World first as grandmother has life-saving "mini sieve" fitted near her heart to catch deadly clots after surgery

World first as grandmother has life-saving 'mini sieve' fitted near her heart to catch deadly clots after surgery Doreen Carter had the device fitted in a major vein near her heart It consists of a titanium mesh that acts like a fishing net to catch blood clotsDoctors believe it could prevent thousands dying from clots after surgery By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:44 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 GMT, 5 March 2013 A British grandmother has become the first person in the world to be fitted with a life-saving 'miniature sieve' to prevent blood clots.

Why having fat thighs now can lead to a doddery old age

Why having fat thighs can lead to a doddery old age People with fat around their thigh muscles had lower walking speeds later in lifeLower walking speed is a good predictor of disability risk in old age By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 17:06 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 GMT, 26 February 2013 People with wobbly thighs should take note – carrying extra fat around your upper leg makes it far harder to walk in old age.

Drivers who sneeze behind the wheel cause 2,500 accidents a WEEK – now experts say they should stay off the roads

Drivers who sneeze behind the wheel cause 2,500 accidents a WEEK – now experts say they should stay off the roads Motorists can travel 50ft blind when sneezingDrivers with severe colds 'should stay off the roads' Study suggests those with the sniffles should leave four extra car lengths for slower reaction times digg] By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 17:00 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:14 GMT, 14 February 2013 Getting behind the wheel when bunged up with a cold is far more dangerous than drivers realise, researchers say.

Want to slim down? Living at a higher altitude can help (and it"s nothing to do with climbing)

Want to slim down Living at a higher altitude can help (and it's nothing to do with climbing) Obesity risk dropped with every 660ft rise in altitudeChanges in elevation may affect appetite hormones, growth and how many calories the body burned By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:04 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:09 GMT, 13 February 2013 Enlarge Man celebrates on the mountain If you're packing quite a paunch there may be a novel solution to losing a few pounds – simply live at a higher altitude.

Cancer patient left "terrified" after hospital doctor issues him with a Do Not Resuscitate order

Cancer patient left 'terrified' after hospital doctor issues him with a Do Not Resuscitate order Alan Cargill, 69, was being treated for cancer and a blood clot at the University Hospital of North DurhamA doctor told him he wouldn't be revived if he took a turn for the worseHe said he was given a Do Not Resuscitate order despite no family member being present By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:49 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:19 GMT, 12 February 2013 Mr Cargill ripped up his Do Not Resuscitate Order after speaking to his family and lawyer A cancer patient said he was left feeling terrified after a hospital doctor issued him with a Do Not Resuscitate order.

Seven million Britons lie to their GP – because they"re too scared to hear the diagnosis

Seven million Britons lie to their GP – because they're too scared to hear the diagnosis 14% of patients polled admitted misleading a medicA third did so because they were embarrassed while a quarter held back due to worry about the diagnosis By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:06 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 1 February 2013 You would think the privacy of the doctor's office would invite patients to reveal all, yet a survey has found seven million Britons lie to their GP.

Teenager crowned beauty queen just six months after face paralysed by stroke

Teenager crowned beauty queen just six months after her face was paralysed by a stroke Emily, 18, was paralysed down the left side of her body after she suffered a stroke while volunteering at Camp AmericaShe regained her smile and learned to walk again after a few months of physiotherapyWon beauty pageant she entered before becoming ill due to 'captivating eyes and smile' By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:56 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:57 GMT, 28 January 2013 A teenager has been crowned a beauty queen – just six months after her face was paralysed by a massive stroke.

Cancer breakthrough as new technique that reveals severity of disease AND spares healthy tissue from being removed is unveiled

Cancer breakthrough as new technique reveals how far it has spread in the body AND spares healthy tissue is unveiled Method reveals how far cancer has spread in lymph nodes and could save patients from unnecessary op Flourescent tool so sensitive it can detect cancer sites measuring just millimetres across By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:48 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 A ground-breaking technique that reveals just how far cancer has spread in the lymph nodes has been developed by scientists.

So THAT"S why slimming makes us depressed: Ditching fat and sugar is similar to drug withdrawal

So THAT'S why slimming makes us depressed: Ditching fat and sugar is similar to drug withdrawal Consuming a high-fat diet was linked with greater anxiety, say experts This could make dieters vulnerable to a cycle of bingeing and fasting By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:39 GMT, 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:46 GMT, 12 December 2012 The sight of a solitary carrot on your plate while your friends tuck into bags of crisps and chocolate is enough to make anyone feel glum.