"Uncool" teenagers take up smoking to fit in with their peers

I wanna be in your gang: 'Uncool' teenagers take up smoking to fit in with their peers<br> The lower a person's street cred is at school the liklier they are to become a regular or heavy smoker later onUnpopular teenagers may come to believe in their low status that could influence unhealthy life choices, say experts <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:02 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br><p>Films and old TV shows may have portrayed smokers as part of the high school elite, but research has shown it is the 'nerds' who are most likely to pick up the habit.<br></p><p>A study from Sweden has revealed that having a low peer status as a teenager is a strong risk factor for regular and heavy smoking in adulthood.</p><p>The lower a person's street cred was at school the more likely they were to continue the unhealthy habit later on.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236280-1625C717000005DC-773_468x373.jpg" width="468" height="373" alt="Outcast Having low status at school could encourage teenagers to smoker, say researchers" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Outcast Having low status at school could encourage teenagers to smoker, say researchers</p> <p> Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden used a large database that followed 15,000 people mainly from the Stockholm area, from birth to middle age.

Three-legged miniature donkey runs for the first time thanks to specially-made prosthetic limb

No more wonky donkey: New prosthetic limb helps three-legged Emma run for the first timeEmma the miniature donkey was born with a deformed leg which had to be amputatedThe artificial leg is one of the first to be created by equine surgeonsIt could spark the start of prosthetic limbs becoming available for all horses | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 1 October 2012 A miniature donkey, born with a deformed leg, is thriving after being fitted with one of the first prosthetic limbs to be created by equine surgeons.

Boy unable to eat or drink because of one in 500million phobia takes first sips after five years

Boy, 5, with irrational fear of drinking and eating takes his first EVER sip of milk after conquering life-long phobia Boy developed phobia after acid reflux as a baby left him in painSpecial clinic has only treated 12 youngsters in 22 years | UPDATED: 13:39 GMT, 23 July 2012 First sips: The youngster from Nottingham, has a phobia of eating and drinking after a bad case of acid reflux as a baby A young boy who has been unable to eat or drink anything for five years due to a severe phobia has finally taken his first sips.

Children exposed to passive smoking at risk of long-term lung problems

Children exposed to passive smoking at risk of long-term lung problemsResearchers found a strong link between childhood exposure to second-hand smoke and chronic cough in adulthood | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 21 May 2012 Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke may experience the damaging effects well into adulthood, say scientists.

Tragic brothers, 39 and 42, suffering from "Benjamin Button syndrome" have regressed to the age of 10

Tantrums and tragedy: Brothers, 39 and 42, suffering from 'Benjamin Button syndrome' regress to the age of 10Brothers have terminal leukodystrophy – it is so rare there are only 100 people affected in the whole of the UK | UPDATED: 13:46 GMT, 30 April 2012 Two brothers have developed an age-reversing disease, which has abruptly halted their adulthood and instead leaves them behaving like young children.

Women who fall pregnant when they"re dieting "more likely to have obese child"

Women who fall pregnant when they're dieting 'more likely to have obese child' Study shows how mother's diet can cause a non-genetic change in their offspring in the womb | UPDATED: 09:02 GMT, 3 April 2012 Watching the weight This can actually have a negative impact on your child if you fall pregnant, experts believe Women who fall pregnant while dieting are more likely to have a child that could become obese or diabetic in later life, a study suggests.