Mother Vickie Robins of Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, starves herself and visits Foodbank to ensure her children eat

'I don't eat four days a week so my children can,' claims middle-class mother who cannot afford Christmas presents so is rewrapping their old toys Vickie Robins, 31, and family ran out of money after she lost her care job Lack of food made her collapse at nursery – doctors warn of heart attack | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 30 November 2012 A mother-of-two who has fallen into poverty after losing her job has revealed the desperate measures she's had to resort to to avoid selling their home. Care worker Vickie Robins, 31, does not eat for days at a time so she can afford to put food on the table for her sons Blake, three, and Thomas, 18 months

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease. Now, however, its alarming effects on the mental well-being of millions of smokers have been outlined by British scientists. Lighting up regularly has been associated with a sharp decline in the performance of the brain, according to their study.