Health


	Stress affects sperm quality and offspring, study finds
Stress affects sperm quality and offspring, study finds

The children of overly-stressed men may be less resilient and more prone to sensitivity to stress and even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests.

A new study demonstrated how even mild to moderate stress may affect the way that men's sperm develops.

The resulting changes meant that these fathers passed down genetic coding for a less effective hormonal response to stress to their children.

This so-called...

November 17, 2017


	X-ray you must see before you get a new knee
X-ray you must see before you get a new knee

This is an image to make anyone who’s had joint replacement surgery wince: the picture shows a new knee that has slipped out of place.

While a new knee will last about 15 to 20 years, as this picture shows, things can go horribly wrong if there’s an accident.

This is an image to make anyone who’s had joint replacement surgery wince: the picture shows a new knee that has slipped out of place

‘It’s likely that the patient had a...

November 17, 2017


	Larissa is nominee for the Mail's Health Hero awards
Larissa is nominee for the Mail's Health Hero awards

Sabah Amin woke up on her 12th birthday alone in a bleak hospital isolation room. ‘A nurse came in and wished me happy birthday but I just wanted to cry and turned to face the wall.

‘I felt so lonely. I thought of my family and friends at home while I was imprisoned in hospital,’ she says.

Dr Larissa Kerecuk organised a surprise 12th birthday party for patient Sabah Amin and sends her a card or present every birthday as well as Chr...

November 17, 2017


	New guidelines drop 'high blood pressure' threshold to 130
New guidelines drop 'high blood pressure' threshold to 130

New medical guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition. 

That means now nearly half of US adults have stage 1 hypertension and need to make urgent lifestyle changes to bring that number down.

High pressure has long meant a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, but that has dropped to 130/80, according to a report published by the American Heart As...

November 17, 2017


	Workplace bullying increases risk of type 2 diabetes
Workplace bullying increases risk of type 2 diabetes

Being bullied at work dramatically raises the risk of developing diabetes, according to new research.

A Danish study of around 46,000 people found those picked on by colleagues were 46 percent more likely to fall victim to the life-threatening illness.

In the US, nearly 20 percent of the workforce reports experience bullying at their places of employment. 

This is the first time the link between bullying and type 2 diabetes h...

November 17, 2017


	Nurse who refused to leave Manchester Arena bomb victim
Nurse who refused to leave Manchester Arena bomb victim

Teenager Adam Lawler was seriously injured in the Manchester terrorist bombing in May. At 15, he arrived in A&E with no one he knew to hold his hand or offer words of comfort.

Although conscious, Adam’s mouth had been so badly damaged he couldn’t phone his mum to tell her what had happened. All he managed was a text saying: ‘I have been in a terror attack and I’m bleeding heavily.’ It was another five hours before mum Sally got a cal...

November 17, 2017


	Death of bright, brilliant Oxford student who hid his pain
Death of bright, brilliant Oxford student who hid his pain

Andrew Kirkman, 20, a bright, brilliant second-year Oxford undergraduate who killed himself in 2013, is just one of hundreds of UK students who have committed suicide in the past decade.

After receiving a recommendation from his Baliol College tutor to take medical leave from the prestigious university for a year, Andrew went on to take his own life.

His story is part of the film Death on Campus, which focuses on the growing numbe...

November 17, 2017


	Good Samaritan raises funds for boy to have brain surgery
Good Samaritan raises funds for boy to have brain surgery

A child with a severely swollen head will have life-saving brain surgery after a good Samaritan has helped his poverty-stricken family.

Four-year-old Khyng Isaiah Maza had been bed-ridden since birth with a condition that causes his head to balloon in size.

He has hydrocephalus, which left untreated can cause permanent brain damage, blurred vision, difficulty walking, learning disabilities and can even be fatal.

The boy's fat...

November 17, 2017


	Man is desperate to remove stone of loose skin
Man is desperate to remove stone of loose skin

A man who has halved his body weight by ditching booze and sugar is desperately trying to raise money to get rid of er a stone of saggy skin after ditching sugar and booze and halving his body weight.

'The only downside is that I've been left with lots of excess skin,' Paul said. 'When I look at myself in the mirror I feel ashamed of how I look and that skin is a reminder of the man I was 12 months ago.' 

Paul is now 16 stone, but ...

November 17, 2017


	Man's foot with giant burn hole saved by maggots
Man's foot with giant burn hole saved by maggots

A diabetic man who suffered severe burns when he fell asleep against a radiator has revealed maggots saved his foot from amputation.

James Murray was hospitalised after the injury he sustained in June became badly infected and he was left with limited treatment options.

Surgeons suggested 'larval therapy' – a stomach-churning procedure that involves placing 400 live maggots in a tea bag-like pouch onto the wound.

The creepy-...

November 17, 2017


	Madagascar plague death toll rises to 171
Madagascar plague death toll rises to 171

The deadly plague outbreak in Madagascar is rapidly spiralling out of control as 171 people have now lost their lives, official figures reveal.

World Health Organization data also shows the 'medieval disease' has infected 2,119 in the country off the coast of Africa - a four per cent jump in a handful of days. 

The 'crisis' has prompted ten African countries to be placed on high alert, with the WHO ordering nine to step up preparat...

November 17, 2017


	Levi Krystosek, the 'one-in-a-million' dwarf
Levi Krystosek, the 'one-in-a-million' dwarf

An 11-year-old boy is 'one-in-a-million' because he is one of just 30 people across the world with a rare form of dwarfism.

Levi Krystosek, from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was expected to die within days of being born - but he overcame the odds.

However, his parents remain on tenterhooks as a playful tussle with his friends could be 'catastrophic' for the 3ft 1in schoolboy.

Doctors diagnosed 'Little Levi' with Jansen's Metap...

November 17, 2017


	Video shows a baby's parasitic twin being removed
Video shows a baby's parasitic twin being removed

Shocking video footage reveals the moment a baby boy, born with his twin attached to his stomach, successfully undergoes separation surgery.

In 2016, Hemlata Singh, from Jodphur, India, gave birth to a healthy baby named Sonni, but attached to his stomach was his partially formed, parasitic twin, putting the infant's life at risk.

At just nine days old, Sonni was separated from his parasitic twin via the liver they shared before di...

November 17, 2017


	County Durham mum who lost her twins welcomes another set
County Durham mum who lost her twins welcomes another set

A heartbroken mother who lost her premature newborn twins was overjoyed to find out she was pregnant again three months later - with another set of twins.

Angel Hind, 33, from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, gave birth to her first set of twins, Blake and Annabelle Smailes, in September 2015, but the tiny babies were too poorly to survive.

But just three months later, Angel and partner Nick Smailes were amazed to find out she was ...

November 17, 2017


	Baby born with no eyes needs bionic implants
Baby born with no eyes needs bionic implants

A determined mother is hoping to raise £58,000 for pioneering treatment for her son who was born without eyes.

Archie Innes, aged ten months, was born with a rare genetic disorder that has left him 'black blind', hearing impaired and needing feeding from a tube.

He has SOX2 syndrome, where babies are born with abnormal development of the eyes and other parts of the body.

'Black blind' is a term used to describe those who cann...

November 17, 2017


	Man with OCD cured by transcranial magnetic stimulation
Man with OCD cured by transcranial magnetic stimulation

A man whose 28-year-battle with obsessive compulsive disorder saw him tormented daily thinking he had harmed others claims he has been effectively 'cured' through the use of magnets.

The condition drove Alex Jones to imagine he had run people over deliberately in his car and beaten up strangers.

The intrusive thoughts that invaded his mind daily would cause him great anxiety, as every trip outside would prompt him to spend hours re...

November 17, 2017


	Indian man has metallic wire hanging out of his eye
Indian man has metallic wire hanging out of his eye

A 23-year-old welder was left with a piece of metal hanging out of the corner of his eye after his tool burst.

The unnamed man, from India, avoided going blind - because the 3cm-long metallic wire narrowly missed his eye and burrowed into the skin.

A 23-year-old musician was left with a piece of metal hanging out of the corner of his eye after his instrument snapped

The unnamed man, from India, avoided going blind - because t...

November 17, 2017


	'Insanity' fitness guru reveals his 'powerhouse' food
'Insanity' fitness guru reveals his 'powerhouse' food

Your body is your vehicle, so it's important to keep your engine running when you work out.

That means fueling up your body by eating the right foods to give you the energy you need to go hard at the gym.

To fuel or not to fuel prior to a morning working out continues to be a hot topic.

Fitness icon Shaun T, the man behind the Insanity craze, reveals that while he prefers to exercise first thing in the morning on an empty sto...

November 17, 2017


	The 10 ways to protect yourself against air pollution
The 10 ways to protect yourself against air pollution

Pollution is killing us – officially – as research has found has said its the number one cause of death in the world.  

Most of us take care to avoid sugar, salt and take-away food and to limit our couch potato days as much as we can. 

But an alarming number of reports recently have pointed to an invisible enemy that none of us can control – soaring pollution levels.

However, there's plenty to you can do to minimise its effec...

November 17, 2017


	Depressed fathers may pass it on to their teenage children
Depressed fathers may pass it on to their teenage children

Depressed fathers are significantly more likely to have teenage children who also suffer from the mental health condition, new research reveals.

This occurs regardless of whether the adolescent's mother has the disorder, according to the first study of its kind.

'If you're a father who hasn't sought treatment for your depression, it could have an impact on your child.' 

Depressed fathers are significantly more likely to have...

November 17, 2017