Gyms are breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria. And these bacteria can lead to health problems as minimal as acne or as serious as life-threatening infections. Taking a few simple steps to protect your body while working out could help you avoid virus-inducing bacteria. Avoiding skin-to-skin contact whenever it is not necessary is one such step. And you should always wipe down exercise equipment you have to touch, as about half of it contains germs responsible for common colds.
Tom Ray nearly died at 38 from sepsis. He survived, but suffered catastrophic damage and the scriptwriter now works in a call centre. This is his story.
Tom Ray nearly died at 38 from sepsis. He survived, but suffered catastrophic damage and the scriptwriter now works in a call centre. This is his story.
'You're taught to believe the doctors are always right': Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, reveals medics prolonged her Lyme disease agony because of misdiagnosis
The Dutch model, 53, who lives in New York, reveals that during her six-year battle with Lyme disease she was initially misdiagnosed as having ME. Yolanda reveals all in her new book, Believe Me, which is out next month. She has spoken out about how the pain made her consider suicide – but she found the will to carry on because of her three children. Her supermodel daughter Bella, 20, and son Anwar, 18, also have battled Lyme.
One seizure left her crippled - but doctors have no answers for girl, 10, as she battles incredibly rare brain disease that has no cure
Jayda Suttie, 10, was diagnosed with vanishing white matter disease when she was nine. Vancouver doctors found out she had the rare disease after she suffered from a grand mal seizure that left her unable to walk, speak or even pick up items. She has regained her ability to walk and speak, but this disease is slowly deteriorating her central nervous system. Because it is so rare, doctors have no idea what her prognosis will be or if she will ever be cured. Until then, her and her mother Linda are trying to raise awareness about the lack of funding and research for the disease. Pictured left is Jayda and right is her in the hospital in June last year after her grand mal seizure.
During the first break of The Undateables, visual filters will be applied to adverts from five household brands to represent the most common eye conditions. Each commercial will be distorted to represent what sufferers see, including those of macular degeneration (bottom left: visualised in an 02 advert) - which affects the central part of a person's vision. Glaucoma (bottom right: visualised in a Specsavers advert), which damages the optic nerves, and cataracts (top left: visualised in a Paco Rabanne advert), which often makes sight become cloudy, will also be illustrated through the filters. The other two conditions set to be replicated include hemianopia (top right: visualised in a Freeview advert), also known as half vision loss, and diabetes eyesight problems.
A study from the University of Michigan has found that the rate of Americans who report feeling healthy has gone up since 2000. But this is only true for those who are white, wealthy and well-educated. The rate for black and Hispanic people, as well as that for low-income people with minimal education, has stayed the same. Researchers tracked 55,000 older Americans for the 14-year study. It serves as a warning that certain demographics are not receiving equal health care treatment.
Agony of little girl with sleep apnea: Mia, 9, has to wear a machine-powered air mask every night after tests showed she stopped breathing 27 times an HOUR
Nine-year-old Mia Amdur of Sarasota, Florida, suffers from sleep apnea. Before she was diagnosed, she stopped breathing as many as 27 times in her sleep. If left untreated, Mia (pictured at summer camp earlier this year) could have developed learning and behavioral problems, and been at risk for potentially fatal conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure.
NHS surgeon, 52, who earned £125,000 a year is sacked after blowing the whistle on shocking hospital malpractice - and now works as an Uber driver
NHS surgeon Peter O'Keefe, 52, became an Uber driver last month, two years after being sacked in August 2015 by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. His firing came after a three-year investigation by the health board into his conduct, following complaints that he bullied colleagues. Peter, whose clinical competence was never in question, appealed against his dismissal, claiming he was being victimised for raising questions about patient safety. Years on from the NHS whistleblowing scandal, Peter says he's unexpectedly loving his new job as an Uber driver.
'Angelina Jolie op' is given to women it cannot help: Surgeons are pushing women to have mastectomies they do not need, top doctor warns
Dr Fiona MacNeill, a surgeon at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, said medics were ‘driving the removal’ of the second – healthy – breast sometimes just to give patients ‘peace of mind’. The warning comes after a US study showed the opinion of a patient’s surgeon has a strong effect on whether she has a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer in a single breast.
Thousands are suffering 'needlessly' because doctors are failing to offer a simple 40-minute laser operation that can end years of leg ulcer pain
The procedure, which involves a fine laser fibre being threaded into to vein to deliver heat energy, is similar to the one commonly used to treat unsightly varicose veins. Distressing and painful leg ulcers affect half a million patients at any one time, and the laser surgery could offer relief to 85 per cent of them. Alongside discomfort, scarring is common. Pictured: Rod Stacey from Anstey, Leicester who now plays league tennis for Rothley Ivanhoe following new dvt treatment.
Acid attack victim, 21, bravely shares the results of painful surgery - after being scarred for life by her FATHER who she reported for sex trafficking
A young acid attack victim has bravely revealed the effects of successful surgery. Khushboo Devi (pictured), 21, from Uttar Pradesh in northern India, has endured two painful procedures to help heal the devastating scars on her face, which she suffered in April. They were caused by her father, 40-year-old Manik Chandra, after she reported to the police for sex trafficking crimes.
Is this why Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel have sex appeal? Bald men are perceived as being more masculine, dominant, and 13% stronger, research reveals
The bald look, adopted by Bruce Willis (right), Vin Diesel (left) and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, makes men appear more masculine, dominant, taller and stronger. British star Jason Statham also sealed his status as a bald heartthrob with his recent engagement to model and former Victoria's Secret angel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Scientists have long debated the issue of hair loss in men, a billion-pound industry, with conflicting results on their perceived appearance. The latest positive conclusion, based on three studies by University of Pennsylvania researchers, asked people of both sexes for their opinions.
'Rubber up and enjoy the ride!' Bizarre video featuring animated GENITALS is being used in Sweden to encourage the use of condoms
The purpose of the film, which is being used by public health officials in Kronoberg County in the south of the country, is to promote self-testing for chlamydia in people aged between 15 and 24. The Hollywood-esque trailer, which has a voice-over, tells viewers to 'rubber up and enjoy the ride' - in reference to using a condom during sex. A female voice can be heard in the background of the clip saying 'faster, faster', a phrase widely associated with a passionate night beneath the sheets.
'There was blood running down our faces, in our hair': Women reveal the 'excruciating pain' and 'long-lasting scarring' caused by laser treatment meant to rejuvenate their skin
Deb Collins, Michelle Abery (pictured left), and Niki Richardson (bottom right) received the erbium laser treatment from a beauty therapist who has worked in Victoria and Canberra. The women said their faces were bloodied and swollen for weeks after the procedure. A plastic surgeon told Niki that she had received third degree burns from the treatment.
Deaf woman weeps as she hears the sound of her husband's kiss for the first time after getting a cochlear implant
The moment that a deaf woman (right) who had just received a cochlear implant realizes she can hear her husband (left) giving her a kiss brought her - and others - to tears. Cochlear implants are used to restore partial hearing to deaf patients. They contain microphones which pick up on the noises in a person's vicinity. Then, the noises are transmitted to that person's auditory nerve. While a person with an implant will not have 100 percent clear hearing, they will be able to understand the voices of the people around them, which helps them better their speech and communication skills.
Why lupus sufferers may need kidney transplants: As Selena Gomez reveals going under the knife, we explain the disease's paralyzing side effects
Selena Gomez revealed on Instagram that her best friend donated a kidney for her. The singer suffers from lupus, which is a chronic illness where the body's immune system attacks healthy tissue. A kidney transplant is an option for people with lupus if the illness is attacking capillaries in the organ. This can cause the kidney to fail if not properly treated. The illness affects five million people worldwide and there is no known treatment.
'It has made me a stronger woman': Woman, 20, says the extreme facial paralysis that left her with an 'upside-down smile' makes her more confident - and she'll never have treatment
Assistant manager, Lucy Hawkins, 20, right, from Leeds, was diagnosed with Bell's palsy when she was just three-months-old, inset as a child, but she didn't realise it herself until she was eight, but thanks to her parents she's never seen it as a major issue. Lucy, pictured left with a friend, believes that her condition, which has seen her lose muscle movement on the left-hand side of her face, has made her a stronger, more confident woman. She has never had any treatment for it and doesn't feel the need to in the future. Bell's palsy is the most common cause of facial paralysis. The symptoms range from a weakened side of the face, dryness in the mouth, drooling, impaired speech, difficulty eating and drinking, eyes not shutting and dryness of the eyes.
Scientists honor boy, 5, who died of incurable brain tumor as tests on his donated tissue lead to major cancer research breakthrough
Chad Carr died in 2015 aged 5, 14 months after he was diagnosed with DIPG. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a lethal and untreatable brain tumor which predominantly affects children under the age of nine. But now, a year-and-a-half after passing away, scientists are honoring his memory with a research paper, showing an analysis of his brain has led to a major breakthrough in understanding the genetic mutations that drive DIPG. Pictured: Chad (left and right) and his mother Tammi (right).
Grandmother who lost 17 STONE through 'sheer hard work and determination' is DENIED surgery to remove her saggy skin on the NHS - because it's not making her depressed
EXCLUSIVE: Gillian Jenkins, 57, from Penarth, south Wales, dropped from 27 stone (inset) to 9 stone 10 lbs after taking up Zumba, but has been told she is not eligible for NHS surgery to remove the excess skin left behind - because she isn't suffering from depression as a result. Now, Gill's friends and family are rallying round her to help raise the £10,000-£15,000 required, with her personal trainer Chris Burke, from Cardiff, setting up an online crowdfunding page on JustGiving.
Weight loss after obesity surgery may reverse eye damage, study finds - a year after legally blind Mama June got a gastric sleeve
Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, studied weight loss and how it impacts eyesight. Mama June Shannon has childhood cataracts that may have been due to her weight. Cataracts can be caused by genetics or unhealthy lifestyle choices such as obesity. Pictured left is Mama June before her weight loss, right is after her weight loss and inset is her struggling to see her phone due to her poor vision.
Your body after a baby: As Serena Williams and Lara Trump welcome their newborns, we look at the challenges for new mothers to care for their physical and mental health
Serena Williams and Lara Trump both had their babies this month. Experts warn that challenges women face after pregnancy include weakened core muscles and depression. On average, women take about six weeks to get cleared to workout again. But the pressure to get back to the same physical fitness can have an impact on the body. Women can also experience changes in their hair, skin and nipple pain. Pictured left is Serena Williams with her daughter. Right is Lara Trump when she was pregnant and inset is a picture of her son.
Male eating disorders are on the rise especially in teenagers - but experts say these celebrities are helping to crush the stigma
Men seeking treatment for an eating disorder has risen in the last six years. Experts say societal perception of male eating disorders and body dysmorphia has prevented more men from feeling comfortable about saying they need help. But male celebrities speaking about their own issues has helped chance perceptions. From left to right, Robert Pattinson, Dennis Quaid, Eminem and Aaron Carter have all come out about their own issues with eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
Daughter of Harry Potter actress has spent FOUR YEARS waking up every morning believing she is in France after developing severe memory loss from a holiday infection
Tansy Smethurst, 13, (pictured left and right) from Greenwich, south-east London, was on holiday with her actress mother, Rakie Ayola, 48 (pictured left) who is set to play Hermione Granger in an upcoming Harry Potter production, when she developed spots on her body and was rushed to hospital. Scans revealed she had a brain cyst. When the growth was removed, Tansy developed a serious infection that led to short-term memory loss.
Heart-warming moment deaf baby beams from ear to ear after she is given hearing aids and listens to her mother's voice for the very first time
Lexi Daniella (pictured), from Richmond, Virginia, who has been unable to hear properly since she was born three months ago, was given hearing aids. Despite being confused when the gadgets squeaked as they were placed on her ears, they instantly worked - and the results were 'incredible'. The infant, known as 'Dani', quickly adjusted to her newly-found hearing capabilities and can be seen beaming from ear to ear. Being called a beautiful girl by her mother, Francisca Umana, roused an infectious smile from Dani - who became transfixed to her voice.
Rare brain tumour was growing inside mother's head for TEN YEARS and she only discovered she was ill during a family holiday when her body began shaking uncontrollably
Nicola Davies, 45, (top right) from Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales, had been unknowingly living with the growth inside her head for around 10 years before her symptoms started to show. Ms Davies and her husband, Joe, a draftsman, were on a trip to Disneyland Paris with their son Morgan, 11, and daughter Millie, nine, (pictured left) when she was woken in the night by her left leg shaking violently. Ms Davies later endured a seven-and-a-half hour operation that required she shave off her hair and left her with a prominent scar (bottom right).
Kylie Jenner partnered with Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft palate surgeries to children in developing countries. Operations to fix cleft lips and palates are routine, but if a child does not have access to one, their deformity can result in malnutrition, difficulty breathing and eating and hearing loss. The surgeries provided by Kylie's charity of choice are helping children have higher self esteem. The operations have also helped some children who live in communities where deformities are viewed as taboo become more accepted. Kylie visited some of the children who have received the life-changing operations in Peru in May. Pictured: Mia (left with Kylie), Aasmi (top right), Neha (middle), and Aziba (bottom right).
Dr Timothy Morley, based in Westchester County by the Bronx, has been ordered to close his practice, where he specializes in weight loss, menopause and 'disease treatment and prevention'.
'I'm 47... but my body was 71': Cancer survivor shaves 13 years from her 'body age' in just 12 WEEKS after being told by doctors she had the heart and lungs of a woman decades older
Jenifer Tutty, 47, from London, was horrified to learn that she had the body of a 71-year-old after completing a series of medical tests (seen left with host Angela Rippon and a show expert) including a full fitness assessment. The ovarian cancer survivor had also been left battling insomnia following a hysterectomy as part of her treatment. After implementing a new regime devised by the experts on the BBC show How to Stay Young - including upping her exercise levels from one hour a week to 10 (right) - a new round of tests three months later put Jenifer's body age at 58.
The five-year-old boy who looks pregnant: Youngster is having chemotherapy to cure him of a rare condition that makes people think 'he is about to pop'
Mckenzie Watson (right), five, suffers from a disorder known as nephrotic syndrome, which causes his kidneys to leak, filling his abdomen with fluid (left). Mckenzie's mother Antonia, 26, (pictured inset) says her son's condition is so severe his abdomen looks like hers did just before she gave birth to him.
EXCLUSIVE - They were the longest-serving volunteer unit on Ground Zero. Now the veteran officers of Team Romeo are battling a new horror: scores of 9/11-related illnesses from cancer to PTSD
Team Romeo was a squad staffed by 12 already-retired police officers who put on their uniforms again in a desperate bid to recover the 2,606 missing people. Now they all face new horrors: illnesses. The men of Team Romeo (pictured, left, carrying their fellow officer's body from the rubble) are just a few of the thousands of people suffering from a myriad of aggressive, difficult-to-treat, and life-threatening illnesses as a result of exposure to the site. Officially, the World Trade Center Health Registry recognizes 70 cancers as being linked to the fumes from Ground Zero (pictured, inset). It also recognizes GERD, every lung disease, sleep apnea, sinusitis, depression, asthma, and PTSD. Here, Tony Zeoli (bottom right), Ken Cordo (top right), and their fellow officers describe the agony of battling the second wave after 9/11.
Teenage girl who was convinced she was a dinosaur or a monkey was just hours from death when doctors discovered her brain was under attack from a rare illness
Lucy Evans (pictured left and right), from Aberystwyth, was eventually diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis - which affects just one in 75,000 people, figures suggest. The potentially fatal condition, which causes the body to attack the brain, left her on the brink of death. It also caused vivid hallucinations. One day, she was adamant she was a monkey, mimicking the animal's noise. Another, she plaited her hair so that it could be 'like her T-rex tail'. As she became more 'possessed', doctors told her mother, Liza Jackson (pictured together top inset), 52, that she would need to be sectioned. But she felt sure something else was wrong and fought for medical tests (pictured in hospital getting a brain scan bottom inset). Eventually a local GP, who recognised Miss Evans' bizarre symptoms, was able to diagnose her with the rare condition, also known as autoimmune encephalitis. Speaking about her ordeal for the first time, Miss Evans, who has lasting side effects from the condition, said: 'I was hallucinating and completely delusional.
'I felt so guilty': Mother, 25, who smoked through her first pregnancy and left her daughter with breathing problems kicks the habit for the birth of her second child
A 25-year-old woman who smoked her way through her first pregnancy has spoken of her guilt after learning of the dangers her habit posed to her unborn daughter. New Zealand mother Dayna Allen - who smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day for 10 years - fell pregnant to her daughter Kayla at the age of 19. But just hours after her birth, the little girl was hooked to a ventilator for her respiratory system after she struggled to breathe.
Eczema sufferer, 20, sheds so much skin she has to vacuum her bed EVERY DAY and is afraid to leave her house because people stop and stare
Vivienne Hew, 20, from Dublin, (pictured left before her flare ups) has suffered from eczema since she was young. Yet, after developing an addiction to the creams, she has spent the last three years battling topical steroid withdrawal, which has caused her skin to crack, ooze and bleed (right and inset).
She is the age-defying blonde who never seems to age. And, to prove it, Penny Lancaster dazzled in a backless, teal dress that showed off her toned back at the TV Choice Awards, recently. The 46-year-old mother of two and wife of rocker Rod Stewart has made her own workout DVDs and works out up to four times a week on a rowing machine, bike and weights in her gym at home.
The secret to surviving life's biggest blows? Take delight in the little things: How a super-fit schoolboy rugby star coped with paralysis
Yesterday, in the first part of his inspirational memoir, Henry Fraser described how, aged 17 on holiday in Portugal with his Dulwich College rugby team-mates, he ran into the sea, dived under — and smashed into the seabed, dislocating his neck and leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Our second extract begins with his move from the intensive therapy unit at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire to an acute ward . . . The first thing I noticed as I was brought into St Andrew Ward was the daylight. As the nurses settled me down and made sure all my machines were working, I couldn’t stop looking at the light streaming in through the windows at the far end of the room.
Mother, 44, and her three daughters ALL suffer from a rare, incurable condition that causes excruciating tumours to form all over their bodies
Sharon Phillips (far left), 44, from Tredegar, along with her daughters Chelsea, 23 (second from left), Courtenay (second from right), 17, and Tyanna (far right), 14, suffer from neurofibromatosis type 1, which leaves them in excruciating pain. As well as causing unsightly bumps, the condition also leads to violent mood swings, developmental delays and excruciating headaches.
'I just want to be like every other teenager': Girl, 18, with a paralyzed digestive system describes grueling daily routine to keep her symptoms under control while at film school
Nancy Pickett, 18, (left) was diagnosed with gastroparesis when she was a freshman at her Florida high school. Her stomach and intestinal muscles don't work, which prevents her from eating. She has now traveled away from her doctors in Florida to California to attend college. She is majoring in film and hopes to be a filmmaker. But her chronic illness has made it hard for her to attend school because it keeps her in and out of the hospital. Top right is some of her medication to help get nutrients into her bloodstream. Bottom right is her refrigerator in her dorm that is filled with all of the medical supplies she needs.