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Global monkeypox outbreak was 'waiting to happen', scientists say

Britons were routinely offered the smallpox jab until the 1970s, when the scheme was deemed no longer necessary after the virus was beaten into submission. Leading scientists say the waning immunity from the mammoth inoculation campaigns may help explain why monkeypox outbreaks are becoming more common across the world. Although not purposefully made for monkeypox, the Imvanex jab - made by Danish-based Bavarian Nordic - is up to 85 per cent effective because the two viruses are so similar. Antivirals and therapies for smallpox also work for monkeypox.

Vet who caught monkeypox in 2003 says he suffered lesions all over his body

Dr Kurt Zaeske, who is now retired and living in Wisconsin, caught the virus in 2003 after handling infected prairie dogs (right) at a breeding farm. The illness initially left him with a fever and feeling dizzy, nauseous and very tired. Within a few days small lesions erupted across his body, and a 'very painful' blister appeared on his thumb - making him fear it might need to be amputated. Doctors administered him with antibiotics and the infection cleared up in a few weeks. The 2003 outbreak was the biggest in the US since records began. It was sparked when infected rodents were imported from Ghana, west Africa, to Texas and housed next to prairie dogs that were later sold as pets.

Former basketball  star finds out she has rare BLOOD CANCER after she goes to doctor for

Helaina Hillyard, 20, of Mediapolis, Iowa, found out the spots developing on her arm and leg were actually a sign of a rare blood cancer. She initially did not think much of the spots, but was urged by her sister to get them checked out. After going to an ER and having blood tests performed, she learned that she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is in good spirits as she undergoes treatment, and hopes to return to school this fall.

Deaths from gun violence are now the leading killer of American children, a research report finds. Researchers can not explain the root cause for the concerning spike in gun violence.

Dr Peter Lymberopoulos, from St George's University in Grenada who carried out the research, said the results were 'surprising' given so many operations were canceled.

England records SEVEN more cases of monkeypox bringing the UK total to 78 

The new infections, all detected in England, bring Britain's total to 78 since the first case in the ongoing outbreak was publicised on May 7. Scotland has so far logged one monkeypox case, while no infections have been reported in Wales or Northern Ireland . Officials stated a 'notable proportion' have occurred among gay and bisexual men but have not provided an exact breakdown. No gender or age details have been shared, either. Nineteen countries across the world - mainly in Europe - have now detected the smallpox-like virus over the past three weeks. Infections are usually only detected sporadically outside of west and central Africa, where the virus is endemic in animals. Imported outbreaks have always fizzled out naturally after a few cases.

British experts found one monkeypox patient suffered a post-sex relapse six weeks after being given the all clear, in a study of the UK's seven previous monkeypox cases.

The monkeypox outbreak that has swept the globe has churned up bogus conspiracy theories about its origins, how it is spread and its symptoms.

Alopecia drug regrows hair in 40% of patients with condition suffered by Jada

A Yale University, Connecticut, study of the twice-a-day pill found four in 10 patients with alopecia areata were able to regrow nearly a full head of hair within half a year. Made by the US drugs firm Concert Pharmaceuticals, the new therapy works by halting this process, allowing hair to regrow. Around 100,000 people in the UK and 6.8million in the US currently have alopecia areata. It can rob people of their hair in a few weeks. Pictured: A patient in previous Phase 2 clinical trials at the start (left) and end (right) of the 24-week study.

The drug made by the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline was found to prolong men's orgasms by up to 77 per cent. It works by blocking the release of a pleasure chemical in the brain.

British women with incurable secondary triple negative breast cancer will get a new life-extending treatment after the NHS's drug watchdog reversed a previous rejection.

Swedish feminine care brand Intimina developed its raspberry-flavoured 'Period Crunch' cereal to encourage families to discuss menstruation and periods more openly at breakfast.

Danish experts say fat can double their sperm count if they can shed 2st 8lbs (16.5kg) and keep that weight off for a year after trialing a weight-loss regime on 56 men.

America's monkeypox tally rises to seven presumptive cases

Officials in Washington said a man in King County - which includes Seattle - tested positive for the family of viruses that includes monkeypox after recently returning from abroad (top left). He is now isolating at home and awaiting confirmatory test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC). Florida also revealed a second suspected case today (bottom left) in another individual from Broward County - which borders Miami. It was not clear whether this was linked to the first reported Sunday in the same county. America now has six suspected cases of monkeypox, with one also in New York City and two in Utah. One case has been confirmed in Boston, Massachusetts, so far. Scientists say many have infectious skin lesions in the genital area. (right: Pictures of skin lesions caused by the monkeypox virus).

Grindr sent the alert to users in Europe at midnight advising them to contact their sexual health provider if they or any recent sexual partners have unusual sores or rashes.

Scientists in Portugal, who are studying the genetic material of the monkeypox virus behind the global outbreak, spotted mutations in 50 parts of the strain.

The US birth rate increased for the first time in seven years in 2021, even as teen

The number of American births increased by 1% in 2021, the first increase in seven years. In total, the nation recorded 3,659,289 births in 2021, or 56.6 for every 1,000 women in the country. Despite the overall increase in birth, teen pregnancy dropped by 6%, a positive sign going forward. The states that recorded the largest increase in birth rates last year were concentrated in the northeastern region of the country.

Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO's emergencies department, said monkeypox may have happened been spread at two recent raves in Spain and Belgium.

European health chiefs have warned monkeypox, could become endemic to the Continent if it spreads from people to pet rodents like rats and mice which can carry the virus.

GUY ADAMS: What my brave little nephew's cancer battle taught me about how to help an ill

GUY ADAMS: Barney's illness was cruelly timed. He was first diagnosed with brain cancer during the chaotic early weeks of the first Covid lockdown, in March 2020. Tom and Hannah had been trying to do something similar, albeit with two kids, at their home in Surbiton, South-West London. Barney, for his part, was clearly unwell. Previously a healthy and happy baby, who spent his days crawling around the house and crashing into furniture, for several weeks he had been lethargic and clingy. More worryingly, something was wrong with his balance: previously able to clamber up stairs and haul himself upright on furniture, like an ordinary 13-month-old, he seemed to have lost strength in his legs.

Dr Laura Ferris says that Americans should take some precautions before enjoying the sun this summer. She says that sunscreen is a must, and that people should also regularly find shade.

Almost half of dentists have reduced their NHS commitments and 75 per cent plan to cut their health service appointments and treatments further, a poll of 2,200 dentists has found.

Winter deaths from Covid 'no worse than flu'

The number of Covid deaths over the winter was similar to those caused by flu in previous years, official figures have revealed. Deaths caused by the virus rocketed during the first waves of the pandemic before a vaccine was developed and rolled out. This, along with immunity from natural infection, now means the Covid mortality rate has 'fallen more in line' with that of flu or pneumonia during pre-pandemic years. In January this year, there were 4,100 deaths caused primarily by a Covid infection in England and Wales, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That compares with a January average of 4,048 deaths from flu or pneumonia in the four years preceding the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. The trend is similar for the other winter months of December, February and March, the data shows.

Around half of long Covid sufferers say symptoms have lasted for a year or more. In response, private clinics are marketing a range of therapies to tackle long Covid.

Just as plumbers use solder to join metal pipes, scientists can now employ a similar technique called laser tissue soldering to repair wounds.

When 19-year-old Harry Goad went to see his GP last October, he hoped it would be a simple case of obtaining a prescription, perhaps, or getting some reassurance.

DR MARTIN SCURR: It's a good idea for those with a family history of heart disease to take statins. The drugs work by lowering low-density lipoprotein.

Dr MEGAN ROSSI: Why you don't need all those vitamin pills!

Dr MEGAN ROSSI: Vitamin and mineral supplements are big business, whether they're multivitamins, special 'blends' for particular purposes (sleep, for example) or single nutrients. There is no doubt that a few are useful, such as vitamin D, for instance, which the NHS recommends everyone should consider taking in autumn and winter because of our limited exposure to sunlight in those seasons and it's tricky to get enough vitamin D from food. In my clinic there are sometimes cases when I do recommend specific supplements - but this is on a case-by-case basis and the formulations are backed by clinical trials.

Emma Fitzsimmons gives birth in Port Macquarie after stomach pains didn't know she was

A stunned mum-of-two has revealed she had no idea she was pregnant with her second child until moments before she gave birth. Emma Fitzsimmons gave birth to daughter Willow Rose last Tuesday after going to emergency with stomach pains. Doctors found she wasn't sick, but in labor. Emma was shocked and said she had none of the symptoms of her first pregnancy.

Researchers, led by academics from the University of Philadelphia, examined data on 609 patients who received local anaesthetic lidocaine alongside other migraine treatments.

NHS list for children and young people being treated, or waiting to start treatment, for mental health problems has hit a record 420,314, 54 per cent higher than pre-Covid.

Expert calls CDC advisory panel a 'kangaroo court'

Leading public health expert and best-selling author Dr Marty Makary told that the CDC committee that signed off on approving Covid boosters for children as young as five is a 'kangaroo court'. He said that the reasoning used - to simplify public health messaging - was not based in science and is not based in any precedent. The FDA's advisory panel, VRBPAC, was once again ignored in the decision making, as many of its members have vocally challenged the agency's decisions. America's daily infection counts have eclipsed the 100,000 mark once again, but deaths continue to fall - down 7% over the past week.

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) bosses have now logged 57 cases in little over a fortnight. Boris Johnson today claimed it was important for No10 to 'keep an eye' on the situation.

More than 2,000 Americans - with half being women - were questioned by U.S. experts on how they felt after sleep over a week. Women were less likely to feel well-rested.

More than 90% of women of pregnancy-age are not getting enough choline, an expert warns. The nutrient is key for brain development in utero and during the first three years of a child's life

WHO issues rallying cry as officials beg countries not to take 'eye off the ball' over

In a rallying cry urging nations to act now, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) executive called the situation 'containable'. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove (pictured), the WHO's emerging diseases lead, said: 'We want to stop human-to-human transmission. We can do this in the non-endemic countries.'


The United States is preparing to give monkeypox vaccines to close contacts of people infected and to deploy treatments, with five cases now either confirmed...

Simple saliva test for breast cancer could save thousands of under-50s

The test has been championed by television presenter Julia Bradbury, left, who was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 51, and has been welcomed as 'promising' new research by Health Secretary Sajid Javid. It could be particularly valuable to identify under-50s at higher genetic risk of breast cancer, who can't currently get mammograms on the NHS. A major study on the saliva test looked at almost 2,500 women's risk of developing breast cancer. Among these women, who were followed up for an average of almost ten years, 644 got breast cancer. The test, used alongside the standard medical and life history information, and a measure of women's breast density, accurately predicted a higher risk of breast cancer in just under 50 per cent of those who got it.

It is claimed that coroners were not given key evidence and that senior managers at the service edited witness statements that had been requested, making it look like no mistakes had been made.

Dentist who woke up from surgery with an Irish accent shares update one year on

An Australian dentist who developed an Irish accent after tonsil surgery despite never having visited the country before has documented her vocal transformation a year later.  Brisbane professional Angie Yen, 29, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Australian when she was eight, didn't know what to think about her new twang following an operation on her tonsils in April 2021. Ms Yen has never been to the European nation, and has no Irish heritage.

The new technique, pioneered by doctors at University Hospital Southampton, will be offered to patients with eosinophilic oesophagitis, a condition that inflames the throat.

DR ELLIE CANNON: Today's reader has suffered tremors since they were a child. Now, aged 77, they fear they may be facing a far more deadly condition.

HEALTH NOTES: Researchers from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, used seven years worth of anonymised health records to develop the program.

Asthma affects eight million Britons, or 12 per cent of the population, and sufferers can experience serious breathing difficulties when it causes their airways to become inflamed.

Could this revolutionary jab help destroy the cancer that killed Patrick Swayze?

Scientists are trialling a potentially ground-breaking vaccine that they hope will protect people from developing pancreatic cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the US has just given the preventative jab to their first volunteer, a woman with a family history of the disease. They want to equip her body with the tools to identify rogue cells that could become cancerous, enabling her immune system to launch pre-emptive 'search and destroy' missions that will continually nip the problem in the bud.

Social care crisis: NHS chiefs rule man who suffered catastrophic stroke did not need

Jean Jefferson and her husband Colin, main pictured, from Yorkshire had been planning holidays to the Algarve in his 60s when he suffered a devastating stroke which left him unable to feed, clean or wash himself. Instead her daily routine is an endless slog of hauling her 'heavy-set' husband into and out of his wheelchair, emptying bed pans and cleaning soiled sheets. Rosemary Westwell, 64, inset left, spent 15 years fighting for justice for her husband John, pictured on their wedding day, who suffered a rare form of dementia aged 34.

The new research, published in the journal Heart, followed 2,650 patients with aortic stenosis. The condition is caused by a build-up of calcium on the heart's valves.

Each patient who uses the app costs the health service £120. But the experts behind it say it may help to reduce the number of cancelled surgeries as a patient was too unfit to proceed.

Dr Wilson Tsai was diagnosed with Tourette's when he was in medical school, despite that, he has become a heart and lung surgeon based in the United States (picture posed by model)

Monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to FOUR WEEKS after symptoms appear, experts

Dr Amesh Adalja, from John Hopkins University, said patients were infectious for as long as they had symptoms including skin lesions. Virus can be passed on by touch or via the air. Fears are growing that America will detect more cases of monkeypox as health chiefs probe at least seven possible infections including one in New York City. One case has been confirmed in Massachusetts so far, but experts warn more will crop up in other states.

The FDA has given the greenlight to the IV version of TPOXX, a smallpox drug that can be used to treat monkeypox. Many smallpox drugs are used to treat the rare virus as there are no therapeutics.

CDC calls for older adults to get second booster dose despite push-back from many experts

Dr Rochelle Walensky, who heads up the CDC, called on older Americans to get their second booster jabs last night. But many experts have suggested there is no evidence the shots are needed. Second boosters were approved for older adults at the end of March but, to date, only a quarter have received the additional shot. The CDC is now doubling down on efforts to get more people jabbed for a fourth time. They are concerned about waning levels of immunity in the population, with tests showing Covid-fighting antibody levels decline after vaccination. However, they have not concerned other facets of immunity - including B and T-cells - which normally last for much longer. When the jabs were first approved Dr Mark Marty, a medical expert at John Hopkins University, warned agencies had 'simply ignored' its own experts that disagreed with the decision.

Dancing can reduce a person's levels of anxiety, along with providing other clinical benefits. A study from last year found that dancing can even help reduce symptoms of schizophrenia.

Only a small number of cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 have been identified so far, but analysis of the available data suggests they are likely to have a 'growth advantage' over BA.2.

Spain tracks monkeypox cases back to a 'SAUNA'

The country has now detected 30 cases of the tropical virus - more than anywhere else in the world, including Britain. Almost all have occurred in Madrid, in young gay and bisexual men. Authorities tasked with tracing the cases in the Spanish capital say they have now uncovered a common theme among the infected - they all attended the same unnamed sauna. The word sauna is used in Spain to describe establishments popular with gay men looking for sex, as opposed to just a bathhouse. UK health chiefs are also probing saunas and bars, as they desperately try to contain monkeypox. Officials say a disproportionate number of its cases are in gay and bisexual men. World Health Organization (WHO) bosses convened an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox's threat today, with the Netherlands becoming the twelfth country to declare cases. Although, none of its ill patients have yet to be definitively diagnosed. WHO's European chief has admitted he is concerned that the spread of monkeypox will only accelerate over the summer months. He also warned that it was likely transmission had been 'ongoing for some time'.

Cor-over-virus! England's Covid outbreak shrinks to its lowest size since mid-DECEMBER

The Office for National Statistics ( ONS ) estimates just over one million, or one in 55 people, had the virus on any day in the week to May 13. This is down week-on-week from 1.2 million, or one in 45. Similar falls were recorded in the other UK nations, with just one in 45 people in Scotland, one in 40 in Wales and one in 60 in Northern Ireland estimated to have the virus. This is now the sixth week in a row that the ONS's weekly survey — now the best barometre of the outbreak — has reported a week-on-week fall in cases, despite no Covid restrictions being in place. The Government is relying on the study, based on swabs of 120,000 random people, to track the virus now that free testing has been axed for the vast majority of Britons.

The panelists, reported to include one of the WHO's most senior Covid advisers Dr Mike Ryan, will deliberate how monkeypox vaccines should be dished out to control spiralling cases.

EXCLUSIVE: A controversial drag story time for children hosted by the Royal College of Nursing in London will still go ahead despite outrage and the union erasing all mention of the event.

NHS boss orders hospitals to ditch ALL remaining Covid visiting restrictions

Amanda Pritchard (pictured), chief executive of NHS England, yesterday told trusts to allow visitors to boost patients' 'experience, mental health and recovery'. In a letter sent to hospital bosses, she said all healthcare settings 'should now begin transitioning back towards their own pre-pandemic (or better) policies on inpatient visiting'.

EXCLUSIVE: Health experts have said NHS removal of the words 'women', 'woman' and 'female' from webpages like that for ovarian cancer risks the target audience missing health information.

Health chiefs probe gay bars and saunas amid monkeypox outbreak in UK

Health chiefs in the UK are 'actively investigating' venues visited by six homosexual and bisexual men who tested positive in the past week. They include bars, clubs and saunas, according to an update by the World Health Organization (WHO). Six of Britain's nine confirmed cases are men who have sex with men, which officials say is 'highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks'. A similar pattern has emerged in Europe, where seven gay or bisexual men tested positive in Spain and nine 'mostly young' males in Portugal. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a direct plea to men to be vigilant for new rashes on their face or genitals.

Cases of the monkeypox have now been confirmed in seven countries outside of Africa - with the United States, Italy and Sweden all being the latest to join the dubious group - while one expert warns that case figures will likely increase in the near-future.

The UK has recorded seven cases but the majority of them are not linked which suggests more are going undetected. Spain and Portugal have also spotted the virus for the first time.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams REJECTS health department guidance to reinstate a mask mandate

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that he will not reinstate the city's mask mandate. Earlier this week, health officials move the city's Covid risk level up to 'high', and recommended all residents two years or older where masks in public places. The city is already one of the few in America that requires masks on transit and in places like airports and train stations. Deaths in the city have lingered in the single digits for two months now, and hospitalizations caused by Covid decreased as of the last data report.

Pollster OnePoll quizzed 2,000 American pet owners and found seven in ten felt sharing a bed with their favorite animal helped them sleep at night. Half said it reduced stress and anxiety.

Mysterious hepatitis outbreak has PEAKED: Experts say cases of liver disease are trending

Dr Tassos Grammatikopoulos, a consultant at King's College Hospital in London who has treated some of the affected children, said the UK 'seems to be passed the peak' of the outbreak. He said cases appeared to spike a few weeks ago and are now trending downwards. However, he noted some new cases are still being spotted.

The British Medical Association has now urged ministers to 'seriously' consider the benefits of a hybrid-working model. Its call stemmed from a review into how No10 handled the pandemic.

Britons eat 900 more calories a day than they think - the equivalent of 3 McDonald's

Researchers at the University of Essex analysed food diaries filled out by over 200 Britons. They then tracked how much energy they actually burned, in order to find any disparity. Results revealed everyone, regardless of their weight, misreported the amount they ate - omitting an average of 900 calories worth of food per day. This is also the equivalent of five pints of lager or seven packs of ready salted crisps. While obese people technically omitted more calories each day than thinner people, they made up for it by burning more energy from moving their heavier bodies while doing day-to-day tasks.

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UK is stockpiling 'thousands' of monkeypox vaccines and drugs as UK cases rise to nine

EXCLUSIVE: Nine Britons have been diagnosed with the contagious disease so far (shown right) and the majority of cases are not linked, suggesting it is spreading more widely. Britain's drug watchdog told MailOnline it was monitoring the outbreak and 'working with companies to speedily bring forward suitable treatments for monkeypox'. Health chiefs also revealed to MailOnline they have bought thousands of vaccine doses which are already being deployed to close contacts of infected Britons. Antiviral drugs and jabs (including Imvanex, shown left) designed to target smallpox have cross-over protection against monkeypox, with the two viruses genetically very similar.

Covid US: 30% say pandemic is OVER as cases rise but number of deaths falls

Nearly one in three Americans believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, an Axios/Ipsos survey finds, as the march towards normal life continues. Republicans are most likely to believe the pandemic is a relic of the past, with 70 percent reporting that it is over. More than 60% of Americans report that they have either eaten out, visited a friend and gone shopping at a retail store over the past week as well. The survey comes as cases have jumped 20% over the past week in the U.S., though deaths have cratered 34% over that same period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends Americans that are traveling within the U.S. to get tested for Covid in the days leading up to their trip - no matter their vaccine status.

Campaigners and charities accused the companies of 'shameless pandemic profiteering', and said it was 'appalling' that a small number of companies had made 'obscene amounts of money'.

Mother-to-be, 23, claims she will 'deliver her son twice in three months' after operation

Jaiden Ashlea, 23, found out little Levi James had spina bifida - where part of the spinal cord is protruding from the back - at week 18 of her pregnancy. She was originally told to terminate the pregnancy, before finding a hospital in Orlando, Florida, that agreed to operate. At week 24 she underwent the six-hour operation where doctors cut a C-section in her and then made a five to 10cm incision in the uterus to reach and operate on the fetus. Dr Samer Elbabaa, the head of fetal surgery at the hospital, told this would not cure the baby's spina bifida. But he added it would raise the chances of the child walking normally and reduce the risk of any brain damage.

NHS doctors inserted foreign objects in 100 patients by mistake last year

There were 98 cases of a foreign object - including scalpels and drill bits - left inside patients after procedures in England from April 2021 to March 2022. Vaginal swabs were left in patients 32 times and surgical swabs went undetected 21 times. Some of the other objects included part of a pair of wire cutters, part of a scalpel blade and the bolt from surgical forceps. The data showed our trusts saw four patients each finish surgery with a foreign object left in them - the most for an individual healthcare provider. They were: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Top right: Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. Bottom right: Royal Liverpool University Hospital, run by Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

University of East Anglia researchers found eating 100g of antioxidant-rich cranberries daily significantly improves recall and brain preservation.

Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany said this could be down to women finding hugs 'significantly more pleasant' than men.

Jonathan Van-Tam could not attend his investiture... because he had Covid!

EXCLUSIVE: Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam (left) missed his knighthood yesterday because he was infected with Covid, MailOnline can reveal. England's former deputy chief medical officer had to pull out the ceremony yesterday after testing positive 'early last week'. JVT was due to meet Prince William at Windsor Castle for the investiture, along with Olympic cyclists Dame Laura and Sir Jason Kenny (right), who were able to attend the event.

Dr Liz Bishop, who sits on NHS England's cancer board, said she 'does not think' 85 per cent of cancer patients will start their treatment within two months by next spring.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse: Parents of Pret allergy death teenager set up clinical trial

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse (left), 15, died in 2016 after she suffered a severe allergic reaction to sesame in a Pret baguette. Her parents Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse (right, on ITV's Good Morning Britain today) have launched a new trial to investigate whether commonly available peanut and milk products, taken under medical supervision, can be used as a treatment for people with food allergies.

Experts warned there is no evidence that diets work in the long term and an obsession with them is fuelling Britain's obesity epidemic.

Some said they felt the subject was still taboo to many people. The research also found that 39 per cent of younger women are 'dreading' the menopause.

Mother accidentally swallowed a Covid SWAB and needed emergency surgery to get it out

A care worker from Peterlee County Durham was left briefly unable to breathe after swallowing a Covid test swab. Medics eventually needed to perform surgery to remove the six-inch object. Bobby Lee, 31, said she briefly feared for her life after accidently swallowing the test swab last month. Ms Lee is just one of hundreds of Britons who have reported being hurt while using routine Covid tests, as MailOnline revealed in April. The mother-of-two was home alone with her youngest child in Peterlee County Durham when she decided to test as she was feeling unwell after working a night-shift. However, upon putting the swab in her mouth, it 'twanged back' and got stuck. Unsure of what to do Ms Lee then tried to swallow the swab, but it became lodged part-way down her throat. She then raced to her local A&E where doctors said they had never seen a similar case before. Ms Lee was then transferred to a nearby hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons managed to extract the swab using a thin flexible camera to find it and specialised tools to pull the object out back through Ms Lee's mouth.

Air, chemical and water pollution accounted for the fatalities, which accounted for one in six deaths worldwide, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health found.

75% of sunscreens either do not provide proper protection or have dangerous chemicals

Only a fraction of sunscreens available in the U.S. actually meet skin protection and environmental standards set by the EWG. Carla Burns, an expert at the EWG, said that the products were created with protection from sunburns in mind, not from skin aging or melanoma. She says products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient are best, and to avoid oxybenzone. Consumers should also aim for a product between 15 and 50 SPF. Other safety measure people should take when they are out in the sun is to limit exposure and to wear a hat.

It brings the total number of free tests made available to each home so far to 16, since the program began earlier in the year. President Joe Biden has promised to ship a billion tests.

Officials green-lighted the shots for the age group, saying they would give them 'continued protection against Covid'. They are available from five months after the second jab.

Mississippi is the fattest place in America, report shows

Telephone surveys of more than 400,000 people nationwide showed the Magnolia state had the highest rates of obesity followed by West Virginia and its neighbor Alabama. At the other end of the scale people in Colorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii were least likely to be obese - with less than a quarter of adults falling into the category. Experts blamed poor diets, less access to public spaces for exercise and little health insurance coverage in some areas for the obesity crisis - particularly in Mississippi.

The United States eclipsed the grim milestone of  one million COVID-19 deaths last week, the first country to reach the mark, and a new study finds that a large portion of these deaths could have been prevented by the vaccines.

New York City has transitioned into a 'high' Covid alert level as both hospitalizations and cases have risen in recent weeks. Covid cases have reached 4,000 per day, a 50% jump.

60p 'sex change' pills are being sold online

MailOnline found a thriving black market of gender change drugs on the online marketplace. The pills are marketed using voluptuous women or musclebound men (pictured left and right) with sellers of the most popular products located in London, Bristol and Newcastle. Most of the items seen by MailOnline made dubious health claims, which doctors warned were designed to prey on desperate patients with gender dysphoria. One aimed at trans women said just one daily pill could help them 'grow boobs', develop a 'pert and feminine bottom' and make their voice 'higher and ladylike'. Another marketed at trans men claimed to be able to 'grow facial hair', 'increase strength and muscle mass' and 'shrink breasts'.

Mr Hancock said he was worried the then-US president and his 'America first' policy could see the Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine blocked from leaving the country.

'Bees are useful models of how much intelligence you can squeeze into a small brain,' says Lars Chittka, a professor of sensory and behavioural ecology from Queen Mary University of London.

Hayfever drug shortage: Private clinics cash in on demand by charging £100 for UNAPPROVED

EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline found practices advertising Kenalog steroid injections on Instagram for between £35 and £100. The powerful drug works by suppressing the immune system and dampening the allergic reaction hay fever sufferers experience. Its effects can last months. But it was phased out of NHS use a decade ago after the safety watchdog decided the risks outweighed the benefits. It was found to leave people vulnerable to other infections like chicken pox, shingles or the flu, and potentially cause irregular heartbeats, depression and high blood pressure. While people can still legally get the Kenalog privately, clinics are forbidden from promoting prescription-only medications.

A report by the thinktank Civitas found that overall NHS dependency on Chinese supply chains has trebled since 2019, with the UK now sending £6.2billion a year to Beijing for medical gear.

UK monkeypox alert as health chiefs detect another FOUR monkeypox cases 

All four of the new patients are gay or bisexual men from London with no apparent travel links to Africa, where the virus is endemic. Two are known to each other but have no connection to any of the previous cases, in a sign the virus is spreading in the community. Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: 'This is rare and unusual. 'UKHSA is rapidly investigating the source of these infections because the evidence suggests that there may be transmission of the monkeypox virus in the community, spread by close contact. 'We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay.'

Dr MEGAN ROSSI: The simple quiz to get you on track to a happy gut!

Dr MEGAN ROSSI: You're told to 'go with your gut'. You might say you feel 'sick to your stomach'. Excitement can manifest as 'butterflies in your tummy'. These age-old sayings stem from a truth since proven by science - that our gut, and the diverse micro-organisms within it (known as our 'gut microbiota') hold sway over almost every aspect of our health. From our skin health to our mental wellbeing, cancer risk to our experience of menopause, the gut seemingly has a role to play in it all. As a dietitian and gut health researcher at King's College London and in my own clinic, gut health is my bread and butter - and in this new weekly column I'll be sharing the fascinating things I've learnt, with plenty of practical tips, as well as answering your questions, based on the most cutting-edge science.

Hina Shah was put on statins and blood-thinning medication. This - along with two stents implanted to open up her arteries - are doing the trick, and Hina, now 50, has not had another heart attack.

The latest innovations in sportswear claim to work us harder and even reduce injuries. Lucy Benyon asked experts to test and assess some new products. We then rated them.

Model Oceana Strachan shares how an innocent-looking freckle turned out to be a deadly

A young model who spent her teenage years sunbaking with tanning oil only to end up with a deadly melanoma has shared the scar that's left behind from her major surgery to remove it. When Oceana Strachan, who lives in Wollongong on the NSW south coast, first noticed a small bump on her right shin in late 2019, she brushed it off as a pimple or hair follicle. The bump wasn't coloured and it didn't look like a regular mole. She got it checked by a doctor who assured her it was nothing to worry about. Then Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns hit, and Ms Strachan wasn't able to get another skin check for months. By March 2021 the 26-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that she noticed the mole was getting darker and after pushing a different doctor to perform a biopsy, her worst fears came true.

Patients who have had knee replacement surgery but still have pain are being given the minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment in a new clinical trial in the U.S.

A team of scientists, led by Professor Barbara Pierscionek at Anglia Ruskin University in London, tested a compound proposed as an anti-cataract drug on mice.

A memory is not a passing emotion or idea: it's a physical thing, formed of connections called synapses that form between the nerve cells - or neurons - in your brain.

 More than 325,000 people in England are living with dementia but have not been diagnosed, according to a study. Diagnosis rates have fallen below the Government's target.

DR MARTIN SCURR: Burning sensations affecting the feet are typically due to nerve damage in the legs, known as peripheral neuropathy.

Loving cuddles tragically led to baby James's death

James was born a healthy 8 lb 8 oz on February 23, 2016, and showed no signs of ill-health. 'Everyone commented what a bonny baby he was,' says Susie. Yet two months later, Susie learned that those cuddles had caused irreparable damage to her son's tiny body. James had a rare genetic condition, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). He was, effectively, born without an immune system, making the mildest cold potentially fatal. If diagnosed at birth, children with SCID can be kept in isolation until they are ready for a bone marrow transplant, which gives them a new, healthy immune system. With this treatment, 90 per cent of so-called 'bubble babies' will have a normal, healthy life, says Bobby Gaspar, an honorary professor in paediatric immunology at University College London.

NHS-funded in vitro fertilisation (IVF) fell by 35 per cent across the UK in 2020 and is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, a Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) report shows.

New results, from a University of Helsinki study, show canines can spot up to 97 per cent of cases and are 99 per cent accurate when confirming who is virus-free.

Analysis by the Policy Exchange thinktank showed there were 14,515 officials working in NHS England the Department of Health in February - up from 7,883 in 2020.

Less than HALF of 'Covid' patients in NYC hospitals were admitted because of the virus,

State data shows of the 670 patients marked as being infected with the virus on Friday, just over two in five were admitted because of the disease - with the rest coming in for another condition such as a broken leg, but were later found to be infected. It suggests the majority of Covid patients are no longer people primarily ill with the disease. But experts warned that the cases were still putting strain on the hospital system. It comes as the U.S. faces a surge in cases nationally with one in five states seeing infections double over the past two weeks. But despite the rise fatalities from the disease fell last week, with about 374 now being recorded every day on average - similar to last summer.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to approve COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for children as young as five years old as early as Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

Jaelyn Kinchelow, 24, from Indiana, was rushed to hospital for surgery in 2012. But a decade later she started struggling to walk up the stairs - leading doctors to put her on the transplant list.

Family who can't get an appointment with an NHS dentist flies 6,000 miles to BRAZIL

Stuart Woodmansey, from Market Weighton in Yorkshire, claims he hasn't been able to get an appointment 'for years'. Meanwhile, his Brazilian-born wife Kedma, who moved to Britain in 2017, can't even register herself or their son Jacob with a local NHS dentist. It means they have no option but to combine trips to see Mrs Woodmansey's family in Sao Paulo with check-ups. Security consultant Mr Woodmansey said it works out 'much cheaper' than paying privately, despite flights costing up to ��700. It comes amid an NHS dentistry crisis which has left desperate patients resorting to 'DIY' procedures.

Up to 4.7 million visits to hospital accident and emergency units in the past year may have been due to people being unable to see their GP, an official study suggests.

Almost half the participants in the poll - conducted by the medical negligence lawyers Fletchers Solicitors - said the main reason for keeping quiet was they did not think it was important.

Married couple of 40 years diagnosed with cancer just five months apart beat disease 

Married couples vow to battle all of life's tribulations together, and in their 40 years of marriage, Diane and Paul Boothby (pictured left last year and right, on their wedding day in 1978) were no exception. But after successfully raising two children and four grandchildren, the pair have just overcome their biggest challenge yet - they've both beat cancer. Mrs Boothby, 63, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just five months after her husband, 69, was told he had bowel cancer. 'I went from caring for someone with cancer to being someone with cancer - and Paul went from being someone with cancer to caring for someone with cancer,' she said. 'You have to push how you're feeling to get diagnosed - if I'd left it and left it, who knows what could have happened.'

Trainer mum of five Chontel Duncan reveals how she got back in shape in just NINE weeks

An Australian fitness star who had five babies in less than six years has shared how she got back in shape after just nine weeks. Chontel Duncan, from Brisbane, dropped three kilograms and lost 3.9kg of body mass by taking part in high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes four times a week. But during the two-month transformation, the 32-year-old mum suffered from Covid, a broken foot and sleep deprivation.

EXCLUSIVE: Research commissioned by the Daily Mail reveals a one-month supply of Oestrogel, which many women are desperate to get their hands on, is available on internet sites.

DR ELLIE: Rather than continue with a treatment that's not working, it may be worth considering HRT patches rather than tablets, or lower doses, both of which might not have the same risks.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the charges - which normally rise in line with inflation - will be held this year to 'put money back in people's pockets'.

England will ditch Covid measures which saw the annual flu jab given free to those aged 50-64 and secondary school children aged 11 to 15. Scotland and Wales will still offer a free jab to these groups.

Trendy air purifiers: Do they really work and are they worth their eye-watering price

They look like high-tech smart speakers or designer coffee tables and come with grand claims they can purge rooms of harmful pollutants, allergens, bacteria, fungal spores and even the Covid virus. Air purifiers - which suck in a room's air and filter it before pumping it back out - are must-haves for health-conscious consumers, it seems. A survey from the Government's Office for Product Safety and Standards found one in 12 Britons owned one. Many said they made the purchase - often costing hundreds of pounds - due to concerns about air pollution and, of course, Covid. So it's not hard to see the appeal.

Wes Streeting has revealed the agony of going through cancer treatment alone as he urged all hospitals to end the 'postcode lottery' that bans family members from visiting patients.

The reaction, a cell death known as pyroptosis which is linked to inflammation, is thought to occur in roughly eight out of ten patients hospitalised with Covid.

Inquiry chairwoman Baroness Hallett concluded the issue should be included as a result of the 'overwhelming weight of opinion'.

Probe chairwoman Baroness Heather Hallett wrote to the PM outlining the key areas under scrutiny - including pandemic preparedness, lockdowns, testing, PPE and care homes.

Dupuytren's disease breakthrough: New jab fixes 'claw hand' condition that hit Lady

Millions struck by a disease that leaves them with an almost useless 'claw hand' could soon benefit from a drug that halts the condition before it can do any damage. It also means many could avoid risky surgery - which can damage sensitive nerves and tear tendons in the hand. The drug, adalimumab, is a powerful anti-inflammatory already widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and given as an injection every three months. British medics trialling its use for hand deformity say they were amazed at the drug's effectiveness. Professor Jagdeep Nanchahal, an expert in hand surgery at Oxford University's Kennedy Institute, where adalimumab is being tested, said: 'My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the results. I thought, this is incredible.' Claw hand, properly called Dupuytren's disease, affects around five million Britons. It causes lumps of scar tissue to develop on the palms of the hands. The exact cause is a mystery but 80 per cent of cases are thought to be hereditary, and it usually affects those over 50. Famously, Conservative Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher (left) suffered from it, as does actor Bill Nighy (right).

Genetic testing revolution is giving new hope to cancer patients

The East Genomics Laboratory Hub, in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, is one of seven new NHS facilities dotted across England that represent the beating heart of a new battle against one of medicine's most stubborn opponents: cancer. The highly trained scientists here are hunting for hidden clues in the DNA of tumours: tiny mutations in the cells that provide crucial information about what is driving the disease in each individual patient. These mutations can then be matched to a new generation of precision drugs that target specific genetic quirks. This ground-breaking technique, known as genomic testing, is proving game-changing for patients, experts say. At just two years old, Aubrey Line (left, and right, with her family) is one of the youngest people in Britain to benefit from genomics testing. The toddler, from Wootton, Bedfordshire, was 16 months old when scans revealed a tumour had wrapped itself around the heart and aorta - a major artery. Doctors at Addenbrooke's judged it was too dangerous to operate, but were able to carry out whole genomic sequencing in order to find out exactly what sort of cancer it was. (Pictured inset: Linda Beattie, 73, from Guernsey, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in March.)

Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children will continue 'throughout the summer', expert

EXCLUSIVE: Scientists are puzzled by the cause, but leading theories suggest a type of adenovirus spread by touching feces-contaminated surfaces is behind the illness. Dr Matthew Binnicker, the director of clinical virologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, told cases will continue to crop up throughout the year as its transmission is 'not seasonal'. He warned schools and day care centers - where many children mix - were major hubs for spreading the virus. Dr Binnicker also warned many hepatitis cases among children remain undiagnosed in the U.S. because, in some cases, children will not have been unwell enough for their parents to take them to a doctor or hospital. The majority of children with the mysterious hepatitis in the U.S. have tested positive for adenovirus, but it is not clear whether the virus itself is causing the illness or the infection alongside another factor such as a previous Covid diagnosis.

Researchers at Cincinnati University, Ohio, tracked 33 adults who had mild memory decline. Half were given blueberries every day for three months, and found they had significant improvements in memory.


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