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Woman who survived abortion at EIGHT MONTHS finds her birth mother

Melissa Ohden, 40, from Missouri, was born despite her mother's 5-day saline infusion abortion in 1977 when she was eight months pregnant Weighing 2Ib 14oz, she suffered jaundice, respiratory distress and seizures Her 17-year search for answers about her past turned her world upside down She found out she owes

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Sleep positioners sold by UK retailers could cause babies to suffocate

Exclusive: FDA in the US has issued statement warning about dangers of 'anti-roll' products There are reports of at least 12 babies' deaths linked to the devices in the US The products are currently sold by various retailers including Amazon MailOnline approached firm for comment but it has not yet

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Wonder drug 'breakthrough' in fight against heart disease

Trodusquemine shows promising results for treating breast cancer and diabetes Now researchers have found it reverses the effects of atherosclerosis This is where arteries become clogged with fat, causing heart disease The drug 'mimics' the effects of exercise and activates protective enzyme It also inhibits another that causes prolonged inflammation and hardens arteries Heart disease is number cause of death globally, killing 17.7 million people a year A new drug that 'melts away' the fat...

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IVF postcode lottery: Woman left infertile by cancer at 29 denied help

Just 12% of trusts offer 3 cycles as NICE recommends, down from 24% in 2013 New report also provides an 'league table' of CCGs' IVF services Individual CCGs are scrapping services or imposing strict criteria in face of cuts Critics say NHS 'postcode lottery' is a key driver in couples

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Keto diet burns ten times more fat than a standard diet

Controversial low-carb eating plan is high in fat and advocates moderate protein Researchers studied people who have or are at risk of type 2 diabetes The keto group saw significantly better results even without physical activity They were compared to those on a standard diet - with and without exercise They had lower weight, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) Also had lower blood sugar levels and more ketones which break down fat The keto diet burns ten times more fat than a...

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Scientists 'CURE' bowel cancer and say therapy could kill ALL tumors

Immunotherapy teaches the body to attack cancer cells and destroy tumors A US team developed a new type of radioimmunotherapy, which combines traditional radiation therapy and immunotherapy Until now, this has had limited success eradicating tumors, say the researchers The new treatment works because it delivers the correct amount of radiation However, a limitation of the study was its size - it was carried out on just 10 mice As a result, Cancer Research UK urge for the study to be treated...

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Teen CHARGED £14 for TV cord she attempted suicide with by care unit

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES Kelly Wilthew has released shocking pictures of her daughter Faith's scars She's accused a mental health unit of a catalogue of failures in keeping her safe Says she can access blades at 'sharp-free' West Lane Hospital Newberry Centre Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust insisted it takes the safety of patients very seriously A mother has released shocking pictures of the scars and injuries she claims her anorexic daughter has sustained because of a catalogue...

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Teen died in sleep after HPV jab as experts brand vaccine 'useless'

Jasmin Soriat, 19, showed neurological symptoms after having a second HPV jab The teen from Vienna suffered respiratory failure three weeks later Pathologist said the vaccine could have been the cause of her death British teenager Ruby Shallom is also included in the documentary, her family say she was left paralysed after having the jab The stories of both girls are included in a new documentary in which doctors claim the HPV virus does not even cause cancer A teenage girl died in her sleep...

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Masterchef finalist reveals his shock battle with thyroid cancer at 33

EXCLUSIVE: Billy Wright dismissed the growth as a swollen lymph node The Londoner then discovered by chance he had two malignant tumours in May Lump could have been growing for years and cancer had spread to lymph nodes Billy had an operation, involving the removal of his thyroid and 101

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Israel to become world's 3rd biggest exporter of medical cannabis

The global market is set to reach $33 billion in the next seven years Breath of Life Pharma (BOL) has built a one-million-square-foot facility It will produce 80 tons of medical cannabis per year, said CEO Dr Tamir Gedo Comes after the Israeli government gave the go-ahead to exports of

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End of injections for diabetes? Skin patch triggers insulin production

The device delivers a natural substance extracted from brown algae It is a 'smart' patch which releases the active ingredients only when needed Effectiveness of microneedle treatment has been proven after tests on mice Insulin therapy not managed well in half of cases so weekly patch offers promise Millions of people with diabetes could benefit from a device which spells an end to painful insulin injections and finger prick tests.

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BEAUTICIAN recognised woman's dark nail stripe as deadly disease

Nail technician Jean Skinner, from Essex, shared image online of client's thumb Told woman to seek urgent medical help and she was diagnosed with melanoma She was told that it was aggressive and the cancer has spread to lymph nodes Dark stripes can be a form of skin cancer called subungual melanoma Here is a visual guide to other nail abnormalities and what the problem could be A nail technician has shared a photo online of her client's nail with a dark stripe down the middle to urge people...

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Mother shares heartbreaking picture of her stillborn baby boy

WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGE SOME MAY FIND UPSETTING Mary Vince, 37, from Horwich, Lancashire, says friends didn't know how to react She had battled fertility problems yet fell pregnant naturally with Johnny But a week before her due day joy turned to tragedy when baby's heart stopped Had IVF and had

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All forms of hormonal contraception increase breast cancer risk by 20%

Was thought newer forms - such progesterone only - would be safer Now a study found combined pill and progestogen-only pill have same risk Non-oral products such as the hormone-intrauterine system (IUS) does also Experts say small risks of the pill needed to be weighed up against the benefits Includes reduced risk of ovarian, endometrial and colorectal cancers in later life All forms of hormonal contraception bring an increased risk of breast cancer, which lasts for about five years after...

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Doctors call for a public inquiry over vaginal meshes

Over 800 women in permanent pain are suing the NHS or mesh manufacturers Doctors say there are more victims and compare it to the thalidomide scandal They say complication rates are 'unacceptably high' - 19% for some types Oxford professor calls for a public inquiry while campaigners want a ban Senior doctors have called for a public inquiry into the use of vaginal mesh surgery in Britain, saying it could be akin to the thalidomide scandal.

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Skin cancer survivor Terri Dwyer shares image of her sun-damaged face

The ex-Loose Women star has concerns about a mole that has changed shape The 44-year-old has twice been diagnosed with malignant melanoma Doctors believes her cancer was caused by using sunbeds in her teens She is backing a campaign to ban use of tanning beds in the UK Using a tanning bed before age 35 increase risk of melanoma by 75 per cent Skin cancer survivor Terri Dwyer has shared a shocking image of the damage UV rays have done to her face as she reveals she is going through another...

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Morning after pill can FAIL if you're over 11 stone

EXCLUSIVE: Doctors will warn women that the drug could be less effective for those who weigh over 11 stone or have a body mass index (BMI) over 26 The drug may be diluted in bigger women, preventing it from working properly New UK guidelines finally provide clarification after years of conflicting studies Overweight women will be advised to double the dosage or have the emergency coil instead Many women rely on the morning-after pill as a method of emergency contraception but new guidelines...

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Psoriasis and eczema sufferer's diet cure helps thousands of sufferers

Hanna Sillitoe found relief with anti-inflammatory diet after researching into it The 38-year-old, from Manchester, published a blog and book to help others She has shared their astounding before and after pictures with MailOnline US mother of a psoriasis-covered toddler used Hanna's diet plan and revealed her daughter 'has her life back' A woman whose 20-year battle with psoriasis and eczema was so severe she was told her only treatment option was chemotherapy has found a 'cure' through diet.

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The new impotency pill that lasts up to EIGHT times longer than Viagra

EXCLUSIVE: Generic version of Cialis launched in UK after brand's patent ran out Price of drug, which contains tadalafil, has fallen from £7.22 per tablet to £2-£4 Most major pharmacies - including Superdrug, LloydsPharmacy and Boots - are set to stock the generic tablets this month Cialis, Viagra and all

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Alicia Douvall 'woke up in a pool of blood' due to endometriosis

EXCLUSIVE: The former model suffered years of heavy, painful periods Condition left her with extreme fatigue and depression and sex was agony The 38-year-old had an operation to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue But when symptoms returned she was told hysterectomy was her only option She is now pain-free

Mail Online
The kind, sweet twin conjoined for life to her psychopath sister

As children, the Russian sisters suffered unimaginable cruelty in the name of medical 'experiments' They were burnt, starved, electrocuted and injected with radioactive substances Despite sharing same genetics and childhood, personalities were very different Masha was 'emotionally abusive' to her sister and forced her to get drunk She also denied

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Fitness freak miscarried after thyroid problem dismissed as depression

Sunny Bird, who ran a fitness bootcamp, piled on the weight in just 8 months She begged doctors, over two years, for answers to tackle her insomnia, aches and exhaustion But disbelieving GP told her 'no fat people came out of the concentration camps' Sunny suffered a miscarriage - likely

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Michelle Heaton opens up about depression after early menopause

Singer carries the BRCA2 gene and had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy 37-year-old revealed she gets 'down and emotional' after early menopause at 35 Her daughter Faith, 5, has a 50% chance of having the faulty mutation, she says Michelle supports pioneering trial of personalised breast screening programme Aims to give a more comprehensive picture of a woman's risk and options Singer Michelle Heaton has revealed she faces an on-going battle with depression brought on by early menopause...

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Gogglebox's Tapper family lose 'several stone'

The family of four have embarked on health drive together to support each other Father Jonathan lost seven pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes Daughter Amy has shed two stone after adopting a a low-carb, protein-rich diet Mother Nikki cooks from scratch avoiding processed food after cancer battle The Tappers recently had a health MOT at LloydsPharmacy to keep them on track The Tappers have been on award-winning reality TV show Gogglebox since the very beginning, watching the...

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Davina McCall reveals how she realised her father had Alzheimer's

The TV presenter revealed subtle changes in dad Andrew's behaviour were clues He was repeating stories, forgetting events and making odd comments The 49-year-old revealed her positive father is coping well with his symptoms Concerned about mother Gaby urged others to ask for help when they need it The family are uniting to take part in this year's Memory Walk in Brighton Davina McCall has spoken emotionally about the tell-tale signs she picked up on that made her suspect her father Andrew had...

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Cutting-edge headset sends a signal to brain to burn fat

Modius device sends a signal to the brain to suppress the appetite It also boosts fat burning and activates metabolic hormones, claim inventors Works by targeting the hypothalamus region of the brain that regulates hunger Wearers can burn up to 16% of their body fat - though 8-10% is average Inventor Dr Jason McKeown claims it reduced his body fat by 44% A new headset that signals the brain to suppress the appetite could be the answer to the obesity epidemic, according to its manufacturers.

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UK men opting for 'moob jobs' QUADRUPLES

EXCLUSIVE: Four times as many men have had breast reductions privately over the past five years, according to a leading cosmetic surgeon Dr Navid Jallali says 'countless' men are denied treatment on the NHS Patients are told by GPs to diet when a hormone imbalance is a common cause He said men are being 'fobbed-off, ridiculed and treated unfairly' The number of British men going under the knife to reduce their breasts has risen four fold over the last five years.

Mail Online
Price of spray to help men last '10 times longer' is slashed

EXCLUSIVE: The only legal seller of Fortacin in the UK has now reduced price tag Professor Mike Wyllie, inventor of Viagra, made the premature ejaculation spray Fortacin contains low doses anaesthetics, these reduce the sensitivity Medication said to help up to nine in ten of those suffering from the condition Tests show men lasted on average five times longer following 3 months of use The cost of a spray that aims to help men who suffer from premature ejaculation has been slashed to a fifth...

Mail Online
Has Prince Harry turned to CAVIAR omega 3 pills to cure his baldness?

EXCLUSIVE: Insiders told MailOnline that Prince Harry has omega-3 supplements made with caviar oil sent to Kensington Palace The pills are commonly used by men to fight hair loss Harry, 32, shows signs of hair thinning on a recent photos Pictures show Prince has a growing spot just like his brother and father Hair loss is prominent on both sides of his family, as Earl Spencer was also bald Harry may be feeling the pressure to impress girlfriend Meghan Markle Prince Harry has often joked about...

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Your vagina SHOULD smell: Doctor urges women to DUMP men who complain

Dr Jen Gunter says men complaining about your natural smell is a 'form of abuse' The Canadian gynecologist revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for this Has warned intimate hygiene products upset natural pH balance of intimate bits This leaves you at a greater risk of infections and actually increase bad smells Mayo Clinic experts explain when you should see a doctor over vaginal odor She's had a strong opinion on the recent trends for women cleaning their vaginas with cucumbers and Vicks'...

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New shot provides '100% protection' against Lyme disease

Experts at UMass Medical School in Boston have prevented mice getting Lyme Shot uses anti-body that stops the tick-spread disease from being transmitted 300,000 cases a year are diagnosed in the US; 65,000 a year in Europe Bella Hadid, Martine McCutcheon and Avril Lavigne have had the illness However, it could take 2-3 years to be available due to trials required by the FDA Scientists say they have developed a vaccine that offers '100 percent protection' against contracting Lyme disease.

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The regions at a high risk of a GP shortage

Eleven areas of the UK have been identified as at a 'high risk' of a shortage In seven of these areas, more than 20 per cent of doctors are aged over 55 Experts warn the NHS is 'fighting a losing battle' unless more young GPs join Others say an 'avalanche of work' is putting hopeful doctors off the profession Past research suggests flexible hours may keep older GPs in the job longer We have heard the stark warnings about the impact the ageing population is placing on health services.

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Campaigners slam recommendation NOT to give HPV jab to boys

JCVI has advised the Government extending jab for boys is 'not cost-effective' The HPV virus can lead to oral, penile and anal cancers in men Adolescent girls receive the vaccination to protect against cervical cancer As uptake is over 85% with girls this offers 'herd protection' for boys says JCVI


Freelance Work


Mr Spock saved my life!

Mr Spock lookalike Roy was shocked when Leonard Nimoy, who played the pointy-eared Star Trek character, came back from the dead to give him an amazing life-saving message...

You said, 'I love you all'…then you took your own life

Dana Baker, you were abused and let down by the people who should have helped you. I’m racked with guilt for letting you go out that fateful night when it finally all became too much for you to bear. By Sally King, 49.

I dumped my man for a tub of custard

Jennifer couldn’t give up her new and unusual job and the lavish lifestyle it afforded her. So when her boyfriend gave her an ultimatum, was it food for thought?

My baby died for 3 weeks…then came back to life!

Daneille was devastated when a scan showed her baby had been dead for three weeks. Then, just moments before surgery to remove the foetus, her boyfriend Ronnie saw a tiny movement on the ultrasound screen...

Quizzy my wonder dog!

When Sue was forced give up her job as a nurse due to a debilitating condition, assistance dog Quizzy gave her a lifeline and the determination to enjoy life again...

My baby went to heaven to cuddle her daddy

Fern McClusky and boyfriend David were over the moon when they found out they were having their first child. Then tragedy struck and David was killed in a car crash. Here Fern, 25, writes an open letter to David and it will melt your heart...

How has my miracle baby survived?

Doctors said there was no hope for Vicky Maple’s premature baby Samuel but the tiny warrior was preparing to fight the mother of all battles for his life...

Sport Media (Heritage) – Writer and page designer

Daily Mirror's World War 100
Brave doctor who risked life and limb to save other

During the Great War, 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded to brave servicemen. Only one man received the highest award for gallantry twice. Altogether, medic Noel Chavasse saved the lives of some 20 badly-wounded men.


Liverpool ECHO
The Scouserati - the 366 most influential Scousers on the planet

As part of the Open Culture Project, we mark the dawn of our year as European Capital of Culture by publishing the list in full, 366 influencers - one for each day of this very special Leap Year. Also here:

Video – Trained in shooting and editing

Design – Some spare-time projects


Wirral Lifestyle magazine

Guided the launch of a new title under the role of content editor, playing a large role in setting the editorial style and tone of the magazine

Northwich/Knutsford/Crewe Guardian (Newsquest)
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park supplement

Wrote and designed all of this supplement, including front cover, mastheads and page layout

Hull Daily Mail: Court/Crime

Hull Daily Mail
Boy's terror in stalker ordeal

A mother has spoken of her shock after her nine-year-old disabled son was stalked as he cycled home by a strange man

Hull Daily Mail
Councillor held over drug farm find

Exclusive story following a tip off about a parish councillor who was arrested after police seized more than 130 cannabis plants with a street value of up to £70,000

Hull Daily Mail
Cuts put brakes on safer roads

Budget cuts are forcing a road safety body to cut high-profile campaigns in East Yorkshire – but speed cameras will stay

Hull Daily Mail: Human Interest

Hull Daily Mail: Health

Hull Daily Mail: Freedom of Information

East Riding Mail
Medicines on the cheap

Exclusive story revealing NHS East Riding plans to save money by prescribing cheaper drugs to patients

Hull Daily Mail
Warden ignored my baby's plight

Outraged mum Christine Ireland claims a parking warden gave her a ticket when she stopped to give her nine-month-old daughter an inhaler

Hull Daily Mail
Stolen...from the cops

From crumpets to computers, items totalling £34,157 were swiped from the police

East Riding Mail
Your money well spent?

The £350,000 cost of the soon-to-be-launched Beverley Town Trail has divided opinio

Hull Daily Mail
Police cash in on second jobs

More than 200 Humberside Police officers have second jobs or incomes in addition to their law enforcement roles

Hull Daily Mail
Tense wait is finally over

After an agonising relegation battle, Tigers fans can breathe a sigh of relief as season finale ensures City's survival

Hull Daily Mail: Sport

Hull Daily Mail: Miscellaneous

Hull Daily Mail
Ladies' Day...but on a budget

As a record 12,000 people flocked to Ladies' Day at Beverley, frugal race-goers were determined to look stunning without spending a fortune

Hull Daily Mail
King of the castles

Beverley-born artist Paul Hoggard has created a 14-tonne elephant out of sand

Hull Daily Mail: Animals

Hull Daily Mail: Travel

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