Parents delight as baby boy survives after they refuse doctor advice to "let him die naturally"

'Miracle' boy who was born with four heart defects survives despite doctors telling his parents to 'let him die naturally because surgery would kill him' Alfie was born three months early with four major heart defectsHis mother said her gut instinct told her he was a fighterAlfie battled for eight months before he was big enough to have life-saving surgery.

Chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up "raise risk of miscarriages and Down"s syndrome"

'Gender bending' chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up 'raise risk of miscarriages and Down's syndrome'Even low-level exposure can interfere with foetus | UPDATED: 07:44 GMT, 25 September 2012 Harmful surroundings: Pregnant women could be at risk of miscarriages or having children with Down's syndrome because of exposure to chemicals in the environment Chemicals in the environment may be harming unborn babies by raising the risk of miscarriages and Down’s syndrome, scientists warn.

Baby who has a genetic condition so rare only 25 people in the world suffer from it

'Writing her own medical history': The baby who has a genetic condition so rare only 25 people in the world suffer from it Ailsa Scobie, born in January, suffers from a genetic condition that causes learning difficulties and sometimes heart defectsThe chances of being born with the condition – called Chromosome22q13.1 Duplication Syndrome – are one in 280million | UPDATED: 16:28 GMT, 13 September 2012 A British baby is battling a genetic condition so rare it is thought only 25 people in the world suffer from it.

Measles cases "double in a year" following major outbreaks

Measles cases 'double in a year' following two major outbreaks There are ongoing serious outbreaks in Merseyside and SussexSmall number of cases in travelling communities | UPDATED: 16:23 GMT, 24 August 2012 The number of cases of measles has almost doubled in the past year following two major outbreaks, health officials have revealed.

A father"s job can raise his child"s risk of a birth defect

A father's job can raise his child's risk of a birth defectPhotographers, artists, drivers and gardeners among higher risk groups | UPDATED: 06:58 GMT, 18 July 2012 Researchers studied the career histories of 1,000 men who had fathered a child with birth defects (file photo) Fathers who do certain jobs may be more at risk of having children with birth defects, a study has found.

New blood-washing operation that"s a lifeline for kidney patients

New blood-washing operation that's a lifeline for kidney patients By David Hurst PUBLISHED: 02:17 GMT, 3 July 2012 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 3 July 2012 There is a desperate shortage of donor organs, exacerbated by the fact that the donor and recipient must have the same blood type.

Folic acid: Doctors call on government to add synthetic B vitamin to flour to prevent birth defects

Add folic acid to flour to prevent birth defects, doctors tell government Most women don't take folic acid before they conceive as more than half of pregnancies are unplanned | UPDATED: 08:35 GMT, 27 June 2012 Pregnant woman are recommended to start taking folic acid three months before they conceive Flour should be fortified with folic acid to prevent birth defects in babies such as spina bifida, according to doctors.

Baby born with six separate heart defects whose parents were told he would not survive stuns doctors with recovery

Baby born with six separate heart defects whose parents were told he would not survive stuns doctors with recovery Riley had back-to-front valves, a large hole in the heart, and various conditions that made his arteries thickParent told to consider abortion at 21-week scan but refused Baby's heart stopped every time mother had contraction during labourBoy underwent heart operation when he was eight-hours old | UPDATED: 11:45 GMT, 26 June 2012 A toddler who is thought to be the only child in the world born with SIX separate heart defects has stunned doctors by making an incredible recovery – after they warned his parents he would not survive.