Brave girl, 8, overcomes cancer to appear in a movie alongside film hunk James McAvoy

Brave girl, 8, overcomes cancer to appear in a movie alongside film hunk James McAvoy Megan Finn was diagnosed with a kidney tumour in 2007She had surgery and underwent six months of chemotherapyLast year she beat hundreds of other youngsters to appear in movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh novel Filth with Oscar-nominated James McAvoy – but Megan won't be allowed to watch it for a few years.

Overindulged at Christmas? You"re lighter than you think: Official weight of a kilo is changed (by a fraction of a gram)

Overindulged at Christmas You're lighter than you think: Official weight of a kilo is changed (by a fraction of a gram) By Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 7 January 2013 You may be lighter than you think, even if you have overindulged this Christmas It will come as welcome news to those who overindulged over the festive period – we are all a little bit lighter than we think.

Christmas 2012: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over festive period

The festive blow-out: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over Christmas and gained SIX pounds in weight Typical adult consumes 15,000 calories over Christmas and a further 18,000 calories of alcohol before New Year's Day Recommended daily calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.

Home for Christmas: The brave baby girl born 15 weeks early weighing less than a tin of baked beans

Home for Christmas: The brave baby girl born 15 weeks early weighing less than a tin of baked beans Tiny Amber-May Bass weighed less than 1lb when she was born in August Parents feared family would never enjoy Christmas togetherShe is now well enough to spend festive period with her family – granting her older sister's Christmas wish | UPDATED: 15:21 GMT, 24 December 2012 A hospital's smallest surviving premature baby has defied the odds to make it home for Christmas after her older sister 'asked Santa' to make it happen.

Don"t let a cold sore leave a blemish on your big celebration

Don't let a cold sore leave a blemish on your big celebration Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virusAn outbreak can be caused by stress and tiredness | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 22 December 2012 It is the ultimate festive season horror – the sudden appearance of a cold sore.

Youngest ever baby to undergo open heart surgery goes home for the first time

Our little Christmas miracle: Parents' joy as youngest ever baby to have open heart surgery goes home for the first time Five-month-old Jessica Muse is believed to be the youngest person ever to undergo open heart surgery when she was just 30 minutes oldLittle girl was born hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, meaning she essentially had half a heart as the left side did not workFinally gone home after nine operations and two rounds of open heart surgery | UPDATED: 14:00 GMT, 13 December 2012 A baby girl who underwent open heart surgery at just 30 minutes old has been allowed home for the first time ever to celebrate Christmas.