OJ Simpson fears he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a football-linked neurodegenerative disease that causes dementia, aggression and suicidal thoughts. The 70-year-old, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, told his local newspaper in Las Vegas that he has days when he cannot remember names or words. It can only be diagnosed in an autopsy. Simpson only suffered two concussions in his career at the Buffalo Bills (right) and San Francisco 49ers before he was embroiled in a legal saga over the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown (inset) and her friend, ultimately acquitted then jailed for armed robbery in 2008. That is the same number of concussions as Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight end who was last year diagnosed with one of the worst cases of CTE ever seen in an autopsy after he committed suicide at the age of 27 while in jail for murder.
Can you guess the calorie, fat and sugar content of your favorite foods? Probably not: New graphs reveal how Americans get it VERY wrong
More than 1,000 Americans were asked to estimate the nutritional value of common foods and beverages including calories, protein, carbohydrates, sugar and fat, and the results reveal a very poor understanding what they're putting in their bodies. The estimates for calorie count are shown above in relation to the actual figures.
The symmetrical smile that says it was all worth it: Communications executive, 26, can now beam with pride after undergoing painful surgery to correct her wonky ever-growing jaw
Rebecca Craft (before: left, and after: right), from Barnstaple, Devon, battled an ever-growing cross-bite since she was a teenager and struggled to chew and eat properly without being in pain. In hope of a fix, she underwent double jaw surgery and a painful genioplasty, which involved breaking her jaw and chin bone to realign her face (pictured inset in hospital). Now, four months since her NHS surgery in November, Miss Craft, from Barnstaple, Devon, has a symmetrical smile for the first time in her life. However, she has revealed that she 'would not have gone through' with the surgery if she knew it was going to be 'like being in a car crash'.
Marquel Brumley, 13, was killed by a sinus infection just weeks after experiencing cold-like symptoms. The condition traveled to his brain, creating blood clots that would eventually leave the teen brain dead, which is considered clinically dead in Michigan. His mother Cameo Kennedy described the agony of losing her son to a common condition that was initially misdiagnosed.
'Adorable' deaf boy whose family is being forced to raise funds for cochlear implants to restore his hearing steals the hearts of This Morning viewers with his playful antics
Benjamin Wayne (seen left with his mum), three, was on the show with his mother Joanna, from Carshalton, Surrey, who told how her little boy does not qualify for cochlear implants on the NHS despite the fact he is virtually deaf. Ben, who has a condition called Connexin 26, is 'incredibly behind' with his speech development because of his hearing problems, his mother says. Ben stole the hearts of viewers on Friday's show with his playful antics.
Single mother, 24, who lost her baby son to cot death reveals how she trawled the internet for a sperm donor to have another child - and carried out an artificial insemination 'turkey baster style'
Farrah Rosier, 24, from south east London, (pictured left and right with baby Edith) explained how she was left devastated by the loss of son Ezra (inset), who died from sudden infant death syndrome when he was just over two months old. She said his death in April 2016 left a void in her life that she believed could only be filled by becoming a mother again. Farrah, who was single after ending a long distance relationship, decided to turn to an online sperm donor. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Farrah welcomed baby daughter Edith, now six months old, into the world.
We know environment can influence our health, but we can do the same back. Dr Laura McDown, a psychologist, explains how to curate a healthy home. Her tips include clearing out the fridge as often as possible, keeping your food visible in clear containers, and buying the right sized crockery that doesn't let you overeat but doesn't force you into having seconds. The sitting room should be a snack-free zone, your workout kit should be ready for you as soon as you wake up so you aren't inclined to skip the gym, and the bathroom should always remind you of your weight loss goals.
Alexa Barbin, 19, of Escondido, California, died from influenza B virus just one day after experiencing cold-like symptoms. The teen did not receive a flu vaccination this season. Local officials are now warning people about the late-season circulation of Influenza B viruses, which can be just as deadly as the H3N2 strain.
Former model, 27, has been unable to urinate for more than 2 YEARS after being struck down by a condition that has left her bladder muscles unable to relax
Leanne Ward (pictured), from Aberdare, South Wales, was struck down with Fowler's syndrome, which left her bladder muscles unable to relax. An injection of Botox - usually used to reduce wrinkles - in her bladder allowed her to go the toilet for three months - the only time she has been able to since 2015. But since then, the former Miss Cornwall, now 27, has been unable to go the toilet. Instead, she has been fitted with a catheter to help her pass urine. The flexible tube, which she nicknames 'Percy' and describes as the bane of her life, has left her relying on morphine to control her pain.
Builder is impaled through his testicles by a 4ft pole that emerged from his NECK after he fell from the first floor of a building in India
Salim Sheikh (inset), 33, from Nashik - 102 miles (165km) away from Mumbai, was working on the first floor of a new building when he slipped and fell on a pile of steel rods. One pierced him through the groin (right) - and then went through the entire length of his body and emerged at his collar bone (left). Scans revealed the rod had pierced his small intestine, colon, liver, diaphragm and lungs - but incredibly he survived. Surgeons removed the pole, which measured 130cm and narrowly missed his heart, during a painstaking five-hour operation.
Mother-of-two, 37, offers to donate her frozen embryos to women affected by fertility clinic blunders which hit thousands in Ohio and California
Niki Schaefer, 37, from suburban Cleveland, Ohio, has an eight-year-old son, Noah, from IVF and a six-year-old daughter, Lane, conceived from a frozen embryo using IVF. After her second delivery, Niki and her husband Brian decided they were happy with their family-of-four, and have been trying to decide what to do with their remaining four embryos, sat frozen in storage, ever since. That changed on Saturday, after news broke that hundreds of families had lost their frozen embryos in a storage malfunction at UH Fertility Center in Cleveland, Ohio - and days later a similar blunder happened at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. In a post that has since swept the internet, Niki, who lives 20 miles away from Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, took to Facebook offering to connect affected families with her doctor to facilitate a donation - and urged other women like her to do the same.
Daily agony of man with skin as weak as a butterfly: 38-year-old reveals his ordeal is akin to living with 'third degree burns everyday' and his ravaged face prompts cruel taunts
Dean Clifford (left and right), from Queensland, has become the oldest living survivor in the world of the most serious form of Epidermolysis Bullosa. The rare, genetic condition causes him to have incredibly fragile skin, which blisters frequently and takes much longer than usual to heal itself. But, despite the challenges he faces, he has transformed himself from a physically weak and sick child to a bodybuilder and motivational speaker. Mr Clifford, who also works as a business and marketing officer, has today opened up about his condition, which strikes one in 50,000 people, for the first time. (pictured inset as a child)
UK tops league of shame for unhealthy children: We're among the worst in the West for obesity and breastfeeding
The UK is one of the unhealthiest nations for children in the Western world, a report has found. Our breastfeeding rates are lower than most other countries, while childhood obesity rates are significantly higher (left, stock image). Baby girls in the UK have the shortest life expectancies in Western Europe, and die an average of three years earlier than girls in Spain. The first international analysis has found the UK lagging behind most other developed countries in key measures of child health (the tables showing childhood obesity and breastfeeding rates are pictured right).
Woman who lost her arm in a car crash can FEEL her prosthetic arm thanks to revolutionary new technology
Amanda Kitts (top right) lost her left arm in April 2006 when her small Mercedes sports car collided with a large Escalade SUV van while driving home from dinner (bottom right). The 49-year-old Florida native has been wearing prosthetic arms for nearly 12 years. She said she can now feel her missing limb thanks to researchers at Cleveland Clinic who developed groundbreaking technology that uses vibrations to restore natural movement and sensations in amputee patients (left).
Doctors are using IPHONES to look inside brains during surgery because they are lighter and easier to use than medical grade cameras
Researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil found that smartphones are useful in performing minimally invasive brain surgeries. The study, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, suggests mobile devices may soon become an essential medical device in operating rooms. Especially when performing neuroendoscopy to inspect aneurysms (inset).
Boy, 8, is only 3ft tall, wears clothes for toddlers and weighs less than his three-year-old sister because he suffers from a rare form of dwarfism
Landen Johnson (pictured bottom right and top right with his brother Brayden, 10), from Lincolnton, North Carolina, suffers from primordial dwarfism, which is thought to affect just 28 patients worldwide. At only three-feet tall and weighing less than his three-year-old sister Hannah Grace (pictured left with Brayden, Landen, being held by his father Luke, 34, and her mother Amanda, 32), Landen is expected to grow just another foot at best in his lifetime.
Account manager, 25, woke up in the MIDDLE of surgery to treat his ruptured appendix and thought he was 'choking to death' on the breathing tube down his throat after a foreign nurse gave him too little anaesthetic
Fenn Settle (claims he had to urinate on the operating table to gain the attention of surgeons when his general anaesthetic wore off during surgery to treat his ruptured appendix. Speaking for the first time about his ordeal, the 25-year-old has branded the horrific experience at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (top and bottom right) as his 'worst nightmare' come true. Mr Settle, from Bradford, claims an agency nurse, who spoke 'little English', had incorrectly noted down his weight at 3st lighter just hours before the surgery. Bosses at the trust that runs the hospital have since admitted the level of anaesthetic in the account manager's body was lower than it should have been.
Mother details her terrifying, painful birth after doctors refused to perform her recommended C-section - as she blames her young son's autism on the traumatic experience
Liza Walter-Larregui, 35, from Staten Island, New York has revealed her traumatic birthing ordeal that saw doctors refuse her an emergency C-section, pictured with her son and husband. The mom-of-one was told by her obstetrician that she shouldn't give birth vaginally as her birthing canal was too narrow but when she went into labor ahead of her scheduled C-section, she was forced to try pushing and given an epidural. Despite her baby being in distress, Liza was refused an emergency C-section and her son was born via vacuum and she now believes his autism is a direct result of his traumatic birth.
'Everything was taken from me at 21, but look at me now': Woman paralysed from the neck down by a rare condition can now brush her hair, feed herself and even do a push up
Helen Fincham (left), from Pencoed, near Cardiff, reportedly couldn't wipe away her own tears when she lost her ability to move (right) in August 2016. Doctors were baffled when her sore neck, that she thought was caused by sleeping at an awkward angle, eventually led to paralysis. Miss Fincham's sudden loss of movement was confirmed as being transverse myelitis - a rare neurological disorder that damages the spinal cord. But after months of intensive physiotherapy (inset) at hospital, Miss Fincham has regained a degree of independence.
How to beat bloating: Dietitian, 28, shares simple tips that will get your digestion working overtime and looking your best
Like it or not, bloating is a fact of life for many of us. After a heavy meal, alcohol or a quick dinner, our bodies can look and feel entirely different to how they did just moments before - and the worst part is, you might not even realise why. Recently, Brisbane-based dietitian, Leanne Ward (left without bloating, centre after eating while bloated and right), took a look at the issue - as she shared her simple tips to fuelling your digestion and beating the bloat.
More salt than NINE bags of ready salted crisps: How ready meals and Chinese takeaways need a health warning and cause 'hundreds of thousands of strokes and heart attacks each year'
Action on Salt is calling on the UK Government to force restaurants to put warning labels on high salt dishes and set new salt reduction targets for ready meals. This graphic shows the amount of salt relative to bags of crisps in popular supermarket meals, including M&S;'s sweet and sour chicken (top left) and the Co-op's chicken chow mein (bottom right).
Barbie fan has splashed $4K on EYELID surgery because she wants to 'make her half-Chinese features more Caucasian' - and now she wants to have RIBS removed for a doll-like waist
Ophelia Vanity, 30, from Los Angeles, is half-Chinese by heritage, but has spent $4,000 (£2,900) on surgery to her eyelids in an effort to make her features more 'western', like those of her idol. Now the Barbie fan (seen left, right and inset) intends to have breast and bum implants, and is even considering having four to six ribs removed.
Woman whose swollen legs have turned her into an Instagram sensation: 30-year-old has defied her bullies and likes to show off her flawed figure in sexy lingerie
Carmen Smith (pictured left, right and centre), 30, from Pasadena, California, has endured cruel comments and stares from strangers throughout her life after developing lymphedema as a child, which causes her legs, ankles and feet to swell. After attempting to hide her limbs for years, Ms Smith's boyfriend Kahari Jumal, 43, has helped her accept her disorder, leading to her regularly posing in sexy lingerie for her 48,000 Instagram followers.
The great fitness fraud? How stars who have released exercise DVDs FAILED to keep the weight off - as Scarlett Moffatt's effort is branded a 'sham'
TV favourite Scarlett Moffatt is facing accusations her 2016 workout DVD was a 'sham', and now a fitness expert has warned that many celebrity fitness programmes are probably not what they seem. Stars who have released fitness DVDs but failed to maintain the same tiny figure including (left to right) Scarlett Moffatt, Lauren Goodge, Nadia Sawalha and Charlotte Crosby.
Woman, 52, given just six weeks to live claims she has 'cured' her terminal cancer with cannabis oil - and baffled doctors have labelled her 'Wonder Woman'
Joy Smith (pictured right, believed to be before she became ill), 52, from Coventry, was given just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016. Desperate for a solution, Ms Smith (pictured left while receiving treatment) reluctantly took cannabis-based tablets, alongside chemotherapy, after her friends (pictured in inset) persuaded her to give it a try.
Mother-of-three, 36, diagnosed with rectal cancer weeks after her doctor said she was too young and blamed her bleeding on her low fiber diet
Annie Schreiber, of Indiana, thought she had hemorrhoids after spotting blood in her stool in July. Her doctor said drinking more water and eating more fiber should do the trick. It didn't. Eventually she went in for a colonoscopy, just to be sure, and it revealed the doctor was off the mark: Annie, who works at Biotech, was diagnosed with Stage 1 colorectal cancer, an increasingly prevalent disease among 30-somethings, particularly women. Diagnosed with cancer, she was told she needed a colostomy bag, but then found another option. Pictured: Annie with her husband Sven and their three children, two daughters aged three and six, and an eight-year-old son.
'We all had to kind of carry each other': Three ex-Michigan football players devastated as their children are diagnosed with brain cancer
Three children were diagnosed with brain cancer between 2012 and 2014. Their fathers all all played football for the University of Michigan in the 1990s. Emma Thompson, 5, (right) and Colt Del Verne, 10, (left) are battling aggressive brain cancers. Colt suffers from DIPG, the same tumor that killed Chad Carr (center).
GPs blast regulator after its decision to strike off a doctor whose mistakes led to a boy dying of sepsis
GP leaders have declared they have no confidence in the General Medical Council after its decision to strike off a doctor whose mistakes resulted in a boy dying from sepsis. Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician, made a series of errors while looking after six-year-old Jack Adcock and was convicted of manslaughter through gross negligence in 2015. Experts say many of the errors were caused by ‘systemic failures’ at her hospital, the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Former NFL star Mark Gastineau, 61, breaks down in tears on radio and says football destroyed his life as he now battles Alzheimer's and Parkinson's linked to hard tackles
Former New York Jets defensive line backer Mark Gastineau sobbed live on radio as he described losing control of his mind and body to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Weeping, the 61-year-old described sleepless nights, struggling to get out of bed, forgetting names, and being forced to stop even the simplest of tasks like working on the yard. In his hey day he enjoyed a glamorous life typical of an athlete. His ex-wife Lisa Gastineau and daughter Brittny Gastineau, who is a childhood friend of Kim Kardashian (pictured together, inset), are famous for starring in the E! reality series The Gastineau Girls. But speaking to Pete McCarthy on Thursday, he said he now struggles to look back fondly on his football years as his brain deteriorates.
What was going through Arie's head? Psychologist explains why the shocking Bachelor finale makes sense
This season's leading man Arie Luyendyk Jr (main) shocked viewers by proposing to one woman first, Becca Kufrin (left inset), before leaving her for the runner up, Lauren Burnham (right inset). Lena Derhally, a psychotherapist from Washington, DC, said the switch reminded her of a psychological theory called 'the paradox of choice'. The theory says when a person is presented with too many options, they find it much harder to or are unable to make a decision.
Supermodel Kate Moss 44, is so desperate to hold on to her looks she is virtually teetotal after adopting an 80/20 regime and is taking a super supplement to boost her skin
EXCLUSIVE: Croydon-born Moss (pictured left last month and right, in 2013) told friends that she was inspired by Hollywood actress Sadie Frost's decision to go tee-total and begin yoga, according to sources close to the supermodel. The 44-year-old, who is well-known for her wild partying behaviour, has ditched booze in favour of a green juice each morning and relies on a supplement branded the 'beauty industry secret', called Lumity (inset). And the reformed Primrose Hill party queen credits the changes, made as part of her new 80/20 lifestyle, for her glowing skin, great sleep and bags of energy.
Mother reveals her toddler has to spend summer holidays in Spain covered in blankets and woolly hats because of 'spontaneous hypothermia'
Georgia-May, 3, of Dublin, (pictured left, inset) Ireland has 'spontaneous hypothermia': a condition with only 50 other sufferers worldwide, which causes her temperature to suddenly drop without warning. Sara Jane (right, with son Craig and Georgia-May), a full-time carer to Georgia-May, three, said: 'It's absolutely mind boggling. Doctors have no idea why she has this condition, or how to stop it.'
Little girl with skin as tender as TISSUE PAPER finds joy on the ski slopes thanks to the protection provided by her thick padded jacket
Raquel Hultman (left), eight, was diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) at birth, a rare genetic tissue disorder which has no cure, but she loves to ski in a thick padded jacket that protects her like cotton wool. But she has to get 99 per cent of her nutrition through a feeding tube as her esophagus tears if she swallows anything
Emotional moment terminally ill couple married for 66 years held hands as they died together after taking legal euthanasia drugs
Francie, 88, and Charlie, 87, took their own lives together after being married for 66 years. The couple, who met in 1947 and got married in 1951, were given six months to live. Francie had spent years battling heart disease and several heart attacks; Charlie also suffered from heart disease, as well as Parkinson's and prostate cancer. Pictured: Francie and Charlie in 1952 (left) and the couple in a 2017 documentary that captured their final moments (right).
Twelve-year-old boy is treated like a pariah because of his FUSED hands and feet (and the genetic disorder also causes his eyes to pop out of his skull)
Twelve-year-old Mannu Kumar (pictured left) from Jharkhand, India is treated like a pariah by both his community and classmates because of his appearance. Mannu has Syndactyly, a rare genetic condition that has fused the bones in his hands and feet (pictured right), which means he struggles to do anything with his hands (inset). Mannu parents hope surgery will help him to lead a normal life
'I was ashamed and embarrassed of my face': How a simple make up swap helped a 24-year-old woman banish her severe acne for good
Sydney-based DJ and event manager Sam Lando had the good fortune of enjoying much of her teenage years pimple-free until she was struck down by adult acne (left). It wasn't until the now 24-year-old switched all of her skincare and make up products over to organic - or 'green' - brands she saw her inflamed skin settle (right and inset).
Six workouts a week and NO fad dieting: Model Pia Muehlenbeck, 26, reveals her top health and fitness tips - and the one supplement she sips on all day to stay in shape
Owner of Australian activewear brand SLINKII, Pia Muehlenbeck (pictured), ensures she works out six times a week, with Sunday being kept as the 'day of rest', and eats predominantly clean foods. Speaking to Sporteluxe about her public and private life, Pia admitted maintaining her incredible physique is a year round job. 'I mix up my workouts quite often to avoid getting bored, but I regularly do Pilates, yoga and weight training. When the weather is good I'll swap that for a run around the city,' she admitted. The Sydney-based Instagram star said that while the social media world appears to be obsessed with vegan and paleo diet trends, she doesn't subscribe to any of them herself. 'As fascinating as diets are, there is no getting away from the fact that a good clean diet with a lot of colourful veggies is always going to be the best thing for you. I do supplement my diet with vegan protein, and I sip on BCAA's during the day with my water,' she said.
Panic over HIV and syphilis outbreak in Milwaukee: 125 people diagnosed in one of the largest STI clusters ever reported in the US
A cluster of at least 125 people have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The individuals, the majority of whom are men, were reportedly connected in the last year. City officials have said this is a city-wide health issue especially among people between the ages of 15 and 24.
'I've felt so isolated and overwhelmed': Plus-size model and mom-of-two Tess Holliday candidly details her struggle with 'extreme' postpartum depression
The 32-year-old, who is also mom to an 11-year-old named Rylee (inset), took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a photo of herself with her 21-month-old son Bowie (right), while sharing a candid message about the difficulties of raising two children. Tess explained that over the past year she has dealt with 'extreme' postpartum depression while feeling 'really isolated and overwhelmed.' In January, while shooting a swimwear campaign for Alpine Butterfly (left), Tess admitted it was great to be enjoying herself after having a difficult few months.
Saved by the off-duty midwife! Day-old baby who turned blue and stopped breathing after battling three deadly illnesses was brought back to life by a nurse who performed CPR for 10 minutes
Single mother-of-two Nicole Tierney (pictured in the right image and on the right in the left image), 27, who is the mother of Austin (pictured left and right), now one, messaged midwife Nicky Hennell (pictured left), 47, after becoming increasingly concerned by her son's blood and mucus-streaked vomit. Rushing over in her free time, Ms Hennell, who now lives in Cheltenham, managed to get Austin breathing again.
The six-year-old boy born without eyes: Youngster is one of only 60 cases in the world and is subjected to cruel taunts and stares from strangers
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Christian Buchanan (pictured right and left with his mother Lacey), six, from Woodbury, Tennessee, suffers from Tessier cleft lip and palate. Since being born with large gaps in his face, Christian has required a feeding tube since he was just four days old and has endured seven reconstruction operations. Due to him being born with the disorder (pictured in inset in hospital with his father Chris), the youngster has never seen anything.
'I thought I had the flu': Jim Gaffigan's wife describes the scarily easy-to-miss symptoms of a brain tumor which could have left her paralyzed
Jeannie Gaffigan, 47, thought she was suffering from a bout of flu, but it turned out to be a benign tumor the size of a tennis ball. She was diagnosed with choroid plexus papilloma, a rare tumor that grows in the brain stem, the part of the brain that is connected to the spine, and controls basic body functions such as breathing and swallowing. Jeannie is now warning fans about the seemingly-innocuous signs of her benign tumor that could have left her paralyzed or dead. Pictured: Jim and Jeannie (left) at the 60th annual Grammy Awards show in January 2018 and (right) Jeannie recovering from brain surgery in May 2017.
Girl, 13, who was too afraid to ever show her skin after being bullied because of her severe eczema can now wear shorts for the first time ever - thanks to an $18 cream
Alyssa Graham was so badly bullied for having eczema she had a mental breakdown. But now, with blistered skin no longer covering her body, she is the happiest she’s ever been. The 13-year-old said cruel bullies used to tease her about the skin on her legs and tell her she was ugly because of it. The Perth-based teenager's skin is now the best it's ever been and she has been able to wear shorts for the first time in her life. Her mother, Elizabeth Graham, told FEMAIL that her daughter was crying every day because of it. 'It was heartbreaking. She also had a lot of online bullying and a hate page was even created, which was eventually taken down,' she said. Alyssa has battled with the skin condition her entire life and it covered her arms, legs, neck and stomach.
'I wanted it, so I ate it': Morbidly obese 600lb mother whose stomach almost reaches the FLOOR admits she used to obsessively eat until she got sick after watching her dad die of a heart attack
Tamy Lyn Murrell, 45, weighs 591lbs and has a hanging stomach that nearly grazes the floor after decades of eating to cope with the emotional trauma she has faced. She started turning to food for comfort after her father dropped dead of a heart attack when she was just eight years old. Her mother went into a deep depression following her dad's death and Tamy was left to eat whatever she wanted. 'I ate junk food all of the time, and I would eat to the point of being sick,' she admits.
The FDA cleared mail-order DNA testing firm 23andMe to offer tests for BRCA gene mutations made famous by Angelina Jolie in 2013 that are associated with increased breast and ovarian cancer risk. The $199 saliva test can detect three of more than 1,000 BRCA mutations. The FDA has warned that the test is not a substitute for regular doctors visits and should not be used to make any medical decisions.