TOWP Health Archives: March - 2018

March 16, 2018Police in the UK have launched a murder investigation into the death of the Russian businessman who was the right-hand man of one of Vladimir Putin’s leading critics. Scotland Yard confirmed today that a post-mortem examination found that Nikolay Glushkov had died from “compression to the neck”. His death came days after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in Salisbury. Liveleak.

March 16, 2018The next time you go to the doctors or hospital, take your own pen. Because you're offered a pen to fill in forms that's been passed around by dozens of sick people every day, Using your own pen significantly cuts down on your exposure to contagious particles. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

March 16, 2018I lost 4 stone: When I started exercising, doing my routine four or five times a week, it was the hardest most painful thing ever done, but the best thing I've ever done in my life. Reality Star. Josie Gibson. ITV This Morning.

March 16, 2018Neonicotinoid is highly controversial, they're a systemic pesticide which means they penetrate a whole plant and are ingested by insects if they eat it. Study-after-study has shown that they have serious detrimental effects on pollinators, which are flying insects, and particularly bees. Last month, the European food safety authority published findings of a huge review of 1500 studies and it confirms, "most uses of Neonicotinoid pesticides represent a serious risk to wild bees and honey bees". + We grow all this food doing lots of damage to the environment. We then throw away a third of it without actually eating it. Then we have a huge over-consumption in the west we have obesity, so if we cut down on over-eating, eating too much meat, and stop wasting so much food, we can go organic, globally tomorrow. Dave Gulsen. BBC Inside Science: BBC Radio 4.

March 16, 2018The number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported. The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers. The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and fentanyl, which is many times stronger. According to the BBC, over 24 million opioids were prescribed by GPs in 2017, the equivalent of 2,700 packs an hour. Radio London.

March 16, 2018. It amazes me, thousands of people are dying from 'legal' pharmaceutical drugs every year and not much is said about it. But when someone dies from the 'illegal' drug ecstasy, it makes the front-page headlines and is a big news. There's something wrong. Caller: Radio London.

March 16, 2018The Telegraph says the nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter's suitcase. Senior sources have told the paper they are working on the theory that an item of clothing, cosmetics or a gift was "impregnated with the toxin". The front page also includes the news that Nasa is drawing up plans for a spacecraft capable of blowing up an asteroid heading towards Earth. Papers.

March 15, 2018. London’s free tap water scheme aims to slash plastic pollution. Museums, restaurants and scores of shops in London have joined a special scheme to tackle plastic pollution. They have pledged to offer free tap water at their venues to dissuade people from buying plastic bottles. Tate Modern, Costa Coffee and around 60 other venues will take part in the initiative, which is run by Thames Water and campaign group City to Sea. It comes after a test involving more that 250 bottles from nine countries found an average of 10 plastic particles per litre. Euro News.

March 15, 2018Finland has been voted the worlds happiest country. The reports looks at 159 nations and give scores according to per-capita to a healthy life expectancy, social support, social freedom, generosity, all of that stuff. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

March 15, 2018Tiny fragments of plastic have been found in almost all bottled water tested in a new study carried out by the University of East Anglia. Its been the largest study of its kind, scientists examined more than 250 bottles of water from eleven different brands from around the world were contaminated by microscopic plastic particles to some degree. + 11 brands in nine countries Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the US were examined in research conducted at the State University of New York. A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation told Sky News: "We are aware of the study about microplastic in bottled water. Currently there is no evidence on impacts to human health, and will launch a review. Sky News.

March 15, 2018Despite being confined to a wheelchair since his early 20s, that didn't hold back the esteemed theoretical physicist, who earned comparisons to Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton for his research on the cosmos. He lost his capacity to speak in 1985, but a voice synthesizer allowed him to continue communicating - from conversations to interviews - until his death in the early hours of Wednesday morning at home in Cambridge. Hawking, who wrote 15 books and starred in the Simpsons and Star Trek, was the second very high profile ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) sufferer after Lou Gehrig, the baseball player who catapulted the rare disease into the public eye. And yet, scientists still cannot explain what causes the disease, nor how to treat it, slow it, prevent it or cure it. It means Hawking was something of a medical marvel, offering hope to ALS sufferers globally who have no idea at diagnosis whether they could hope to live as long as him. Mail.

March 15, 2018. Comments from the defence secretary lead the front page of the Daily Telegraph. Gavin Williamson is to announce £50m for a new chemical weapon defence centre. He will also say that British soldiers are to be vaccinated against anthrax. Papers.

March 14, 2018The U.S state of Oklahoma has abandoned the lethal injection and its method of execution and has become the first state to use nitrogen gas to kill prisoners. The state has been unable to execute anyone since a 'botched attempt' to kill inmate Richard Glossip, because a pharmacist supplied the wrong drug. Sky News.

March 14, 2018. A Pakistani man is suffering from a rare condition which has caused his legs to swell up almost double the normal size. Ashraf Ali, 24, from Sheikh Darra village in Dadu in Pakistan’s Sindh province suffers from Elephantiasis - a parasitic infection that is painfully causing his legs and feet to balloon. CatersNews.

March 14, 2018A woman has gone missing overnight from a hospital and people are being warned not to approach her. Kayleigh McConnon, 27, is said to have a contagious condition. Police have not revealed what the condition is. She vanished from the Cheltenham General Hospital at around 10 pm last night. She is described as a white woman, 5foot 5inches tall with shoulder lengthy mousy hair. It’s believed she was wearing a coat with fur on the hood/collar. She also has links with the Cheltenham area. ‘Officers are concerned for her welfare and are appealing for anyone who sees her to not approach her as she has a contagious condition, but to call police on 101 and quote incident 42 of 14 March,’ said a police spokeswoman. Metro.


March 14, 2018. The Daily Mirror worries that axing 1p and 2p coins will hit charities that depend on "small change donations". It suggests that the reasoning behind the plans is low usage of the coins. According to the chancellor, 60% of the currency is used just once before being stored "in piggy banks or jars". Papers.

March 13, 2018The UK chancellor has pledged 20 million pounds for universities to deliver solutions to every-day plastics. Radio 2.

March 13, 2018Noel Edmond's slammed for 'quackery' as he refuses to back down on cancer causing claims on Victoria Derbyshire. Derbyshire - who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 - asked if he regrets tweeting a cancer survivor to ask if they thought their negative attitude could have caused the disease. Edmond's replied: “I regret the fact he didn't answer the question. It is a scientific fact that negative energy causes disease and negative thoughts are part of that process. It changes the outcome and millions of doctors and scientists will tell you that.” Standard.

March 13, 2018Weight loss balloon to help you lose weight. It only takes 30 minutes to put in place. It's there for 4 months and you could expect to lose 15 - 20% of excess body weight over time. The balloon then dissolves in the body. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning.

March 13, 2018Chinese dishes should carry a health warning because of the high salt contents. Some meals contain enough salt as in 5 big macs. 90% of the takeaways had 2 grams of salt or more. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning.

March 13, 2018The Daily Mail says England's participation in this summer's football World Cup has been "put in fresh doubt" after Theresa May accused Russia of a "brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil". Boycotting the tournament would make Moscow "sit up and take notice", a former national security adviser is quoted as saying. Papers.

March 13, 2018. "We've Vlad enough" is how the Sun sums up Theresa May's response. It suggests the UK government could "kick out Russian diplomats", freeze the assets of Russian oligarchs and remove the licence of RT - the Kremlin-sponsored TV station. Papers.

March 12, 2018Prime Minister updates the House of Commons: The Skripals have been poisoned with a military grade nerve agent. Russia is "highly likely" to be responsible for what happened, she tells MPs. Sky News.

March 12, 201817 year old Derek John has been sentenced to 10 and a half years in custody after a series of acid attacks in London He threw corrosive substances over his victims to steal their Mopeds which left his victims traumatised. Radio 2.

March 12, 2018. Theresa May will make a statement to the house of commons this afternoon to update MPs on the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in SalisburyRadio 2.  Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006, and in 2010 was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies. Liveleak. It was lucky that the attack took place close to one of the world's leading toxicology labs at Porton Down which meant nerve gas experts and antidotes were close at hand. Sky News.

March 12, 2018The start of a first clinical trial in the U.S of a Cuban made anti-cancer-therapy. Its a therapeutic cancer vaccine for treating lung cancer. Injected once-a-month, it costs less than 10% of a similar type of immunotherapy for lung cancer developed in the US. In the New York state, the vaccine which is called cimavax is being tested by the Roswell Park cancer institute. And works by targeting a substance in the body called a growth factor which the lung cancers need if they're to survive. BBC World Service.

March 12, 2018Three children were diagnosed with brain cancer between 2012 and 2014. Their fathers all played football for the University of Michigan in the 1990s. Emma Thompson, 5, and Colt Del Verne, 10, are battling aggressive brain cancers. Colt suffers from DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), the same tumour that killed Chad Carr. Mail.

March 12, 2018The Daily Express is among a number of papers to question why it took officials a week to alert people to wash their belongings, as the paper describes reaction from some local residents as "furious". Papers

March 12, 2018. Similarly, the Daily Telegraph says some residents are "outraged" by the delay in advice to those who might have been contaminated by the nerve agent. One local tells the paper: "Enough of this cloak and dagger stuff, let the public know what's going on." Papers.

March 11, 2018The one basic approach to the myths of eating is treating foods as either good or bad. Good foods, if you eat this you're going to become healthy, and bad foods we need to avoid these foods because they're going to damage our health. It usually comes down to a good variety of food. Don't eat too much of one thing, or don't eliminate foods from your diet you're going to be OK.  There is no one magical food to avoid, or there's no super-food that has some jet-fulled nutrition that's going to be anything different to other regular food. There is a new term called Orthorexia which basically says, the obsession with clean-eating can get to the point where it becomes an eating disorder, where people become so focused on eating that food or avoiding this food. Some people may not be at the disorder level, but they're certainly spending a lot of time, money and effort obsessing about details that haven't been shown to be healthy, instead would be doing much better for themselves if they just focused on the few things that they actually know rigorously to be true. Steven Paul Novella: American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine.The Food Chain: BBC World Service.

March 11, 2018There is truth in healthy foods, eat fresh food as often as you can, move your body. But its when we give a rule book which is applied to every single one of us, that it gets scary, because what my body needs will be very different to what your body needs. Daniella Isaacs. Actress and writer: Online health and wellness guru. The Food Chain. BBC World Service.

March 11, 2018Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies says up to 500 people who visited the pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury should wash their possessions after traces of the nerve agent used to poison Spy Sergei and his daughter Yulia were found. Sky News.

March 11, 2018The Sunday Express claims that a "poisoned parcel" which may have been delivered through a courier service, could be at the centre of a plot to kill Mr Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Papers.

March 10, 2018.  Details outlining what happened are still making headlines of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who are still in critical condition. - Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who is seriously ill but engaging with family and talking. -  Police speaking to more than 240 witnesses and looking at more than 200 pieces of evidence. Sky News.

March 10, 2018Australia floods declared a catastrophe. Torrential rain, floods and storms in north Queensland have been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia. On Friday, the Government declared a disaster situation after towns were cut off, residents evacuated from their homes and more than 200 dwellings were flooded. Major roads have been cut off and schools closed in the towns of Ingham and Innisfail in northern Queensland. Emergency services have been inundated with scores of requests for help. Forecasters say conditions are easing. Liveleak.

March 10, 2018. Barcelona is the cocaine capital of Europe, while Bristol is top in the UK. The Spanish city is the European capital for the drug, according to a new study. The EU Drugs Agency report used data from analysing waste-water near treatment plants for seven days, in 2017. Metro.


March 10, 2018. The Daily Telegraph shows a picture of two police officers in luminous yellow hazard suits in the cemetery and leads on a report that Salisbury residents have accused officials of "keeping them in the dark" as hundreds of troops arrive in the city to assist in the investigation. Papers.

March 9, 2018The Paralympic Games The Pyeongchang winter Olympic games have started in South Korea. Finishes on the 18th of March. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2567 athletes will compete for 80 gold medals across six different sports. A team of Russians will take part under a neutral ban only because the country is banned following allegations of a state-run doping conspiracy. BBC News.

March 9, 2018Around 100 military personal from the royal marines air force regiment and specialists in chemicals have been deployed to assist police in Salisbury in removing potentially contaminated vehicles and objects at crime scenes across the city. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a very serious condition in hospital. Sky News.

March 9, 2018Francie, 88, had spent years battling heart disease and several heart attacks; Charlie, 87, also suffered from heart disease, as well as Parkinson's and prostate cancer. After two different doctors determined each one had fewer than six months to live - as the law stipulates - they were granted permission to go together. Now, nearly a year after their death, their three adult daughters have shared a 45-minute documentary that captures intimate moments of the couples' last moments, in which they smiled at each other, reminisced with their family, and held hands as they swallowed the drugs that would end their lives. In 1997, Oregon became the first state to legalise medical aid-in-dying when they passed the Death With Dignity Act. Mail.

March 9, 2018The i's front page focuses on the announcement by Wiltshire Police that a total of 21 people received treatment after the attack. It also reports speculation that Sergei Skripal, who came to the UK in 2010 in a "spy swap", may have been "freelancing" for private intelligence firms. Papers

March 9, 2018Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey - the police officer contaminated with a nerve agent after responding to the attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury - is pictured on several front pages. The Sun reports the news he is sitting up and chatting following his release from intensive care. Papers.

March 9, 2018. The Daily Telegraph. Its lead story, however, reports proposals being considered by NHS watchdogs that could see half of the adult population put on blood pressure drugs to cut their risk of heart attack. Papers.

March 8, 2018More than 137,000 girls have missed school in the last year because they couldn't afford sanitary products, a study revealed. Sanitary pad manufacturers BodyForm and Always will be donating millions of sanitary pads to schools to enable girls to achieve their full potential. Metro.

March 8, 2018Kids and fussy eating is a normal part of growing up. The five Ps Tips. Patience: keep offering your child new food. It takes on average twenty attempts to get your child to eat a new food. Preparation of foods. Get them involved in the preparation of foods. Presentation: Change the way you present food to them, so mix it up and be creative. Plan meal times: Try and make meal times a non-social affair where the entire family eat together. Portion size. Don't ever fight your child to eat because you can set up a vicious cycle and then they don't want to eat. Dr Ranj Singh: ITV This Morning.

March 8, 2018. Sky News understands former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a coma after exposure to a nerve agent: Police have said, It's being treated as attempted murder. Home secretary said, the police officer poisoned by nerve agent after trying to help former spy is 'talking and engaging' in hospital. Sky News.

March 8, 2018The Guardian says Theresa May will have to consider how the government might respond should police and other evidence point to Russia and its multiple spy outfits, even though Moscow will furiously deny involvement. Papers.

March 8, 2018The confirmation a nerve agent was used to attack former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is reported on most front pages. Papers.

March 7, 2018The American society of plastic surgeons has said, 'butt-augmentation' is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the USA. Butt implants increased by 18% over the last few years, whereas fat grafting procedures, where they inject more fat in the bottom has decreased. In total, 20673 butt augmentation procedures were performed in the US last year, inspired by reality shows. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

March 7, 2018Researchers from the University of New South Wales found taking cannabidiol, alongside medication, can reduce the frequency of epilepsy patients' seizures by at least 50 per cent. Mail.

March 7, 2018The Metro says chemical experts at the Porton Down military research lab are probing the incident, as Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, and says there is a worldwide hunt under way for the possible assassins. Papers.

March 6, 2018Food companies are going to cut the number of calories people in the UK consume in everyday products like ready-made-meals. Officials want to cut calorie consumption by a fifth in the next six years. BBC Radio 2.

March 6, 2018Heat produced in our cities is affecting human mortality. Our cities are getting hotter and hotter. Buildings, air conditioning systems, traffic and industrial activities release heat that changes the energy balance of urban areas, affecting the environment and the health of citizens. URBANFLUXES investigates in depth the cities’ warming by combining in-situ meteorological measurements with imagery from some of the Earth Observation satellites working within the Copernicus Program. The rate of warming in cities is higher than the average global warming and, especially during heat waves, this may significantly influence human mortality. This methodology is expected to be easily transferable to any city. By taking into account these studies, local communities may be able to support sustainable urban development strategies focused to reduce climate change. Liveleak.

March 6, 2018. Listeria outbreak: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi warned people to "avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat". Several southern African states have banned processed meat from South Africa after it said it had identified the source of a food poisoning outbreak.The government blamed the sausage known as polony for the listeria poisoning that has killed 180 people. It advised people not to eat any processed meat. It ordered a recall of the product, prompting shops to clear their shelves. Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Zambia followed suit, all ordering a recall or suspending imports. The Mozambican ministry of agriculture and food security "asks that all owners of establishments that commercialise these products start to withdraw from the shelves due to the danger that this constitutes to health", it said in a statement. BBC News.

March 6, 2018The apparent poisoning of a former Russian double agent convicted of spying for Britain features on every front page. The Sun says the incident in Salisbury sparked fears of a "hit" on former colonel Sergei Skripal, although police say they are still investigating whether a crime has been committed. The woman who was 'poisoned' alongside Russian spy 'is his daughter' as police probe if CCTV captured them moments before they were found slumped on town centre bench Papers.

March 6, 2018The Daily Star focuses on the report by MPs into Team Sky's medical policy between 2011 and 2013 - reporting Sir Bradley Wiggins has hit out at its claims he was a given a corticosteroid to enhance performance as a "smear". Papers.

March 5, 2018Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine. Boots is also joining supermarkets such as Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and the Co-op in introducing the rule. Retailers will limit sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to under-16s. Co-op said it recognised the "growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks" among children. Other supermarkets introducing the voluntary ban include Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. Boots is the first retailer to partake that is not a supermarket. BBC News.

March 5, 2018Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that judgemental smirks increase people's heart rates. Whereas teeth-showing 'reward smiles' trigger less of a stress response. Non-threatening 'affiliation smiles', which have a closed mouth, also do not prompt a stress response. Mail.

March 5, 2018The Guardian's front page features a photo of Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France alongside the headline: "Wiggins and Sky abused doping rules to win Tour". It says a new report claims Wiggins and Team Sky used performance-enhancing drugs under the guise of treating legitimate medical conditions. Papers.

March 5, 2018The Daily Mail also has a front page picture of Sir Bradley, this time illustrating his "drug shame" with a London 2012 winning image. It's lead story, however, focuses on the instruction issued to millions of families to ration water usage after the big freeze that gripped the UK in recent days caused burst pipes, cutting off water supplies. Papers.

March 4, 2018The so-called Beast from the East has cost the UK economy an estimated £1bn a day, according to the Observer. It says gridlocked motorways, empty restaurants and idle diggers could halve GDP growth in the first three months of the year. Papers.

March 3, 2018Extreme weather: forecasters are warning dangerous conditions set to continue with high risks of coastal flooding and death-trap black ice on the roads. - Rail services have also been disrupted. - The RAC has urged people not to drive unless necessary and asked those who must go out to check their lights and tyres. Sky News

March 3, 2018Huge swathes of snow covering the UK are set to melt, leaving lethal patches of black ice and slush on roads across the country in the aftermath of Storm Emma. Fog is also looming and could cause problems at London's airports this evening. A total of 53 flood alerts are in place nationwide, with the south west of England most at risk. Yellow weather warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as thawing snow turns to ice. Snow is still expected to fall in northern England and Scotland as Arctic temperatures remain. The UK rail network is still littered with the problems of this week's snow and the RAC is warning drivers not to head out unless absolutely necessary, with hundreds still stranded on the M62 in Greater Manchester. Families in Devon were told to evacuate their homes last night as winds of up to 50mph are expected early on today. Papers.

March 3, 2018A roof without snow on it after a downpour of the white stuff means one thing, according to the Daily Star: Hash in the attic. It says "eagle-eyed" police officers were alerted to a suspected cannabis factory because the heat used to grow the plants melted all the snow on the house's roof. Papers.

March 2, 2018Dozens of people were trapped in their cars on the M80 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, with several hundred having been stood on the road overnight. Flights and trains were cancelled across both Britain and Ireland - with similar transport problems in continental Europe. The more freezing snowy weather was forecast as Storm Emma approaches from Portugal and France, with warnings of treacherous weather across southern England and Ireland. Liveleak.

March 2, 2018. Father, 25, with terminal penis cancer has been left unable to have sex and faces losing his member completely as the disease is 'busy eating away around it'. Dale Clarke from Newcastle, said he wouldn't care if 'they cut if off' as he now plans to make precious memories with his family as he fears he has little time remaining. Mr Clarke, who already has a six-year-old son called Cole and has another baby on the way was given the devastating news by doctors after discovering a lump on the tip of his member - which grew to the size of a grape before he sought help. Since then, he has undergone five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two bouts of chemotherapy - but all have proved unsuccessful. Mr Clarke, who has already had part of his penis removed, is convinced he will lose his member completely as medics battle the disease. In a courageous admission, he revealed he no longer has any sensation in his penis and that his sex life with his fiancĂ©e is ruined as a result. Mail.

March 2, 2018Storm Emma and the UK's winter weather dominates the front pages of Friday's papers. "Winter in control" is the Daily Telegraph's headline, accompanied by a suitably snowy picture of a farmer and his sheep. The Army has been forced to step in, the paper reports, as police and hospitals struggled to cope with the freezing weather. Papers.

March 2, 2018The Daily Star says the UK should expect the cold weather to last until Easter - another month. Papers.

March 2, 2018The Metro uses a full page photograph taken by a Nasa satellite to show how blizzards engulfed the UK on Thursday. The "perfect storm" brought the UK to a standstill and is expected to continue into the weekend, the paper says. Papers.

March 2, 2018."Now gas is running out," says the Daily Express, as the National Grid issues a warning over a possible shortage because of huge demand during the freezing weather. Papers.

March 2, 2018. The Times warns that floods will follow the freezing weather. It says emergency services declared a major incident in Devon and Cornwall after Storm Emma cut off parts of the regionPapers.


March 2, 2018. "Emmageddon", is how the Sun describes the weather sweeping across the UK. It says up to 20 inches of snow caused "pandemonium" on Britain's coldest March day since records began. It also reports that a seven-year-old girl died in the winter weather. Papers.

March 1, 2018Storm Emma: Extreme weather. The Irish met office has extended its red weather warning to the whole of the republic of Ireland and UK. Snow and blizzard conditions are covering parts of South Wales and south west England and has urged people to stay indoors from 4 pm until midnight tomorrow. - Rail and air travel across the UK is disrupted. - The warning in increasing places is to avoid driving if possible. - Glasgow Airport has announced that it will remain closed today as freezing conditions continue to cause severe disruption in Scotland. SKY News.

March 1, 2018The extraordinary tale of Mr Sandal Powell, an Indian fabric seller in the Indian city of Mumbai. He had, what's been described as the worlds largest brain tumour. A fleshy lump which grew on the back of his head measuring 30cm in circumference. It looks like a big bum on the back of his head, or a head growing on his head. Mr Powell is now up and about after Professor Trimurti Micani, head of neurosurgery at BYL Nair Hospital and his team took 7 hours to remove the tumour.  Health Check: BBC World Service.

March 1, 2018"Athletes heart syndrome" is, generally athletes who train for more than an hour at a time, or running very long distances, or sometimes lifting very heavy weights can get a big heart. Like a muscle, if you train it very hard, it will get bigger and pump blood more efficiently so does not need to pump very hard. Now some athletes get a big heart and it causes big problems, something called cardiomyopathy which means the heart can't pump blood properly. A lot of athletes you hear who have heart attacks when they do marathons and things like that. This tends to be a genetic problem. Having an echo test can help. Dr Zoe. ITV This Morning.

March 1, 2018A snowy scene is featured on the front of the i, with the headline "Whiteout Britain". It reports that Storm Emma is set to bring more disruption to the UK, as Scotland has a red weather alert - meaning there is a potential risk to life. Papers.

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