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 from prairie dog in 2003 outbreak says he suffered 'flu-like' symptoms, had lesions all over his body, and feared he would lose his thumb
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, 20, finds out she has rare BLOOD CANCER after she goes to doctor for dots appearing on her skin
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.
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.
Striking photos show effects of alopecia drug that regrows full head of hair in 40% of patients - giving hope to thousands with bald condition suffered by Jada Pinkett-Smith
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.
America's monkeypox tally rises to seven presumptive cases after man in Washington and second person in Florida are investigated for infection
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).
The US birth rate increased for the first time in seven years in 2021 - even as teen pregnancy fell 6%, CDC reveals
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.
What my brave little nephew's cancer battle taught me about how to help a loved one who's desperately ill: GUY ADAMS says to do your homework on cancer and NEVER give up hope
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.
Winter deaths from Covid 'no worse than flu': Data reveals number of fatalities from virus over cold months was similar to those caused by influenza in the past as vaccines and immunity bring mortality rate 'more in line' with seasonal figures
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.
Why you don't need all those vitamin pills! Dr MEGAN ROSSI on how people are seduced by marketing for products that claim to 'support' your digestive system
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.
Young mother goes to hospital with 'stomach pains' and finds out she's in LABOUR: 'I had no idea I was pregnant and I didn't have a bump'
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.
Expert calls CDC advisory panel a 'kangaroo court' saying approval of COVID boosters for kids is a 'slap in the face of science' - as Pfizer is expected to make bid to jab children as young as six months
Leading public health expert and best-selling author Dr Marty Makary told DailyMail.com 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.
Simple saliva test for breast cancer could save thousands of under-50s as breakthrough can spot women at a highest risk years earlier, study shows
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.
Dentist who woke up from surgery with an IRISH accent despite never visiting the country reveals what she sounds like one year later - and how she's coping with the bizarre disorder
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.
Could this revolutionary jab help destroy the cancer that killed Patrick Swayze? Scientists trial 'ground-breaking' vaccine
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.
Woman's five year fight for justice after penny-pinching bureaucrats rule that her paralysed husband who cannot eat, dress or wash unaided, was not sick enough for NHS care
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.
Monkeypox patients could be infectious for up to FOUR WEEKS after symptoms appear, experts say, as eleven countries and Massachusetts report cases
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.
CDC calls for older adults to get second booster dose despite push-back from many experts who doubt the shots are needed: Covid deaths continue to fall - down 13% over past week
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.
Spain tracks monkeypox cases back to a 'SAUNA': Nation becomes centre of world's growing outbreak as Netherlands is 12th country to detect virus
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, with just over a million people infected last week... so how prevalent is the virus in YOUR area?
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.
NHS boss orders hospitals to ditch ALL remaining Covid visiting restrictions - as she says 'no patient should have to be alone'
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'.
Health chiefs probe gay bars and saunas amid monkeypox outbreak: Contact tracers are 'actively investigating' venues as virus 'spreads in sexual circles'
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.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams REJECTS health department guidance to reinstate a mask mandate days after the Big Apple moved to a 'high' Covid alert
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.
Mysterious hepatitis outbreak has PEAKED: Leading experts say cases of unusual liver disease in children are finally trending downwards - as health chiefs rule out dogs as cause of strange illness
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.
It's not just fat people who lie about how much they eat! Everyone consumes 900 more calories than they admit every day - the equivalent of THREE McDonald's cheeseburgers
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 experts fear dozens of infections are slipping under radar
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.
One-third of Americans say that the COVID-19 pandemic is OVER as they return to activities like eating out and going shopping even as cases rise nationwide: Deaths from the virus fall 35% over the past week
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.
Mother-to-be, 23, claims she will 'deliver her son twice in three months' after doctors cut open her womb to operate on baby with spinal cord protruding from its back
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 DailyMail.com 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.
From wrongly removing OVARIES to accidentally leaving drill bits INSIDE patients: List reveals ALL of the 407 'Never Event' mistakes made by NHS doctors 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.
Sir JVT has Covid! Nation's favourite virus guru missed his Windsor Castle investiture ceremony with Prince William because he is isolating at home
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.
Parents of teen who died of allergic reaction to Pret baguette set up 'game-changing' trial of treatment that involves microdosing peanuts in everyday products
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.
Mother accidentally swallowed a six-inch Covid SWAB: 31-year-old needed emergency NHS surgery after test got stuck in her throat
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.
Only 25% of sunscreens provide proper skin protection against aging and melanoma without using dangerous chemicals that can harm the environment, report finds
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.
Mississippi is the fattest place in America: Magnolia state, West Virginia and Alabama lead US health crisis with 40% of people obese, 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.
60p 'sex change' pills are being sold on eBay: Tablets promise to 'grow boobs' or 'increase muscle mass' as experts warn sellers are preying on desperation
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'.
Private clinics are cashing in on UK's hay fever drug shortage by promoting 'dangerous' £100 injection which was WITHDRAWN by the NHS a decade ago
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.
UK monkeypox alert as health chiefs detect another FOUR cases of killer virus with NO links to Africa - as gay and bisexual men are urged to look out for 'unusual rash'
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.'
The simple quiz to get you on track to a happy gut! Gut Health Guru Dr MEGAN ROSSI reveals how you can take control of your health
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.
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.
Loving cuddles tragically led to baby James's death after he was born without an immune system - so why are newborns not given the £2.50 test that could have saved him?
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.
More than HALF of 'Covid' patients in NYC hospitals were not admitted because of the virus, official data shows, as cases in the city creep upwards: Infections up 19% nationally over the past week but deaths fall by 32%
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.
Family who can't get an appointment with an NHS dentist flies 6,000 miles to BRAZIL for 'cheaper' check-ups
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.
Married couple of 40 years beat cancer after being diagnosed just five months apart - as defiant wife says: 'We haven't celebrated our last wedding anniversary yet!'
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.'
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Fit mum-of-five reveals how she got back in shape in just NINE weeks after giving birth to twins - despite suffering Covid, a broken foot and sleep deprivation
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.
Trendy air purifiers are 'must-have' gadgets that claim to purge rooms of pollutants, allergens and even Covid... but do they really work - and are they worth their eye-watering price tags?
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.
New jab fixes 'claw hand' disease that hit Lady Thatcher and affects millions of Britons including actor Bill Nighy
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).
How the genetic testing revolution is giving new hope to cancer patients like two-year-old Aubrey - and tumours once thought impossible to treat could be curable in five years' time
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' and many cases remain undiagnosed, expert warns - as global death toll rises to 12 including five deaths in America
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 DailyMail.com 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.