Amy Palmer, 30, from Devon, went straight to her GP after finding the lump five months after the birth of her son, Lenny, now 11 months (see inset, Mrs Palmer holding Lenny with her eldest son, Frankie, three). Doctors said it was likely to be a blocked milk duct, but sadly this was not the case and Mrs Palmer was told she had cancer in March this year (see inset, having chemotherapy). It was a shock to the whole family, including husband, (see left, Colin, 35, and their two children at Christmas), as Mrs Palmer had been feeling healthier than ever and had recently completed a half marathon. Mrs Palmer said she has 'mum guilt' for missing out on her sons' childhoods, and was devastated she had to stop breastfeeding. She is urging for the minimum age of mammogram screening, free on the NHS, to be lowered from 50 to 18 years of age. Pictured left when pregnant in September 2018.
Another teenage victim of vaping: Texas boy, 17, spent 10 days on life support for lung failure after using e-cigarettes since eighth grade
Tryston Zohfeld (pictuted), 17, says he's been vaping since he was in eighth grade. He awoke with a racing heart and vomiting last week. It's not clear why his lungs failed - but doctors who kept Tryston alive at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas (inset), suspect his vaping habit. His lungs looked as though they were both infected with pneumonia, but he tested negative. For 10 of his 18 days in the hospital, Tryston had to be on a ventilator (right). He's at last home to recover, but has lost 30 pounds and nearly all his leg muscles - and sworn off vaping for good, he says. Tryston is just the latest of at least 127 people - mostly teenagers and young adults - whose mysterious lung damage US health officials suspect is caused by vaping.
Measles warning for Texas: A single case could trigger a 1,000-person outbreak if anti-vaxxer trend continues - as more than 64,000 unvaccinated kids go back to school, simulation suggests
Texas cities could soon face huge measles outbreaks as more children attend schools unvaccinated, a new study suggests. Vaccination rates in the Lone Star State have been on a downward trend since 2003 as more parents opt their children out for religious or personal reasons. Researchers ran a computer simulation and found that an additional decrease in vaccination rates of just five percent could more than double the size of a potential measles outbreak from 400 to 1,000 cases.
Mother-of-three, 37, loses fingers, toes and half her right leg after developing a bacterial infection from a rug burn
Alecia Kennen, 37 (left, with her sons, and right), of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, got a rug burn on her right shoulder after tripping over her dog in June 2015. She went to the hospital a few days later after feeling severe pain underneath her right armpit. After one of her sons complained of a sore throat, doctors discovered that they had strep throat and had passed on the bacteria to her. Doctors surmised the bacteria entered Kennen through the rug burn and diagnosed her with toxic shock syndrome, a complication that occurs when bacteria invade the bloodstream and release dangerous toxin. She had her fingers amputated to her knuckles before she was released from the hospital in August. Kennen relapsed twice and had her toes amputated in January 2016 and her right leg below her knee amputated in June 2019.
Boy, six, is diagnosed with testicular cancer after his mother noticed one of his testicles was bigger than the other in the bath
Jake Barksby, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, is thought to be one of the youngest patients with the disease in Britain - only eight children under nine are diagnosed each year. His mother, Nicola (pictured together), 35, spotted one of his testicles was bigger than the other and took him to see the GP on May 28. The doctor urged Mrs Barksby and her husband Adam to take Jake to hospital as quickly as possible, where tests were carried out. Jake was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 4 and had an operation to remove the 5cm-long tumour and one of his testicles a week later.
Woman, 23, is left wheelchair-bound after doctors said she was too young to have a stroke 'and blamed anxiety for her slurred speech'
Drewy NovaClara Curious felt numb and started slurring her words while driving with her husband Avery (pictured together inset) in June last year. The now 23-year-old went to hospital (right), where doctors spent hours trying to uncover what was wrong. They eventually sent her home, saying she was too young to have a stroke and was probably just anxious. Refusing to accept this diagnosis, Mrs Curious, of Toronto, went to another hospital, where she was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke. The 'wasted' hours at the first hospital meant she was not treated quickly enough. She now relies on a wheelchair to get around (seen left).
Oregon court orders 13-year-old girl to undergo cancer surgery after taking away custody from her mother who tried to run away with her and treat her with only CBD oil
Kylee Dixon, 13 (left), of Wilsonville, Oregon was diagnosed with undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma, a rare liver cancer, in March 2018. She underwent chemotherapy for six months before her mother, Christina (right, with Kylee), brought her home and treated her with herbs, vitamins and CBD oil. Dixon claimed the tumor was reduced by 90% despite no scientific evidence that shows these alternative methods are effective. After failing to bring Kylee in for a scheduled surgery in June 2019, a court order was issued demanding Kylee be turned over to the state's custody. Dixon went on the run with her daughter before they were tracked down in Nevada and Kylee was placed with a foster family. She turned herself in to police last week and was charged with custodial interference and criminal mistreatment. A court has ordered that Kylee go in for a doctor's appointment next week so that surgery can be planned.
'I was afraid to orphan my son': Single mother, 28, feared she'd be paralyzed after discovering her tingly limbs were due to a brain tumor
Lyndsay Whitmore (pictured), 28, found herself paralyzed on the floor of her four-year-old son, Evans's (right), bedroom. Her legs and arms had been falling asleep, and the Tennessee single mother and sales coordinator was had been getting headaches. But she never dreamed the mundane symptoms might be a brain tumor. Scans revealed that she had a menengioma pressing on the 'motor strip' of her brain. She worried that any slip up in surgery to remove it (inset) could paralyze her permanently and, in her mind, leave her son practically 'orphaned.' But she pulled through and she and her boyfriend, Cody Skinner (left) told Evans to be gentle with his mother as she slowly regains her strength.
Idaho man left with West Nile virus after being bitten by mosquitoes at a state park - and he may suffer pain, fatigue and random fevers for life
Lance Bottoms (left and right, with his wife), from Boise, Idaho, was bitten by mosquitoes while visiting Eagle Island State Park in July. Two days later, he developed flu-like symptoms and went to the hospital. Bottoms was first diagnosed with pneumonia, and then West Nile virus at a follow-up doctor's appointment. He was told he may experience symptoms of the disease such as back pain and low energy for up to a year and potentially the rest of his life.
Doctor saves the life of an unborn baby with deadly anaemia by injecting blood into his umbilical cord just 20 weeks into the pregnancy
Edward Banham, known as Teddy, developed severe anaemia after his blood cells were attacked by his mother Emma's immune system. This caused Teddy to develop hydrops fetalis, which occurs when an unborn baby's heart starts to fail and large amounts of fluid accumulate in its organs. With Teddy desperately needing blood, an obstetrician injected donor samples into his umbilical cord just 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Teddy received a total of five transfusions before he was born at 35 weeks via C-section on February 5. He is pictured with his parents Emma, 33, and Gary Banham, and his sister Elizabeth.
Mindfulness 'may help people at risk of Alzheimer's from getting the memory-robbing disorder by boosting their cognitive reserve'
Scientists from Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina looked at 14 adults with mild cognitive impairment, which increases a person's risk of developing dementia. After eight weeks, the participants who took part in a meditation-mindfulness course scored better on cognitive tests. Being present to the world around us is thought to reduce stress. Over the long-term, feeling frazzled can affect the hippocampus in the brain, which is involved in memory and learning. Harry Potter star Emma Watson (left) and Lara Croft actress Angelina Jolie (right) are both said to be fans of mindfulness.
Burst ulcer left me on the brink of madness: MATTHEW D'ANCONA recalls the wild hallucinations and delusions of grandeur that he experienced from a little-known side-effect of intensive care
Journalist Matthew D'Ancona (left) suffered from hospital delirium while being treated for what turned out to be abdominal sepsis at University Hospital, in Lewisham, south-east London. He became absolutely convinced that his illness and incapacity was an irritating diversion from his preparations for a new HBO spy series. And his hospital bed was able to travel all over the world: to a home in Malaysia for a delicious meal; a New York hotel off Times Square; a Monaco-themed bistro in Chelsea. Though he did not know it at the time - he was suffering from a very common condition that afflicts intensive care patients: ICU delirium. There is broad agreement that a cocktail of factors is involved: the combination of powerful drugs, mechanical ventilation, physiological weakness, insomnia, and the underlying psychological stress of being seriously ill. But the sheer power of the delusions has not been explained, and there is little consensus on treatment protocols (in his case, a short course of sleeping pills and rehydration did the trick).
Looking for relief from arthritis? Don't use WD-40! But you'll be amazed what among these gadgets and remedies DOES cure creaky knees
Sammy Margo, a physiotherapist in North London, and Dr Rod Hughes, a consultant rheumatologist, give the lowdown on gadgets and remedies for the pain. We then rated them. The Therapearl Compress (top left) is a resuable gel pack with three effective therapies. The Jointace Patch (top, centre) releases glucosamine and chondroitin but there's no evidence that it works topically. Kneelo Pads are foam pads to use while gardening and doing DIY and may be useful for people who just have the 'odd twinge' of pain. The Conductive Tens knee sleeve (middle, left) is a compression sleeve that can be attached to a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machine and is great for people who cannot take painkillers. The Active 650 knee support brace (middle, centre) should help anyone to feel more comfortable that their knee will not give way. And the Sports Medica knee pillow (middle, right) is great for side sleepers, says Sammy Margo. Olbas oil (bottom left), which contains essential oils, can reduce pain, says Dr Hughes. The Ioncore Sleeve (bottom, middle) , made from copper nylon is designed to give pain relief for those with arthritis, but evidence for the effectiveness of copper on arthritis is thin. What you mustn't try is WD-40 (bottom right), a lubricating oil used for rusty hinges. Dr Hughes says: 'petroleum distillates can be dangerous to human health if used in this way.'
Seven Arizona women claim they were left with 'oozing' infected lips after getting cheap injections given out of someone's house
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT At least seven women (left and right) visited Gabby Acosta at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, on August 3. She had come highly recommended, claimed she was licensed and was charging $80 per millimeter of filler compared to the standard $600 charged by cosmetic surgeons. Within hours, they say their lips were swollen, oozing pus and developing cold sores (inset top and inset bottom). The Maricopa Police Department has been notified and has opened an investigation.
Surgeon, 93, who started working for the NHS the month it started in 1948 is STILL a full-time professor in a hospital run by the health service 71 years later
Professor Harold Ellis (pictured), 93, qualified as a doctor in July 1948 and immediately began training as a surgeon in the NHS' earliest days. Seven decades on, the grandfather-of-six commutes from his home in East Finchley, greater London, five days a week to teach at Guy's Hospital in the centre of town. Professor Ellis is thought to be one of the longest serving medical professionals in the UK and has 'dedicated his whole life to the NHS'. He is pictured in the inset with patients in 1948 at Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Mother who has 'NEVER sunbathed' reveals she is dying of skin cancer and fears the 'Love Island culture' will only cause a cases of her killer disease to soar among young fans seeking a tan
Shellie Clark (see left), of Maidenhead, was diagnosed with melanoma five months ago and was initially told she had just three months to live. She warns that if it can happen to her - someone who rarely sunbathed - it will happen to young people who spend hours in the sun with little protection. It comes after Love Islander Amy Hart revealed on Loose Women that the girls on the show ignored producers and refused to wear sun cream. Pictured right, Ms Clark with her two sons, Ethan, 15, and Joshua, 14.
After the furore over NHS meals made in factories miles away... The depressing proof 'home cooked' does NOT make hospital food any easier to stomach
Patients being treated for a wide variety of health issues in hospitals up and down the UK photographed their evening meal within a three-day period at the beginning of this month. The meals were then assessed by Hannah Whittaker, an NHS dietitian and a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. While some hospitals are offering patients tempting and nourishing meals, others are serving up food so poor that patients would rather go hungry. We also found that some meals the patients thought awful were nutritionally spot on - although that matters little if patients are unable to bring themselves actually to eat the food.
Doctors remove 64 magnetic beads from six-year-old boy's stomach 'after he went to hospital with crippling tummy pains'
The unnamed six-year-old, of China, was taken to his nearest hospital with crippling stomach pains. Paediatricians conducted an X-ray, which showed a cluster of metallic beads (left) inside his stomach. Local media reports that the boy swallowed the toys, which his mother had bought for him to play with. Surgery to remove the magnetic beads from the child's intestines lasted three hours, medics revealed. It is unknown what hospital he was treated at. However, it is believed to be in the city of Harbin - where he lives. The toys are pictured right and inset.
Man, 26, faces five weeks in hospital after he was chemically burnt by a hair removal cream he left on his groin for twice as long as recommended in preparation for a first date
William Bishop (left), 26, decided to remove the hair from his delicate area in case 'anything good happened' on an upcoming first date on July 27. The property developer, of Cheltenham, admits to using a cream meant for the body and legs. Two days later, Mr Bishop was in A&E with 'a hole in his crotch' and had to be transferred to a burns unit. Barely able to walk, sleep or sit, Mr Bishop has been in hospital for two weeks while doctors try to reduce his risk of infection. It could be another three weeks before he is allowed home. Pictured right, the burn.
Is this the world's most stomach-churningly healthy wedding? Nutritionist bride's 'clean' nuptials involve sunrise yoga, sugar-free menu and organic wine
With most destination weddings involving days of indulgent meals and alcohol-fuelled nights, Australian nutritionist Jessica Sepel (left) opted for something different, to reflect her lifestyle. She decided to have a 'clean wedding' to prove, with her husband Dean Steingold, that you don't need to place a healthy lifestyle on hold for a wedding. Her retreat-like Thailand wedding saw Ms Sepel treat her 170 guests to elaborate spa days, vegan lunches, healthy gluten and sugar-free meals (bottom right) and a veggie shot bar (top right) every morning. At the wedding, organic wine was served, guests were invited to sip on an organic coconut throughout the ceremony and fruit was served for dessert.
Parents in desperate search for a stem cell donor to help their five-month-old son beat a rare illness 'which doctors thought was cancer'
Daniel McAvoy (right), from Huntington in Cambridgeshire, has Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a crippling condition that is thought to strike as little as one in every million children. Parents Georgie, 29, and agricultural engineer Andrew, 36 (pictured together left with Daniel and his sister Holly, two), assumed their son was fine when they were allowed to take him home from hospital in March. The couple, of Huntington in Cambridgeshire, only took Daniel to see a GP after he kept having nose bleeds, as well as them finding blood in his nappy and sick, and him showing signs of eczema and a tummy ache. Doctors ran tests that found his platelet levels had plummeted - platelets are cells in the blood that form clots to help stop bleeding. Medics called an ambulance to take him to a specialist hospital, amid fears he may have had cancer or sepsis. He spent 11 days in a critical condition. At one point, Daniel's parents arranged for a hospital chaplain to perform a bedside christening because they feared he would not pull through. However, he was eventually allowed home after his condition improved. Daniel is pictured in hospital inset.
How a dip in the sea wiped out my memory: DR MICHAEL MOSLEY reveals how a frightening drama last weekend left his wife fearing he'd had a stroke
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY, pictured in the sea, blacked out while swimming in Cornwall last weekend, leading his GP wife Clare to fear that he had suffered a stroke. The Mail on Sunday columnist was rushed to A&E in Truro. It was feared he may have had a transient ischaemic attack, or TIA - which is when the blood floow to the brain is temporarily cut off, usually as a result of a clot in the neck which has moved, causing a blockage.
Alfie Dingley, 7, had 75 seizures a day until he started taking cannabis oil. One year after the law was changed to help him, the jury is still out on whether it really works
Alfie Dingley, pictured here with his mother Hannah, left, used to suffer 75 seizures a day until he was prescribed an oil-based cannabis tincture overseas. His case saw the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid change the law to allow the use of cannabis oil by the NHS. The youngster from Kenilworth, Warwickshire went 11 months without a seizure while using cannabis oil. Although experts have warned that over-the-counter treatments, right, may have too little active ingredients to be effective.
Agonising kidney stones could be a thing of the past as a high tech laser can blast a 5cm lump into dust during a single treatment
The new technique uses a laser beam to target the kidney stone and pop it into dust saving repeated visits to hospital. Existing treatments require two or three visits to hospital several weeks apart. It could also cut the number of people who undergo keyhole surgery to have stones removed through an incision in their back. Professor Bhaskar Somani, from University Hospital Southampton, has treated about 80 patients so far using the new technique - with incredible results.
Do you REALLY need an £80 smart bottle to tell you when to drink water? We test six of the best including one for £95 which cleans itself
As one third of Britons claim not to drink water on a daily basis with on in five suggesting they haven't had a drop in the past week, we look to see if there is a market for 'smart bottles'. From left, we look at the £13 Joseph Joseph bottle, the £21 Ulla smart hydration tracker, the Bellabeat Spring for £79.99, the £95 LARQ, the Equa which costs £68.40 and finally the £36.80 Thermos Smart Lid.
Disabled Esmai only weighs two stone, so why has she been deemed too heavy for care? NHS management slammed over decision to deny respite assistance to the two-year-old toddler
Tricia Risbridger, 43, pictured with her grand daughter Esmai. Health and safety rules have said that at two stone, the youngster poses 'an unacceptable risk' to care staff. Esmai, inset, was born with cerebral palsy, needs around-the-clock care, but official guidelines say female care staff should not lift any weight of more than two-and-a-half stone - including any equipment. Ms Risbridger, who is her granddaughter's official carer, has been told she will not receive any assistance until her home in Poole, Dorset has been modified to cope with Esmai's disability.
Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away? Doctors separate the facts from the fiction in six of the most common old wives' tales
They say feed a cold starve a fever (top left), carrots help you see in the dark (top middle) and chicken soup cures colds (bottom left). Some advise people avoid chocolate to prevent spots (top right), while others maintain eating before a night out soaks up the alcohol (bottom middle). And everyone's heard that an apple a day can keep the doctor away (bottom right). But just how true are old wives' tales? Two UK-based GPs discuss the truth behind common health 'advice'.
Twenty British women who developed a rare form of cancer linked to their breast implants launch legal action against surgeons and manufacturers
Linzy Bromfield, 50, (left) 'thought she was going to die' after she developed implant-associated lymphoma in 2016. She had the implants put in at a private clinic in the UK in 2005 to take her chest from a cup size B to a D. The operation seemed to go to plan until, years later in 2016, the mother-of-two noticed her right breast was too swollen to fit in a bra. Ms Bromfield later had to have her breast drained and was diagnosed with implant-associated lymphoma. Consultant plastic surgeon Professor James Frame (right) fears women are being used as 'human guinea pigs' due to a lack of information about the potential risks of breast implants (inset).
Trendy Keto diet loved by celebrities 'relieves migraines and may be better than drugs at easing the agonising headaches'
Countless celebrities have spoken of their love of the Keto diet in keeping them 'red carpet ready'. But the high-fat, low-carb eating plan favoured by Hollywood's resident 'health guru' Gwyneth Paltrow (left) and Bond girl Halle Berry (right) may also prevent migraines. Scientists at the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Milan in Italy analysed 35 overweight migraine sufferers. The participants tried two low-calorie diets, one of which was ketogenic. Over the course of one month, the Keto diet caused the patients to suffer three less 'migraine days', on average. The results even suggested the eating plan is more effective at relieving symptoms than leading drugs, such as erenumab.
'Hundreds' of epilepsy and MS patients are paying up to £800 a month for private medicinal cannabis because 'nothing has changed' since health chiefs made them legal on the NHS
Cheryl Keen (left) claims her epileptic daughter Charlotte (right) has been refused medical cannabis twice. Ms Keen cannot afford to buy the prescription privately for her daughter, who also has brain damage. Medics have also said Charlotte has not yet tried all the other treatment options available to her, Ms Keen alleges. She claims 'nothing has changed' since legislation allowed specialist doctors to legally prescribe unlicensed marijuana-based products containing THC last November.
NHS hospital offers pregnant women VR headsets to let them relax on the beach and travel to MARS to take their mind off the pain of childbirth
University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is trialling the VR headsets. If successful, it could be rolled out across more NHS maternity units. In one seven-minute session, expectant mothers can also watch the Northern Lights or walk among penguins and buffalo. But the soothing effects of calming music or a guided voiceover are said to last for 45 minutes.
Oregon mother who fled the state to treat her 13-year-old daughter's liver cancer with unproven CBD oil after a court ruled the girl would 'die without chemo and surgery' turns herself in
Kylee Dixon, 13, of Wilsonville, Oregon was diagnosed with Undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma, a rare liver cancer, in March 2018. She underwent chemotherapy for six months at Oregon Health and Science University (inset) before her mother, Christina (left, with Kylee, and right), brought her home. Christina treated her daughter's cancer with herbs, vitamins and CBD oil and claimed the tumor was reduced by 90 percent. There is no scientific evidence that these alternative methods are effective. After failing to bring Kylee in for a scheduled surgery in June 2019, a court order was issued demanding Kylee be turned over to the state's custody. Christina went on the run with her daughter before they were tracked down in Nevada and Kylee was placed with a foster family. She turned herself in to police on Thursday and was charged with custodial interference and criminal mistreatment.