Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

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    The businessman 'allergic' to the SUN

    A businessman ‘allergic’ to the sun has been forced to spend his whole life indoors because of a one-in-a-million condition. Joshua Barnfather, from Hull, was born with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), which means his body is unable to repair DNA damage caused by UV light.  The 30-year-old businessman has had...
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    Growing up near a park cuts a person's risk of developing asthma

    Growing up near a park cuts a person’s risk of developing asthma in adulthood, a study has found. Those who lived within 100 metres of ‘green spaces’ as children are up to 71 per cent less likely to develop the characteristic asthma symptom wheezing. And researchers discovered they were...
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    Rubbing sandalwood oil on your scalp may stimulate hair growth

    Millions of men who are going bald may benefit from rubbing sandalwood oil onto their scalps. Laboratory tests of scalp tissue by German researchers found it stimulates hair growth after just six days. Bizarrely, hair follicles are thought to contain ‘smell receptors’ that respond to the aromatic odour and...
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    Do you suffer from crippling PMS? You may have an STI

    Women who suffer crippling premenstrual stress (PMS) may have an undiagnosed STI, research suggests. Chlamydia and other bugs double their risk of enduring mood swings, headaches and cramps in the run-up to their period. Oxford University researchers are unsure as to exactly why STIs can worsen PMS. But they...
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    Woman, 71, develops hepatitis after taking turmeric supplements to prevent a stroke

    An elderly woman developed hepatitis after taking turmeric supplements for eight months. The unnamed 71-year-old, believed to be from Arizona, suffered no symptoms but was referred to a specialist when a routine check-up found she had abnormally high enzyme levels in her liver.   Doctors were baffled as to what...
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    Heartwarming footage shows a puppy running to the fridge and fetching his ill owner a drink

    Heartwarming footage shows a puppy running to the fridge and fetching his chronically-ill owner a sports drink when she is suffering from life-threatening blood sugar low. Mel Lucas, 25, from Tampa, Florida, suffers from the hyper-mobility disorder Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), as well as hypoglycemia, which can cause her blood-sugar levels...
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    Super-fit soldier's brutal army training triggered a 10 in a MILLION condition

    A super-fit soldier’s brutal army training triggered a ’10 in a million’ condition that forced her to have her legs ‘sliced open.’  Amber Jameson, 21, from North Port, Florida, began experiencing agonising tightness in her lower legs while running on her daily four-mile drills.  Although doctors initially dismissed her discomfort as...
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    Major study uncovers 500 new genes that raise the risk of hypertension 

    Thousands of heart attacks and strokes could soon be prevented after scientists have found 500 new genes that influence blood pressure.   People with these genes are over three times more likely to develop hypertension – the medical term for high blood pressure, researchers found. Hypertension is a known cause...
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    Zumba is the most dangerous type of dancing

    Singer and actress Cher is a known fan of the dance workout Zumba It’s the trendy dance routine and fitness craze that has taken the world by storm and includes the ‘Goddess of Pop’ Cher among its allegiance of fans. But scientists have now revealed Zumba – a Latin-inspired...