Stiliyan Petrov leukaemia battle: Brave smile of the Premier League footballer transformed by cancer

Brave smile of the Premier League footballer whose super-athletic body has been utterly transformed by cancer Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed last year after feeling tired and run downHad an acute form of the illness, meaning his survival chances were 50/50 Now in remission after chemotherapy and will take medication for two years Having learned more about his condition, says he is 'lucky to be alive' .

Heading a football "can cause brain damage"

Heading a football 'can cause brain damage and affect thinking' Heading a football is classed as a 'minor sub-concussive blow' and can cause brain damageYoung people who play the game are less able to perform some tasks requiring basic thinking skills By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 22:27 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 27 February 2013 It is well known that playing the beautiful game can increase fitness.

Forget brain training gadgets – just writing a letter or reading a newspaper is enough to keep your mind active into old age

Forget brain training gadgets – just writing a letter or reading a newspaper is enough to keep your mind active into old age The simple activities all helped stave off memory lossThose who also played chess, watched a play, or regularly visited the library had 'younger brains' PUBLISHED: 18:10 GMT, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 26 November 2012 Researchers say that mental activities including writing letters all contribute to the health of the brain They have seen a surge in popularity of late, marketed as an entertaining workout for the grey matter, and credited with helping to reverse memory loss.

Keep an eye on the skies for saucers during the Olympics Games, warns former MoD UFO expert

Keep an eye on the skies for saucers during the Olympics Games, warns former MoD UFO expert UFO expert Nick Pope says massive summer events like the Olympics would be a prime time for an alien encounterMinistry of Defence “has planned for the worst outcomes – attack and invasion””We should be prepared for even the most seemingly unfathomable” | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 7 June 2012 One of the UK”s top UFO experts has given his views on the likelihood of aliens suddenly appearing in our skies – and how the international community would respond.

Bad dads anonymous: More shocking pictures of the world’s worst parents and their very unlucky children

Bad dads and moronic mums: Shocking pictures of the world”s worst parents and their very unlucky children

Kathleen Connell, 100, puts her quick wits down to Nintendo DS Lite

100 years young and still going strong… thanks to her Nintendo! Pensioner clocks up a century and put her quick wits down to handheld console 'I don't feel a day over 80,' says super-sharp grandmotherKathleen spends two hours a day on her Nintendo DS Lite Young-at-heart Kathleen Connell celebrated her 100th birthday and shared the secret of her long life – playing on her handheld games console.