Ringing in your ear? It could be a sign you're just moments from going deaf

'I felt as if my life as I knew it was over,' said Jessica-Jane Clement

The drug that's harmed more children than Thalidomide

Heartache: Karen Buck and daughter Bridget. 'I am losing my little girl. It could happen any day and every moment is precious,' said Karen

SUE REID on how an epilepsy drug that's still being given in pregnancy has left 20,000 British children with a host of physical or mental problems.

Eating a Mediterranean diet 'cuts your heart and stroke risk by a third'

Hearty meals: Switching to a Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of a heart attack by a third

The diet is high in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ‘healthy’ fats such as those in olive oil, while low in red meat and dairy products.

Just ONE WEEK of disrupted sleep could play havoc with your health

Sleep deficiency is associated with a host of conditions including obesity, heart disease and mental impairment

Researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered that even just one week of poor sleep has an impact on more than 700 genes, including those associated with metabolism and stress responses.

How a big hug can cure chronic hiccups

Short-term hiccups can usually be cured by holding one's breath or breathing into a paper bag

Hiccups are most often caused by an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm — the horizontal layer of muscle separating the chest cavity from the abdomen.

Cold showers to kill off winter bugs and icy jabs to tackle prostate cancer: Why feeling chilly can be GOOD for your health

Turning down the thermostat could mean you suffer fewer coughs and colds

The winter blasts are far from gone, but don’t despair — research shows that icy temperatures can actually help keep you healthy. Research suggests cold water boosts the circulation and stimulates immune cell production, while an ice massage, where ice is rubbed on to the skin, could be a good drug-free therapy for women about to give birth.

One in 10 Britons now eats three meals a day at work - and gains a STONE in weight as a result

Half of us eat both breakfast and lunch at our desks, while 10 per cent of us eat all three meals at work

Seventy per cent admit to going to work with good intentions, only to succumb to the office vending machine or temptations provided by co-workers, a survey by a pistachio company found.

Volunteering is not only good for your soul, it could also stave off heart disease

Even at a young age, people who volunteer have healthier cardiovascular systems

People who volunteer have lower cholesterol, meaning they are less likely to suffer heart disease, new research from the University of British Columbia shows.

'My son wasn't breathing but the receptionist still said I had to wait': Mother's heartbreak after her baby dies from pneumonia despite visiting private GP several times

Axel Peanburg King died from pneumonia despite his mother calling and visiting a privately-run out of hours GP centre several times

Axel Peanberg King, from north London, died from pneumonia when he was just seven weeks old, having originally been diagnosed with a viral infection.

The little boy with such unbearably itchy skin that he scratches until he bleeds... and his only hope of a cure is a LIVER transplant

Aarron Higgins, with mum Jacqueline,

Aarron Higgins, from Glasgow, suffers from a life-threatening genetic disease called Alagille Syndrome which affects his vital organs and makes his skin terribly itchy.

Think soya's a safer choice than meat? Think again

Last week, Asda boss Andy Clarke said more shoppers are buying vegetarian meals in the wake of the horsemeat scandal

Health food chain Holland & Barrett reported earlier this month that sales of its veggie burgers were up by 17 per cent, while vegetarian ‘beef roast’ had lifted by 50 per cent. As the horsemeat scandal boosts sales of vegetarian food, we reveal that soya products have their own health worries.

Can you trust your supermarket? Leading expert says WAITROSE is the worst store for confusing shoppers when it comes to food labelling

Shoppers are unwittingly buying own brand supermarket foods high in salt, sugar and fat, an expert has warned

Martin Isark - who rated The Co-operative as the best store for clear labelling - says shoppers are unwittingly buying own foods high in salt, sugar and fat because the information is being hidden from them.

One in five couples spend more than a YEAR trying to conceive - and experts say delaying motherhood and obesity are to blame

Sperm and egg

The survey, for ITV's This Morning, also found that nearly 20 per cent of couples said the stress of not being able to conceive had placed their relationship under strain.

Two new mothers are left battling infections after swabs were left inside them at maternity 'supercentre'

The Royal Bolton Hospital

The incidents, at the Royal Bolton Hospital, left both women with health complications as the swabs became infected and had to be removed.

One in three gym goers don't even break a sweat (as they're too busy ogling at others and sitting in the spa)

One in 10 go to the gym to meet potential partners

Just half complete a serious fitness routine, while the rest spend their time chatting with friends or checking out potential partners, according to a survey from fitness company Kettler.

How to get thighs like Felicity Kendal: Secrets of an A-list body

Felicity Kendal does 'yoga, weights, jogging, gym, swimming, and I walk my dog every day'

Pictured on holiday this month, the 66-year-old displayed the thighs of a woman half her age. She says going on Strictly Come Dancing 2010 kick-started her fitness regime.

Children who get a good night's sleep 'have better memories'

Researchers have found that children who slept well had a boosted memory which could explain why children who do not sleep well do not do as well in school

The findings made by researchers from the University of Tuebingen, Germany could explain why children who do not sleep well do not do as well in school.

Robots join the battle against bladder cancer

Bionic help: Surgeons will now be able to treat patients suffering from bladder cancer using robotic keyhole surgery

Patients with bladder cancer are the latest to benefit from advances in robotic keyhole surgery which has lower risks and shorter recovery time.

Caesarean babies at higher risk of allergies: Infants born by C-section are five times more likely to suffer common reactions

Being born by caesarean section greatly increases a baby's chances of developing allergies, a study has found

Scientists believe the babies are left vulnerable by avoiding the journey through the birth canal, which would normally expose them to their mother's bacteria.

Bravery of girl, eight, who lives life to the full despite only being born with half a heart

Abbie Bayes, 8, was born with the rare condition which means the right side of her heart is underdeveloped and unable to pump enough blood around her body

Abbie Bayes (pictured) was born at the University Hospital of North Durham with hypoplastic right heart syndrome which affects some 600 babies every year and many of those die within just days of being born.

The liver operation that gives breast cancer patients a new lease of life

Pioneering treatment: Susan Welch was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007

Susan Welch underwent a course of chemotherapy and Herceptin, a drug that targets certain types of breast cancer cells, which reduced the size of the seven tumours in her liver — some as large as three centimetres — by up to 75 per cent, making liver surgery possible.

Pregnant and pumping iron! The former model who is defying critics by exercising through pregnancy - and doctors say she's right

Fitness bump: Nell McAndrew is exercising throughout her pregnancy

If you are exercising and fall pregnant, carry on, writes NELL McANDREW. If someone tried to stop me, well, I just wouldn’t unless there was a medical reason.

Grub's up: Insects are packed with protein, calcium and minerals, but can you imagine ordering a mealworm burger?

Eight-legged feast: Stefan Gates munches on a tarantula

Tarantula kebabs, fried crickets and grubs could become a staple of our daily diet in the not-too-distant future, according to nutrition experts.

The fog of fatigue I lived in for 16 years has lifted at last: How Roy Lichtenstein's muse has conquered chronic ME, thanks to psychotherapy and her very patient husband

New energy: Although Erica Wexler thanks psychotherapy for her recovery, she say she could not have done it without husband Andy Partridge

Erica Wexler, 43, has won the battle with debilitating neurological condition chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), once known as ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis).

Champion diet: Mother-of-five who went from a size 20 to a size 8 after losing 9st becomes a top bodybuilder

Joanna Rainey before she lost the weight

Joanna Rainey had no idea she was overweight until a doctor told her bluntly she was obese. That was just the trigger she needed to change her life dramatically.

Trainee primary school teacher dubbed the 'perfect daughter' dies in her sleep from undiagnosed heart condition aged just 19

Charlotte Mayes, from Hindley, near Wigan, was thought to be perfectly healthy, didn't smoke or take drugs and drank very little alcohol

Charlotte Mayes, from Hindley, near Wigan, was thought to be perfectly healthy, didn't smoke or take drugs and drank very little alcohol. A pathology report revealed she had a rare heart condition that had caused the walls of her organ to thicken.

Mother's anguish after police admit they kept her dead son's brain in storage for 13 years

Hannah Cheevers

Hannah Cheevers said two officers knocked on her door 'totally out of the blue' to admit that her son's brain had been held at Southampton General Hospital for more than a decade.

The cure for arthritis? Fish oil AND aspirin, according to a breakthrough discovery

Scientist have discovered that taking fish oil and aspirin together could help to ease beat chronic illnesses such as arthritis

Scientists from the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston have found that the two work together to combat inflammation.

The latest weapon against superbugs? An antibiotic made from human SWEAT

Sweat

Dermcidin, a chemical that is activated in salty, slightly acidic perspiration, could fend off superbugs and deadly strains of TB, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Marriage will help you stay healthy in old age because stability leads to less stressful life

Bliss: A study has found that married life is one of the keys to a healthy old age

A study found that telomeres, which protect the body’s chromosomes and the DNA they contain, tend to be bigger among couples – particularly those who are financially secure.

Amazing recovery of girl whose agonising curved spine meant she had to take 12 painkilling pills a day at the age of 14

Louiselle Morris, from Cardiff, was just 13 when she went for a routine visit to her doctor for what she had believed was a common cold.

Louiselle Morris, from Cardiff, was just 13 when she went for a routine visit to her doctor for what she had believed was a common cold. Instead she was diagnosed with crippling scoliosis, an extreme curving of the spine, and was given a morphine-like drug for the pain.

Mother's anguish as son she hoped would keep her sick daughter alive is also diagnosed with same life-threatening blood disorder

Rachelle Emberton with her daughter Emma and son James. Both have been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer

Four-year-old Emma Whittaker, from Buckinghamshire, has a blood disorder that can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer. Her mother Rachelle hoped her son James, three, would prove a suitable bone marrow donor to help save her life. But two months later she received the devastating news that he also had the same rare condition.

Dental nurse, 30, died after 'serious failings' by paramedics who could have saved her had she gone to hospital

Sarah Thomas died at home because her symptoms were not taken seriously

Sarah Thomas, from Port Talbot, was found dead just six hours after ambulance staff told her she didn't need to go to hospital, despite being 'barely conscious'.

A nation suffering from 'fat blindness': Average Briton is only prompted to go on a diet once the scales tip 13st 10lb

Woman weighing herself on scales

Statistics from Weight Watchers, which records the start weights of all new members, reveal the average start weight has risen by more than a stone over the past 20 years.

It really IS never too late to quit: Giving up smoking even after your 50s reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by more than 40%

Stub it out: Giving up cigarettes can have almost immediate health benefits

A study from the German Cancer Research Centre found that even elderly people benefited from a 40 per cent drop in the risk of heart disease within 5 years of quitting.

Mother rushed to hospital with severe back pain discovers she is PREGNANT - and gives birth 24 hours later

Shock: Kelly Gadsby was suffering from extreme back pain and had no idea she was pregnant. Her son Frankie was born just hours later

Kelly Gadsby, from Tamworth, had been on the pill and had periods as normal. She says she only noticed a bump on the way to the hospital shortly before she gave birth to baby Frankie.

Bravery of girl, eight, who lives life to the full despite only being born with half a heart

Abbie Bayes, 8, was born with the rare condition which means the right side of her heart is underdeveloped and unable to pump enough blood around her body

Abbie Bayes (left aged eight) was born at the University Hospital of North Durham with hypoplastic right heart syndrome which affects some 600 babies every year and many of those die within just days of being born. She underwent surgery at just 13 weeks old (right aged four months) and aged four and will one day need a full heart transplant.

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