Luck? No, it was fabulous first aid that saved my life, says footballer Fabrice Muamba as he praises heroes at first aid awards

Luck No, it was fabulous first aid that saved my life, says footballer Fabrice Muamba as he praises medics who brought him back from the brink of deathBolton Wanderers player was only given a five per cent chance to surviveFabrice Muamba has made a full recovery and thanks the emergency service staff's swift action <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 22:17 GMT, 24 November 2012 </p> <br><p>Of all people, one would expect Fabrice Muamba to believe in the power of luck.

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSISThere are 10million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and 1m per square inch on a dish clothBacteria found on them can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can lead to loss of movement <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:32 GMT, 20 November 2012 </p> <p>It may come as a surprise to the houseproud and 'clean freaks' among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Doctors withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is "futile"

Doctors 'are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is futile to continue'<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 10:14 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236148-028B4207000005DC-10_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns.

Muscular boys will "live longer than their weaker friends", a new study claims

Muscly boys aren't just a hit with the girls – they live longer, too Researchers tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents over 24 yearsThey found stronger boys lived longer, even if they became overweight adultsPhysically weaker people might be more mentally vulnerable, it was suggested<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 11:05 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br><p>After a summer witnessing crowds of screaming girls jostling to catch a glimpse of Olympic diver Tod Daley's toned torso, there can't have been many young men who didn't feel a twinge of jealousy.

Asparagus – the trendy vegetable that also "fights diabetes"

Asparagus is latest weapon in the fight against diabetes as study reveals it controls blood sugarHigh doses of asparagus extract had a significant effect on insulin production in tests UK consumption of asparagus is at record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:31 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236322-137AAC1D000005DC-350_233x334.jpg" width="233" height="334" alt="Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britains looming diabetes crisis" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britain's looming diabetes crisis</p> <p>Asparagus could be a powerful new culinary weapon in the fight against diabetes.</p><p>Scientists have found regular intake of the increasingly popular vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the body&#8217;s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose.</p><p>UK consumption of asparagus has soared in recent years to record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year.</p><p>As well as its delicate flavour, it now appears it could have a vital role to play in combating Britain&#8217;s looming diabetes crisis.</p><p>Type two diabetes, which accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases, is emerging as a major health burden.</p><p>According to the charity Diabetes UK, at the current rate of increase, the numbers affected will rise from around 2.5 million to four million by 2025 and five million by 2030.</p><p>More than a million people are already affected by the condition but do not realise they have it, perhaps because they do not recognise symptoms, such as fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, recurrent thrush and wounds that are slow to heal.</p><p> </p><p>Left untreated, type two diabetes can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation.

Hundreds of girls aged 14 or under are having "designer vagina" surgery on the NHS

Hundreds of girls aged 14 or under are having 'designer vagina' surgery on the NHS343 operations performed on under 14s in six yearsResearchers want an age limit for the surgery <br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 11:48 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236675-0E99A88200000578-652_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Trend: Hundreds of girls are having designer vagina surgery on the NHS, say researchers" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Trend: Hundreds of girls are having 'designer vagina' surgery on the NHS, say researchers</p> <p>Hundreds of young girls are having &#8216;designer vagina&#8217; surgery on the NHS, say researchers.</p><p>Figures show 343 operations were performed on girls aged 14 or under in the last six years, possibly for cosmetic reasons.</p><p>The procedures involve reshaping female genitalia and requests may be granted on the grounds that the problem is psychologically damaging.</p><p>Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is &#8216;disturbing&#8217; that there is no minimum age limit for the surgery.</p><p>They say demand may be growing for such procedures because of poor and inaccurate information available on the internet, usually from private clinics.</p><p>Websites of companies that provide female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) make &#8216;unsubstantiated claims&#8217; about the benefits of the procedures.</p><p>They also use confusing terminology and do not highlight surgical risks, according to the research published in BMJ Open.</p><p>A survey of 10 websites found little information was given on short-term or long-term surgical risks either from individual clinics and their surgeons or from the medical literature.</p><p>&#8216;'Unsubstantiated claims of physical, psychological and sexual benefits were present on every website&#8217; said consultant gynaecologist Dr Creighton.</p><p> </p><p>'The absence of a lower age limit for any of the FGCS procedures is most disturbing of all&#8217; she said.</p><p>Labiaplasties, which are operations to reshape the labia, the inner lips of the vagina, have become increasingly common, often because women are dissatisfied with their appearance.</p><p>Dr Creighton said her research cannot confirm whether some girls are having medically unnecessary surgery.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236675-13468497000005DC-547_468x528.jpg" width="468" height="528" alt="Worried: Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is disturbing that there is not a lower age limit for the surgery" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Worried: Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is 'disturbing' that there is not a lower age limit for the surgery</p> <p>She said &#8216;In the past six years, 343 labiaplasties were performed in the UK NHS on girls aged 14 or under.

Let"s (not) Get It On: Having sex WON"T jump-start labour, couples told

Let's (not) Get It On: Having sex WON'T jump-start labour, couples toldNo differences found in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstainedHowever, study did confirm sex is usually safe late on in pregnancy<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:19 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <p>Pregnant women who are keen to jump-start their contractions have long relied on traditional remedies from eating hot curries to having sex.</p><p>But now scientists have some disappointing news for couples – making love doesn't bring on labour.</p><p>A study from the University of Malaya in Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236760-16295900000005DC-891_468x309.jpg" width="468" height="309" alt="Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour.