Surgeons grow soldier’s new ear in her forearm after she suffered a head injuries in a car accident

A soldier who lost her ear will get a new one – once it finishes growing under the skin of her forearm.

Private Shamika Burrage lost her entire left ear in a car accident in 2016 when she was just 19.

In a rare and remarkable procedure, Army surgeons at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, have recreated an ear for Burrage out of cartilage, and tucked it into her arm to finish growing.

Soon, the ear grown in her own body will be transplanted to the left side of her face, where Burrage, now 21, will even be able to feel her new appendag

In 2016, Burrage and her cousin were driving back to her post in Texas from a visit to family in Mississippi when one of the car’s tires blew out.

Behind the wheel, Burrage stomped on the brake and remembers looking with concern at her pregnant cousin next to her.

They skidded off the road for 700 feet and the vehicle started flipping.

‘I just remember the first flip and that was it,’ Burrage told Army.mil.  

Burrage was thrown from the car, bashing her head against the pavement and fracturing her spine in several places.

Her body tumbled and slid on the pavement, leaving her with road rash, and completely destroying her left ear.

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The soldier came to on the ground, looking up at her pregnant cousin who was standing above her, looking remarkably unscathed.

‘Then I remember people walking up to us, asking if we were okay and then I blacked out,’ she said.

When she next opened her eyes, Burrage was in the hospital. She had lost her ear and a lot of blood.

Doctors had to reopen her ear canal, which had been damaged during the  crash.

If she’d been on the roadside for another half hour, she probably wouldn’t have made it to the hospital alive.

Burrage was alive but deeply shaken by the accident.

She spent several months in physical rehab, and started seeing a counselor.

The crash and her injuries were traumatic for the young woman, and every glimpse in the mirror was a reminder of those horrific moments.

‘I didn’t feel comfortable with the way I looked so the provider referred me to plastic surgery,’ Burrage said.

She could be fitted with a plastic prosthetic ear or she could have one reconstructed.

‘I didn’t want to do [the reconstruction] but gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it could be a good thing,’ she told Army.mil.

‘I was going to go with the prosthetic, to avoid more scarring but I wanted a real ear.

‘I was just scared at first but wanted to see what [the surgeon] could do.’

Her surgeon, Dr Lt Col Owen Johnson III encouraged her to have the reconstruction.

‘She was 19 and healthy and had her whole life ahead of her. Why should she have to deal with having an artificial ear for the rest of her life?’ he said.

Together, he and Burrage chose a procedure that would not only give her a new wear, but cover some of the scarring to the side of her face.

To give Burrage a new ear, Dr Johnson, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, first harvested cartilage from her ribs.

The cartilage was then shaped into an ear in a first-of-its kind effort for the Army.

Meanwhile, the plastic surgery team expanded a segment of skin on Burrage’s forearm to make room for the precious cargo she would soon carry there.

When enough room had been made, newly-molded ear was surgically placed under the skin flap.

The body, recognizing its own tissue, then encourages the growth of new blood vessels and even a nerve in the fledgling ear.

‘[The ear] will have fresh arteries fresh veins and even a fresh nerve so she’ll be able to feel it,’ said Dr Johnson.

As an added bonus to the reconstruction, the extra skin stretched on her arm will cover the scar tissue by Burrage’s jaw.

Making her an ear from scratch has taken more than a year but Burrage now has just two more surgeries to go.

‘It’s been a long process for everything but I’m back,’ said Burrage.

Love Luxury Cars? Check Out The 5 Most Expensive Vehicles In The World

Some of these vehicles in this list cost as much as the Kenya Government spent to build the Standard Gauge Railway, while others can easily fund the cost of bringing in those Cuban doctors in June.

This luxurious cars make you want to rethink your life and the decisions you are making now, but for now just drool!!!

Pagani Huayra ($1.4M)

That’s a cool Sh141Million.

This car is named after a South American wind god called Huayra Tata. A mid-engined hypercar with a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron SS, the 1,350kg Huayra uses a 6.0-litre AMG-sourced 60-degree V12 with two turbos to produce 700-ish bhp and 728lb ft of torque. Translation? Zero to 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds and ‘over’ 230mph. There’s a seven-speed sequential driving the rear wheels only, and the ‘box is interesting in that it isn’t a dual-clutch: Horacio Pagani believed that the increase in weight (70kg extra) over a normal sequential wasn’t the kind of trade-off he wanted to make.

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Aston Martin One-77 ($1.4M)

Sounds crazy right? But again, that’s Sh141Million.

The car which was developed in New Zealand can reach 100kmph from zero in just 3.7 seconds and travels up to 354kmph. It weighs 1630kg, has a whopping 7.3L V12 engine, and a carbon fibre monocoque structure.

 

The $4 million Aston Martin One-77 can go from zero to 100kmph in just 3.7 seconds.

Koenigsegg One:1 ($2.0M)

The car boasts of a 1:1 kilogram-to-horsepower ratio. . That’s right, this car has 1,340 hp, and can theoretically peak 273 mph. Simply put, this is one of the fastest automobiles ever made, and behind its F1-style honeycomb core, carbon fiber intake manifold, and ventilated ceramic brakes, it’s one of the most militant. The car goes for Ksh201.6 million.

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Ferrari F60 America ($2.5M)

It really is a slick-seeking machine, with clear revisions above the F12’s already svelte bodywork. The F60 America will take the type of a roadster, with carbon fiber-trimmed flying buttresses that stretch from behind the cabin to the rear of the automobile. There’s no electrical power soft- or hardtop available – rather, Ferrari says the car can be closed off with a light fabric leading which is usable at speeds of up to about 75 miles per hour.

The car goes for Ksh 252 Million, with that kind of money you can buy land in Lavington according to statistics released  in Kenya, invest and still walk around throwing some cash.

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Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron ($3.4M)

The luxurious car boasts of a fascinating carbon fiber body, an accumulation spoiler package, upgraded LED lights, a rebuffed cabin, and a redesigned stomach grill. Further classifying the Veyron as a take take steps of art,  and it can do 254 mph

Larger air outlets on the flanks of the vehicle and at the rear give optimized motor cooling, and together with the new diffuser and the two air intakes, they underline the transition from roof to bonnet on this powerful car design.

The car goes for Ksh342.7 million

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Fashion: How to dress to China the Julie Gichuru approved way

Media personality Julie Gichuru brought out her top notch fashion sense during the just concluded Stanford University Africa Business Forum held in China.

The sassy and soft spoken public figure stepped out rocking a fitting pair of African print pants with a black top (below), and wasn’t she looking amazing.

The forum creates a  platform for exceptional business leaders, insightful policy makers, pioneering faculty, and motivated students with a shared interest in shaping the future of business in Africa.

Its meant to exchange powerful ideas and build long-lasting relationships. It is a collaborative effort between the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed), the Africa Business Club, Stanford African Students’ Association and Center for African Studies.

 

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Posting on her social media platform the sexy public figure said she had had the privillege of delivering a speech during the event

Bringing a pop of African colour to Guangzhou, China!
Powerful week of investment, development & private sector meetings in an incredible city! May we make the right partnerships to unleash growth & development in Africa 🌍Awesome trousers by @rdclothiing #MadeInKenya #MadeInAfrica
@wanjiru_mbugua calls them pants but I just can’t speak American. In English pants are something else 😂😋

Her followers were quick to compliment her on her beautiful choice of clothes. Check out the comments below

 ahmedkabima-..your so beauty gal

samuel muturi.. Looking ausome.

petermjulius..Guangzhou pande gani,,nitabuy lunch Leo

Nickson.kimani..I love the colours za longi why lie

aliyahnjuguna..50 is the new 25

houseoffracia_homedecor ..Lemme screenshot this..looking lovely

Amoszacks..Waaah stunning

          king_kittyin ..Like your swag ,they are very unique

This is not the first time that Julie is rocking African print but  every time she does she just looks amazing,leaving some of us ashamed with our terrible fashion sense

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Revealed: Why Meghan and Harry will be forced to delay their honeymoon

Meghan’s big day may be behind her, but there’ll be little rest for Prince Harry‘s new wife – who is starting her official royal duties just days after the wedding.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their first engagement as husband and wife on Tuesday at a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday.

Unlike previous royal couples – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Harry and Meghan have put their honeymoon on hold in order to hit the ground running when it comes to their duties.

The garden party on Tuesday, hosted by the Queen, will see guests from over 400 charities that the Prince of Wales is patron of.

The engagement will be Meghan’s first appearance at one of Her Majesty’s annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

It is also anticipated that Meghan will join the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show this month.

Meanwhile, the newlyweds will undertake a couple of short overseas visits before the start of the summer, including a two-day visit to Dublin.

Harry is yet to visit Ireland but Meghan spent time in the country as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.

Meghan is also expected to hit the ground running when it comes to her charity work, becoming the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation set up by William, Harry and Kate.

-Dailymail

Meghan’s big bridal surprise! Bride wears a pure white silk gown with a 15ft veil

Meghan Markle has surprised everyone by wearing a wedding dress designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller after months of speculation liking her to other designers, such as Erdem.

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The bride-to-be stunned onlookers this morning as she stepped out of her car wearing the classic silk gown in pure white with a 15st veil embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth, after predictions she’d chosen a heavily beaded gown.

The veil is made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, while the look was completed by a Cartier bracelet and earrings and a Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen, prompting proud  Prince Harry to tell his bride: ‘You look amazing’.

Meghan chose acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, 48, from Birmingham, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy to design her dress after meeting in early 2018.

She was said to be impressed by Ms Waight Keller’s timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour.

She also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.

The pair worked closely together on the design, with Ms. Waight Keller carrying out  extensive research at fabric mills throughout Europe, to develop an exclusive double bonded silk cady.

The pair decided this was perfect for the round sculptural look required while the soft matt lustre, bonding process and pure white colour bring a fresh modernity to the dress.

The result was a dress which epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.

In keeping with the heritage of the house of Givenchy, the ‘pure lines’ have been created using six meticulously placed seams, and features a graphic open bateau neckline and slender sculpted waist.

The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.

Meghan was eager to incorporate a nod to all 53 countries of the Commonwealth into her special day, and asked for a veil embellished with the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in a single spectacular floral composition.

-Dailymail

Becky with the good hair! David Beckham’s Stunning Looks At The Royal Wedding Leave Ladies Salivating

Manchester United and England football national team legendary midfielder, David Beckham is the man on every ladies’ lips now obviously apart from the soon to be married, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Video Of Oprah Winfrey Struggling To Locate Her Seat At The Royal Wedding Goes Viral

This is after the hunk who stands at 1.83 metres turned heads when he arrived at the windsor st george’s chapel, where the Royal wedding is taking place, thanks to his stunning looks.

The man who literally won it all in his playing career was accompanied by his wife Victoria looked dapper in a in a dark gray suit or rather he looked like a million dollar a look ladies cannot get over with. He chose to accessorize the look with stunning sunglasses.

Ladies time to feed you with looks of the man who ages like fine wine.

She’ll put a ring on it! Modern man Prince Harry will wear a wedding band after marrying Meghan Markle

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Below are photos of other celebrities who look absolutely stunning.

Pippa Middleton

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James Middleton

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Serena Williams

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For the latest on the royal wedding watch HERE!

Rob Lowe admits he sleeps BETTER when he’s not with his wife

One in four married couples sleep separately to get better rest, a survey has found.

And today, Rob Lowe admitted he is on board with that theory.

In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 54-year-old actor said his best nights of sleep are when he is on the road, as his wife of 27 years, Sheryl, plays games on her iPad into the early hours of the morning.

‘I sleep better on the road because I’m not with my wife,’ Lowe declared, to laughs.

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‘People, it’s the truth. I love her enough to speak the truth.’

His words, unbeknownst to him, echo the National Sleep Foundation’s report, showing millions of other American couples feel the same way.

The report found pointed to a number of aggravating factors that will sound all too familiar to people in relationships.

Some partners can hog the duvet covers, or kick it around in the night.

Snoring, of course, doesn’t help the other person if they are a light sleeper.

And while couples tend to fall into sync with one another, that may not be enough to change that fact that one is an early bird and one is a nocturnal animal.

Even if couples are in sync, though, that closeness can make sleep complicated, since cuddling can make it harder to sleep.

While that may all ring bells for married readers, this field of research is not cut and dry.

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Some research, such as a recent paper from the University of Pittsburgh, has found a myriad of benefits for couples who sleep in the same bed.

The Pittsburgh study found sleeping next to someone helps lower the stress hormone cortisol, perhaps because it encourages feelings of safety and security.

Prolonged periods of elevated cortisol have been linked with an increase in cytokines — proteins involved in inflammation that can trigger heart disease, depression and auto-immune disorders.

Sleeping together has a protective effect by lowering the levels of these proteins, they concluded.

Lowe, however, falls firmly into the former camp.

When Ellen asked the actor whether his nights on the road, away from 56-year-old makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff, are tough, he gave an answer nobody was expecting.

But he explained: ‘What it is, is she’s obsessed with playing Family Feud ’til 5 and 6 in the morning on the iPad, and wakes me up, like, “Honey, honey! Quick! Name five foods that are gross!” I’m like, I just want to go to bed!’

‘So the answer is yes. My sleep on the road -‘ he kisses his fingers ‘- I love it!’

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Black don’t crack: Check out 10 stunning women stars over 50

We all know the phrase “black don’t crack”.

Most races feel like it’s a bit racist but it’s not because there is a scientific reason why black skin ages better.

Aging well is not about looking 25 if you’re 50. It is about taking care of yourself, inside and out.

Sarah Jessica Parker, 53, is cruelly trolled on social media for looking old at the Met Gala

Not to be racist or anything, but 53-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker was cruelly trolled for looking so old for her age when she stepped at the Met Gala.

Here is a list of black women stars that look great “for their age” and are above 50.

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                        Rachel True, 50, American film and television actress and former fashion model

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                                                           Halle Berry, 51, an American actress

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                              Janet Jackson, 51, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress

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                                              Toni Braxton, 50 is an American singer, songwriter, pianist,

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                               Holly Robinson Peete, 53, Actress is an American actress and singer

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                Helen Folasade aka Sade, 58, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer

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                      Cynthia Bailey, 50,  is an American model, reality television star and business woman

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            Oprah Winfrey, 64, is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

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                          Beverly Johnson, 65 is an American model, actress, singer, and businesswoman

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                                                          Lisa Bonet, 50, is an American actress

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Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ director Wanuri Kahiu gets a standing ovation at Cannes festival

The Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ is a love story of two women and is the first ever to premiere at the prestigious festival in France.

The film premiered yesterday at the Cannes Film festival even after being banned by the KFCB claiming that it will promote homosexuality.

The filmmaker and director Wanuri Kahiu and the two stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva were overwhelmed as they received a standing ovation last night at the Cannes festival.

Even after being slapped with the ban, Rafiki will receive some international arthouse play.

Kenyans are showing support, love and appreciation to their own stars.

Check out these positive comments the film is getting both locally and internationally.

Queer: Girls from my country did that!! And to actually think it was banned for the notion that it’s promoting homosexuality. The kind of thought process that went into that is appalling. Since when was sexual orientation influenced by what we see. Congrats to the girls.

Ashlee Preston: Let’s be specific…they’re applauding BLACK lesbians (women) and it is such a beautiful thing to watch.

Shalom: This is really awesome!

Mikael Smith: Look at these fabulous women! This is the Kenyan film I mentioned – first to play in competition at Cannes!

Lucy Bruton: That is DELIGHTFUL!

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Sister of House of Horrors mother claims their own mom let a ‘rich pedophile abuse them

The sister of the House of Horrors mother-of-13 claims their mother let a rich pedophile rape them for cash when they were children.

Louise and David Turpin face 50 charges after their children aged two to 29 were found starved and chained to their beds in their Perris, California home.

Teresa Robinette, 37, said her mother Phyllis Robinette effectively ‘sold’ her and Louise to a wealthy man to be frequently abused.

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‘He would slip money into my hand as he molested me. I can still feel his breath on my neck as he whispered ‘be quiet’,’ she told The Sun.

‘We begged her not to take us to him but she would simply say: ‘I have to clothe and feed you’. Louise was abused the worst. He destroyed my self-worth as a child and I know he destroyed hers too.’

Ms Robinette last month said she was shocked by the disturbing allegations against her sister and brother-in-law and had no idea the children were being abused.

Robinette said she always thought of Turpin as a ‘good girl’ who never drank, did drugs or smoked – and rarely even swore, Fox reported.

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She never for a moment considered that her sister could be capable of such horrific cruelty, but did wonder why she distanced herself from her family.

She said that she met the couple’s four eldest children in person, the rest she only saw over video chat, and as the years went on even that dried up.

‘I don’t even know if you can say any of us had a relationship with the children,’ she said. ‘Never in a million years had we thought she was abusing the kids.’

‘It came to a point when eventually she stopped letting them all come together. She would send a couple ones in, then send them out, and then get a couple more to come in. It got really strange.

‘Then she would just start making up excuses of why she couldn’t video chat. She would say: ‘David and I are just so busy with 13 kids, we will get to it this weekend.

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Ms Robinette said that she and her half-brother tried to make plans to come and visit Louise so they could get to know their nieces and nephews, but somehow those plans were always cancelled.

‘She would always come up with an excuse that something happened, that she had a bad dream about the flight, one of the kids got sick.

She made up a big elaborate story about one of the girls who got into trouble with some friends one night, so she and David were aggravated.

‘Everything she told us was a lie.’

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee exposed in new book

 Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee was a playboy who cheated on his wife with multiple women. Bruce Lee was as talented in bed as he was at martial arts and left one mistress feeling like he ‘took me to the moon and back’, a new book has revealed.

The biography on the kung fu legend claims that actress Sharon Farrell felt that Bruce ‘just turned me inside out’ because he understood her body so well.

Farrell was just one of Bruce’s many conquests even though he was married to wife Linda Emery, the mother of his two children.

But it wasn’t hard to see why the star was such a ladies’ man; Lee had the body of an 18-year-old when he was 32 thanks to his constant training and raw hamburger beef smoothies he drank for their protein.

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The inside story of Bruce’s womanizing is revealed  in Bruce Lee: A life by bestselling author of American Shaolin, Matthew Polly.

The star once admitted he was ‘not a saint’ when it came to his love life

He would impress women by showing off his kung fu moves and cha-cha dancing and even underwent circumcision to be more like an American.

Despite his reputation for being vain and arrogant, women were drawn to him because of his chiseled abs and for what one blonde West German glamour girl called his ‘indescribable magnetism.’

Bruce died at age 32 in 1973 – just a few weeks before the release of Enter the Dragon, the first big Western-produced kung fu film.

The movie turned him into cultural icon, introduced the world to his Taoist philosophy, and opened the door to martial arts in the West.

But in life Bruce was not as measured as he was on screen and never fully managed his temper and craving for control, behaviors which played out in his treatment of women.

Before Bruce became a film star in his own right he taught kung fu to celebrities in Los Angeles and counted actors James Coburn and Steve McQueen among his clients.

The book, which claims to be the first authoritative biography of Bruce since his death, says that one thing he learned from McQueen was be in charge of everything on the set.

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Another was to ‘cut a wide swath through the female production of actresses, groupies..housewives and hatcheck girls’.

In 1969 Bruce was an advisor for the film The Wrecking Crew when he met actress Farrell.

At the time Bruce’s wife had just given birth to their second child, a daughter, Shannon, but he walked up to Farrell in the MGM studio parking and charmed her into bed.

Farrell said: ‘He was the first man I had ever been with who had such a beautiful body.

‘Those abs – his muscles were so defined, it was as if they were chiseled. Bruce was the most incredible lover I’ve ever been with. He was just so knowledgeable about a woman’s body’.

The affair was very much on Bruce’s terms and he would say: ‘I’m coming over’ and ‘drag me into the bedroom’, said Farrell, who eventually ended their fling to be with McQueen.

She said: ‘Bruce took me to the moon and back. He just turned me inside out.

‘But he was married and didn’t have a pot to pee in. Steve was successful – he was my protector. I was in lust with Steve, but Bruce was the love of my life’.

The book says that Bruce also had a ‘fling’ with his co-star on Way of the Dragon, Nora Miao, though she has never confirmed or denied it.

Bruce tenderly held her hand and got food for her, his affection all too apparent, according to the  book.

But his most well known mistress was Betty Ting Pei, claims Polly, an actress who met him on the set of Way of the Dragon

etty says she was ‘with him all the time at the studio’; while actor Anderson Nelsson confirmed ‘Bruce was engrossed with Betty’.

With Betty, Bruce did not seem to care about getting caught and would take her out in public, once reportedly buying her a new Mercedes Benz as a gift.

When challenged about it by actress Nancy Kwan, one of his students and his friend, Bruce said: ‘Oh, Nancy it doesn’t mean anything.

‘It’s just a fling. I’ll get rid of her. She doesn’t mean anything to me. I have plenty of girls’.

During the 1970s, films Way of the Dragon and Game of Death turned Bruce into the biggest star in Hong Kong and the most famous person in South East Asia.

It also earned him an invitation from Warner Bros to make Enter the Dragon, the first Western kung fu movie.

Bruce would be the star but the most contentious role to cast was Mei Ling, the undercover agent who helps Bruce to infiltrate the island owned by Han, the villain.

Bruce had promised Betty the role since their relationship had ‘grown more serious’ so she rented a room 15 minutes away from his home to see him more easily.

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He would later give the part to somebody else sparking a row between the two and ultimately, their break up.

How or why Bruce’s wife Linda put up with his philandering behavior is not entirely clear, but her supporters say that she has never been properly understood.

Born Linda Emery in Seattle, she grew up in a Baptist family who disapproved of mixed marriages and wed Bruce over the objections of her mother and father, though they later came around.

According to the book, Bruce’s younger brother Robert Lee said: ‘As a bachelor, Bruce liked to have affairs with beautiful, flashy girls, but he married a quiet, sensitive girl who knew how to listen and would let him have his way’.

As Bruce told an interviewer in 1966: ‘Linda is more Oriental than some of the Chinese I know. She is quiet, calm and doesn’t yak-yak-yak all the time’.

The book describes Linda, now 73, more diplomatically as ‘the perfect partner for a brilliant, volatile and extroverted man’.

Their friend Taky Kimura said: ‘Nobody has given Linda the credit she deserves. This woman has been one hell of a pillar of strength’.

In fairness, Bruce’s Hollywood friends were never faithful and he was a star in the Mad Men era where a generation of men acted with impunity while their wives were expected to stay home with the kids.

Bruce did address his cheating to Linda – but only in a hypothetical way

If I ever had an affair with a woman, it would be something that happened spontaneously. I would never plan or decide to have a mistress or anything of that nature,’ Bruce told her, but his arrangement with Betty seemed at odds with this.

Bruce said that if Linda ever found out about an affair it would have ‘absolutely no importance at all’.

He said: ‘All that matters to me is you and the children. Infidelity has no real bearing on a marriage. Fleeting attraction for another female has no significance regarding a matter so fundamental as a marriage’.

But Linda grew enraged as Bruce said: ‘Men are like that.’

Bruce Lee was born Lee Jun-fan in San Francisco in 1940. His father Lee Hoi-chuen was a Cantonese opera singer and actor and his mother Grace Ho was a socialite in Hong Kong, where they raised him.

In his youth Bruce formed a gang of schoolmates and got expelled from his posh Catholic school for pulling a knife on a PE instructor.

He also forced another boy to pull down his pants and painted his genitals red with paint he had stolen from a construction site. His antics eventually put him on a police list of delinquents, according to the book.

In his youth Bruce starred in more than a dozen films but his parents but his career on ice due to his poor grades.

Given that he was an American citizen he decided to move to the US to make a new life for himself and in 1959 he set sail for San Francisco, his birthplace.

While working as a dishwasher he taught cha-cha dancing, earning him many female admirers.

He spent his spare time studying martial arts and teaching workshops where he developed his own style he said was superior to classical forms, which he found too rigid.

On June 9, 1967 he gave his method a name: Jeet Kune Do, meaning ‘the way of intercepting fist’.

From boxing Bruce took the footwork, from kung fu its kicks and from fencing the movement.

He also developed the philosophical side and saw Taoism as a way to managing one’s own ego, greed and anger.

Bruce was a fitness innovator and incorporated weightlifting into his routine years before pro athletes did the same.

He used an electrical muscle stimulator machine but he went over the top, cranking it up so high it would curl his hair.

He experimented with his diet and downed raw hamburger meat smoothies for their protein.

Several times a day he drank a beverage made of of Rheo Blair Protein Powder, ice water, powdered milk, eggs, eggshells, bananas, vegetable oil, peanut flower and chocolate ice cream.

His regimen made him bulk out and led to speculation that Bruce used steroids.

And while author Polly says ‘it is possible he tried them, there is no evidence to suggest regular use’; Bruce loved to show off his latest gadgets and inventions and nobody ever recalled him mentioning steroids.

In his first year of college at the University of Washington Bruce fell completely in love with a Japanese-American sophomore called Amy Sanbo, a dancer, and had a ‘tempestuous on-off relationship that lasted two years’.

Sanbo said: ‘When I perform it’s almost orgasmic. It is very sexual and Bruce was like that too. I’m horribly addicted to talent and Bruce was a kinetic genius’.

he problem in their relationship was their different outlooks. Bruce had a 1950s view of gender roles who believed his girlfriend should put him first, but Sanbo was a feminist jazz singer who wanted her own career.

‘Amy loved Bruce but he also drove her crazy. She felt he was suffocating her – always wanting to know where she was going and with whom,’ the book states.

Bruce repeatedly asked Sanbo to marry him but she refused and broke things off in Spring 1963, leaving Bruce ‘devastated’.

He got over it and became so committed to his new life in America that he even got circumcised while on a trip home to Hong Kong.

Bruce explained what he had done to his family by dropping his pants for them to see.

When asked by his brother Robert as to why he did it, Bruce said: ‘It’s what they do in America. I’m American, I want to look the part’.

Bruce moved back to San Francisco where his kung fu exhibitions caught the attention of TV producers who cast him as Kato in the series The Green Hornet.

It was here he met Thordis Brandt, a blonde from West Germany and one of the glamour girls of the 1960s – and had a fling with her.

Brandt said: ‘He had a magnetism that was indescribable. Bruce was very quiet and shy but could be very aggressive if he wanted to be. He was a show-off and always wanted to flaunt his body’.

Their relationship lasted a few months until Brandt’s on and off lover James Arness, the star of the TV series Gunsmoke, found out she was dating Bruce and hired private detectives to investigate him.

They quickly found out he was married and had a young child and told Brandt.

Bruce did not wear a wedding ring and failed to tell her about his marriage.

The Green Hornet was Bruce’s big break and he leveraged it to start teaching celebrity clients like McQueen, who returned the favor by introducing Bruce to marijuana which became a lifelong habit.

Bruce once supposedly kicked a door off its hinges to impress Frank Sinatra, a story that may not have been true but spread throughout Hollywood, making Bruce even more in demand as a martial arts coach and film consultant.

Bruce got more small parts including the TV series Longstreet and in 1970 on a visit home to Hong Kong he was shocked to find reporters waiting for him at the airport.

The Green Hornet had just screened and it was so popular that locals jokingly renamed it ‘The Kato Show’ because they were so proud to see a Chinese national on an American TV series.

The next year Raymond Chow, a top Hong Kong kung fu film producer, signed Bruce to make the two films that would make his name.

When The Big Boss opened it took in HK$1 million in its first three days, beating the record of The Sound of Music.

Bruce had used his knowledge of Hollywood production and his kung fu technique to make his already impressive skills look amazing on screen.

It was the perfect fusion of East and West and the Washington Post said that he had a ‘Cagney-esque cockiness and early Steve McQueen nonchalance’.

The follow up, Fist of Fury, did even better and established Bruce as box office gold in Hong Kong.

When Warner Bros put Enter the Dragon into production, it was everything Bruce had dreamed for: his own project, with an American film company, with him in complete control.

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A lesser man would have taken his foot off the gas, but not Bruce, even if it left him exhausted and gaunt.

He had a near miss in May 1973 after collapsing and going into spasms following an editing session in a sweltering dubbing room with no air conditioning.

A doctor diagnosed him with cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain, and Bruce admitted that he had eaten some Nepalese hash shortly before the episode.

Bruce’s death two months later became a national scandal in Hong Kong when it emerged he had been at Betty’s house at the time of his death, a fact that his managers tried to cover up.

Once the press discovered the truth they turned the case into a frenzy, even speculating that he died with an erection – reporters bribed their way into the morgue to try and get pictorial evidence.

Other rumors claimed that Bruce’s body had been switched when Linda flew his remains to Seattle where she buried him in a quiet ceremony, a contrast to the public outpouring of thousands in Hong Kong.

The book concludes that Bruce probably died from heat stroke, or hyperthermia, because he had a previous such episode and it was 90 degrees with 84 per cent humidity on the day he died.

Bruce had been in Betty’s apartment acting out scenes from Game of Death meaning that he had worked up a sweat, and he was already exhausted and had lost 20 pounds, leaving him looking gaunt with dark rings under his eyes.

The book argues that Bruce was misdiagnosed during his previous collapse because doctors were not aware of heat stroke in the way they are now.

Enter the Dragon, which cost $850,000 to make, raked in $90 million and would go on to make $350 million over the next 45 years. Only after death did Bruce achieve what he had spent his whole life fighting for.

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Mother, 27, smiles for the first time in 8 YEARS after a facial tumour was removed

A mother has smiled and acknowledged her beauty for the first time in eight years after surgeons removed her enormous facial tumour.

Known only as Yaya, the 27-year-old was barely able to speak or eat because of the huge mass growing inside of her mouth.

The tumour, which stretched down one side of her face and around her chin, left her too embarrassed to leave her house.

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She would only dare to venture outside and come into contact with cruel strangers when her face was entirely covered by a scarf.

But, after an operation by surgeons on-board a charity ship, Yaya, from Cameroon, Africa, is proud of her ‘new’ face.

Speaking about the results of the life-changing procedure for the first time, she told doctors: ‘I feel beautiful and happy.’

Yaya, who was operated on by medics from charity Mercy Ships, added: ‘Since the surgery, I feel released. Everything is easier to do

‘I feel free to move and go anywhere. I don’t get a reaction anymore from people who see me.’

Eight year ordeal 

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It took eight years for a tiny lump on Yaya’s jaw to grow until she was barely able to eat or speak.

She was unable to find doctors or the funds to have an operation, until the hospital ship docked nearby.

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While on board for treatment, she helped translate for other patients, before she was well enough to return to see her daughter Moonira, nine.

Mercy Ships was founded in 1978 and has worked in more than 70 countries.

Tumours: The facts

Tumours can be benign or cancerous. Unlike cancerous tumours, benign ones usually grow slowly and do not spread.

These only become a problem if they grow to be very large, press on organs, release hormones, or are uncomfortable or unsightly.

Cancerous tumours get bigger as their cells continue to grow and divide.

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Will Meghan carry the fluffy white flower that all royal brides carry?

With less than two weeks to go before the royal wedding,Meghan Markle has gone to great lengths to keep the details of her big day under wraps.

But while guests will be clamouring to catch a glimpse of the bridal gown, one expert believes she has already solved the mystery of what she will carry when she walks up the aisle of St. George’s Chapel.

According to royal commentator Kaitlin Menza, Meghan is guaranteed to have a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet on May 19.

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Described by Menza as a ‘fluffy’ white bloom, it is a custom stretching back to the nineteenth century and observed by a host of Meghan’s predecessors including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Menza, who co-hosts the podcast Royally Obsessed, told Who What Wear ‘It’s a tradition going back to Queen Victoria in the 19th century.

They also lay their bouquets on [Westminster Abbey’s] tomb of The Unknown Warrior. They usually incorporate lace into their gowns, though that seems like a timeless bridal choice more than anything.’

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Kate was the last royal bride to carry myrtle up the aisle when she wed Prince William at Westminster in 2011, however Meghan will marry Harry some 25 miles away in Windsor, Berkshire and consequently won’t have the opportunity to observe the ‘tomb’ ritual.

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s show-stopping bouquet, designed by Shane Connolly, also contained lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth and ivy.

Thirty years earlier, Princess Diana carried a jaw-dropping waterfall bouquet for her wedding to Prince Charles, also containing myrtle – which came from the garden of Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight outpost, Osborne House.

The bush is believed to have been planted when Prince Albert’s grandmother gave a young Victoria a bunch of myrtle, and has been used by brides ever since.

An 11-year-old girl is seen jumping out of an SUV that had just been carjacked

Shocking surveillance footage shows the moment a terrified 11-year-old girl jumped out of a carjacked SUV in Chicago.

In the video, the girl is seen jumping out of the SUV and rolling on the ground as her father tried to stop another car driven by the carjacker’s accomplice.

He is seen leaping onto the hood of the accomplice’s car as both vehicles speed away.

Moments later, the girl’s father is seen comforting her before police arrive. Police said the girl and her father were not hurt.

The Aurora Police Department said in a statement that police responded to the BP gas station located in the 1200 block of N. Eola Road just after 6.45am on Friday.

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An Illinois State Police trooper spotted the stolen SUV less than an hour later and Tyrelle Pulley was arrested following a brief chase

Police said that Tyrelle L. Pulley allegedly jumped into a 2018 Jeep Cherokee as its owner was getting ready to fill it with gas and took off

Still in the vehicle was the owner’s daughter, who jumped out of the vehicle as Pulley was accelerating through the parking lot.

Pulley, 20, reportedly got out of a blue Dodge Charger that pulled up next to the Jeep and both vehicles took off northwest from the area.

An Illinois State Police trooper spotted the stolen SUV less than an hour later on Interstate 290 and Pulley was arrested following a brief chase.

The pursuit ended in a crash near First Avenue, and Pulley was taken into custody. No one was injured in the crash.

Pulley was charged with three felonies: aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding police.

He is currently being held in the DuPage County lockup. His accomplice is being sought.

Dr. Dre loses trademark battle against gynecologist Dr. Drai

A three year battle between Dr Dre and a practicing doctor came to a close last week when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissed the rapper’claim that their similar names would spark ‘confusion’ for consumers.

‘The Chronic’ hit-maker, 53, failed to show, last week, how Dr. Drai’s branding and products would mislead consumers into buying his products.

Dr. Drai – whose real name is Draion M. Burch – is a gynecologist in Pennsylvania who acts as a media personality and has written books including ’20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina.’

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He is known as ‘America’s OBGYN’ according to his website and is respected for his personality and ‘bedside manner.’

In 2015, Burch submitted applications to trademark ‘Dr. Drai’ and ‘Doctor Drai OBGYN and Media Personality’ so that he could use his brand on audio books and seminars, the Washington Post  reports.

Dr. Dre, known as one of the most influential producers in hip hop, claimed that his name was ‘sufficiently related’ to the  ‘MP3 files, magazines, audio books, a series of books and other types of public performance.’

He claimed that the services were commonly tied with the entertainment industry, as was he.

When given the cease and desist letter from Dr. Dre, Burch stated that he was ‘appalled how someone would think I wanted to be them.’

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‘I was hurt that someone was attacking me in my position as being a doctor,’ he added. Burch also claimed that he had earned the title and that Dr. Drai was his name.

He stated: ‘When I became a physician and I graduated from medical school, I became Dr. Drai, obviously because I’m actually a physician.’

The doctor asserted that there would unlikely be any confusion because Dr. Dre ‘is not a medical doctor nor is he qualified to provide any type of medical services of sell products specifically in the medical or healthcare industry.’

Dr. Dre also claimed that Dr. Drai intended to ‘trade on the goodwill generated by’ his well known name but the physician believed that the rapper’s history with ‘misogyny and homophobic things’ would actually hinder his business.

‘And being part of the LGBT community, that’s when I said, you know, ‘I cannot be associated with that,’ he added. ‘And being an OB-GYN, I cannot be associated with anyone that has any kind of misogynistic speech because it’s a bad reflection on me as a doctor.’

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‘My mum screamed for five minutes,’ said student invited for Harry and Meghan wedding

A delighted schoolgirl is the envy of all her friends today after being treated to a surprise visit from Meghan Markle- and receiving an invite to her wedding.

Leonora Ncomanzi met Ms Markle and Prince Harry when they visited the Nottingham Academy on their first engagement in December.

And now the 13-year-old will be going to the wedding of the year on May 19 after the bride-to-be personally invited her.

Leonora is among the 1,200 ‘ordinary heroes’, young leaders and community stalwarts from ‘every corner of the UK’ invited by Harry and Meghan to Windsor next weekend.

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The schoolgirl is a member of Full Effect, which is supported by the Royal Foundation.

The organisation helps deter children and young people from becoming involved in youth violence and crime through mentorship and training.

When the couple went to Leonora’s school in December, Ms Markle made a promise to return for a private visit.

Ms Markle honoured her promise and returned to the school for a private visit earlier this year and spent some time with Leonora giving her acting tips.

Palace officials then contacted Leonora and the school’s deputy principal that they have two tickets and will be attending the wedding last month.

Leonora says she already has her dress ready for the wedding and will be going along with deputy principal Helen Foulger.

Leonora said: ‘When I found out that I was invited to the wedding, I was speechless. I am so excited.

‘When my mum was told I was invited she screamed for five minutes.

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‘Meghan is such an inspiration to me – the first time I met her I asked her if she had any advice for me as I want to be an actress like her.

She said I should always be prepared to face rejection but to keep following my dreams. I can’t wait to see what she is wearing on the day. I have already bought my dress too.’

Leonora’s proud father added: ‘I’m very proud of my daughter. This is her highest ever achievement.

‘She is desperate to be an actress and so she was so thrilled to meet Meghan.

‘But we’ve had to keep our lips sealed on the details as it is so highly classified.

The youngster added: ‘They don’t speak to us like they’re royalty, they speak to us like we’re friends.

‘I’m looking forward to the wedding a lot – I can’t wait to see Meghan again.’

Alongside Leonora at the wedding will be hundreds of other ordinary Britons, including an Afghan war veteran, disabled and homeless charity workers and school teachers.

Other lucky members of the public given a ‘golden ticket’ to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding include a schoolgirl who survived the Manchester Arena terror attack, a campaigning amputee and a homeless teenager.

In February the couple announced they plan to make their big day a ‘people’s wedding’ by inviting 2,640 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to view events from a ringside seat.

They will also be the first to see the newlyweds start their carriage procession through Windsor after the ceremony as man and wife.

Of those guests, 1,200 will be ‘ordinary heroes’, young leaders and community stalwarts from ‘every corner of the United Kingdom’ who have made a difference to the areas where they live, chosen by their local Lord Lieutenant.

This week whose who had been picked were sent the news that they had been awarded a coveted invitation by email – with at least one almost dismissing it as a belated April Fool, so shocked were they to be picked.

The allocation underlines Harry and Meghan’s determination that their nuptials on May 19 be as unstuffy as possible – a real ‘people’s wedding’.

The remainder of those outside will include 200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Miss Markle have a close association with.

There will also be 100 pupils from two Windsor schools – The Royal School and St George’s School – 610 Windsor Castle community members, and 530 Members of the Royal Households and the Crown Estate.

The huge crowd will be gathered in what is known as the castle’s Lower Ward, outside of St George’s Chapel, and will, to the envy of millions around the world, have a first-hand view as the happy couple and their guests arrive.

Kensington Palace said: ‘Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.

‘This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom.’

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Read about the anti-miscarriage pill used decades ago

Women whose mothers took a popular anti-miscarriage drug have an astronomically high risk of rare vaginal and cervical cancers – and continue to face a higher rate of death, a new study warns.

DES, a synthetic estrogen diethylstilbestrol, was popular among mothers-to-be between 1938 and 1971 as it was promoted as a way to prevent miscarriage and avoid premature births.

Roughly five million to 10 million fetuses worldwide were exposed to the drug before a paper confirmed fears it increased the risk of clear-cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) in female offspring – after years of speculation.

Now, it is well-documented that so-called DES daughters need to be closely monitored for rare cancers – and that they also carry an increased risk of pregnancy complications, infertility and structural abnormalities in the reproductive tract.

But the new study by the University of Chicago Medicine reveals that even still, decades later, we have done little to protect these women from the dangers they have inherited.

Lead author Dezheng Huo found that for DES-exposed women diagnosed with CCA, the death rate from all causes was five times higher at ages 35 to 49 and twice as high for women 50 to 65, compared to unexposed women in the same age groups.

‘We found that patients with clear-cell adenocarcinoma had increased mortality across their lifespan,’ Huo and his team write in the study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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The highest risk was seen when the cancer had been diagnosed in adolescents or young adults.

For those with a diagnosis between ages 10 and 34, the odds of death were 27-fold higher compared to the general female population in the same age ranges. The tumor is normally rare in younger women.

Existing data suggest that when CCA appears in women exposed to DES in the womb, it tends to be less aggressive than normal and, if it does reappear, it recurs later than it would if a woman had not been exposed to the synthetic estrogen, according to the CDC.

It’s those late recurrences of the tumor that may be responsible for excess mortality between ages 35 and 49, the study team notes.

The higher death risk from ages 50 to 65 may be due to other life-threatening health conditions common to middle age, which is why women exposed to DES should continue to be followed, they write.

‘Later in their life is when other health conditions that increase their risk appear – breast cancer and heart disease,’ Huo told Reuters Health.

The estimates come from 695 patients in the Registry for Research on Hormonal Transplacental Carcinogenesis who developed CCA. Eighty percent of those women received their cancer diagnosis between ages 15 and 30, and 64 percent had a documented history of DES exposure.

Women with documented exposure to DES while in the womb had a five-year survival rate after diagnosis of 86.1 percent compared to a rate of 81.2 percent when there was no clear evidence of exposure to the drug, an indication that DES-exposed women were caught early and treated aggressively, Huo said.

The overall 20-year survival rate in the group was 69 percent, with DES-exposed women with CCA living just as long as those who were not exposed.

DES was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1941 but it didn’t become common until around 1945.

In 1953, a study showed it did not prevent miscarriage as advertised. Nonetheless the hormone continued to be prescribed for that purpose. Huo said use of DES peaked in the 1960s. It was withdrawn shortly after a 1971 paper exposed the CCA risk.

Males exposed to the drug may develop abnormalities in the reproductive tract, including a higher risk of undescended testicles.

Huo said no obvious problems have appeared in the children of DES daughters, but the matter continues to be studied.

Women who eat too much junk food are ‘twice as likely to be infertile’

Women who regularly tuck into takeaways and junk food take longer to get pregnant than those who eat lots of fruit, says a study.

Those who ate fast food four times a week or more took nearly a month longer to conceive and were twice as likely to be infertile than those who rarely ate it.

And would-be mums who ate fruit three times a day or more in the month up to conception became pregnant more quickly than those who did not.

The study found that while fruit and fast foods affected the time taken to conceive, green vegetables and fish did not.

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Lead author Professor Claire Roberts, of the University of Adelaide, said the results showed how ‘a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimises fast-food improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant’.

Researchers studied the diet history of 5,598 pregnant women in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Of these, 39 per cent had become pregnant within a month and 8 per cent took longer than a year, which is officially classed as infertile.

Eating fast food four times a week or more doubled the risk of infertility from 8 per cent to 16 per cent, while eating fruit only rarely increased it by half, from 8 per cent to 12 per cent.

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The study took into account other risks affecting fertility, such as body weight, smoking and alcohol consumption.

With increasing numbers of women cutting back on fruit in low-sugar diets, dietitian Melanie McGrice, of St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, warned: ‘I’m seeing more and more who incorrectly think they should be avoiding fruit to help them conceive.

‘This study demonstrates that fruit consumption is not only safe, but beneficial … and should not be lumped in the same basket as sugar and soft drinks.’