Don’t pass the salt

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Thyroid disease is one of the silent epidemics of our time. Around one in every 100 people in Britain suffers from an underactive thyroid, and many more walk around with a general feeling of malaise without knowing why.

According to the American Thyroid Association, some 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, 60 per cent of whom are unaware of their condition. In fact, one American woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder at some point in her lifetime.


Busted: a big lady killer

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This is a true story, with just her name changed. Annalise decided she would not die in vain. The Dutch resident suffered for years with pain and a host of strange undiagnosed symptoms before contracting the breast cancer that would eventually kill her.

Before her death at the age of 56 in 2008, Annalise decided to donate her body to medical science to find out the truth about why she’d developed cancer. Dr Ruth Kappel, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Zwolle, The Netherlands, led the pathology team that dissected the body.


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