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How illegal tanning injections which trigger heart disease are being sold to UK customers

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.

Woman, 29, opted to amputate her leg after crash to protect unborn child from multiple

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.

A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has found that, with both the hormonal and the non-hormonal IUD, women can lower their cancer risk by up to 32%.

Sherie Canada, from Abilene, Texas, was rushed to the hospital in June where doctors found a build-up of fluid in her lungs and blood clots, which they believe was caused by vaping.

Nurse, 51, has both legs and her left arm amputated after a cough turned out to be deadly

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.

A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder has found that autism rates rose 73% among Hispanics and 44% among blacks in children born between 2007 and 2013.

A new study, from the University of Pennsylvania, has found that there are three times as many transplant centers using hepatitis C-infected kidneys than there were five years ago.

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.

Researchers led by a team based at the National University of Singapore found participants who drank tea at least four times a week for around 25 years had more connected brains.

Scientists from the University of Stirling analysed 20 amateur athletes after they sparred for a total of nine minutes. An hour later, their 'brain-to-muscle communication' was down by six per cent.

Mother, 21, whose twins were given a 5% chance of survival reveals they were saved by

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.

The so-called New Delhi superbug has infected at least 75 people in tourist hot spot Tuscany since November 2018. The antibiotic-resistant killer is thought to have killed 31 people in that time.

Scientists at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, quizzed 292 female university students, who were all straight, about how often they wear stilettos or other types of the shoe.

YouTube is profiting from more than 80 videos that contain unproven cures which could put vulnerable patients at greater risk. One Russia YouTuber advocated consuming baking soda.

Pharmaceutical bosses have been summoned to a meeting with Health Secretary Matt Hancock in an attempt to break a four-year deadlock over the cost of cystic fibrosis drugs.

Dr WILLIAM LI explains why (in certain ways) cheese, red meat and even beer can be GOOD

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.

Public Health England is now urging anyone who believes they may have been at risk of getting the infection - most commonly spread between drug users - to come forward and get tested.

The fast food giant spent £8million installing ovens in its UK outlets so it could start selling baked and grilled meals. But a senior executive admitted it gave up after poor sales of three products.

Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe, of the University of Surrey, said: 'Listening to the sounds of nature offers an opportunity to feel "away" from everyday stresses and strains.'

A report by the Royal Society for Public Health called for the measures to be made within 400 yards of primary and secondary schools across Britain.

Macmillan Cancer Support said specialist cancer nurses across the UK were having to use their annual leave to catch up on training in order to be on top of new treatments.

First-time mother tells of her postpartum psychosis ordeal

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.

A new study from the University of Buffalo has found that when heroin users inject the drug, it reduces levels of a protein called drebrin in a part of the brain that plays a key role in the reward circuit.

A four-year-old boy from Perris, California, died from a flu-related illnesses, health officials say. It is the first death of the 2019-20 season in Riverside County and among the first in the US as well.

Obesity map of the US reveals more than 35% of people in nine states are dangerously overweight

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.

A new CDC report has revealed acute lipoid pneumonia to be among the mysterious lung-related illnesses spreading across the US, affecting at least five patients in North Carolina.

The unnamed man, 56, went to the Dermatologie La Colline medical centre in Geneva when he developed an ulcerated lesion on his right palm. He died 17 months after he was diagnosed.

Illinois teen, 18, says his lungs are so damaged from vaping they look like 'a

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.

Scientists from the University of Manchester found human scalp hair follicles (shown in pink) were less able to divide when exposed to anti-cancer drugs called CDK4/6 inhibitors.

Warwick Medical School's Professor Siobhan Quenby, principal investigator on the trial, said: 'This is potentially a new treatment for up to half of people with recurrent miscarriage.'

Single mother-of-two DJ crowned UK glamour model of the year

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 are expecting second child after controversial jabs of egg yolk

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) .

Scientists from the University of North Carolina put mice on a restrictive diet and 'running routine' for six weeks. The animals lost weight, which surprisingly did not make their bones more robust.

Australian scientists looked at 47 studies carried out from the 1960s to 2014, largely across the US, Canada and Europe. They found a third of these populations saw a fall in cases from 2006 to 2014

Cancer survival rates in the UK still lag behind other high-income nations

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.

A new study from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found that adding glucose to a diet helped a certain type of beneficial bacteria flourish in the gut after it was treated with antibiotics.

Paris, Lille, Nantes, Grenoble and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand joined in implementing the ban, citing the need to safeguard biodiversity and public health.

The pancakes, waffles and crepes that contain THREE TIMES more calories than a Big Mac

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.

The approach was first trialed in North America and is now being tested in nine countries around the world. Vietnam has seen a 'remarkable reduction' in cases, with numbers down by up to 86 per cent.

This week, the Daily Mail is showcasing a book by U.S. doctor and scientist Dr William Li, on how certain foods can strengthen the body's defence to tackle cancer and avoid heart disease.

NHS has finally agreed a deal for a life-extending drug

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'.

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, funded by the UK Department of Health, revealed the failings in a report, calling for a greater awareness of testicular torsion.

A label of autism is a neat and convenient way of explaining complex reasons for a child who does not conform. Before 2016 I could count on one hand the number I saw in mental health clinics.

Father-of-two diagnosed with breast cancer after breathing in toxic dust near Ground Zero

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).

Freya Watson had been at the Wacky Warehouse in Hull less than 15 minutes when she started screaming in pain and convulsing. She was then rushed to a nearby hospital.

Amaya John, five months, from Barry in Wales, has Apert syndrome. This has also left her with a protruding forehead and cleft lip. The five-month-old has to breathe via a machine.

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.

A new study from Stony Brook University in New York has found that 9/11 first responders with PTSD were 2.6 times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, and are at risk of developing dementia.

This 2011 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control shows HIV virions. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient's HIV infection by providing blood cells that have been altered to resist the AIDS virus. (Maureen Metcalfe, Tom Hodge/CDC via AP)

Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient's HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to...

Dr WILLIAM LI details the diet that will keep your disease-fighting stem cells working

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.

A new study, from Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, has found that teens who spent three hours or more on social media are more likely to report feeling anxious and depressed.

Scientists from the University of Surrey 'fed' a 'Convolutional Neural Network' with electrocardiograms that made up more than 490,000 heartbeats.

Father dies aged 73 after 'junior doctors failed to recognise his flesh-eating disease'

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.

Chinese scientists looked at 25 studies with a total of more than 154,000 men. They also found impotence raised the men's risk of a stroke by 34 per cent and premature death by 33 per cent.

Health officials say they discovered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes - known to carry Zika virus and dengue - in York County, Nebraska, on Tuesday . It's the first time they've been seen in the state.

A new study, from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, has found that the female sex hormone estradiol amplifies the effect that the drug metformin has on brain stem cells.

Determined mother was told to ABORT her daughter 14 times

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.

The Treasury tweeted yesterday that Britons who are travelling around Europe 'will be able to buy beer, spirits, wine and tobacco without duty being applied' due to 'the lifting of EU rules'.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found patients using fluoroquinolone antibiotics were 2.4 times more at risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation.

A team at John Hopkins University plan to take vaginal fluid from healthy donors. 'Good bacteria' will then be put into a tampon-like device and tested in a trial of 40 bacterial vaginosis sufferers.

Would you try zapping your penis with 'the Rocket' to treat erectile dysfunction?

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.

Strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes are thought to have caused scarlet fever cases to spike to more than 15,000 across England in 2014 - the highest level since the 1960s.

Officials said germs which attack the blood, kidneys and bowels had evolved ways to breach the last line of antibiotic defences - threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections in the UK.

Scientists from the University of Münster in Germany analysed the fitness and MRI scans of 1,200 young, healthy adults. Those who could walk the furthest had better 'structural integrity'.

Facebook says it will no longer allow content that depicts 'graphic cutting images to to prevent 'triggering self-harm.' On Instagram such images will be barred from appearing in Explore.

A new study, from the University of Georgia, has found that teenagers who don't date are less likely to report feelings of hopelessness and sadness than those who do date.

US health officials have warned against using bootleg vape cartridges. So far, 80% of tested samples involved in illnesses involve THC - but the CDC says that doesn't exonerate other e-cigs.

British doctor who helped fight Ebola praises an experimental vaccine

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.'

An investigation by the National Heart Foundation in Australia looked at the salt content in more than 560 meat alternative products on supermarket shelves.

A new study from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, says that unvaccinated men are being protected by 'herd immunity' because rates of HPV vaccination in women are rising.

The research team at the Queen Mary University of London trialled the new blood test on 253 patients at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. It detected the cancer with 90 per cent accuracy.

The unnamed 55-year-old, from Roskilde in Denmark, went to his GP when his foreskin became too tight to pull back. Non-cancerous tumours were found on 'all segments of the penis'.

California Highway Patrol officers take into custody an opponent of recently passed legislation to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations, after she cabled herself to the doors of the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The state Assembly approved the companion bill, Monday, with changes demanded by Gov Gavin Newsom as a condition of signing the controversial vaccine bill SB276 which was passed by the Legislature last week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed bills Monday to give the state government tighter authority over doctors who have been writing 'medical' vaccine exemptions for children of anti-vaxxers.

As Kansas officials conform a sixth US death, the American Medical Association urged people in the US to quit vaping immediately until experts understand what about the products sickens people.

Michael Schumacher's stem cell treatment is 'experimental', cardiologist claims

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.

A new study, led by NYU School of Medicine, has found that biomarkers are produced in the body after a soldier experiences trauma in a war zone and has trouble managing the after effects.

Twins, 17 months, defy the odds after doctors gave them a '0% chance of survival'

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.

A team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem analysed the DNA of roundworms. Like humans, the animals contain 20,000 genes. They found the gene ogr-2 controls egg maturation.

An unidentified patient in their 50s, from West Warwick, Rhode Island, died on Sunday from Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the state's first death from the virus since 2007.

From colds to blisters to travel sickness Good Health asks experts to assess which

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).

Australian scientists looked at 32 children who consumed less than two servings of veggies a day. Some were exposed to just broccoli for five weeks, and others broccoli, courgette and peas.

Ayla Winter-White, 20, from Ascot in Berkshire, was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip in 2017. After going under the knife in July, her grandfather Keith, 82, has been 'helping' out.

Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden estimated the visceral fat, which surrounds the abdominal organs, of more than 325,000 people. This fat has been linked to heart disease before.

As of July 20, Vietnam reported 115,186 dengue cases, compared with just 29,000 for the same period last year, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The study, by researchers from Sweden and France, tracked 51 people over 13 years. They found as participants got older the rate at which fat from their fat cells was removed and stored slowed down.

Formula One news: Michael Schumacher admitted to Paris hospital for 'stem cell treatment' 

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.

The research team from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland monitored 3,400 people aged 35 to 75 for an average of five years.

The researchers - from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke - believe this is because short people have a higher liver fat content, blood pressure and inflammation.

A clinical trial being run by a British bioscience company at a leading London university hopes to find out whether a pill containing probiotic bacteria help destroy lethal cancers.

Chief executive of NHS trust quits her £300,000-a-year job

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

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 peppermint oils and other chemicals in toothpaste, including bleaching agents, can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin, British men are being warned.

A new study from Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine has found that premature babies treated long-term with antibiotics had more gut bacteria with antibiotic-resistant genes.

Boy, four, has a rare condition which means he is extra sociable

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.

Scientists are trying to work out how to make us live longer and healthier lives. Some experiments in America have focused on cells and their importance in the ageing process.

ASK THE GP: Six years ago, I was diagnosed with a low white blood cell count. I've been suffering from thrush and hives for around four-and-a-half years. Could these problems be linked?


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