After one 36-year-old woman was charged nearly $18,000 for a breast cancer check-up, concerns have been raised over how much it should really cost. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States - with 285,000 cases and 42,000 deaths a year - but if it is caught in the early stages almost every patient survives. Doctors urge all women aged 50 to 74 years old to get screened for the disease once every other year, with those at a higher risk are advised to start getting the tests in their 40s. Experts say the screening test - a mammogram - is generally free for all women who are more than 40 years old and have health insurance. But those who have symptoms or no coverage may need to fork out $200 to $400. If no cancer is detected then no further action is needed. But women that have a warning sign spotted normally need to get their results confirmed with a biopsy, which has a cash price of between $1,000 and $2,000.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Arnie Schwarzenegger and Vin Diesel: The chiseled Hollywood stars who are technically OBESE if you believe their BMI - as experts say it's time to ditch hated measurement
Are Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Arnie Schwarzenegger Hollywood hunks or flabbily hulks? The latter, according to the BMI formula that some experts say should be ditched. BMI, which the NHs uses to warn people they are too fat is determined by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared and has been the go-to obesity calculator for years. Having a BMI over 30 is considered obese, while over 25 means you're overweight. But it has a major flaw, being incapable of differentiating between fat and muscle weight means people like Mr Johnson are deemed as 'obese' as a couch potato with the same height and weight. And the 'Black Adam' superstar is not the only muscular celebrity to fall afoul of the BMI formula. 'Fast and Furious' lead Vin Diesel is considered too flabby and comes in as obese with a BMI of 30. Meanwhile, 'The Terminator' and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzengger, risks becoming morbidly obese with a whopping BMI of 33. In a paper presented today, experts claimed BMI is flawed and should be ditched in favour of a lesser-known measurement called the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).
Woman, 29, has labor induced four weeks early after burning sensation erupts over right breast and she finds 'marble-sized' lump which was later diagnosed as stage 4 breast cancer
Lindsey Gritton, from Gainesville, Georgia, was in week 34 of her pregnancy when a burning sensation erupted over her right armpit and breast. She also found a 'marble-sized' lump in the breast. Doctors told her it was a clogged milk duct - like in her first pregnancy - and that they'd seen it a 'thousand' times, but she still demanded a scan. When the results came back, medics backtracked saying there was now a 'high likelihood' that she had cancer. She had labor induced a week later, and then went through more tests - which couldn't be done during pregnancy due to the radiation - which revealed it was stage four breast cancer and had spread to her liver. The mother-of-two has now been on chemotherapy for four months, visiting hospital every three weeks for treatment. About 80 percent of the cancer is now gone.
Eczema-suffering girl, 5, who couldn't sleep at night and would itch so much she bled saw symptoms clear up JUST TEN DAYS after getting new injection approved by FDA
Ariah Dhaliwal, 5, from Illinois, had been suffering from eczema since she was just six months old. It had extended across her face and neck, elbows, ankles and even eyelids - leaving her struggling to sleep and itching so much at night that her skin bled. Her mother Sonia gave Ariah a number of different treatments including steroids on prescription, but these all failed. When she was four years old the family went to see Dr Amy Paller, a dermatologist at Northwestern University, where they were told about the clinical trial. Ariah was signed up and saw her eczema clear just ten days after getting her first dose. Mother Sonia said it was like she had a 'different child'. She told DailyMail.com: 'She could eat, I could sleep. It was shocking.'
People who eat walnuts gain less weight, are at a lower risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and often maintain a healthy diet throughout the rest of their lives, study finds
Scientists at the University of Minnesota re-analyzed data on the diets of 3,300 people who had been monitored for 25 years. Participants were interviewed four times over the period about their diets, and had a health check-up at year 20 and 25. Those who ate walnuts had about 0.6 ounces a day (19 grams) - which is equivalent to seven walnut kernels. Results showed they had significantly lower diastolic blood pressure - the pressure on arteries in-between beats - and also tended to exercise more often and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not eat the nuts. They said more research was needed, however, to back up the results.
Student, 20, reveals how her face swelled dramatically after an allergic reaction to a product designed to dissolve lip filler
A 20-year-old student was left with a massively distorted face after an allergic reaction caused her cheeks and jaw to swell up. (right) Isis de Oliveira Almeida Pinheiro, from Palmas, northern Brazil, was left with the terrifying reaction after hyaluronidase - generally used to dissolve old fillers - was injected into her lip earlier this month. The psychology student posted footage of the horrifying mishap to her TikTok in a clip that has racked up 1.5million views.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, said on Monday the pandemic isn't over and that 'we are not where we need to be if we're going to be able to quote "live with the virus."' His declaration comes just a day after President Joe Biden, 79, declared 'the pandemic is over' on Sunday. Fauci cited the constant threat of variants and only having 67 percent of the US population vaccinated as a reason the US is not out of the woods yet. '[There is a] lack of a uniform acceptance of the interventions that are available to us in this country where even now,' he said on Monday. He also claimed that the 400 deaths a day is 'unacceptably high.' Despite the president's comments on the current status of the pandemic, White House officials said there are 'no plans to lift the Public Health Emergency.'
Woman, 29, suffers 'worst case' of Lyme arthritis that leaves her unable to care for herself or bend her hands after she was infected with the tick-borne illness
Meghan Bradshaw, now 29 and from Charlotte in North Carolina, was initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - where the immune system attacks the joints - shortly after graduating college in 2015. But in the months following her symptoms became worse leaving her needing a wheelchair and struggling with day-to-day tasks like brushing her teeth, and she had to go for replacements of both knees, hips and ankles. The then-student only had Lyme disease diagnosed in 2019 after doctors at the Cleveland clinic ran tests for 'live' illnesses including the tick-borne disease. Symptoms she faced included her hands permanently folding into a fist (bottom right) and needing at least eight joint replacements before her 30th birthday (top right, one of her ankle replacements with scars visible from other surgeries). Doctors described her case as one of the worst they had ever seen. Ms Bradshaw says she is now the 'bionic woman' with her bottom half having been almost completely reconstructed.
More than 80% of pregnancy deaths in the US are PREVENTABLE - including deaths from suicide, infection and heart complication, CDC reveals
More than four in every five pregnancy-related deaths in the United States could be prevented with proper medical care, the CDC reveals. Mental health related deaths, which included deaths by suicide and from drug overdoses, are the leading cause. Blood hemorrhages, heart and coronary issues and high blood pressure are among the leading causes of death as well. Maternal mortality is a uniquely American issue among developed nation, with the country suffering twice the rate of its nearest peer nation.
Elixirs of youth or a waste of time? The shaky science surrounding billion pound multi-vitamin industry... and why experts think you might not need them at all
Are multi-vitamins they key to helping us living longer and healthy lives or just an expensive placebo that only makes you feel healthier for £60-a-pop. MailOnline delves into the scientific controversy after two conflicting papers were published just 24 hours apart. On one hand, researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine insisted the benefits of multi-vitamins on halting cognitive decline were clear. Although 'too early' to recommend supplements as a way of protecting our brain against the natural deterioration which comes with ageing, the three-year study, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia, bragged it was the 'first evidence' of any cognitive benefit among older adults. But a day later, researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital - affiliated to the prestigious Harvard University - warned vitamin D and omega-3 supplements won't save older adults from becoming frail.
Sip your way to a six pack! Ripped A-list trainer who works with stars like Gal Gadot and Alexander Skarsgård reveals five healthiest alcoholic drinks to enjoy if you want to lose weight
Magnus Lygdbäck, 43, a Swedish celebrity personal trainer and nutritionist has revealed how to enjoy your favorite alcoholic drinks without adding any pounds. The trainer is known for his rock-solid abs and has worked with stars like Alexander Skarsgård, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck. His five favorite low-calorie drinks included an Aperol Spritz, vodka soda, whiskey sour, white wine and watermelon spritzer and a yuzu fizz.
Doctors find nose ring of man, 35, lost five years ago lodged IN HIS LUNG after taking him for X-ray over fears severe cough was sign of pneumonia
Joey Lykins, 35, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, was rushed to the ER late last month with a severe cough and feeling that 'something was blocking my airways' that doctors feared could be warning signs of pneumonia. But instead of revealing the disease, X-rays showed he had a 0.6-inch retainer - which the groundskeeper had worn in his septum - lodged in the upper lobe of his left lung. Doctors performed a bronchoscopy to remove the metal - where a tube is slowly put through his throat to the lung to grab and remove the foreign object. There are several anecdotal reports online of people swallowing or inhaling nose piercings.
Do you REALLY need to walk 10,000 steps a day? Magic number was invented in a clever Japanese marketing ploy after the 1964 Olympics... and six decades later there's still 'NO evidence' it's true
Today's fitness trackers are set to a default goal of 10,000 steps and will buzz, ping or send you a congratulatory notification when you hit that target. Private health insurers have even began offering gift vouchers to customers who accomplish it. But where did the magical number even come from? You would be forgiven for assuming it was borne out of decades of painstaking research into the precise number of steps needed to keep our body in tip-top condition. It was, however, a clever marketing ploy by a Japanese company trying to sell pedometers in the wake of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. At that time, there was an increased focus on fitness in the host nation and firms had tried to capitalise on the craze surrounding the Games. One campaign involved the marketing of Yamasa's pedometer called the Manpo-kei, which literally means '10,000 steps metre' in Japanese.
YouTube causes more loss of sleep in teenagers than competing service Netflix - with 15 minutes of watchtime cutting chances of getting adequate sleep by 24%, study finds
Scientists at Flinders University, Australia, are warning that watching YouTube in the hour before going to the bedroom and while in bed can harm how long a person sleeps. They followed 700 teenagers aged 12 to 18 years old that attended eight schools in Adelaide, Australia. Results showed that for every 30 minutes of YouTube watched in the hour before bed, the time of going to bed was delayed by 11 minutes. But once in bed, watching another 30 minutes delayed the time of trying to get to sleep by 13 minutes. For comparison, those who watched TV in the hour before bed actually got under the covers about nine minutes earlier on average. Results were not given for its effect when teenagers were watching it while in bed, likely because few carried out this activity. Experts warned YouTube posed a risk to sleep because of its short-form videos, autoplay and recommended clips features which led to users 'losing control' and becoming glued to their screens long into the night. Teenagers need to get eight to ten hours of sleep a night, but estimates suggest seven in ten young Americans are failing to meet this level.
Gas stoves can cause asthma in children and cancer in adults by emitting the same gas pumped out by cars on roads - even when they're turned off
Dr Jonathan Levy (right), an environmental health professor at Boston University, warns against have a gas stove (left) in the home. He points out research that shows having one can increase the risk of developing condition like asthma because of the potentially dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide being emitted by it. Even when turned off, the stove can be emitting methane and the cancer-causing chemical benzene. He urges the 40 million American households that still have gas stoves to switch to electric.
'It felt like an elephant was stepping on my chest': Travel manager's abdominal pain and weight loss were caused by life-threatening fungal infection Valley fever
Doctors were stumped when 33-year-old travel manager Desiree Chan was admitted to their emergency unit. The Los Angeles resident had started suffering back pain just before New Year's which had then developed into a phlegmy cough and night sweats. Tests for tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV and other diseases had come back negative. But during her ten-day stay an antibody test eventually revealed that she had Valley fever - medically named Coccidioides. The disease (inset top) is advancing in the United States with 20,000 cases now diagnosed annually, double the number just five years ago. People catch it by breathing in spores released by disturbed soil, with those working rural jobs most at risk. It is currently in southwestern America and Washington, but its range is expanding thanks to climate change.
Personal trainer shares the real reason her body looks radically different in pictures taken just hours apart on the SAME day
Personal trainer, Adriana Blanc, has shared four images of herself taken just hours apart where her body looks completely different. The body positivity advocate shared the images with her 100,000 followers to demonstrate how to become more comfortable with how your body can look under different conditions. The 24-year old said coming to terms with how your body looks under different lighting, angles, poses can improve your body image more than seeing 'real' pictures of fit influencers online.