Diet and fitness apps DO help you lose weight (but you also need a little willpower, too)

Diet and fitness apps DO help you lose weight (but you also need a little willpower, too) Dieters who used a smartphone app and exercised lost on average 8lb more than their counterparts who didn't track daily food intake and movementsFirst study to show adding technology to a weight loss programme can produce sustained weight loss Experts say apps make it easier to track calories and exercise | UPDATED: 12:17 GMT, 11 December 2012 American researchers have found smartphone apps can help dieters shed the pounds – but only if they put in the effort They are one of the latest crutches for dieters desperate to shed the pounds.

Family"s heartbreak as mother-of-three dies after her stomach is punctured during weight-loss surgery

'She only did it so she'd see her children grow up': Family's heartbreak as mother-of-three dies after her stomach is punctured during weight-loss surgery Tracey Korkmaz, 41, had hoped the operation at University College Hospital London would help her go from 23 stone to 18 stoneBut doctors failed to notice her stomach was punctured and her condition deteriorated Died 10 days later after two further rounds of surgeryHospital now admitted full responsibility and paid undisclosed settlement | UPDATED: 17:05 GMT, 7 December 2012 A mother-of-three died after her stomach lining was punctured during weight loss surgery.

African mouse that sheds and regrows its skin may hold key to regenerating scar-free tissue in people

The African mouse that could hold the key to healing wounds without scar tissue by regenerating its own damaged skin African spiny mouse is first mammal found capable of regrowing its own skinCould provide a new model for wound healing and tissue regeneration in people | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 27 September 2012 Enlarge The mouse that can heal itself: This rodent can shed its skin and fur to allow it to escape the grasp of predators A small African mammal with an unusual ability to regrow damaged tissues could be the key to the next breakthrough in regenerative medicine, say scientists.

Lie-ins at the weekend are BAD for you and make you feel sleepier during the week

Lie-ins at the weekend are BAD for you and make you feel sleepier during the weekSleeping in on the weekends does not help catch up on sleep lost during the week, but rather makes you even dozier come Monday morning | UPDATED: 14:36 GMT, 11 September 2012 Enjoying a lie-in at the weekend makes you sleepier during the week, according to research published today.

Toddler, two, may face lifelong injuries after drinking toxic oven cleaner "despite child-proof cap"

Toddler, 2, who nearly died after drinking toxic oven cleaner has to have his throat opened daily so that his burns can healTwin Callum needs to have his oesophagus opened every night to stop it sticking as his injuries healGrandmother claims he managed to open child-proof cap while she was awayAfter drinking it the toddler was sick, and his vomit burned a hole in the carpet | UPDATED: 21:33 GMT, 29 August 2012 A two-year-old boy's could face a lifetime of internal injuries after drinking an entire bottle of toxic oven cleaner when the bottle's child-proof cap 'failed'.

Tick bites can turn you vegetarian "by triggering meat allergy"

How a tick bite can turn you vegetarian: They inject a 'venom' that triggers meat allergy A carbohydrate compound injected into the bloodstream by the bite is also present in meat | UPDATED: 15:11 GMT, 25 July 2012 Meat-free menu A handful of tick-bite cases in the U.S have triggered food allergies A steak may never seem as appetising again after a tick bite, warn researchers.

Why women trying to have babies need to think about their body clock as well as their biological clock

Why women trying to have babies need to think about their body clock as well as their biological clock | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 23 May 2012 Women trying to have babies need to think about their body clock as well as their biological clock, according to new research.

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer beats the odds to become award-winning bodybuilder and aims to become "Mr Universe"

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer beats the odds to become award-winning bodybuilder and aims to become 'Mr Universe' | UPDATED: 22:03 GMT, 6 May 2012 A cystic fibrosis sufferer has bulked up to become an award-winning bodybuilder in an attempt to prolong his life.

Dental filling of the future kills bacteria and regenerates tooth

Open wide! Dental filling of the future kills bacteria and regenerates tooth Filling contains calcium phosphate nanoparticles that rebuild tooth minerals | UPDATED: 09:44 GMT, 4 May 2012 The dreaded trip to the dentist to replace a worn-out filling could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a dental breakthrough.