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Woman, 42, wakes up with a BLACK EYE and swollen face after being scratched by her cat

Heidi Plamping, 42, of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, had been trying to calm down her cat, Storm (right inset), who had been freaked by a large dog. As three-year-old Storm clambered on to her head for refuge, her claws caught Ms Plamping's skin ten times, drawing blood. When Ms Plamping's woke up with a black eye (left inset and centre), and swollen eyes and hands three days later, she initially thought it been caused by dust mites due to having sensitive skin. But her face worsened over the next few days, to the point where it was covered in rashes. Ms Plamping had to go to hospital every day for four days to receive a drip of antibiotics, and doctors warned her cat scratches can be very serious. (Pictured right, six days after being scratched. Left, Ms Plamping with Storm).

Arizona woman born without arms learned to fly plane with just her FEET and became

Jessica Cox, 36 (left and right), from Phoenix, Arizona, was born with no arms. Doctors have not been able to understand why she didn't develop arms in her mother's womb. It's not been confirmed, but it's believed that Cox was likely born with amelia, a rare condition in which one or more limbs doesn't form. In 2005, Cox began training to fly airplanes with dual controls, with one foot on the yoke and the other on the throttle. Cox became certified in October 2008 by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly an Ercoupe, a light aircraft with a single engine.

The 'Moms + Marijuana' project at the University of Washington School of Medicine is the latest in a string of studies racing to deliver some concrete information as cannabis use increases all over.

NEW Over 90 percent of the world's children live in highly-polluted areas, and University of Cincinnati brain scans revealed that those who do have greater anxiety and higher levels of a particular metabolite.

ABC correspondent opens up about suicidal thoughts and family suicides

James Longman (pictured), 32, is a successful journalist whose work takes him to dangerous corners of the world. But on the Life After Suicide podcast (inset), he revealed that after losing both his father and grandfather to suicide, Longman wondered if he was 'destined' to take his own life - and once came very close, before reaching out to a friend and learning to speak out about the depression that he sometimes suffers.

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY, pictured, is tucking into a vegan sausage roll - a product inspired by Donald Watson who created the Vegan Society in 1944 as part of an experiment with the lifestyle.

Woman who was napping in the backseat of her friend's car was left paralyzed in a horrific

Tammy Le, 28 (left and right), from San Jose, California, was napping in the back seat of a friend's car when they swerved after another driver cut them off in April 2008. The then-17-year-old was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered two vertebrae were shattered and her spine required reconstruction. Doctors told Le she was paralyzed from the accident and would be a quadriplegic for the rest of her life. Le has since regained some movement in her arms and hands and wants her recovery to inspire others to not give up hope.

A study by Oxford University found female patients receive 'sub optimal care' when it comes to diagnostic tests, prescriptions and follow-up appointments.

A study by Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, found older people who played a game that tested their reaction times while 'driving' performed better behind the wheel six weeks later.

British men using a hair-loss drug off-label to grow FULL BEARDS

Minoxidil (pictured inset top), marketed under the brand name Regaine in the UK, works by helping the blood flow to hair follicles - the part of the skin which grows a hair by packing old cells together. Recent clinical studies have shown that 60 per cent of men who use minoxidil on their heads experience visible regrowth of hair. But in support forums across the internet, men with dreams of looking like Jason Mamoa are using minoxidil as an off-label medicine for beard growth. Adam Siddals (left. before using the drug and right, now heavily-bearded), 27, one of the group's founders, documented his minoxidil journey through YouTube videos that have amassed millions of views. The business analyst, from Derby, started using the product on his face in April 2016 at the age of 24, after being teased for his lack of facial hair. Pictured inset bottom right: Gabriel Baba from Geneva, Switzerland, is one of 55,000 members of a Minoxidil beard-growth support group on Facebook to grow facial hair using the drug.

Sperm banks in the UK and Australia 'play on men's masculinity to coax them into donating'

Researchers from City, University of London, and Cardiff University collected images of adverts used by fertility clinics in the UK and Australia over recent years to pick out masculine stereotypes. Images include suggestions that donating sperm is noble like joining the military (top left, a British National Sperm Bank advert), heroic (top right, Aberdeen Fertility Clinic), that it could make someone a 'good man' (bottom left, Sperm Donors Australia) or is comparable to the masculinity of a typically male job like a firefighter (bottom right, Australian firm MedicineX).

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York gave CBD to former heroin addicts in a study of 42 people, and found their cravings were up to three times lower.

Over 10 million American adults use e-cigarettes. The devices may carry lower cancer risks, but they are certainly addictive. Most users know it and want to quit, Rutgers research says.

Ohio girl, 7, left hallucinating with seizures and memory loss after a mosquito bite  

First-grader Lauren Zehner (right) spent six days in hospital after she was bitten and was left unable to recognize her own parents for a short time. She was diagnosed with a rare condition called La Crosse encephalitis and received the treatment required for her to recover. Now her family (left) is warning other parents about it, and calling on their home state of Ohio to test mosquitoes for La Crosse.

A new study from Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital has found that only half of US children between ages six and 19 have cholesterol levels in the ideal range, or less than 170 mg/dL.

A review by the University of Virginia into 12,000 infant sleep-related deaths between 2004 and 2014 found 219 babies died in car seats. In 99% of cases, they were not in a vehicle.

Former World's fattest man Paul Mason reveals he is moving back to UK from USA

Paul Mason, 59, who was from Ipswich, Suffolk, was 70 stone (980lb, 445kg) at his heaviest and once branded himself the heaviest person on the planet. He moved to Massachusetts in the US in 2014, where he ballooned in size from 19 stone (121kg) to 35 stone (222kg) despite having gastric band surgery. After being charged with stealing from supermarket Walmart and splitting from his fiancee, Mr Mason said he plans to return to Britain with his US visa about to expire. He wrote on his Facebook page last night: 'I need to return to the UK where I will be eligible for the assistance I need to get my life back on track.' In recent months Mr Mason has piled the weight back on, gorging on pizza and crisps all night following the split from fiancée Rebecca Mountain last year.

Doctors from New Delhi and Rishikesh in India revealed the devastating effects of abusing industrial machinery, with reports of three men needing their bowels removed.

Prostitution (Yui Mok/PA)

The Royal College of Nursing said it will now lobby governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to urge them to decriminalise prostitution in a bid to protect sex workers.

Mother, 35, reveals how she had half her SKULL removed after suffering a brain aneurysm

Lisa Ross (pictured left) thought she just had a migraine while bending down to pick up weights during a body-pump class on March 2 2017. With the pain soon becoming agonising, the now 35-year-old was rushed to A&E, where doctors detected a brain aneurysm behind her right eye had ruptured. Mrs Ross, of Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, went under the knife to stop the brain bleed, only for the swelling to trigger a stroke just two days later. In an effort to save her life, doctors were forced to remove part of Mrs Ross' skull to ease the swelling. Pictured right in intensive care

Greek scientists analysed data from 19,000 people to examine if there was a link between OSA and cancer. They found cancer was more prevalent in women with sleep apnoea than those without.

Baby girl's cancerous tumour engulfs her mouth

Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin has reportedly been receiving chemotherapy since she was just three months old but it has done little to prevent the growth engulfing her jaw (pictured left). Pictured right as a newborn, Ainul seemed healthy until the mass suddenly developed. The now nine-month-old is thought to have an extragonadal germ-cell tumour, which occurs when cells that ordinarily form sperm and eggs get misplaced in the womb. She is due to travel from her home in the state constituency of Ayer Molek, in south-western Malacca State, Malaysia, to London for an MRI scan and subsequent treatment.

A study by the University of Novi Sad in Serbia found people with higher levels of phthalates in their urine were more likely to be obese, diabetic or have dangerous amounts of fat in their bloodstream.

Controversial cap on testosterone levels in female athletes IS fair, rule scientists

Limiting the testosterone levels of professional female athletes is fair because the hormone can give them man-like strength, according to scientists. Experts have backed up a ruling from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAFS) requiring women to keep their testosterone within set limits. The ruling came in a case about South African runner Caster Semenya (pictured), who lives as a woman but was born intersex, making her biologically both male and female. Female athletes are already more likely to have high testosterone, researchers said, and a biological spike could further add to its performance-enhancing benefits.

Men with prostate cancer can avoid long waits to see a doctor by getting their test results online, sometimes even on the day their blood was taken. It is hoped the system will be rolled out more widely.

Mom donates kidney to firefighter who came to the rescue when her 1-year-old daughter had

Becca Bundy's daughter had a seizure at home in Bearsville, Minnesota in 2016. Bill Cox responded to their 911 call, and his kindness moved Becca. When they met again in 2018 and she heard he needed a kidney, she didn't think twice. Bill was born with just one kidney, it was failing, and his prospects for survival on dialysis were bleak. They underwent surgery in February 2019, and both are now doing well.

Tony Francis, from Buckinghamshire, has long suffered with anosmia - an inability to perceive odor. Here, he tells his story.

A study by Kyungpook National University in South Korea found people over 60 who gain or shed more than ten per cent of their BMI over two years are 20 per cent more likely to develop dementia.

Studies that regulated the gut bacteria to improve anxiety were reviewed by researchers in China. Half of all interventions to improve gut bacteria helped anxiety symptoms.

The device is being trialled on NHS patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

SECRETS OF AN A-LIST BODY: This week, how to get Cat Deeley's calf muscles 

A thigh-skimming mini dress showed off the toned legs that are the result of Cat Deeley’s exercise regimen recently. The 42-year-old presenter has tried spinning classes, but said they were not for her. Instead, the mother-of-two keeps in shape by walking her dog each morning. Here's how you can replicate her body success.

Mother issues a desperate plea as her son needs a new heart before second birthday

Grayson Heagren (right), who is 13 months old, was diagnosed with the heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy at two months old (inset, in hospital after diagnosis). The youngster, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was put on the heart transplant list on Christmas Eve last year with his heart function at only 14 per cent. Full-time mother-of-four Shannon Heagren, 24 (pictured with Grayson left), has been told her son is unlikely to live beyond two years because of the strain his heart is under as he gets older. Grayson is frequently in hospital fighting off infections as his other organs are under strain - meaning his family live in constant fear of his heart failing at any time.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Loose Women TV presenter Andrea McLean, 49, answers our health quiz

The TV presenter is currently training for a 10K run, hits the gym three times per-week and is lactose-intolerant. She also suffered with postnatal depression. Here, she tells us all about her heath and well-being.

Sun cream is not the only way to protect against sunburn and the risk of skin cancer. Here, we give verdict on sun protection products

The feminine hygiene market is forecasted to be worth £33.5 billion worldwide by 2022, according to analyst Allied Market Research.

Patients are still not being warned how difficult it can be to come off antidepressants, say psychiatrists campaigning for a reduction in the needless use of the drugs.

In a breakthrough for type 1 diabetes, a new insulin pump could help millions. Alice Beagley, 25, an events organiser in London, was given the device to try...

Is this proof just one tube of NHS wonder cream really can reverse sun damage and stop

Lavinia Newlands, from Amberley, West Sussex, is one of thousands to have dangerous sun damage - including the general type (1), more severe damage (2) and pre-cancerous changes (3), but a single treatment of Daylight PDT could be the answer. It is based on a principle known as daylight photodynamic therapy (daylight PDT). It contains aminolevulinic acid (ALA), which harnesses the body’s immune system to kill the pre-cancerous cells, and is activated by sunlight. There may be tingling for a few days and some crusting, which peaks within a week and clears within a fortnight.

Growing evidence supports idea of switching between low-carb/high-fat diet. Both have benefits, including weight loss and improvement of diabetic markers. Here, Jerome Burne explains why...

Researchers at the University of Toronto found elderly people who received the drug after a hit to the head were 13 percent less likely to develop dementia then those who didn't.

Oxford University scientists have found a way to use MRI scanners to picture the arrangement of muscle fibres in the heart to pick out warning signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The model created by Google and Northwestern University outperformed six radiologists when there were no previous scans to chart the growth, and performed as well when there was prior imaging.

Data from the National Death Index show a steady increase in deaths among miners under 65 between 1889 and 1970, according to data presented at the American Thoracic Society.

33 trusts have excess deaths, eminent professor claims

Official data last week named the 11 health service-ran organisations across England that recorded excess deaths in 2018. But Professor Sir Brian Jarman, who helped expose the Mid-Staffordshire hospital scandal, has claimed the true figure is much higher. He recalculated the NHS Digital data for MailOnline and found a further 22 trusts ran by the health service fall into the excess deaths category. His analysis suggests 8,210 more patients died than expected at the trusts - more than double the NHS projection of 3,600.

Beatrix Searles, 53, of Montana, spent $4,200 (£3,300) on having unwanted fat removed from her abdomen, legs and back last October at a Colombian clinic.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons revealed data on surgery trends in the past year. They found the number of liposuction operations in the UK rose to 2,286 over a year.

Laura Durheim, from New South Wales, revealed her breaking point with her uncontrollable weight gain was attempting to ride 'The Claw' at Dreamworld amusement park and not being able to fit in the seat.

Kate's spot on - forest bathing CAN make you live longer

Landscape architects Adam White and Andree Davies are the two professionals behind the Royal Horticultural Society's Back To Nature Garden – co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. They invited The Mail on Sunday for an exclusive preview ahead of the grand opening. Pictured: Kate helps Adam White and Andree Davies create their Back To Nature Garden.

A study by the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found 68 per cent of DIY sunscreens on Pinterest offer poor UV protection, with many being made up of essential oils, shea butter and coconut oil.

Yazmina Jade Adler claims she got rid of her severe period pain by smearing menstrual

A 26-year-old woman has claimed how she relieved her severe period pain by rubbing menstrual blood on her face during a ritual meditation. Yazmina Jade Adler, from Melbourne, said she was suffering from excruciating cramps but was advised by doctors to 'go on the pill'. She said she stumbled across the unusual remedy when she met a shamanic womb woman who encouraged her to 'connect' to her blood. Appearing on SBS's show Medicine or Myth? , which premiers on Monday night, Yazmina claimed she noticed instantly her cramps were gone when she started meditating in a sacred space about a year ago.

Londoner Sarah Westcott, 44, right, had her youngest son Gabriel, now three, immunised after her 14-year-old daughter Bridy, left, suffered badly with chickenpox as a young girl.

At a conference in Vienna Dr Hans Hanevik will say babies could be being born with defective genes that led to their parent's difficulty having children. This may ultimately have an effect on evolution.

'Life-changing' operation that brings paralysed limbs back to life could banish pain of

A simple hour-long operation could be ‘life-changing’ for the thousands of Britons left permanently disabled due to damaged nerves. The procedure can banish the crippling, constant pain which sufferers describe as being like lying on broken glass, scorched by a flame or stung by bees.

The review of nearly 19million people in the UK said those with diabetes should be monitored closely because of their raised risk of life-threatening liver disease.

Physiotherapists at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees concluded that some slouching can ‘provide a valuable alternative to upright sitting’ in patients with lower-back pain.

'Please don't let us die': Three cystic fibrosis sufferers beg the NHS to fund 'wonder

EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Chew née Lindley (centre), 23, Shiloh Howells (left), nine, and Lorcán Maguire (right), two, could potentially have their lives extended from Orkambi. The drug, which slows lung deterioration, received its European licence three-and-a-half years ago, in which time over 200 people have died from the cruel condition. However, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been unable to reach an agreement with its manufacturer. The Goverment-run body and NHS England have been in a deadlock with US firm Vertex over the drug, which costs an estimated £104,000 per patient per year.

The British public are now chugging 898 million litres of fruit juices and smoothies each year. But experts warn fruit and veg obsession could spark a potentially fatal reaction

SPA DOCTOR: About 18 months ago I woke up to find I couldn’t turn my head because my neck, on the same side as the shoulder injury, had frozen. I was offered a spa treatment in Knightsbridge.

SERENA LIPSCOMB got her cancer all-clear aged eight... but the physical and mental toll

SERENA LIPSCOMB, now 23, was five years old and living in Essex with her mother Melanie and father Ian when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She was given the all-clear aged eight, but Serena reveals how she is still impacted both mentally and physically by the toll it took on her small body all those years ago. Pictured left: Serena today. Right: Aged five with mother Melanie.

A revolutionary drug that halts migraines in their tracks is giving Britain's NHS patients their lives back.

DR ELLIE CANNON: Gout is not just a problem reserved for Europe's ancient kings who over-indulged in rich foods and drank too much port.

DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Doctors, campaigners and politicians all ignore them and as a result many are living in misery, blighted by mental illness that goes unnoticed and untreated.

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Rob Reinhart, an assistant professor at Boston University, wanted to see if he could improve the working memory of older volunteers by giving their brains a bit of a tickle.

The so-called healthy smoothies with up almost TEN TIMES the sugar than a Krispy Kreme

MailOnline analysed the labels of popular smoothies on UK shop shelves. A 750ml bottle, which could be drank over a day, can contain almost 100g, the equivalent of around 20 teaspoons. Labels are unclear for consumers and portion sizes are ignored, experts said. Action for Sugar said the results were shocking and it's best to opt for whole fruit instead. (From L to R: Asda Strawberry and Banana and Innocent Pomegranate Magic, containing 97.5g of sugar, Naked Green Machine containing 82.5g of sugar, and Tesco Glorious Green, containing 72.75g - all per 750ml).

Gel manicures dry instantly, are resilient to chips, and last weeks longer than a standard paint job. But glossy tips may come with risks - such as infections, aging skin, and skin cancer.

CVS announced Wednesday that it has begun testing the supplements it sells in an effort to protect customers. Experts say that it's a step in the right direction, but doesn't replace regulation.

This kind of treatment, known as immunotherapy, is already used by specialist allergy clinics, but usually involves swallowing tiny quantities of powder containing peanut protein.

Researchers from Emory and Cornell found excessive soda consumption increased the risk of early death by 11%. Excessive consumption of fruit juice increased the risk of early death by 24%.

Experts say that the US could end HIV transmissions by 2030 if 1million more Americans were taking the drug, known colloquially as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

Heartbroken parents of terminally-ill children launch legal action for life-saving drugs

Oliver, eight, and Amelia Carroll, six, of Poynton, Cheshire (pictured left), suffer from fatal neuro-degenerative condition Batten disease. There is no cure for the condition, meaning Oliver and Amelia are unlikely to live past the age of 12. Their plight captured the hearts of the nation in 2016 after a striking image emerged of Oliver being cradled by Prince Harry in hospital (see right). Oliver and Amelia currently receive access to a specialist treatment as part of a trial, but the pharmaceutical company has said it cannot fund the drug indefinitely. Health regulators have decided that the drug cannot be used on the NHS, leaving mother, Lucy, and father, Mike, devastated.

Top psychologist and author of The Shrinkology Solution Dr Meg Arroll explains why less stress is key to weight loss, especially for midlife women during their hormonal fluctuations.

The FDA is expected to approve Zolgensma, the world's second gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy. Expert's worry that the two drugs for the disease are setting an expensive precedent.

Tim Mason (pictured), of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, died at just 21 years old in March last year from meningitis and septicaemia. His parents Fiona and Gavin Mason blame the IT blunder.

Suicides are increasing among American youth and teens across the board - but rates are climbing at twice the rate among young girls as they are among boys, new research reveals.

Brazilian butt-lift surgeons warned fat must ONLY be injected under the skin or the

The increasingly popular cosmetic surgery is a growing concern among experts due to an 'alarming' number of deaths, including Miami mother Danea Plasencia, 29, last week (pictured). By injecting the fat into the muscle - rather than just beneath the skin - the fat cells are able to enter the bloodstream, the study by Boston researchers found. They could cause a blockage to the arteries in the lungs, which is life-threatening due to reducing blood flow. Although they suggest there is a 'safe' way to administer the injections, British experts are not convinced.

Health workers are ditching their scrubs and wearing plain clothes in an effort to conceal their identities and avoid conflict. Militiamen believe Ebola is a conspiracy against them.

Researchers at Leicester University found women who walked briskly had a life expectancy of 86.7 to 87.8 years old, and men who kept up the pace had a life expectancy of 85.2 to 86.8.

Doctors use keyhole surgery to repair spine of spina bifida baby in UK first

Medics at King's College Hospital led the procedure to correct the defect in a baby being carried by a woman who was 27-weeks pregnant. Sherrie Sharp, 29, refused to abort her son, Jaxson, when she discovered he had the defect at her 20-week scan. Instead, she opted for the pioneering procedure, which took three hours to repair her unborn son's bulging spine. Ms Sharp told the BBC: 'I wanted to do the best for my baby, I wanted him to have a better life and there's nothing wrong with that.'

Mother gives birth AND starts the menopause weeks apart

Sima Davarian thought she had piles when she saw bright red blood in the toilet while 35 weeks pregnant. But a hospital examination revealed a small lump in the then 34-year-old's rectum, with a biopsy confirming she had stage-three cancer. Just five days after her devastating diagnosis, Mrs Davarian, of Plymouth, gave birth to her daughter Mathilda on September 7 2015 via C-section. She was given a few weeks to recover before having chemo (seen right), radiotherapy and surgery to remove her colon, leaving the English teacher with a stoma bag. Although cancer-free, radiotherapy triggered an early menopause, leaving the mother-of-one unable to have any more children. Mrs Davarian is pictured left the day before her C-section, and in the inset with her now three-year-old daughter and husband Michael, 43, on their way to the Canary Islands.

Only 3% of children go to the dentist before they turn one

The NHS advises parents to take children to the dentist as soon as a milk tooth appears. However, data analysis by the University of Birmingham found the majority are failing to do so. One of the lowest rates of dental attendance was in West Berkshire, where under one per cent of children aged one had seen the dentist. But deprivation in the area is ranked low, compared to South Tyneside, one of the most deprived local authorities in England. The authority recorded the highest rate of attendance in children aged under one - 12.3 per cent.

The researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute say the findings have 'troubling implications' for the perception and treatment of women in social settings.

The damaging effects of obesity accumulate, and the risk of developing other diseases and dying prematurely rises the longer someone goes. But surgery is only really effective for the youngest.

Woman left paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a drunk driver walks down the

Erin Rollins, 33, of Chicago, was driving in November 2014 when she was involved in a collision that paramedics said she was lucky to survive (pictured inset, in hospital after). The shards cut holes into her bowel, causing internal bleeding which needed emergency surgery, and paralysis from the waist down. Over the next few years, she had to re-learn how to walk with the loving support of her husband, Dennis, 39, and endure a total of eight surgeries (pictured right, on their wedding day in October 2016). Despite her life and health being permanently damaged (pictured, left, with the assistance of a wheelchair), Mrs Rollins forgave the drunk driver on the day of her sentencing, hugging her in court.

The NHS' Code of Practice lists 97 nations that 'should not be actively recruited from' because they receive aid or suffer from a shortages of medics, such as Egypt, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The behavioral health center at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia was evacuated on Wednesday due to a 'pungent' smell that turned out to be coming from a urine sample.

Tennis star Nicole Gibbs withdraws from French Open after dentist spotted a rare cancer in

US women's tennis star Nicole Gibbs, 26 (left and right), went to the dentist one month ago and he found a growth on the roof of her mouth. She said it had been there for years, but he encouraged her to get it biopsied. Results showed she had salivary gland cancer, a rare form of cancer that forms in the tissues of the glands that make saliva. Gibbs is undergoing surgery on Friday and will likely not need further treatment. She was forced to withdraw from the French Open but hopes to return to the court in June to compete in qualifiers for Wimbledon.

On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the widely-used injection made by Pfizer, called Fragmin, to be used for pediatric patients over one month old.

Heartwarming moment boy, 5, with spina bifida walks for the first time at his preschool graduation

Blake Mompher, five, from Prospect, Ohio, was diagnosed with spina bifida before he was born. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord doesn't form properly, which can cause walking and mobility problems. Blake was practicing walking in fall 2018 but had a setback after he was hospitalized with two separate infections in November and December. He began practicing again three weeks ago and used a walker at his preschool graduation ceremony on Saturday (left). None of his classmates or their parents knew and Blake received a standing ovation as he received his diploma.

The link between gut bacteria and Alzheimer's is becoming clear. University of Chicago researchers sought to manipulate gut flora with antibiotics to fight Alzheimer's. It worked, but only in male mice.

The OECD looked at data from 25 leading economic countries including the UK. Opioid-related deaths increased by more than 20 per cent overall in five years, and by 46 per cent in England and Wales.

Girl, 5, suffers from rare disease triggered by the sun that could leave her covered in

Kaia Ettingoff, five (left and right), of Wayne, Pennsylvania, began getting rashes all over her body in summer 2016 at age two. After five months of doctors' visits and tests, she was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis in January 2018. JDM is a rare autoimmune disorder that's triggered by the sun and leaves sufferers with skin rashes and muscle inflammation. Kaia currently receives high doses of steroids, a small dose of chemotherapy and a treatment made from donated blood that contains healthy antibodies.

Although it is considered a rare disease, a study by The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Maryland, reveals up to 1.83billion people may be exposed to the anthrax bacteria.

NHS Digital collected figures from all 130 hospital trusts last year. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been on the worst offending list every year since 2011.

Man, 56, in hospital after the fried chicken bone he accidentally swallowed perforated his

When doctors at Kingston Hospital in London first treated the man, they didn't deem it necessary to remove the tiny bone and he was discharged. However, her returned two months later with sudden pains and a fever, when it was discovered that the same chicken bone had continued to injure his bowel. The patient underwent various surgeries while in hospital for 45 days, as the offending chicken bone caused a cascade of problems. (Pictured, the scans from the holes in the abdomen from the first hospital admission, left, and the second admission, right).

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