Health


	Incredible technique allows scientists to erase memories
Incredible technique allows scientists to erase memories

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an incredible new technique devised by scientists.

The technique allows researchers to selectively erase particular memories, using light.

While it has only been tested in mice so far, the team believes that it may offer new insights into how PTSD and specific phobias may be better treated.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be a ...

August 18, 2017


	'Angelina’ BRCA gene carriers should cut back on broccoli
'Angelina’ BRCA gene carriers should cut back on broccoli

Mutated BRCA genes - famously carried by the Hollywood actress - significantly raise the risk of ovarian and breast forms of the disease.

And new research suggests eating avocado, asparagus and broccoli, which are abundant in folate, could make cancer even more likely.

Folate causes the body to produce a cancer-causing compound that can 'lethally damage' the DNA of mutated cells, early trials show.

This, deemed irreparable, m...

August 18, 2017


	Children who skip breakfast miss out on crucial nutrients
Children who skip breakfast miss out on crucial nutrients

It's something nutritionists have been banging on about for years. 

But now a study has provided even clearer evidence: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

The research by King's College London found that starting the morning with a meal is particularly important for teenagers and children.

Young people who skip breakfast could leave themselves open to severe issues with development, that could affect them...

August 18, 2017


	Girl diagnosed with brain tumor after 'period pains'
Girl diagnosed with brain tumor after 'period pains'

When Haley Flatt reached 10, she started to getting extreme migraines that would leave the side of her face numb.

Doctors said they were just side effects from her period, which had started early. But her mother Tinisha Lairson thought something was wrong.

On June 12, 2014, Haley woke up and couldn't get out of the top bunk of her bed.

Her mother took her to the hospital and demanded them to do a brain scan.

The scan sh...

August 18, 2017


	Scientists control body movements of mice with magnetism
Scientists control body movements of mice with magnetism

Researchers have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brains of mice, inducing bodily movements such as running, rotating and loss of control of the extremities. 

The technique, which uses magnetic nanoparticles to stimulate neurons, is a remote, minimally invasive way to trigger activity deep inside the brain, turning specific cells on and off to affect the body.

The achievement could lead to advances in studyin...

August 18, 2017


	Snake bite leaves Georgia girl fighting for her life
Snake bite leaves Georgia girl fighting for her life

A twelve-year-old girl had to fight for her life after a timber rattlesnake bit her in the leg while she was playing at a friend's house in Georgia.

Cecillia Gonzalez was playing near a creek in her friend Peyton Gillian's yard on Saturday when she fell into a tree. 

Her fall landed her right in striking distance of a timber rattlesnake, a venomous snake that is native to the southeast of the US.

Peyton alerted an adult who i...

August 18, 2017


	NHS chief is sacked after Carry On sex ring row
NHS chief is sacked after Carry On sex ring row

Sir Leonard Fenwick, 70, claimed last night that he had been the victim of a witch-hunt.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, 70, the health service's longest-serving chief executive, claimed last night that he had been the victim of a witch-hunt.

He was accused of bullying, abusive behaviour and misusing resources at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust.

After an eight-month investigation, during which he continued to receive ...

August 18, 2017


	Sperm cells created in lab may cure male infertility
Sperm cells created in lab may cure male infertility

Around 1 in 500 men have an extra X or Y chromosome, which disrupts their sperm production. 

Using male mice, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London created multi-purpose stem cells – which can be used to create any type of cell – from ear tissue.

These were treated to become sperm cells. Injected into the mouse’s testes, they became fully functioning sperm, allowing the mice to fertilise females.

Using male mice...

August 18, 2017


	Eight-week-old baby dies of sepsis in Dudley
Eight-week-old baby dies of sepsis in Dudley

Emma George, 24, had taken Felicity to a hospital urgent care centre

A grief-stricken mother told yesterday how she woke up to find her eight-week-old daughter dead from sepsis – hours after being ‘fobbed off’ by an out-of-hours doctor.

Emma George, 24, had taken Felicity to a hospital urgent care centre after the baby, who had been born premature, had a temperature, was not feeding and was becoming difficult to rouse.

But Mr...

August 18, 2017


	The savior baby
The savior baby

An unborn baby may have the power to save the life of his, or her, uncle just minutes after they enter the world, its mother claims.

Georgina Russell, 31, from Preston, is desperate to help her brother Ashley - who has been given five years to live with his brain tumour.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with the rare, slow-growing glioblastoma earlier this month and was warned surgery could leave him blind or disabled. 

After sc...

August 18, 2017


	Shrink pizzas and ready meals to beat obesity
Shrink pizzas and ready meals to beat obesity

Burgers will be made thinner and crisp packets smaller under a new drive to tackle obesity.

The Government is drawing up guidelines aimed at drastically cutting the calories in popular savoury foods.

Manufacturers will be told either to make products smaller or change their ingredients to lower the fat and sugar content.

The Government is drawing up guidelines aimed at drastically cutting the calories in popular savoury foods...

August 18, 2017


	Cute neck floats for babies are 'DEATH TRAPS'
Cute neck floats for babies are 'DEATH TRAPS'

They may look cute and seem harmless, but neck floats for babies can have deadly consequences, an expert warns.

Kyran Quinlan, associate professor of pediatrics at Rush University, made the claim as the trendy gadgets continue to flood social media.

The former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said seams on the inflatable gadgets, sold across the world, can be poorly sealed. 

Speaking of the growing sales of t...

August 18, 2017


	Teenage boy looks like a toddler thanks to rare syndrome
Teenage boy looks like a toddler thanks to rare syndrome

The mother of a teenager who is the same size as a toddler has called his unnamed condition the 'happy syndrome'. 

Angus Palmes, 13, weighs just 2st and 2lbs, the same size as an average toddler, and his condition is so rare it doesn't even have a name.

His mother Tandy, 48, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, realised there was some different something different about her son while she was pregnant and Angus wasn't kicking.

After s...

August 18, 2017


	10 women a day seeking help from lawyers over vaginal mesh
10 women a day seeking help from lawyers over vaginal mesh

At least 10 women each day are approaching lawyers demanding compensation for the life-changing damage caused to their bodies by controversial vaginal mesh, it has emerged.

Following cries for the scandal-hit procedure to be halted, backed by MailOnline, floods of affected women who have had their lives destroyed by such devices have sought help from Wedlake Bell.

The leading London-based legal firm have been inundated with despera...

August 18, 2017


	Using conditioner after a nuclear attack is lethal
Using conditioner after a nuclear attack is lethal

After a nuclear attack it would probably be one of the last things you would think of, but it seems that using hair conditioner could be lethal.

Following threats of a nuclear strike from North Korea, the US Office for Civil Defense has warned people living in Guam to steer clear of the smoothing hair product.

Experts say that conditioner can 'bind radioactive material to your hair', making the deadly particles extremely difficult ...

August 18, 2017


	Assam man has a 59" belly that will eventually kill him
Assam man has a 59" belly that will eventually kill him

An aspiring footballer is in constant pain due to a life-threatening condition that has caused his abdomen to bloat to 59 inches.

Bikash Hazarika, 21, from a remote village in Assam, northeast India, who weighs just 134lbs (61kg), cannot walk, sit or sleep because his belly has swelled to an enormous 22lbs (10kg).

For the past five years, Mr Hazarika has only been able to sleep in a seated position for one-and-a-half hours at a tim...

August 18, 2017


	Retired NFL player to be in the first to try new ALS drug
Retired NFL player to be in the first to try new ALS drug

He has been diagnosed with ALS, a terminal and brutal disease which will likely leave him unable to speak or walk within months.

But retired NFL star William White insists he wouldn't have sacrificed his football career for anything - despite studies that clearly link the high-impact sport with the terminal neurological disease.

Now the 51-year-old is even more positive as he prepares to start taking a groundbreaking drug that coul...

August 18, 2017


	Black cancer patient slowly turning white because of drug
Black cancer patient slowly turning white because of drug

A cancer sufferer claims she is 'losing her identity as a black woman' because she is slowly turning white - a rare side effect of her treatment.

Paula Edwards, 54, from Loughborough, was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer in 2012 and was initially given 12 months to live.

But more than five years later, the mother-of-two is still defying the odds and holding down her job as a community care officer.

After undergoing her f...

August 18, 2017


	High doses of vitamin C could help fight blood cancer
High doses of vitamin C could help fight blood cancer

Found in high levels in oranges, peppers and kale, scientists believe it encourages blood cancer stem cells to die.

Faulty stem cells in bone marrow often multiply, fueling the growth of fatal tumours, but vitamin C tells them to die, scientists claim.

But they warned it is impossible to get the required amount through fruit, and that such high quantities would be given intravenously.

By injecting patients with it, sufferers ...

August 18, 2017


	Incredible heart-shaped cell entangled in a blood clot
Incredible heart-shaped cell entangled in a blood clot

This astounding photo of a heart-shaped cell entangled in a blood clot has won the British Hearth Foundation's 2017 photo contest. 

In the image, which was captured through an electron microscope, red blood cells are trapped in the 3D mesh of fibrin fibres, which hold the clot together.

The cell had remarkably been compressed into a heart shape by the contracting fibres surrounding it.

Taken by Fraser Macrae, a BHF-funded res...

August 18, 2017