The battle against Alzheimer"s starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay

The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age.

Health tourists paying £1,000 bribes to get onto GP surgery lists before having thousands of pounds worth of NHS treatment for free

Health tourists paying £1,000 bribes to get onto GP surgery lists before having thousands of pounds worth of NHS treatment for free Panorama investigation uncovered a black market serving foreign patients eager to buy their way onto GP surgery listsOnce registered with a practice patients can be seen by GPs and potentially referred for expensive hospital treatment | UPDATED: 07:01 GMT, 3 October 2012 NHS staff are illegally accepting cash from health tourists to give them access to free hospital treatment, an investigation has found.

Amazing photo diary charts mother"s struggle against the odds to recover from brain aneurysm that almost killed her

A story of survival: Mother charts daughter's recovery from brain aneurysm doctors said would probably kill her in incredibly touching photo diaryMother-of-two Cheryl Roach, 35, collapsed during a birthday shopping trip in Great Yarmouth, when a large aneurysm burst in her brainHer mother Sharon recalls: 'They warned me it was unlikely she'd make it and if she did, she could be permanently disabled' Sharon took her first set of photos after Cheryl came out of theatre It started as a picture book of death but became a portrait of survival | UPDATED: 06:50 GMT, 10 July 2012 On the mend: Mother-of-two Cheryl Roach, 32, collapsed during a birthday shopping trip in Great Yarmouth As Cheryl Roach lay fighting for her life in a hospital bed, her mother Sharon tentatively took a grainy photo of her.

Stargardt Disease: The tragedy of 3 sisters set to miss seeing their children grow up as rare disease takes vision

The most precious photo this family will ever see: Three sisters who are ALL going blind due to rare genetic disease Sisters Ashlea, Leanne and Carys all diagnosed with Stargardt Disease, which will leave them blind | UPDATED: 06:46 GMT, 2 July 2012 This is the tragic family picture that they will have to remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.

The “dark side of Barbie and Ken’s marriage”: Artist’s extraordinary photos tell tale of dolls” miserable relationship

The dark side of Barbie and Ken”s marriage: Artist”s extraordinary photos tell tale of dolls” miserable relationship. Their lives are filled with dream homes, flashy convertibles and ever-stylish wardrobes but Barbie and Ken”s lives may be less than perfect.

7 a picture: The hospitals cashing in on baby scans that others hand out for free

7 a picture: The hospitals cashing in on baby scans that others hand out for free Campaigners accuse hospitals of unfairly profiting from parents who want a memento of first sight of their child | UPDATED: 00:06 GMT, 24 March 2012 Hospitals are raking in tens of thousands of pounds a year charging mothers for photos of their babies in the womb.

Inside the operating theatre: Amazing photo shows a team of Chinese surgeons getting ready to separate conjoined twin girls

Inside the operating theatre: Amazing photo shows a team of Chinese surgeons getting ready to separate conjoined twin girls Surrounded by banks of life-saving machines and almost two dozen medical professionals, tiny Zheng Qianyan and Zheng Wanyu are about to undergo the most dangerous operation of their young lives.