dan Farbrace, 38, from Tunbridge Wells have shared a heart-breaking image (left) of Ali kissing her son Daniel goodbye after spending nine days with his body after he lost his battle with leukemia at 21 months. The parents have described Daniel as a 'warrior' claiming he sacrificed himself so that they wouldn't have to turn his life support off. Daniel tragically died at just 21 months old on June 19 this year after contracting parainfluenza while battling acute myloid leukaemia (AML) for the second time.

A study of modern hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, eastern Africa, found that differences in age-related sleep patterns may have helped our ancestors keep a watchful eye out for predators at night.

Mother of boy, 7, who died of Aids welcomes blood inquiry

Janet Smith’s son Colin (pictured left and right) died of Aids at the age of seven after contracting HIV from Factor VIII. As an infant, he was given cryoprecipitate – frozen blood plasma – to control his haemophilia. But at ten months he was switched to Factor VIII and his first contaminated dose followed two months later. It had come from a prison in the US. Mrs Smith, 62, (inset) said her son, who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of two and died in 1990, was given a ?death sentence’. Theresa May yesterday announced the first full inquiry into what she called an ?appalling tragedy’ that killed 2,400 people infected with hepatitis and HIV in the 1970s and 1980s. The announcement is a major victory for the Daily Mail, which has been campaigning for nearly 30 years for justice for the victims of the travesty.

Scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology debunk previous claims that CRISPR introduces hundreds of potentially-dangerous mutations.

Researchers from Zurich University found that simply thinking food is natural makes it more popular. Yet previous research shows some consumers think sugary cereal bars are healthy.

Clots are a known side effect of the common procedure, which is undertaken by around 30,000 Britons each year. The device is designed to cut the risk of patients having a heart attack.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A truly revolting video has emerged of the moment a woman has a mound of feral ear wax pulled from the inside of her ear.

Kate Dranfield thinks she is 120 different people

Kate Dranfield (middle as herself), 17, from Buxton, Derbyshire, can zone out for hours during the daydreams, which has left her unable to make friends in the real world. The episodes, which can cause trance-like states up to three times a day, can be triggered at any point, especially when she is tired or stressed. The characters in her imagination, of which there are 120 (pictured inset: a t-shirt dedicated to some of the storylines), range from young to old, female to male, heterosexual to transgender and, oddly, most of them have American accents. During the daydreams, Kate paces around and her facial expressions change involuntarily. At times she has burst out crying, or into fits of laughter. The student, who also feels ill if her characters are unwell, suffers from maladaptive daydreaming - which she has self-diagnosed (pictured left as Ellie who has OCD and right as Lisa who is a sweet girly-girl)

Brain scans by the University of California reveal veterans who experienced PTSD and head injuries had different shaped brains from their fellow servicemen who did not suffer PTSD.

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse found rats were more prone to addiction if they lacked control of the neurotransmitter glutamate.

Full to the brim of psilocybin, the drug is proving to be an effective and safe way of combating the blues, according to a new review of seven studies by Touro University California.

Now in a study of depressed teenagers, Cambridge University researchers have found male and female brains of depressed patients respond differently to negative stimuli.

According to findings reported in the American Heart Association's journal circulation, black adults are twice as likely to die from their first heart attack than whites.

Kathy Bates has ditched breast prostheses after mastectomy

Kathy has never had a reconstruction after a double mastectomy 5 years ago. The Titanic star, 69, has ditched breast prostheses unless needed for a film role'. That stuff isn't important,' she said about her breasts in interview with WedMD. The twice-cancer survivor says she never wants to see the operating table again.

Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin debunked previous claims that youngsters who control how much they eat are better at self-regulating their appetite and are therefore a healthy weight.

A study by scientists at the UK Active charity and the University of Essex reveals pupils return to lessons in September overweight and with significantly lower cardiorespiratory fitness.

Researchers from Salk's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory in La Jolla, California, found that mice fed fisetin experienced less cognitive deterioration and inflammation than untreated animals.

Dr Edmond Hewlett from the UCLA School of Dentistry warns that fizzy water is more acidic than the plain version of the beverage, which is made worse by its common inclusion of additives.

Only 3 per cent of GPs in the UK have taken the recommended module on Lyme disease which teaches them how to spot early symptoms. A charity says there may be 45,000 UK cases a year.

Guildford teen discovers 'pulled muscle' was bone cancer

Faye Lucas (left and right with boyfriend Herbie Elliot), 19, put off going to the doctors for more than 12 months as she put her difficulty bending her leg down to a strain. But the newly-qualified hairdresser, from Guildford, was horrified to be told that she had parosteal osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Devastated to learn she may have to lose her hair for chemotherapy, her world was turned upside down with the diagnosis. To fight the disease, she underwent a pioneering four-hour operation to replace her left femur with the metal bone (bottom and top insets).

Researchers from Kingston University London found that 28 per cent of babies in the UK have colic, versus just 2.1 per cent in Japan. Canada takes the lead with 34.1 per cent having the disorder.

Queen Mary University London and Bristol University researchers used data from 9,000 pairs of mothers and children who were pregnant in the early 1990s for the study.

The researchers, from Florida Atlantic University, said over-qualified employees are likely to feel unsatisfied with their job, uncommitted to their company and suffer psychological strain.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: A woman's golf-ball sized lump on her shoulder left Dr Pimple Popper, aka Sandra Lee, baffled. She is challenging her fans to guess the problem.

Across the continent, 35 people have died from the contagious infection in the past year - despite it being preventable with a vaccine, the World Health Organization has warned.

Auckland single mum Claire Robbie, 37, gave up alcohol at 30 after divorcing her husband. It was only then that she realised just how dependent she had become.

Bubble wrap boy's race against time before tumours kill

EXCLUSIVE: Mithun Chauhan had growths all over and struggled to eat, see or breathe. Without treatment the tumours would grow to completely block his airways. His family were too poor to afford surgery and the 16-year-old's fate seemed sealed. But a journalist stepped in and raised £10,000 through crowdfunding. The Indian teen's rollercoaster journey is aired on Channel 5 this week. Mithun suffered severe complications but pulled through with help of a top surgeon.

Frankielen da Silva Zampoli Padilha, 21, from Campo Largo in south Brazil, died during pregnancy in October last year after suffering a stroke. Doctors saved the embryos as their hearts continued to beat.

A report on a Canadian hospital showed the high figure of risk for serious injuries or life-threatening conditions. Hospitals in England cancelled 4,093 urgent procedures during 2016.

A vaccine to protect against gonorrhoea could be on the horizon, experts have announced.This comes after a study found a meningitis vaccine could protect up to a third of people worldwide.

A range of specialist products and gadgets claim to ease the pain of sore, stiff joints or make life easier for people with arthritis. Here, Dr Tom Margham assesses a selection of products.

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