Smokers who stop by 44 can live almost as long as those who never took up the habit

Quit while you're ahead Smokers who stop by 44 can live almost as long as those who never took up the habit Long-term habit cuts 10 years off your lifespanHowever, quitting by 44 gives you back nine yearsExperts add it doesn't mean you're safe to smoke into middle age as increases risk of diseases such as cancer By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 11:37 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:43 GMT, 24 January 2013 Quit while you're ahead Smokers who give up by the age of 44 were found to increase their life expectancy by nine years compared to those who continue to puff away Smokers who quit before they hit middle ages can live almost as long as people who never smoked, groundbreaking new research has found.

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, warns leading expert

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs 'to avoid being classed as illegal drug users' Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, a leading consultant psychiatrist, said many educated young people mistakenly think the drugs are not harmfulSays people use them to avoid stigma of drugs such as cocaine and heroin His specialist hospital unit has been inundated with referrals from those taking legal highs | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 27 December 2012 An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users (posed by model) An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, a leading expert has warned.

Middle age starts at 55 but you"re old by the timeyou hit 69, say Britons

Middle age starts at 55 but you're old by the time you hit 69, say Britons More than half of older adults said they thought they had more confidence than younger people Digital photography and computer and internet skills among most popular courses for over-50sA quarter still haunted by not passing school entrance exams | UPDATED: 16:21 GMT, 18 September 2012 Middle age begins at 55 but only lasts for 14 years before old age kicks in, a survey has found.

Poorer patients have more NHS operations cancelled but white middle class people are more likely to complain

Poorer patients have more NHS operations cancelled but white middle class people are more likely to complain Study by Kings College London examined five million patients scheduled to have an operation | UPDATED: 21:07 GMT, 15 September 2012 People from deprived backgrounds and ethnic minorities are more likely to have their NHS operations cancelled, according to a new study.

Hunter Spanjer: Nebraska school tells deaf student, 3, to use a new hand sign for his name as it looks like a gun

School tells 3-year-old deaf student named Hunter to use a new hand sign for his name as it looks like a gun .2 A school district has demanded a three-year-old deaf student named Hunter use a different hand sign for his name as the current gesture resembles a gun, his parents have claimed.

British women fly to U.S to choose gender of their baby

Do you want a girl or a boy British women fly to U.S to choose gender of their baby Gender selection is banned in the UK under the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology ActOne doctor says he sees 40 British couples a year who want to pick the sex of their next baby | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 29 August 2012 Dozens of British women are flying to the America every year and paying thousands of pounds to choose the sex of their baby, it has emerged.