Number of children who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one year

Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one yearAbout 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011This is a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010The figure equates to 567 children taking up the habit each dayCharity urges Government to put all cigarettes in plain standardised packs By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 06:46 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 Worrying: The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.

Cutting salt could save 20,000 lives each year in UK

Cutting salt could save 20,000 lives each year in UK Too much salt increases risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokeAdults should consume no more than 6g a day, but on average UK men have 9.7g and women have 7.7g By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 11:41 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:41 GMT, 12 February 2013 Reducing the amount of salt in our diets could save nearly 20,000 lives in the UK every year, according to researchers.

Girls are pressured to be thin by friends rather than TV and magazines

Girls are pressured to be thin by FRIENDS rather than TV and magazines Study compared pressure from peers, TV and social media on how dissatisfied girls felt about their bodiesFound only disapproving friends had a long-term effect on their self-esteem By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:15 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:17 GMT, 31 January 2013 Friends have a greater influence on girls' body image than looking at thin models on TV and in magazines, a new study has found.

One in three elderly cancer patients diagnosed only after an A&E visit with many tumours so advanced they are untreatable

One in three elderly cancer patients diagnosed only after an A&E visit with many tumours so advanced they are untreatable | UPDATED: 07:01 GMT, 21 September 2012 One in three cancer sufferers over 70 is diagnosed only after they turn up in casualty, a major study has found.

Men have a biological clock, too: Landmark study warns potential dads not to put off fatherhood as they are responsible for majority of faulty genes

Want to delay fatherhood Freeze sperm in your 30s potential dads are told as research reveals older men pass on faulty genes40-year-old father two-and-half times more likely to pass on damaging mutations than 20-year-oldGenes linked to autism and schizophreniaExperts advise ageing men to freeze their sperm | UPDATED: 01:35 GMT, 23 August 2012 The march of time: Researchers have found that older fathers pass down the majority of the faulty genes linked to conditions such as schizophrenia (file picture posed by models) Men delaying fatherhood have been told to consider freezing their sperm after a study showed they also have a rapidly ticking biological clock.

London 2012: Rebecca Adlington hopes Games will help girls get into sport

Girls now know they can look gorgeous and sporty! Swimmer Rebecca Adlington hopes Games will help girls get into sport I know people are having post-Olympic blues, but for me it's so nice to have some down-timeWe show you can be slim but in a healthy way | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 17 August 2012 Role model: Rebecca is looking forward to some well-deserved time off, after months of hard training After months of training, coping with a highly-expectant home crowd and winning two bronze Olympic medals, Rebecca Adlington is surely a woman in need of a rest.

The camera never lies: Amateur models pose and pout in mirrors for the world’s worst “self-taken shots”

The world”s worst self portraits: Posers who should have looked behind them before taking horrendous shots in mirror Deluded subjects cover themselves in syrup and stuff cash down their trousers in effort to impress | UPDATED: 13:40 GMT, 31 July 2012 Vain amateur models taking “sxy” snaps of themselves in the mirror has become a cultural phenomenon.

Hospital alcohol cases jump by 10 per cent in one year

Number of people being admitted to hospital because of alcohol jumps 10 per cent in a year | UPDATED: 07:29 GMT, 1 June 2012 Abuse: The number of patients admitted to hospital because they abused alcohol has risen by more than 10 per cent in a year The number of patients admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol abuse has risen by more than 10 per cent in a year.

Why this image of a model who isn"t ill is a slap in the face for women fighting breast cancer

Why this image of a model who isn't ill is a slap in the face for women fighting breast cancer | UPDATED: 21:10 GMT, 26 May 2012 My initial reaction to this stunning new Breast Cancer Care poster campaign was: ‘Fantastic!’ It is a photograph of a woman naked from the waist up, completely bald.

Here’s what happens when glamour modelling goes wrong…

Bad hair, soft focus, lots of leather and FAR too much flesh: Here”s what happens when glamour modelling goes wrong…