Last year, around 3,000 kidney transplants were performed in Britain. Most were taken from donors who had died but more than 1,000 of were from living donors, typically relatives of the recipients. Only 76 were from complete strangers (Altruistic).
Today we meet Clare Bolitho, 62. who, after suffering anorexia and alcoholism as a young woman decided she wanted to give something back.
She told Lorraine: "I wanted to mark being alcohol-free for 21 years, so I thought what better way to celebrate getting my life back than by helping someone else get their life back?"
Clare gave one of her kidneys to diabetes sufferer Marion Pattinson who was in desperate need of a kidney. They both join us with Dr Hilary Jones.
@itvlorraine I donated my kidney to my uncle 6 weeks ago, if I could do it again I would, amazing to know you've changed someones life,
@itvlorraine Very brave lady, I could not do that, but I did donate my kidney to my Cousin 3 yrs ago, and we are both healthy and happy
More than two million women in the US think they've found the answer to looking younger and having a higher libido.... and that answer is taking male testosterone.
Now British women are now set to follow suit. But is this all really too good to be true? We speak to one British woman who says she has been taking it and Dr Hilary also joins us to let us know his thoughts!
Today we're talking about drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Did you drink during your pregnancy? If so, how much and did you ever worry about the risks? Your views may be read out on the show.
@itvlorraine I had one rose spritzer on a new year.. had 2 sips and gave the rest away.. I felt really guilty drinking it
@itvlorraine I drank in moderation through 8 pregnancies (less than 2 units per week). Was judged harshly by other. My children are perfect
In the latest Health Yourself video, Dr Hilary discusses cancer diagnosis. For many it is the most terrifying prospect they could face.
However, being diagnosed with cancer isn't the death sentence many believe it to be.
In our short film, Hilary reveals the range of emotions you can expect to face whilst revealing the different emotional support available. There is also advice for family members or loved ones in need of information on how best to support someone battling the disease.
I had a 'bye bye uterus' party
Emma Bunton, Anna Friel and Dolly Parton all have Endometriosis, a condition which affects 1.5 million British women and can cause infertility.
On average it takes seven years to get a diagnosis and today campaigners say it's time for change. We're joined by Carol Pearson, who had to retire at just 39 years old due to her battle with the disease plus Dr Hilary Jones, who gives us more information.
Could taking a new pill really be the answer to weight loss? A new weight-loss balloon treatment has just launched in the UK following its launch in the US. The pill claims to offer an effective way of losing weight without surgery. But is it too good to be true?
Do you worry about calories when you drink? Is putting calories on wine bottles a good idea? Would it make you drink less? Let us know what you think...
@itvlorraine that would just be depressing, prefer to stay ignorant and enjoy a glass of wine guilt free!