My family made me fat: Woman who weighed 605lbs loses almost half her body weight after her mother is forbidden from buying her unhealthy treats 

Susan Farmer, 37, from Eddy, Texas, weighs 605lbs and was told by doctors to lose half her body weight or face early death. She achieves a weight loss of 215lbs over 12 months after her doting mother Nita (bottom center with Susan) stops buying her junk food. Speaking before her weight loss, she said: 'Life is miserable, I hurt all the time. I don't like looking at myself so I don't look at myself in the mirror - to me I'm fat and ugly.'

The man with the HALF-STONE penis: 45-year-old who enlarged himself with silicone injections is now so big he struggles to have sex

Micha Stunz, 45, from Berlin, has had four procedures to inject silicone into his penis. He said enlarging his manhood doesn't make him feel 'beautiful', it simply makes him feel 'better'.

Why healthy eating may be the new eating disorder: Raw food and paleo dieters 'at risk of a dangerous obsession with nutrition'

Sufferers of orthorexia nervosa, the 'health food eating disorder', may be 'plunged into gloom' by eating a piece of bread, and become anxious about when their next hit of kale, chia or quinoa is coming.

Daughter's POO cures father of life-threatening infection: Pensioner struck by superbug undergoes faecal transplant to eradicate the illness 

Len Barnes, 75, underwent the procedure at University Hospital of North Tees after losing three stone when he contracted Clostridium difficile. His daughter Debbie, left, donated her stools.

Could being skinny in middle age raise your risk of dementia? Underweight people third more likely to develop diseases

Being underweight in mid-life could increase your risk of dementia, researchers claim. A study shows you are a third more likely to be diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer's than those of a healthy weight.

Woman, 24, who thought she was allergic to gin and tonic is horrified to be told her symptoms are due to CANCER 

When Eve Addison developed a strange swelling in her collarbone after drinking gin and tonic, she assumed she must have an allergy. But when switching brands failed to help - and she developed night sweats and a rash - she saw her GP. To her horror, tests revealed the 24-year-old was suffering Hodgkin Lymphoma - cancer of the lymphatic system. The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is one or more painless swellings in the neck, armpit or groin. Usually, the swollen nodes don't hurt, but in some people like Miss Addison, they can be painful - especially after drinking alcohol. After six months of chemotherapy, she has now been given the all clear - and is sharing her story to make others aware of the condition.

Having plastic surgery can make you more LIKEABLE: Women who went under the knife were rated as more attractive, feminine and trustworthy

Eye lifts and face lifts are the procedures that yielded the most positive ratings after surgery, researchers from Georgetown University School of Medicine found.

'It's no excuse to pig out': Eight stone mother maintains figure during pregnancy by eating 30 pieces of fruit a DAY... and even completed a triathlon

Yulia Tarbath, 33, from Surrey but now lives in Bali, retained her size six figure throughout the nine-month term with twice-daily work outs. However doctors advise against her controversial diet.

Secret of a healthy love life? Fans of toasted cheese sandwiches have more SEX than those who don't eat them (and they also give more to charity)

According to a new survey, people who enjoy cheese toasties not only have a better love life, with a third having sex six times a month, they're also more generous and have a taste for adventure.

Is this the most bizarre pregnancy craving ever? Woman reveals she spent nine months eating ROCKS... and just seeing stones made her mouth water

Mum-to-be Silvia, from New York, reveals she developed a bizarre pregnancy disorder called pica, which prompts cravings for non-food items, in the TV show My Extraordinary Pregnancy.

Charcoal to detox, freekah for heart health and bone broth to lower your blood pressure: The latest health food fads revealed...but which ones REALLY work? 

Dietitian Sophie Claessens picks the 'miracle' foods from the fads as she examines the latest 'superfoods' promising 'detox', weight loss aids and better heart health. She gives her view on the benefits of activated charcoal, left, fermented foods including pickled cabbage, centre, and the new food craze of spiralizing, right.

Now parents expect the Ashya treatment: Doctors left in 'impossible situation' as they have to explain why other children cannot receive proton beam therapy 

Clinicians are in an 'impossible situation' as a result of the King family's flight to Spain after disagreeing with doctors who were treating him for cancer in Southampton.

Pregnancy 'can improve health': Having a baby could have 'rejuvenating effect' and slow down ageing process, say scientists 

Researchers at Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem found being pregnant helped older mice regenerate as if they has been injected with a youth serum from the baby it is carrying.

Overweight? You needn't bother applying for the job: Nearly half of employers are 'unlikely' to hire fat workers because they fear they're lazy

A survey of 1,000 British companies revealed almost half are less inclined to recruit an obese applicant, fearing 'they're lazy', and 'unable to fulfil their roles as required', because of their weight.

Don't bin leftover food - it's better for you second time around! From low calorie rice to easy-to-digest cheese, the surprising health benefits of day-old food

From last night's curry to reheated rice and pasta, eating leftovers could be even better for you than tucking in when your meals are freshly cooked. Here, experts explain the good news for dieters.

Boy told he would never walk defies doctors to take his first steps - thanks to the generosity of strangers who donated £135,000 to fund pioneering surgery abroad

Luca Railton, 11, from Malmesbury, Wiltshire, was born with bones missing from his legs due to bilateral tibial hemimelia. He had no right knee, no right shin bone (tibia) and only a partial shin bone in his left leg. Throughout his childhood he underwent 60 hours of surgery as doctors tried to save his leg as he grew. But when he was 10-years-old, they said there was nothing more they could do, and he would either need an amputation or to have his leg fused straight. But his family refused to give up, and came across a surgeon in America who promised he could save Luca's leg. They began fundraising the £135,000 needed for the procedures, and eventually flew 4,000 miles to Florida. Luca underwent a series of pioneering operations (he is pictured, left, during treatment) and is now able to walk unaided for the first time (inset). He said: 'I can wear skinny jeans and I just wear regular shoes now. It's been worth it.'

The ultra competitive exercise fad that can ruin your health: It's called planking - and suddenly it's sweeping gyms and Pilates classes 

Start on elbows and knees, locking hands together. Straighten legs and raise your body so that you're supported by the balls of your feet, with feet hip-distance apart. Face the floor, being careful not to arch your back or stick your bottom in the air. Hold this position for 45 seconds to begin with, extending the time as you get stronger..

The plank is one of the toughest exercises you can do with your body. You have to lie flat and hold yourself on your toes and elbows. Lisa Brinkworth suffered intense pain after doing the plank in Pilates.

At last, a cure for baldness! Scientists discover how to regrow hair (as long as you're prepared to pull it all out first)

In a series of intriguing experiments, University of Southern California researchers have shown that when they pluck 200 hairs, up to six times as many grow back.

Eleven-year-old boy with autism sends his toy bear on a round-the-world adventure to help spread awareness about the disability 

Dorian Poe, 11, from Burlington Ontario, has autism, and is raising awareness for his condition through his favorite toy, a polar bear named Tikko, who travels the world.

The 7 surprising signs you're stressed: From bleeding gums to white spots on your nails, we reveal the best foods to re-boot your body

Stress drains the body of nutrients, meaning signs of pressure often show up on the body as nutrient deficiencies, according to nutritionist Charlotte Watts. Cracks at the side of the mouth are a sign the body needs vitamin B6, while white spots on the nails mean the person is deficient in zinc. Here, Ms Watts explains what foods a person can eat to replenish the body...

Jump the queue for cataract operations by paying yourself: Half of hospitals allow patients to contribute themselves (but you'll pay THREE times over the odds)

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Half of all hospital trusts in England are letting patients jump NHS queues for cataract surgery if they pay for it themselves, with some such as Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells charging up to £2,700.

Child stress risks Type 1 diabetes: Young who experience events such as divorce or family bereavement are three times more likely to develop condition 

Scientists in Sweden analysed more than 10,000 families in the study and found 58 children with diabetes had also been badly affected by previous events such as family separation.

An unhappy home is a FAT home: Divorce and death trigger weight gain in teenage girls while boys with depressed mothers are more likely to be obese

Scientists at the University of Houston found experiencing family stress repeatedly throughout childhood led to teenage girls becoming overweight or obese by the age of 18.

Beware hayfever hell... FIVE MILLION new sufferers predicted this summer as the season gets off to a bang amid soaring temperatures

EXCLUSIVE: Twenty million people are expected to suffer hayfever symptoms this summer - up a third from last year - as dry weather with intervals of rain result in very high pollen counts, which can trigger new cases.

'I'm a real-life vampire,' says the mother who's so allergic to sunlight that any exposure can put her in hospital

Lorraine Valentine, 42, form Bournemouth, suffers from erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare condition which means any exposure to sunlight leaves her burning, itching and swollen. She lives near the beach, but can only visit it at night, when the sun has set (she is pictured left and bottom right). Last year, she went on holiday to Lanzarote, but was left hospitalised for six days afterwards, as the sun irritated her skin and caused problems with her liver. Now, she is raising money to help raise funds for other sufferers of the disease. She is also hoping treatment for the condition - which is thought to be incurable - will become available. She said: 'I've suffered for so long and been through so much. There needs to be treatment available.'

Revealed, the diet plans that DO work (and the majority that may not): Weight Watchers and Atkins among those 'most effective in the long-term'

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University reviewed 4,200 studies for solid evidence of the effectiveness of various diet plans. They found only a few met the scientific gold standard of reliability.

Quele fromage! French diet of cheese 'reduces the risk of a heart attack'

When cheese was digested, gut bacteria produced the compound butyrate, which known to lower 'bad' cholesterol, researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, found.

The bizarre condition that makes religious pilgrims to Jerusalem believe they are characters from the Bible

Jerusalem syndrome was first identified in 2000, by psychologists who noted religious pilgrims overcome with excitement at being in close proximity to the city's holy places believed they were Biblical characters.

New hope for HIV patients: Pioneering antibody treatment could pave the way for vaccine to prevent infection

Scientists at the Rockefeller University in New York found patients injected with a neutralising antibody saw a 300-fold reduction in the amount of virus in their blood, offering hopes of new vaccines.

EXCLUSIVE: Revealed, the terminally ill man set to be first to undergo the world's first full HEAD transplant pioneered by doctor branded 'nuts'

Valery Spiridonov (left) says he will put his trust in Dr Sergio Canavero (bottom right) as the Russian computer scientist, 30, was born with muscle-wasting Werdnig-Hoffman disease and desperately wants a new body. The procedure was performed unsuccessfully on a monkey in 1970 as in the pictured diagram (top right) and Dr Canavero has been branded 'nuts' for planning to try it on a human.

Is this the unhealthiest burger ever? Chef's monstrous 2,000-calorie meat feast contains two beef patties, a fried chicken thigh and FOUR types of pork

The Whole Damn Farm contains two beef burgers, a chicken thigh, pulled pork, bacon rashers, ham chunks, and bacon jam, is the creation of chef Sam Longhurst at Splendid Kitchen, Manchester.

Size 20 woman who blew £11,000 on sugary energy drinks in just four years shifts SIX STONE after kicking her fizzy habit (but still treats herself to a Diet Coke)

Jade Wimsey, 24, from East Yorkshire, ballooned to a size 20 after spending £11,000 on energy drinks in just four years. She is now a slim size 12 having shed six stone by crushing her addiction.

How your monthly cycle plays havoc with your skin causing wrinkles, oiliness and spots. But you CAN beat it - and here's how

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It's not just our moods affected by the four-week menstrual cycle, but our skin too! Here three experts reveal how to beat wrinkles, breakouts and more by understanding your body's patterns.

How long distance running makes men attractive: Those who run endurance races get more dates and have a higher sex drive

Men who run long distances attract more women because in evolutionary terms they would have been better at hunting prey, Cambridge University researchers said.

Mother's mouth is left like a 'bombsite' after botched dental treatment - and now she has to remortgage her home to pay £30,000 repair bill

Rose Devereux, 49, was left in agony and disfigured after years of alleged incompetent treatment. Pictures show her bottom row of teeth virtually destroyed by terrible gum disease and crowns covering a similar disaster on the top row. She now faces a bill of £30,000 to get her smile back. The General Dental Council has investigated the work of Janakan Siva at the Menlove Dental Practice in Allerton, Liverpool.
He will go before a disciplinary committee tomorrow.

'Baby brain' DOESN'T exist: Tests reveal pregnant women and new mothers suffer no decline - leading scientists to declare the condition is 'all in the mind'

Women 'need to shrug off the social conditioning leading them to believe they might get a bit forgetful when they have a newborn', researchers from Brigham Young University said.

Suck vitamin ice cubes, sniff an orange and listen to meditation apps: 15 life hacks to get summer healthy (and happy) WITHOUT leaving the house

With summer just around the corner, many will be embarking on the laborious task of getting into tip-top shape. Here is FEMAIL's guide to kick-starting the process of getting healthy and happy.

A big sister's love: Five-year-old nurses her little brother through terminal muscle wasting disease, tying his shoe laces, helping him dress and feeding him breakfast

Joel Wilkinson, three, from Hull, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, meaning his muscles will slowly waste away. He will eventually need a wheelchair and is unlikely to live past the age of 20. But his big sister Phoebe, five, adores him and is determined to make his short life as full as joy as possible (the pair are pictured together, top and bottom, centre). Phoebe helps him put on his coat (left), tie his shoes, fetch his cereal and plays with him in the garden (right). She knows they can only play games that won't tire him out and clears away both their toys so that he doesn't become fatigued. The children's father, Chris, 36, says the family are now trying to make as many happy memories as possible. He said: 'Being unable to help, mend and protect your child is soul-destroying. The only thing we can do is bring joy to the time he has.'

Could knitting or painting protect you from dementia? Arts and crafts enthusiasts are 75% less likely to suffer memory loss

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota believe engaging the mind helps protect vital neurons, which make up the building blocks of the brain, as well as stimulating the growth of new neurons.

Taller people 'are less at risk of heart disease'

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Leicester researchers say every 2.5 inches change in your height affected your risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5%.

GPs revolt over call to open seven days a week: 94 per cent of family doctors believe their practice should not open at the weekend 

The British Medical Association also found nearly two-thirds of GPs were not willing to join into larger groups to ensure one surgery in an area was open on Saturdays and Sundays.

£13million NHS bill for suncream: Millions also wasted on prescriptions for toothpaste, Yakult and Calpol

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The NHS handed out 404,500 prescriptions for suncream at a cost of £13million in 2014 and 4.7million prescriptions for indigestion pills costing£29million, damning analysis has found.

'My heavy drinking has cost the NHS £100,000 - but I don't feel guilty': Alcoholic mother who drank a bottle of vodka a day insists she's entitled to treatment

Julie Merner, 39, from Bootle, Merseyside, has been told one more drop of alcohol will kill her. At the height of her 10-year addiction, the mother-of-three drank a bottle of vodka a day. In the last six years, she has been admitted to hospital 13 times following heavy drinking binges. In January, following her latest admission, the 39-year-old vowed to quit the habit, which has ravaged her liver causing her to suffer severe cirrhosis. 'I know if I carry on, I will end up dead - they say one more drop will kill me,' said the mother-of-three, who has been left with 'luminous' jaundiced skin.

Why your PARTNER is the best personal trainer: If one half of a couple exercises, 'the other is more likely to follow suit'

Campaigns to promote exercise should target couples, as people are more likely to exercise if their spouse does, researchers from Tel Aviv University said.

Is Diet Coke making you fat? People who drink at least one can a day have larger waist measurements

Scientists at the University of Texas found those who consumed diet fizzy drinks every day, or more than once a day, saw their waist circumference increase by around 3 inches over the course of the study.

Why PAPER TOWELS are the most hygienic way to dry your hands: Hand dryers spray bugs up to 1.5 meters away - and often at the exact height of a child

University of Westminster researchers warned parents to keep their children away from the stream of air coming out of hand dryers, as it is full of bacteria which gets sprayed around the room.

How exercise can make your BRAIN bigger: Physical activity 'boosts areas responsible for balance and co-ordination'

The increase in grey matter may have health implications in the long-term, such as reducing the risk of falling, say researchers from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

'Instagram for doctors': The app physicians use to share anatomical wonders (but be warned, you may find them extremely GROSS)

Like an Instagram where all the Kim Kardashian selfies have been replaced by diseased human organs, Figure 1 is a physician's desk reference for the digital age. Not yet two years old, the photo-sharing app dubbed the Instagram for doctors has amassed hundreds of thousands of active users who've posted some 2 million photos of shocking, strange or difficult to diagnose medical phenomena. The photos range from the perplexing to the down-right disgusting, but that hasn't kept doctors ad even curious laymen from logging in for a peek at the rapidly expanding collection of fascinating medical images including a gold ball sized bladder stone (left), severe adult chickenpox (center) and mystery ailments like the one at right. (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES)

NHS bosses blasted after temporary nurse is paid £2,200 for ONE 12-hour shift to cover staffing shortage

The figure, which equates to £183 an hour and is double the rate for a neurologist, was paid by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to cover a shortage of trained nurses.

Microsoft launches program to hire people with autism: Pilot scheme hoped to boost diversity in the workplace

The pilot scheme will recruit 10 people with autism who will be based at the firm's Redmond offices in Washington (shown). Microsoft is running the scheme with help from Specialisterne.

The hell of surgical menopause: It's not just Angelina Jolie. More and more women are opting for life-saving operations that carry a cruel price 

Like actress Angelina Jolie (inset), many women are opting for preventative surgery in the face of high cancer risks. Michelle Brooks (left), 44, from Glasgow, and Emma Gardner (right), 47, from West Sussex share their experiences of early menopause, and the reasons behind their decisions to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

That's why you shouldn't chew your hair! Chinese girl who started being sick after every meal is forced to have a 2kg HAIRBALL removed from her stomach

Th eight-year-old was taken to hospital after her father became concerned about her vomiting and weight-loss - leading to the discovery of a huge hairball blocking her stomach.

Why your 12 week baby scan is so old hat: IVF parents are now getting videos of the 'moment of CONCEPTION'

Revolutionary new technology is allowing IVF parents in Britain to view the moment their child is conceived - and even take a video recording as the embryo forms inside a Petri dish.

'Miracles do happen', says mother of baby boy who suffered FIVE cardiac arrests as he celebrates his first birthday

Benjamin Astbury, from Buckley, North Wales, was born 12 weeks early, weighing just 1lb 3oz, little more than a bag of sugar. He had five cardiac arrests and needed two emergency operations on his bowel. He was born with necrotising enterocolitis, a serious bowel condition which is one of the most common causes of death in premature infants. He developed an infection and his condition deteriorated so he was put into a paralysed state for six days while an oscillator machine helped him breathe and shook the liquid from his lungs. Doctors said he has just a 10 per cent chance of survival, but he has defied the odds and will soon celebrate his first birthday. His mother, Tanyia Astbury, 36, (pictured inset with her son), said: 'To see him get close to his first birthday after everything that has happened is amazing. We are so proud of him and in awe of him we hope he can be an inspiration to others.'

Suffering with chronic back pain? Physiotherapy may work just as well as surgery, study claims 

Physiotherapy regime was just as effective as surgery at controlling the pain of lumbar spinal stenosis - the leading cause of back pain among older people - University of Pittsburg researchers found.

Are marathon runners smarter? Study finds same process that makes running long distance easy boosts memory and learning

Salk researchers and collaborators discovered that physical and mental activities rely on a single metabolic protein, ERR?, that controls the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body. In this image, ERR? is shown (stained red) in the hippocampus, the area of the brain largely responsible for memory. The new work could point to a way to enhance learning.
Just as some people seem built to run marathons and have an easier time going for miles without tiring, others are born with a knack for memorizing things, from times tables to trivia facts. These two skills?running and memorizing?are not so different as it turns out.

Salk scientists and collaborators have discovered that physical and mental activities rely on a single metabolic protein that controls the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body, as reported in the journal Cell Metabolism. The new study could point to potential treatments in regenerative and developmental medicine as well as ways to address defects in lea

Energy for muscles and brains, the scientists discovered, is controlled by a single protein called estrogen-related receptor gamma (pictured), Salk researchers found.

Could 'pacemaker' in the brain treat dementia? Implant may help condition by causing new brain cells to be formed

Undated handout photo issued by the Cleveland Clinic of a lateral x-ray image of showing implanted Deep Brain Stimulation electrodes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 1, 2007. Doctors have led a man out of the solitary confinement of a minimally conscious state by stimulating his brain with electrical impulses. It is the first time the technique, called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), has been used to treat a patient in a minimally conscious state (MCS). See PA story SCIENCE Brain. Photo credit should read: Cleveland Clinic/PA Wire

Deep brain stimulation is already used to treat diseases such as Parkinson's, but scientists at Nanyang Technological University say it could help replenish brain cells to help ward off dementia.

Size 28 woman who was 'the fat bridesmaid' three times for her friends ditches crisps, pork pies and pizza and slims to a size 10... and now she's planning her own wedding

Frankie Ruttledge (pictured left at her mother's wedding), from Strensall, Yorkshire, weighed 18 stone 7lbs and had struggled with her weight all her life before dieting to a svelte size 10/12. The 24-year-old, who has been a 'fat bridesmaid' three times, ditched her diet of crisps for breakfast, pork pies for lunch and frozen pizza for dinner and dropped to 12 stone in less than two years. And now the Slimming World consultant is just one year away from walking down the aisle for a fourth time - to marry the love of her life Luke Haynes, 24 (right).

New mother, 34, died days after giving birth when she was left 'delirious and spaced out' after losing 'a flood of blood', widower tells inquest

James Ramirez, 37, said he has concerns over the care of his wife Gillian Nelson, 34, who died after complications arose with the birth of their son Wesley at a hospital in Bromley, Kent.

'I nearly died because of taking the pill': Bride-to-be left with two massive blood clots and a collapsed lung after taking the contraceptive  

Emma Dickson, of Edinburgh, thought she would be planning her wedding but was rushed to hospital and told she had developed blood clots which had moved to her lungs.

Why running a marathon WON'T trigger a cardiac arrest: Strenuous exercise is 'unlikely to cause a heart problem'

The risk of cardiac arrest among middle aged adults carrying out exercise was low, doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute found. Those who did have an arrest were more likely to be given CPR and survive.

Why a stroll round the block is better than running a marathon 

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How's that New Year's resolution to get super-fit going? If you've already shoved your expensive trainers to the back of a cupboard, don't feel too guilty.

The teenager trapped in the body of a child: 19-year-old has rare disorder meaning she didn't grow bigger than a toddler

Girija Srinivas, 19, from Bangalore has congential agenesis of the bones, a rare condition meaning her body didn't develop properly. Though she is a teenager, she is only 2.5ft and weighs just 12kg - the same as the average two-year-old (she is pictured, left). Indeed, Girija has barely grown since she was a toddler herself (right). She cannot sit up because her head is heavier than her body, and struggles to lift anything heavier than a cup of coffee. But despite this, she loves drawing and sells many of her paintings each month (pictured inset). It is her dream to become famous for her art rather than her medical condition. She said: 'I do not want sympathy, I want recognition. I have an aim to achieve more in life. It's my dream to go abroad and achieve something big.'

Doctors discover man's mystery headaches are caused by a dozen MAGGOTS... which saved his life by eating infected tissue after a botched operation on his skull in Vietnam

Picture shows: The head of the man with dozen of maggots.\n\nDoctors who removed more than a dozen maggots from the head of a man say they probably saved his life.\n\nVietnamese labourer Pham Qu¿ng Lanh, 28, had originally been injured in the head when he was struck by an iron bar that had fallen off a building where he was employed as a guest worker in Malaysia.\n\nHospitalised doctors had only managed to repair the injury by inserting a titanium plate over his skull.\n\nHe said: "It had healed up pretty well and although I had headaches occasionally, it was mostly okay until more recently when I noticed it was swollen and sore to touch.\n\n"I didn't want to go to hospital again because I hoped it would heal on its own, even now three years later I'm still paying the bill back for the last operation, and I just couldn't afford another medical bill."\n\nBut when he asked his family to look at the wound, they noticed maggots under his skin, and instantly took him to the Hanoi¿s Viet Du

Vietnamese labourer Pham Quang Lanh, 28, went to hospital when his family found the infestation in the wound where a metal plate had been inserted over his skull after being struck by an iron bar.

Woman, 34, who suffered stomach cramps and irregular periods for two years is diagnosed with tumour the size of a GOLF BALL in her cervix - and forced to have a hysterectomy

Kerry Hamilton, 34, from Birmingham (pictured left and inset while volunteering at a lion sanctuary in 2009), had stomach cramps, bleeding and irregular bleeding for two years. Doctors said her problems hormonal and prescribed the contraceptive pill. But after going for a smear test, a nurse said her bleeding was abnormal and referred her to an oncologist. Tests revealed the devastating news she had leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that developed in the walls of her womb. She was forced to undergo a hysterectomy, and was devastated at the thought of not being able to have children. Now, she wants to raise awareness of rare cancers so that women with seemingly 'everyday' symptoms go to their GP. She said: 'There are symptoms that people might ignore without realising that it is important to listen to their body.The kind of cancer I had - despite it being in my cervix - would not have showed up on a smear test. So it's important to visit your GP if you're concerned about anything, as well as always going for routine tests.'

Shock fall in life expectancy for women over 60: Unhealthy lifestyles and cuts to social care blamed after first fall in decades 

The findings will add to fears that the rising consumption of alcohol and unhealthy food is taking a toll. The study also found that increasing life expectancy for men in their 60s and 70s had stalled.

Mother-of-four dies three hours after giving birth to longed-for baby girl at scandal hit maternity unit

Lianne Hindle, 37, from Bury, died three hours after giving birth to baby Poppy at the North Manchester General Hospital. Her death came just months after an investigation into the deaths of three babies and one mother at the unit.

Irritable, fatigued, and emotional during that time of the month? Doctor claims to have CURED PMS... and it's all down to diet

Research indicates that PMS is caused by unhealthy hormone receptors, which are impaired by chronic inflammation. A nutrient-rich diet can banish Premenstrual symptoms.

Survival guide all NHS patients must read: A leading doctor's insider tips on getting the treatment you need

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Evidence now suggests that the more involved you are - and are allowed to be - as a patient, the more likely you are to get the right care for you.

Mother is stunned to discover she has aggressive form of cancer after reading a Facebook post describing all her symptoms 

Laura Everley, 36, from West Sussex, was suffering bloating, lower back pain, constipation and frequently needing to urinate - but put her symptoms down to irritable bowel syndrome or endometriosis. It was only when she saw a friend's Facebook post describing the symptoms of ovarian cancer that she realised - to her horror - they perfectly matched her experience. In hospital, tests confirmed she did indeed have the disease - and breaking the news to her husband Mark and son Harry, five (pictured right with their mother) was the 'hardest thing she has ever had to do'. She said: 'The idea of cancer hadn't even entered my head - you just never dream this going to happen to you.' Having undergone a hysterectomy and chemotherapy, which saw her lose her hair (left), doctors are confident she can beat the disease.

Number of under 10s referred to the NHS for help with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled - with kids as young as 3 receiving treatment 

The UK's only NHS centre specialising in gender issues in under 18s said that the number of children aged 10 and under referred to the unit rose from 19 in 2009-10 to 77 in 2014-15.

Is (enhanced) breast best? One in five mothers who have had a boob job DO NOT breastfeed despite research showing there in no risk to baby

Study by University of Sydney found 21 per cent of mothers who have had breast surgery do not breastfeed, compared with the 11 per cent of mothers with natural breasts.

Experts now say paracetamol doesn't work for bad backs. So what DOES? 

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The BMJ review supports the findings of a study published last year in The Lancet, which found that paracetamol is no better than a placebo for lower-back pain.

How low-carb diets may be causing more kidney stones 

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David Crossley, 63, a musculoskeletal therapist from Birmingham, was so wrapped up in his working day he barely stopped for a cup of tea. Last year, this habit caught up with him.

Tragedy as mother-of-three who was 'too scared' to go for a smear test dies from cervical cancer at just 28

Amanda Booth, 28, from Middlesborough, was diagnosed in June last year after noticing she was bleeding, but had been too scared to go for a smear test. She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy - losing eight stone in weight (she is pictured inset before being diagnosed with cancer) - but was told earlier this year the cancer was terminal and she had just weeks to live. She created a bucket list of things she wanted to do before she died, including renewing her wedding vows with husband David, 29 (the pair are pictured, left, at the ceremony). Her children Demilee, 11, Leon, eight, and Lucas, five (pictured right) paid tribute to their mother, saying she 'lived for them'. Now fully aware how crucial cervical screening is, her family encouraging other women not to delay smear tests. Her cousin, Anne-Marie Stanwick, 29, said: 'No one should be dying this young of cervical cancer. You just don't realise how important it is to get a smear.'

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The experts who want ALL women over 70 screened for breast cancer 


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Young mum left in a wheelchair for life after catching infection from a friend's makeup brush she borrowed to cover a SPOT

Jo Gilchrist, 27, was left writhing in pain on Valentine's Day when a staph infection invaded her body and eventually attacked her spine. She has been in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital ever since and doctors are still desperately trying to rid her body of the bacteria. She had contracted community-associated MRSA - an antibiotic-resistant form of golden staph. It is spread through direct contact and can get into the body through sores and pimples. The infection damaged her spine so severely doctors told her she would only be able to stand for about two hours each day.


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