MailOnline found multiple listings for melanotan II (pictured top and bottom) on the online marketplace despite it being banned in the UK. The drug was even being sold in DIY injectable kits that came with syringes, needles, alcohol swabs and vials of water (left). The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - which ensures drugs are safe to use - has branded melanotan dangerous. It said it has had reports of up to 74 separate side-effects including acne, stomach pains, eye disorders, sickness, and even heart problems. In some cases the drug caused the enlargement of moles and freckles which led to the misdiagnosis of cancer. MailOnline found three sellers offering to distribute melanotan II to UK customers on eBay for between £22 and £28. Pictured top and bottom right: The 'transformation' images used on several of the listings showed two pairs of generic legs, one pale and one bronzed and claimed to be the results from melanotan use.
'I sacrificed a limb to save my baby': Woman, 29, who was pregnant when she was in a motorcycle accident, opted to amputate her leg to protect her unborn child from the dangers of multiple surgeries
Caitlin Conner, 29, from Texas, and her then-husband were riding a motorcycle when they were hit by a texting driver in May 2014. She was rushed to the hospital with a severely injured left leg, broken bones in her feet and a severed artery. When she woke up from her first surgery, a nurse told her she was four weeks pregnant. It meant Conner would need minimal anesthesia and pain medication during the reconstructive surgeries to try and save her leg. After two weeks and six operations, she opted to amputate her leg to protect her unborn baby from the surgeries. She learned to walk before she gave birth to her daughter in February 2015 (left). Conner is now a para-athlete (right) and competes in several sports including swimming and racing.
Nurse, 51, has both legs and her left arm amputated after a chesty cough turned out to be deadly sepsis
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Jayne Carpenter (pictured left, learning to use her prosthetic legs), 51, began coughing up phlegm in April 2016 and within a few days she was short of breath and struggling to walk. But despite getting increasingly ill she didn't go to the doctors because she 'didn't want to make a fuss'. Within a week she slipped into a coma when her body went into septic shock and her organs began to fail. Mrs Carpenter, from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, spent the next nine weeks in a coma in hospital fighting for her life. Her husband Rob (right), 55, was told his wife would die unless she had a multiple amputations. In total she lost her left arm below the elbow (inset bottom), both of her legs (one foot shown, top) and four of fingers on her right hand.
NHS trial is testing virtual reality that 'transports' dementia sufferers to rock 'n' roll dance halls, their own weddings and trips abroad in hope it may bring back their memories
The NHS pilot is taking place at The Marston Court care home in Oxford. The team behind it spoke to the individual patients' care team to create 360° footage from their past. The patients were then 'transported' to scenes from their youth, including the rock 'n' roll dance halls of the 1950s, churches they married in and trips abroad. This is said to have improved the communication and cognitive abilities of more than half of the dementia patients who took part. It is unclear how long the trial last, how many patients are involved and when the final results will be reported.
Mother, 21, reveals her twin boys who were given a five per cent chance of survival are now thriving after having life-saving surgery in the womb
Harriet Alderman (left) was told 22 weeks into her pregnancy her babies had twin-twin transfusion syndrome, which prevents blood from flowing evenly between the two infants. Doctors diagnosed the condition after a scan (inset) showed a fluid imbalance between the babies. Miss Alderman, 21, and her boyfriend Jeffrey Zani, 20, were warned their twins had just a five-to-10 per cent chance of pulling through unless she underwent laser ablation. Desperate for her babies to survive, Miss Alderman, from Cardiff, had the procedure. This involves sealing abnormal blood vessels on the placenta to permanently disconnect them. Doctors warned the operation only raised the twins' survival prospects to 30 per cent and, if they survived. Against the odds, Hugo and Hayze Zani (pictured right recently) were born on July 23 at 33 weeks.
Hidden health benefits of guilty pleasures: Dr WILLIAM LI explains why (in certain ways) cheese, red meat and even beer can be GOOD for you
Dr William Li also reveals delicious recipes which contain ingredients that support all five defence systems (top-left, chicken coconut curry; bottom-left, vegetable stew; centre, healthy chocolate mousse; top-right; dark chocolate breakfast bar; bottom-right, broccoli and oregano soup). He also reveals the importance of our gut bacteria in protecting us from disease. There are some foods once considered to be 'guilty pleasures' which do have health benefits, and they definitely deserve another look. I call these foods 'jaw-droppers', because their health benefits are surprising, or even astonishing. Many of these foods are not usually associated with health, but the science now says otherwise. The benefits I will reveal will truly make your jaw drop.
First-time mother who didn't sleep for eight days after her son was born was SECTIONED for three months with postpartum psychosis that made her believe her vicar husband was trying to run off with her 'pretty' nurse
Ele Cushing, 31, from Loxwood in West Sussex, did not sleep for eight days after her son Joshua, now three, was born after she became obsessed with keeping her home immaculate. Her vicar husband Greg, 34 (the family are pictured together left shortly after Joshua was born), became concerned when he woke to find his wife's Bible notes erratically scrawled over in red pen. After a visit from a mental health crisis team, Mrs Cushing (pictured with Joshua right and inset) was diagnosed and sectioned. By this point, Mrs Cushing's psychosis had left her so distrustful she was convinced her husband and a 'pretty' nurse from the crisis team wanted to 'lock her up' so they could be together.
Adorable moment toddler beams with joy as he sees his father clearly for the first time after surgery to remove cataracts from his eyes
One-year-old Theo Bennett, who was born with cataracts in his eyes, lit up as soon as his new pair of corrective glasses were placed on his head. Sweet footage (left) showed Theo trying to cuddle father Joe, 37, before taking in his surroundings and playing with a rubber duck. Little Theo, from Wilberfoss, near York, suffers from congenital cataracts in both eyes which make his sight blurry and hazy. Theo underwent surgery to have the cataracts removed and both faulty lenses replaced with artificial ones during a five-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary in October last year (top right, with father Joe and mother Lois before surgery and bottom right, recovering from the operation). He was then fitted with a pair of corrective glasses around two weeks later in November which was captured on film.
Nine US states now have obesity rates of at least 35 percent - more than ever before, a new map has revealed. More than one-third of adults in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia are dangerously overweight, according to the data released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a slight increase from 2017 when obesity prevalence was 35 percent or higher in seven states. Colorado fared relatively well with an obesity rate of just 23 percent, while West Virginia and Mississippi had the worst rates at 39.5 percent each.
Illinois teen, 18, who vaped a JUUL pod every other day before he was hospitalized with breathing illness says his lungs are so damaged they look like 'a 70-year-old's'
Adam Hergenreder, 18, from Gurnee, Illinois, started vaping when he was 16 (left). He started with flavored nicotine e-cigarette liquid before switching to THC. Earlier this year, he began experiencing nausea and was vomiting every day. An X-ray eventually revealed that Hergenreder's lungs were so damaged that they looked like a 70-year-old man's (inset). Hergenreder was hospitalized with a severe breathing illness (right) and says he doesn't know if his lungs will ever fully recover. Across the US, 450 people have come down with mysterious lung illnesses believed to be related to vaping. On Wednesday, the Trump administration proposed a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarette products.
Single mother, 35, who weighed 16st is unrecognisable and has even launched a modelling career after shedding half her body weight
Bonnie Staimer, 35, from Devon, tipped the scales at 16st 5lbs just four years ago, but has transformed her body and lost over 8st. She set up an Instagram page to showcase her new look, and found herself receiving offers to pose for magazines and catalogues. The single mother-of-two, who works as a DJ, was crowned UK Glamour Model of the Year last week.
Mayonnaise miracle! Couple who suffered three heartbreaking miscarriages and a failed course of IVF are expecting their second child after controversial jabs of egg yolk and oil
Lucy, 32, and Craig Rose (pictured left, with daughter Sienna), 29, were desperate to become parents and had been trying to conceive since their honeymoon in 2014. After three devastating miscarriages and a failed round of IVF, the couple, from Warwick, started to doubt if they'd ever have their dream family. But after researching alternative options they stumbled across a treatment known as immunomodulation therapy. It is claimed it solves the overproduction of NK cells by pumping women's bodies with intralipids - a mixture of egg yolk and soya oil, the same ingredients as mayo. Mrs Rose (inset with her daughter last year) had Sienna last year and is expecting baby number two next month (right, a beaming Mrs Rose holds a pregnancy scan) .
UK ranks BOTTOM for cancer survival rates for five types of tumour including lung and pancreatic, major study finds
Researchers compared death rates from seven different forms of the disease, including lung, ovary and colon, between a handful of nations. Australia topped the charts for five of the different cancers. Canada and Norway claimed the best five-year survival rates for the other two. However, the UK placed near the bottom of the league table for all of the diseases, including dead last for five of them, the analysis revealed. This is despite survival rates having doubled across the home nations for oesophagus, lung and pancreas cancer between 1995 and 2014.
Revealed: The pancakes, waffles and crepes that contain THREE TIMES more calories than a Big Mac and as much sugar as two cans of Coke
Action on Sugar analysed 191 different items sold at popular restaurants, cafes and takeaways in shopping centres across London. The campaign group found some of the desserts contained almost 20 teaspoons of sugar and nearly all of an adult's recommended daily calorie intake. It is now calling for the Government to enforce mandatory colour-coded nutrition and calorie labelling on menus and online. Results showed a Salted Caramel Banoffee Pancake from American-themed diner The Breakfast Club (top left) was packed with 1,800 calories. My Old Dutch's Four Cheese crepe (top right) was crammed full of 8.5g of salt, the most of any of the items analysed. A Creams Waffle: Oreos on Mine with Gelato (top left) contained a whopping 19 teaspoons of sugar, more than two cans of Coca Cola. Meanwhile a Mr Pretzels Chocolate Pretzel (bottom right) the same as eighteen KitKat fingers.
NHS finally agrees a deal for a life-extending drug just weeks before families of children battling deadly disease were due to take health chiefs to court
Health watchdogs earlier this year rejected cerliponase alfa - the only available medication to treat one type of Batten disease, saying it was too expensive. But officials have now agreed a 'fair price' for the drug, marketed as Brineura, with its manufacturer following almost two years of fierce negotiations and just weeks before affected families were to appeal the decision in court. Outraged families - including the parents of a boy once cradled by Prince Harry in hospital (right) - launched legal action to get cerliponase alfa available in England. Caroline Day, a mother-of-two from Leeds, claimed not giving Brineura to her Batten disease-suffering daughter Connie (pictured together left) will be like handing her a 'death sentence'.
Father-of-two, 66, diagnosed with breast cancer after breathing in toxic dust from Ground Zero during the aftermath of 9/11
Jeff Flynn, 66 (left), from East Meadow, New York, worked at Goldman Sachs near the World Trade Center on 9/11 and for six months after. In 2011, he felt a lump in his chest and was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Flynn is one of 37 men who have been diagnosed with 9/11-related breast cancer. By the 20th anniversary of the attacks, the death toll is expected to be higher from 9/11-related illnesses than those who died at the World Trade Center site (right, in the aftermath).
Incredible footage shows a pioneering 'hand' helping a man pick up a bottle and pour himself a cup of water as scientists prove the life-changing gadget can work for amputees
The gadget works using a series of sensors which are attached to the base of the arm or stump, in the case of amputees. They read muscle movements and send signals to the prosthetic hand, giving users control of every finger of the machine, as well as the ability to grasp and pick up items. It is hoped the technology, which reacts to user movements within 0.4 of a second, could end the daily struggle of millions of amputees. The prosthetic hand uses machine learning to become familiar with the user's muscle movements. The amputee must perform a series of hand gestures in order to train the algorithm. Sensors placed on the amputee's stump detect muscular activity, and the algorithm learns which hand movements correspond to which patterns of muscular activity.
The superfoods that boost your body's five defence systems: Dr WILLIAM LI details the diet that will keep your disease-fighting stem cells working efficiently
All this week, the Daily Mail is serialising a ground-breaking new book by U.S. doctor and scientist Dr William Li (inset), who has immersed himself in the study of how certain foods can help us fight disease. His lifelong work is centred on the study of the body's five key defence systems - immunity, stem cells, gut bacteria, blood vessels and DNA protection - and research that identifies the specific compounds in certain foods that support them. He has sifted through research to provide scientifically backed advice. Yesterday, he discussed how food can actually be prescribed in specific doses to help fight certain diseases. Today, Dr Li shows you the true 'superfoods' - foods that work hard to enhance all five of the body's health defence systems.
Father, 73, dies of sepsis after 'junior doctors failed to recognise the flesh-eating infection which triggered the deadly condition'
Dennis Pearce (pictured left when he was younger and top right with his wife Jacqueline on their wedding day) was admitted to Birmingham 's Heartlands Hospital (bottom right) on October 4 last year after complaining of pain in his right arm, nausea and an abscess on his armpit. Despite going to hospital at around 1.30pm, he did not have an X-ray which diagnosed him with sepsis until 10.25pm. This led to him being diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease necrotising fasciitis (NF), which had taken hold of his right armpit. Things took a dramatic turn for the worse when the father-of-two suffered a cardiac arrest on October 5, leaving him unfit for surgery to remove the affected tissue. Mr Pearce's family decided to turn off his life support on October 5, 36 hours after he arrived at hospital. The pensioner died aged 73.
Determined mother who was told to abort her daughter FOURTEEN times due to complications in the womb brings home a healthy baby girl
Kiera Meldrum, 20, from York, was offered an abortion every week of her pregnancy after her 21-week scan showed her daughter Lillee-Rose had Grade 3 severe ascites to the bowel. This build up of fluid caused a catalogue of complications, but Kiera (left with her daughter) - who had suffered four previous miscarriages - refused to abort her 'miracle' daughter. Lillee-Rose (right and inset in hospital) underwent emergency surgery minutes after she was born, and spent eight long weeks in the hospital before Kiera was able to take her home. But now, six months on, doctors don't anticipate her coming up against any problems in the future.
EXCLUSIVE: Would you try zapping your penis with 'the Rocket' to treat erectile dysfunction at home? Couple says their 'soundwave' gadget can give men back their sex lives
Exclusive: Would you try the zapping your penis with a 'rocket' to treat erectile dysfunction? Couple says their 'soundwave' gadget can give men back their sex lives. Sarah Wolff guides a Rocket - an eponymously shaped white plastic device - up and down the outside of a banana as it emits a crackle not unlike a Geiger counter's (center). According to Sarah, a DO in Los Angeles, and her co-inventor husband, Dustin, that crackle is the sound of erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment without pills or even the need to leave home. Sarah and Dustin run a clinic where she practices family medicine as an osteophatic doctor, but spends a large portion of her days using a kind of mild shock treatment on men's penises, with the seemingly paradoxical goal of making them work better.
British doctor who helped fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo says an experimental vaccine proven to be 97% effective 'has changed the path of the killer outbreak'
Dr Catherine Houlihan (pictured left and wearing protective clothes right), from Aberdeen, returned home to the UK from the African nation in June after spending a month at the heart of the epidemic. The 39-year-old said the jab (inset) has helped stop the situation spiralling out of control, amid fears it could spread to neighbouring countries. Official figures show 2,070 people have died from Ebola in the DRC's current outbreak, which is the second worst ever recorded in history. Dr Houlihan is a lecturer in infectious diseases and virology at both the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London. She said: 'I think that the vaccine has changed the path of this outbreak. We could have already had a death toll similar to West Africa had we not had it.'
Could pioneering stem cell treatment offer hope for Michael Schumacher? French heart surgeon who is behind the 'secret operation' uses the cells to fix patients with damaged hearts
The seven-time world champion, 50, has not been seen in public since his life-altering skiing accident in the French Alps nearly six years ago. Schumacher (top right) is now under the care of Professor Philippe Menasche (bottom right), who specialises in stem cell research and works at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris. The procedure he will undergo remains a secret - but it was revealed it was initially scheduled for July, however an 'unexpected health problem' scuppered the plan. One method Professor Menasche has pioneered involves grafting stem cells onto damaged heart tissue (left). Results have showed it is safe. NHS cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra told MailOnline there is 'no good quality data' that stem cell treatments can benefit the heart, and said it suggests Schumacher may have a cardiovascular problem.
The twins 'made of glass': 17-month-old sisters defy the odds after doctors gave them a 'zero per cent chance of survival' because of a rare disease that caused them to endure fractures in the WOMB
Claire Mowforth, 34, was told her babies had osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle born disease, while she was still pregnant. Scans (inset) showed the youngsters endured broken bones in the womb, with doctors warning the mother-of-three and her husband Phil, 35, the twins would not make it. Against all odds, Amelia-Grace and Hope-Elizabeth Mowforth (pictured left as newborns) arrived with 15 broken bones each on April 4 last year. With Amelia having five fractured ribs and Hope weighing just 2lb (0.9kg), doctors maintained their chances of survival were 'slim'. The twins, from Hull, pulled through yet again and were home with their parents and sister Grace, seven, within four months. The family are pictured together recently on the right.
Can you stop all these ailments before they even start? From colds to blisters, travel sickness and ulcers Good Health asks experts to assess which products really work
Experts including Dr Nisa Aslam, a GP in Tower Hamlets, London, looked at products supposed to help with ailments including colds (top first and second left), cystitis (top middle) and IBS (top second right), to see which worked well. Dr Bill Schaeffer, a dental surgeon from The Implant Centre in Hove, East Sussex, scored Gengigel Mouthrinse (bottom middle) an eight out of ten and said that 'research suggests that hyaluronic acid [hyaluronan] - which is found in this mouth rinse - helps repair gum tissue and speed up healing.' Stugeron 15 (bottom right) pills for travel sickness also scored well, getting a seven from Dr Aslam, who said 'Cinnarizine is an anti-histamine that interferes with signalling between the inner ear and brain, which causes motion sickness.' Other products tested included those for cold sores (top right), blisters (bottom left), sweating (bottom second left) and ear wax (bottom second right).
Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is admitted to Paris hospital for 'stem cell treatment' nearly six years after skiing accident
Formula One great Michael Schumacher (left) was admitted to a Paris hospital on Monday night for pioneering treatment. The seven-time world champion, who turned 50 in January, has not been seen in public since a life-altering skiing accident in the French Alps more than five years ago, and his condition has remained a secret. But it is understood the German was taken to the Pompidou hospital (right) in southeast Paris in the afternoon where he will have stem-cell treatment carried out by French surgeon Philippe Menasche (inset), a heart specialist.
Chief executive of NHS trust quits her £300,000-a-year job in a honest letter to staff complaining that 'life is just too short'
Siobhan McArdle (pictured main) has been at the helm of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (inset, one of the hospitals it runs) in the Middlesbrough region since September 2015. She claims she has been working in an environment with a 'challenging' financial and regulatory plan. Ms McArdle decided to step down from the role after 'much debate' with loved ones over the last 12 months. Salary details published in the trust's annual report for the 2018/19 financial year showed that Ms McArdle earned between £290,000 and £295,000. In her honest letter Ms McArdle told employees the trust – which has around 9,000 staff – is 'not an organisation that requires improvement'.
Dr Oz admits he 'completely missed the signs' of his mother's Alzheimer's in an emotional post revealing her diagnosis
Dr Mehmet Oz, 59, said his mother Suna, 81 (today, left, and years ago, right), began behaving differently earlier this year. She began giving away her possessions to strangers and changing the way she dressed, but he attributed it to stress and aging. After her behavior became 'irrational', he and his family took his mother for testing, and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Oz also discovered that he carries a gene that puts him at increased risk of the age-related brain disease.
The boy with no fear of strangers: Four-year-old has a rare condition which means he is 'over-friendly' and 'will speak to anyone'
With his beaming smile, Alex Vasey (right) is a bright and friendly little boy. But the four-year-old has a rare medical condition which means he is extra sociable - and has no fear of strangers. Alex, from Aberdeen, suffers from Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder, which causes a range of health and developmental problems, including being over-friendly. So, when he started nursery this summer, his parents Don and Bethan (pictured together left) had no worries about him making friends because he will speak to everyone he meets. But he has no understanding of when people are being unkind. Pictured inset, the 'starburst pattern' in Alex's eye.