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    Student, 21, whose five-year cancer battle left her with a giant Popeye-like arm, made the drastic decision to have it amputated after the disease returned for a fourth time

    An agonising five-year cancer battle left a student with a giant arm that resembled the cartoon sailor Popeye.Joy Arcilla, 21, first noticed a tiny lump on her left bicep in October 2012, which she initially dismissed as a mosquito bite.After the mark continued to grow, Ms Arcilla, from Batangas, Philippines, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, which is cancer of the bone or soft tissue, at just 16 years old.She underwent surgery in April 2013, with doctors assuring her the cancer was cured, only for it to return a year later, forcing her to face 17 rounds of grueling chemotherapy.Unable to cope ...

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    Hot weather really does make us angrier, dumber and more violent: Study shows stress hormones spike as temperature rises

    People really do get hot and bothered in warm weather, new research has shown.A study has found stress hormones rise in tandem with the thermometer.The discovery sheds fresh light on a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for years.Dubbed the 'summertime blues' there is a wealth of evidence from the past few decades linking heat exposure to aggression, suicide and violence. Now a Polish team has found this all boils down to the fact that levels of the stress hormone cortisol are lower in winter than summer, and the heat-driven rise makes us tetchy. A team at Poznan University of Medical Sciences ...

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    'Lives are at risk': Shortage of NHS dentists is causing patients to overdose on paracetamol, putting lives at risk, report claims

    Patients with dental pain are overdosing on painkillers because they are unable to access professional treatment, claims a new report.The two-year study found that 38 per cent of emergency admissions for paracetamol overdose were a direct result of dental pain.Paracetamol overdosing can occur after taking too much paracetamol over a number of hours or days, leading to liver failure, which may be fatal.The study comes as Britain is gripped by a dental crisis, which has meant charities, normally assisting third world countries, have been forced to step in and help British patients as dentists are too busy to treat them.Researchers ...

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    How a head injury could make you see yourself differently like Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty

    A traumatic injury can damage your brain and change your personality - sometimes for the better. In the new movie, I Feel Pretty, that is just what happens to Amy Schumer's character after a hard fall in exercise class. Previously insecure and unsure of herself, Schumer's character, Renee Bennett, awakes a new woman - at least to her own eyes - after her head injury and suddenly sees herself as gorgeous and capable. If it sounds a little too good to be true, in most cases, it is - but not all, as scientists have found.  Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, an insecure ...

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    Childhood obesity is giving more girls irregular periods, study finds - and it could lead to a surge in fertility issues

    The obesity epidemic could increase the rate of teenage girls with irregular periods and painful cramps, new research suggests.Bulging waistlines among children are driving up the rates of type two diabetes.While obesity is known to cause reproductive problems in adult women, very little research has been done into its effects on young girls.Researchers from the University of Colorado warned this trend could ultimately lead to a spike in infertility, and current methods of treatment - from medications to lifestyle changes - are near-futile in fixing irregular periods. One in five girls with type two diabetes have irregular periods, indicating the possibility ...

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    People who eat breakfast have smaller waistlines and gain less weight over time, study finds

    People who eat breakfast every morning are slimmer and less likely to gain weight over time, a new study has found.Many skip their first meal in a bid to cut down on calories, including actress Joanna Lumley, but a Mayo Clinic study has shown that tactic is flawed.The study of 350 adults found breakfasters had smaller waistlines in general - and over the next decade they gained a maximum of three pounds, while breakfast-skippers gained eight pounds of, in particular, dangerous belly fat.The researchers said it is not clear why breakfast has such an impact on weight gain, but it ...

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    A cat, who almost lost all of his nine lives after developing cancer on his paw, sees the tumour SHRINK within days of eating cannabis-oil laced food

    A cat, who almost lost all of its nine lives after developing cancer, is purring again due to cannabis oil.Ginge was close to being put down when he developed a large tumour on his paw.His owner Jacek Matusiak, 35, from Burton, said: 'Putting him to sleep was imminent. He had two strokes, an enlarged liver, significant weight loss and tumour growth to the front paw pad.' Despite being prescribed antibiotics and steroids by his vet, nothing seemed to work, until Mr Matusiak started feeding his pet cannabis-oil laced food after reading about how a cancer patient used the drug to overcome ...

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    A few drinks ARE good for you! Study claiming five glasses of wine a week takes years off your life is completely wrong, says top scientist

    Ten days ago, along with the rest of Britain, I awoke to my radio telling me that ‘more than five glasses of wine a week could knock years off your life’ and ‘drinking is as harmful as smoking’ — shock horror stories widely repeated in many of the day’s newspapers.These had been generated by a study from the University of Cambridge, published in The Lancet, one of Britain’s most prestigious medical journals. It was a substantial piece of research, surveying the health of 600,000 people.Within hours, I was assailed by a fusillade of tweets and emails from readers of my ...

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    The most heartbreaking friendship of all... is when you form a bond with a stranger whose life your tragic child saved with an organ donation — as these truly inspirational stories reveal

    Every day, three people die while waiting for a transplant. For anyone who has wavered about signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, the stories here may make you think again.These groups of friends are testimony to the extraordinary healing power of organ donation.They are friendships born of tragedy, the seeds sown when a grieving family bravely thought of someone else as their loved one lay dying.There is also the friendship formed out of incredible self-sacrifice, when a living donor gives up an organ to a stranger. Dawn and Dylan Bridgwood (left), June Payne (centre) and Sue Bennett and ...

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    Double lung transplant patient narrowly escaped death after routine surgery to treat back pain caused cement to leak into his new organs

    A 57-year-old double lung transplant patient nearly died after cement used to fix a fracture in his spine  leaked into the arteries of new organs.The man, who is unidentified in a case report from Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, was given a two transplanted lungs.Subsequently, he had a fairly common back pain procedure, in which cement is injected between vertebrae to help alleviate pain and stress from the back.But according to the case report, the cement used in the procedure ultimately leaked into his blood vessels and making its way into the arteries of the man’s new lungs. A scan ...

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    Teens who vape are more than twice as likely to try marijuana, study finds

    Teens who use e-cigarettes may be twice as likely to smoke pot as their peers who never try vaping, a US study suggests.The results, from surveys of more than 10,000 youth ages 12 to 17, add to earlier evidence suggesting that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to smoking tobacco and experimenting with drugs. In the current study, younger teens aged 12 to 14 were 2.7 times more likely to smoke pot once they tried vaping, while the odds of marijuana use were 1.6 times higher for older adolescents who used e-cigarettes.While the study wasn't designed to prove whether or how vaping ...

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    Fish supplements protect the brain from chronic stress, study suggests

    Wonder-drug fish oil can help protect the brain from chronic stress, new research suggests. Researchers from John's Hopkins University studied how effective fish oil supplements were in preventing the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in rescue workers involved in clean up after Japan's catastrophic 2011 earthquake.The findings revealed that omega-3 in fish oil supplements could help repair damage to the brain caused by traumatic events.  They also suggested that the supplements could help protect the brain from the negative effects of chronic stress.    Fish oil could be effective in reducing damage in the brain caused by chronic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, ...

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    US veteran receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant: Young man who lost his genitals in an Afghanistan bomb blast will regain all functions thanks to deceased donor organ

    A US veteran has received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant after losing both legs and his genitals to a bomb blast in Afghanistan. The young man, who declined to be identified, is expected to regain all sexual and urinary functions within a months if not years. Nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery on March 26 at Johns Hopkins - the same team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior.They transplanted an entire penis, scrotum without testicles and part of the abdominal wall all from a deceased donor. The donor's ...

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    One hour of meditation is enough to reduce anxiety and stress on the heart, study finds

    A single one-hour meditation session is enough to reduce anxiety and stress on the heart, a new study has found.Mindfulness programs have become hugely popular amid soaring rates of depression and round-the-clock demands for all workers.A new study presented today by the American Physiological Society shows that the practice does indeed make an impact - and just one hour will start the process.The findings suggest meditation could be reasonably prescribed as a first-line treatment for patients with anxiety to protect them from physical health issues.  A new study presented today by the American Physiological Society shows that the practice does ...

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    Mother-of-three, 49, claims she removed her F-cup implants herself at HOME in 10 minutes - using a 99p scalpel, £2.50 bottle of Dettol and ice

    A mother-of-three performed the world's first DIY breast-implant removal at home because she could not afford to pay for surgery. Tonia Rossington, a part-time cleaner, looked up how to do the operation on Google before using a 99p scalpel, £2.50 bottle of disinfectant and bag of ice to carry out the procedure on March 16 this year.Ms Rossington, 49, who could not afford to have the £3,000 operation done privately, hated her F-cup implants too much to join an NHS waiting list and was also conscious of not costing the health service money. After cutting through scar tissue and fat, Ms Rossington ...

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