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Scientists sound alarm over little-known STI in US resistant to EVERY antibiotic used

A 'silent-spreader' STI which can cause infertility is feared to be evolving into a superbug. Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as M. genitalium or M. gen, is on its way to becoming resistant to every antibiotic used to treat it. The sexually transmitted infection was first discovered in London in the 1980s - but a test has only been available in the US since 2019. It means scientists are unsure exactly how widespread it is. Some studies suggest just one in 100 adults in the US are positive for the virus but experts estimate as many as a fifth will get it at some point in their life. There are increasing concerns it will become untreatable because the STI has developed resistance to the most popular antibiotic used to treat STIs, azithromycin, as well as quinolone, macrolide and doxycycline.

'Huge breakthrough' for Alzheimer's: Experimental drug 'significantly slowed decline of

A large trial has shown an experimental Alzheimer's drug developed by Eisai Co Ltd and Biogen Inc to have significantly slowed decline of patients in the early stages of the disease. The injected drug, lecanemab, slowed progress of the brain-wasting disease by 27 percent compared to a placebo, meeting the study's main goal, and offering an apparent win for the companies and potentially for patients and their families desperate for an effective treatment. Lecanemab, like the companies' previous drug Aduhelm, is an antibody designed to remove those amyloid deposits. Unlike Aduhelm, lecanemab targets forms of amyloid that have not yet clumped together. The so-called amyloid hypothesis has been challenged by some scientists, particularly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's controversial approval of Aduhelm in 2021. Eisai is seeking FDA approval under the same accelerated pathway as Aduhelm, with a decision expected in early January.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said 'patients must come first' as he announced the proposals at the Labour conference in Liverpool. The plans aim to simplify booking appointments.

Bosses should roll out the yoga matt for their employees and host classes to help boost workplace mental health, new recommendations from the World Health Organization set out.

Prepare for the twindemic! Health chiefs warn Covid will strike at same time as flu this

UK health chiefs today warned that the double-whammy of viruses poses 'a serious risk' to health' and urged people not to be 'complacent'. Jabs are both proven to protect against the viruses. Covid's autumn booster campaign opened to 26million over-50s (left graphic), at-risk groups and health and care staff earlier this month, with 3million jabbed so far. Meanwhile, a similar-sized group - plus millions of healthy children - are set to be offered a seasonal flu jab (right graphic).

Research suggests that pumping iron in later life can cut the risk of early death by up to half. People who did weight training or moderate physical activity were less likely to die than those who did neither.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, in Massachusetts, warn that this can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and make it likely they will re-gain more weight over the next decade.

Woman who went to the ER for bloating is stunned to discover she's actually SIX MONTHS

Abby Pollock, 28, a fitness influencer from Canada, suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - a chronic condition that affects the stomach and intestines. She always had irregular periods so she wasn't alarmed when she missed some, and she brushed off many of the pregnancy signs as symptoms of the disorder. She also didn't develop a bump during the first part of the pregnancy because she later learned that the baby was positioned behind her pelvic bone. When she started to suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation back in June, it didn't occur to her that she was expecting her first child. She went to the ER where doctors told her she was actually six months pregnant; and now, she has gone viral for sharing her story to TikTok. Abby explained that the whole thing was 'crazy and shocking,' but that she's ultimately 'so happy and excited' to become a mom.

The voice-controlled devices may impede youngster's learning skills, critical thinking and empathy, according to Dr Anmol Arora, a researcher at Cambridge University.

Why you should check your pills before leaving the chemist

Ztalmy, Quviviq and Pyrukynd. They might sound like exotic holiday destinations, or even the result of poor typing, but they are in fact three of the latest names to be officially approved worldwide for new pharmaceutical drugs (and are being launched to treat seizures, insomnia and anaemia, respectively). But why do so many of our medicines have strange-sounding names that are often hard to read, pronounce and remember? As well as the above, there are, for instance, the cancer drug talimogene laherparepvec and the blood-thinner idarucizumab. The basic answer is that they are all the product of a U.S.-led international system, covering both their generic name (which describes the drug's chemical action) and brand name, which aims to create scientific order among the 30,000-plus medicines currently available and prevent dodgy subliminal brand-name advertising (more on that later).

The 49-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in August 2018 that had spread to her bones, liver and lymph nodes. She was disease-free in January after taking cannabinoid oils

Would Labour's £2billion-a-year NHS rescue plan REALLY save the NHS? Unions welcome

The £2billion proposals, unveiled today by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves in Liverpool, would bring in nearly 20,000 additional doctors, nurses and social care staff every year. Dr Sarah Clarke (top right), president of the Royal College of Physicians, told MailOnline that it 'strongly welcomes' Labour's proposals to expand medical placement. But Matthew Lesh (right), head of public policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, told MailOnline it is 'disingenuous' to suggest the additional funds wouldn't pay for the 'wide array' of spending pledges.

Spanish medics compared body composition in 355 university students to see how their egg consumption impacted it. Those who ate five a week or more had a BMI around 4 per cent lower.

Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that transitioning to Daylight Saving Time negatively affects driving performance as a result of disrupted circadian rhythms and lack of sleep.

A former anorexic shares how she has come to love her body after identifying her triggers

Lola Pähkinämäki, 30, (pictured throughout her recovery) was five-and-a-half stone at her lowest weight. The influencer, from Finland, suffered with anorexia since the age of 16 until a spinal cord injury, which left her having to learn how to talk and walk again, helped her learn her triggers. Lola developed an eating disorder when she was in her teens, when dieting lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. She has now been left with a fatty liver disease and is waiting for a transplant.

Researchers in California and Hong Kong said feeling lonely and unhappy can add an extra year and eight months to someone's age. This is in part down to inflammation.

Drinking two to three mugs daily - in line with the amount consumed by the average Briton and American - is linked to living longer and a lower risk of heart problems.

Is bubble wrapped vitamin C better for you than the ordinary pills? 

Vitamin C is the nation's favourite supplement - and with some justification, it seems. While previous claims that it could prevent the common cold by boosting the immune system have been discredited (although it may reduce the illness's duration by a day or two), new research has shown that its antioxidant effects have the potential to reduce stroke risk, improve muscle mass in older people and even help fight skin cancer. And some experts now believe that the UK recommended daily intake of 40mg should be at least doubled in order to provide the health benefits of the vitamin, which is found naturally in fruit and vegetables.

Struggling GPs will be allowed to refuse appointments and send patients to other surgeries under a radical 'red alert' warning system.

Fast food, alcohol and too much exposure to the sun contribute to around 400 preventable cancer cases a day in the UK, experts warn today.

Self-help gurus swear by it to control stress. Now experts from the universities of Colorado Boulder and Arizona have shown mindfulness breathing exercises can lower blood pressure.

Exosomes, which were only discovered in the 1980s, are thought to play a crucial role in cell repair by dampening inflammation.

DR MEGAN ROSSI: Don't feel guilty about your love of cheese!

DR MEGAN ROSSI: Certain foods and drinks have a bad reputation when it comes to health, weight and digestion - and people feel guilty about consuming them. I'm talking about cheese, chocolate, red wine, takeaways and biscuits. But are they always as unhealthy as we think? According to the science, the answer is no - and with some of these foods, there are some genuine gut benefits that can boost your overall health, too.

Woman was left in agony and lost a shocking EIGHT stone after a routine gallbladder

Losing 8st and dropping several dress sizes after having children may sound like a cause for celebration - but not for Aimee Cooper. For her dramatic change in shape was not down to a diet and exercise regimen but rather a little-known condition that typically affects people who've had their gallbladder removed (one of the most common procedures performed by the NHS). It's left the 28-year-old former shop assistant from Wellington, Shropshire, who lives with her fiancé Gary, in debilitating pain and too exhausted to play with their children, aged eight and four.

Uptake of the two measles, mumps and rubella jabs was the lowest in a decade during Covid and is yet to catch up. Measles can cause pneumonia and brain inflammation.

DR MARTIN SCURR: Eczema tends to occur in those with allergies and can be provoked by triggers such as detergents or even stress.

Pfizer boss tests positive for Covid for second time in a MONTH - amid drug giant's

Pfizer boss Dr Albert Bourla has tested positive for Covid for the second time in a month. The 60-year-old - who has been vaccinated four times with his company's shot - last had the virus in mid-August. He revealed on Twitter Saturday he had tested positive again but was 'feeling well and symptom-free'. Dr Bourla revealed he had not yet had Pfizer's new bivalent vaccine which is designed to work better against Omicron variants. He used his back-to-back positive tests to warn people not to be complacent, adding: 'While we've made great progress, the virus is still with us.' It is unusual for someone to catch Covid twice in such a short time period as natural infection is thought to provide strong protection for several months.

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How a THIRD of NHS capacity is taken up by bed-blockers at busiest trusts

EXCLUSIVE: More than 13,000 hospital beds across the country, approximately one in seven, are filled with patients declared fit for discharge by doctors. But rates soar to as high as one in three at the worst-hit hospitals, with about 30 per cent of beds taken up by patients fit for discharge in Bristol and Coventry as well as parts of Lancashire and Norfolk (top right). Experts say the numbers are being driven by the crisis simultaneously unfolding in social care, with patients who could leave left languishing on wards for up to nine months because there is no suitable nursing accommodation or care available for them in the community. New Health Secretary Therese Coffey (inset) has already vowed to end the £2billion-a-year scandal, which has soared to record levels (bottom right). Left, our interactive tool that allows you to search by hospital trust.

Researchers in Glasgow found protein prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels - a protein produced by the organ - dropped substantially in all 12 patients treated with statins.

Norwegian researchers found women who conceive with frozen embryos in IVF have a 74 per cent higher chance of the disorders, including pre-eclampsia, than those who conceive naturally.

Researchers in China, who studied sperm quality among nearly 1,400 men, found those who drank tea had a higher sperm concentration and sperm count.

Australian researchers, who studied the drinking habits and dementia rates among 25,0000 over-60s, found two pints a day slashed the risk of the memory-robbing condition by a third.

Caucasian man, 34, claims his skin turned BLACK after bizarre reaction to common antidepressant Prozac

Tyler Monk, from Louisiana, was prescribed Prozac in May 2021 following a diagnosis for depression and anxiety. Within a week, the 34-year-old's his skin began changing to a grayish-blue color, even though it was having little effect on his mental health. Mr Monk, a pest control field inspector, claims he stopped the medication after a few weeks - but his skin continued to darken. First, his ears started to change color before it rapidly spread to his neck and his face - before affecting his arms and hands.

DR ELLIE CANNON: Today's reader is asking about the terrible wind they are suffering from and how they have lost two stone in three years without trying, but endless tests come back negative.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, called for pregnant women to be screened for anxiety, saying it is a 'potent' risk factor for premature birth.

Is it worth spending £500 on a high-tech skin cancer check or could you do it with a

ETHAN ENNALS: I am standing in a harshly lit, windowless, overly air-conditioned room wearing nothing more than a paper thong to protect my modesty, waiting to undergo a cutting-edge body scan. Apart from feeling chilly, I'm somewhat apprehensive. I've had medical scans of my bones and joints before, including MRIs, X-rays and CTs, after suffering various sports injuries. But this will, perhaps, be more revealing than any of those. The high-tech device I'm about to step into - which looks like something Doctor Who might use to go time travelling - is going to take incredibly detailed pictures of the moles on my skin, and tell me if I have cancer.

Vaccine chiefs are considering offering all babies jabs to protect them against chickenpox - after discussions to introduce the plan were abandoned at the beginning of Covid.

Pregnant woman, 29, has labor induced four weeks early after finding lump on right breast

Lindsey Gritton, from Gainesville, Georgia, was in week 34 of her pregnancy when a burning sensation erupted over her right armpit and breast. She also found a 'marble-sized' lump in the breast. Doctors told her it was a clogged milk duct - like in her first pregnancy - and that they'd seen it a 'thousand' times, but she still demanded a scan. When the results came back, medics backtracked saying there was now a 'high likelihood' that she had cancer. She had labor induced a week later, and then went through more tests - which couldn't be done during pregnancy due to the radiation - which revealed it was stage four breast cancer and had spread to her liver. The mother-of-two has now been on chemotherapy for four months, visiting hospital every three weeks for treatment. About 80 percent of the cancer is now gone.

MOIRA PETTY: Brains 'clogged with cotton wool'. Forgetting colleagues' names. Fearing you've developed dementia. Just three of the distressing experiences described by Mail on Sunday readers.

The liquid remedy is rubbed on cancerous lesions and forms a hard crust in seconds - just like the typewriter correction fluid. Radioactive particles in the paste then destroy cancerous cells in the skin.

Crocodile bites and toxic mushrooms: The WEIRDEST reasons Britons needed the NHS

EXCL: From crocodile attack to sex addiction, MailOnline reveals some of the most bizarre reasons people ended up in hospital in England in the first full year out of lockdown. One case saw a 65-year-old women being bitten by a crocodile, and three cases of people being sent to hospital after 'contact with a marine animal' in the comfort of their own home. Natural disasters also played a part, with four admissions for exposure to volcanoes, according to the data released yesterday. There were also 52 cases of people being poisoned after eating toxic mushrooms - slightly fewer than the previous year. Having an 'excessive sexual drive' was behind 28 admissions, with hundreds more to remove 'foreign bodies' from rectums, vaginas and urethras. While the nation's attention was still focused on Covid for a good portion of the year, other pathogens like anthrax and the plague also struck dozens of people. Meanwhile, two men, one in their 20s and another in their 70s, needed NHS care after being exposed to 'biological weapons'.

The scientists also said that wearing lenses while in the shower, swimming pool or sleeping also raised the risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). This infection can cause blindness.

Covid bounces back: England's outbreak grows 8% in a week

Government statisticians tasked with tracking the outbreak estimate 766,500 people were infected on any day last week - up 8.6 per cent on the previous weekly toll. It marks the first rise in infections since mid-July, when the summer wave peaked and ministers faced calls to bring back pandemic-era restrictions.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accused the Chancellor of having his 'priorities wrong'. It is now balloting its 400,000 UK members on strike action, saying the latest move was the final straw.

Is 'The Rock' as obese as a couch potato? Celebrity proof as to why BMI is severely flawed

Are Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Arnie Schwarzenegger Hollywood hunks or flabbily hulks? The latter, according to the BMI formula that some experts say should be ditched. BMI, which the NHs uses to warn people they are too fat is determined by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared and has been the go-to obesity calculator for years. Having a BMI over 30 is considered obese, while over 25 means you're overweight. But it has a major flaw, being incapable of differentiating between fat and muscle weight means people like Mr Johnson are deemed as 'obese' as a couch potato with the same height and weight. And the 'Black Adam' superstar is not the only muscular celebrity to fall afoul of the BMI formula. 'Fast and Furious' lead Vin Diesel is considered too flabby and comes in as obese with a BMI of 30. Meanwhile, 'The Terminator' and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzengger, risks becoming morbidly obese with a whopping BMI of 33. In a paper presented today, experts claimed BMI is flawed and should be ditched in favour of a lesser-known measurement called the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).

Swimming in sub-zero temperatures has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to the rise of wellness gurus like Wim 'The Iceman' Hof. The review was done by researchers in Norway.

Oxford comma-hating Therese Coffey uses... Oxford comma

Last week she ordered civil servants to stop using the Oxford comma. Yet Therese Coffey has now been caught using the, supposedly, banned grammar herself. Eagle-eyed Twitter users, who spotted the newly-appointed Health Secretary's own goal, called it 'tremendously embarrassing'. One GP questioned if it was 'grammatical inconsistency or high level trolling'. Dr Coffey's gaffe was made in a ministerial foreword atop of her NHS rescue plan, in which she promised not to 'paper over' the 'immense challenges' the health service faces.

Tasked with averting an NHS meltdown this winter, the Health Secretary unveiled an 'ABCD' strategy to fix crises affecting ambulances, backlogs, care homes, doctors and dentists.

The Health and Social Care Secretary told MPs the money will help free up space in hospitals as she revealed her own nine-hour wait in A&E.

Myke Jaye reveals how he lost 34kg in just 10 months without stepping foot in a gym

In July 2020, Myke Jay recalls tipping the scales at 124kg (centre) but stopped weighing himself because he 'hated how he looked'. Four months later in November the now 27-year-old knew something needed to change and set himself a goal. He then lost 34kg in 10 months (left and right) and completely changed his lifestyle - all without without visiting a gym.

Russian Government-affiliated experts only acknowledged Khosta-2's existence last May. Yet the pathogen was detected in bat samples collected between March and October 2020.

Californian woman, 33, finds out she has 'grapefruit sized' cysts on ovaries

A Californian woman has finally been diagnosed with endometriosis and two 'grapefruit-sized' cysts on her right ovary. Farren Bay, now 33, from California, had been suffering periods that were so painful it 'felt like my insides were being ripped apart' for years - but doctors had kept dismissing her symptoms as constipation or a urinary tract infection (UTI). But when she was 26 years old and collapsed on the floor gasping for air because of the pain her father rushed her to the ER, where doctors finally diagnosed endometriosis. She had the cysts removed and was put on medication that she said brought on the menopause. Her treatment has now been changed, but she says her body still feels painful and like it is 'trapped' in that of a pensioner. Doctors say she can still have a child, but only via her left ovary and fallopian tube.

Researchers at the University of Florida said their find could help companies reduce sugar content in food or drink without losing any of the sweet taste.

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine, in New York, deprived 14 adults of their normal eight hours of sleep every night for six weeks and found each had more inflammation.

Therese Coffey's NHS rescue plan slammed by Jeremy Hunt

Therese Coffey's NHS rescue plan was today accused of being too focused on targets and ignoring the staffing crisis. The new Health Secretary announced an 'ABCD' strategy in the Commons to fix the crises plaguing ambulances, backlogs, care homes, doctors and dentists. It includes an 'expectation' for every patient to be offered a GP appointment in two weeks and a £500million social care package to help free up 7,000 hospital beds. Ms Coffey also promised to keep the four-hour A&E wait target that the NHS has not been met since 2015 - despite studies showing it is a life-saver. She also wants to hire 8,000 999 and 111 call handlers to speed up ambulance discharges and open 31,000 more GP hotlines to end the phone call lottery for appointments. But critiquing Ms Coffey's plan from the backbenches, Jeremy Hunt, one of her predecessors, said 'it is not more targets the NHS needs, it is more doctors.'

Department of Health promotes page on vaginal cancer that does not mention women

The Department of Health and Social Care is promoting a gender-neutral NHS vaginal cancer page which the term 'women' quietly scrubbed from its landing page last year. In November 2021, the page had a line that stated: 'Vaginal cancer is rare, especially in women under 40.' But now the overview section of this page omits this information entirely, with users having to click through to the 'symptoms' subheading to find it. The DHSC promoted the NHS page as part of Gynaecological Cancers Awareness Month - which are unique to the female reproductive system. These include cancers of the vagina, cervix, ovaries, womb and vulva. Ex-Health Secretary Sajid Javid promised to reverse gender-neutral language in NHS advice after a series of MailOnline revelations which showed the term 'women' was being quietly erased. His successor, the newly-appointed Thérèse Coffey, has yet to say whether she will keep her predecessor's promise.

Girl, 5, with eczema saw it clear up ten days after getting an injection

Ariah Dhaliwal, 5, from Illinois, had been suffering from eczema since she was just six months old. It had extended across her face and neck, elbows, ankles and even eyelids - leaving her struggling to sleep and itching so much at night that her skin bled. Her mother Sonia gave Ariah a number of different treatments including steroids on prescription, but these all failed. When she was four years old the family went to see Dr Amy Paller, a dermatologist at Northwestern University, where they were told about the clinical trial. Ariah was signed up and saw her eczema clear just ten days after getting her first dose. Mother Sonia said it was like she had a 'different child'. She told 'She could eat, I could sleep. It was shocking.'

Elderly people who go to bed early and sleep longer are more likely to develop dementia, a new study finds. Those who go to bed before 9 p.m. each night and sleep for over eight hours suffer a risk.

The University of Birmingham team said their findings were 'important', and could help spot patients in the 'earliest stages' of dementia.

Hatred of green vegetables begins in the WOMB! Babies smile for carrots but grimace for

Researchers from Durham University took 4D ultrasound scans of 100 pregnant women to see how their unborn babies responded after being exposed to flavours from foods eaten by their mothers. The results showed how foetuses smiled shortly after their mothers had eaten carrot - but grimaced when their mothers opted for kale. The findings suggest that what pregnant women eat might influence their babies' taste preferences after birth. If this is the case, the results could have implications for establishing healthy eating habits.

People can stay healthier by sleeping `well not long´, scientists say (Alamy/PA)

Professor Neil Walsh, of Liverpool John Moores University, said his team's findings - published in the journal Sleep - 'change the way we should think about sleep and health'.

British teenagers on TikTok are being told prescription only drugs for conditions like migraines, epilepsy and alcohol addiction are effective 'diet pills' an investigation has revealed.

Motor neurone disease breakthrough as experimental drug helps wheelchair-bound sufferer walk again

Tofersen, made by biotech company Biogen, slowed the progress of the debilitating condition in some patients who previously had no other treatment options. The drug works by turning off a faulty gene that can cause the incurable disease, which affected physicist Stephen Hawking. Phase 3 clinical trial results show the monthly injection reduced amounts of the gene by around 40 per cent in patients taking it. University of Sheffield researchers said the 'significant' results could offer life-changing improvements to people with the disease.

Mother, 33, born with no collarbones due to a rare genetic condition reveals her 'party trick' is being able to touch her SHOULDERS together in front of her chest

Stay-at-home mother Danielle Lewis (left), 33, from Cannock, Staffordshire, was born with cleidocranial dysplasia, a rare genetic condition affecting teeth and bones, which in turn, can have an impact on the spine, skull, collarbones, and legs. Danielle was born without collarbones and has a unique party trick she showcases on social media, where she can touch her shoulders together (right)

British health bodies have written to PM Lizz Truss urging her not to ditch both old and upcoming anti-obesity policies after the Treasury was ordered to conduct a review to ease the cost-of-living.

Researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands found daily cold exposure helps reduce blood sugar levels and improves glucose tolerance by 6 per cent.

Around one in five women who undergo treatment to remove tumours are having insufficient breast tissue removed, researchers say.

The massages increase sleep and reduce fatigue and anxiety by stimulating the nerve cells in the legs, the North American Menopause Society reported.

Teen girl, 14, develops allergy to WATER that makes getting wet feel like 'being set on

Sadie Tessmer, 14, from Buffalo, Missouri, previously had no issues with water and loved nothing more than swimming, playing soccer or going to the beach. But in late 2019 she started to turn red every time she showered. At the time, her mother Amber Sallee, 37, thought it was just because the water was too hot. But when it kept getting worse her daughter was taken to see a dermatologist, who eventually diagnosed her with water allergy - medically termed aquagenic urticaria. Sadie has limited her showers now and must try not to cry from the pain, because it will trigger more hives. She has also withdrawn from soccer and school - which was insisting she continue with PE lessons - because sweating also triggers the allergy.

So called 'forever chemicals', industrial substances linked to a plethora of health problems are rife in school uniforms, scientists from the US and Canada have warned.

People who exercise more intensively may not always score better on memory tests despite existing medical literature, a new study finds, with moderate exercise being valuable at times.

Woman, now 29, needs 16 joint replacements after catching Lyme disease

Meghan Bradshaw, now 29 and from Charlotte in North Carolina, was initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - where the immune system attacks the joints - shortly after graduating college in 2015. But in the months following her symptoms became worse leaving her needing a wheelchair and struggling with day-to-day tasks like brushing her teeth, and she had to go for replacements of both knees, hips and ankles. The then-student only had Lyme disease diagnosed in 2019 after doctors at the Cleveland clinic ran tests for 'live' illnesses including the tick-borne disease. Symptoms she faced included her hands permanently folding into a fist (bottom right) and needing at least eight joint replacements before her 30th birthday (top right, one of her ankle replacements with scars visible from other surgeries). Doctors described her case as one of the worst they had ever seen. Ms Bradshaw says she is now the 'bionic woman' with her bottom half having been almost completely reconstructed.

More than eight in ten Britons will be overweight or obese by 2060 - costing the economy £142 billion a year, a report warns.Experts say that the UK is in the grip of an 'obesity emergency'

A shocking poll reveals a fifth of Britons struggling to see and NHS dentists have resorted to DIY dentistry which can involve pulling out teeth with pliers or making a replacement tooth from resin and glue.

Which gadgets really help the medicine go down?

Almost half of all adults in England took at least one prescribed medicine in the past week - and for many, taking it is not simple. But there's an array of gadgets that claim to help make taking medication easier.  Adrian Monti asked Ben Merriman, a clinical pharmacist in Cumbria, and Mohammed Hussain, a community pharmacist in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, to assess a selection. We then rated them. They include the Pivotell Pill Popper Tablet Blister Gun, top right, the Pill Mill Pill Crusher, left, the Ezy Dose Medi-Spout, bottom left and the Tickleflex Insulin Injection Aid, bottom right.

Around 750,000 Britons are thought to be living with the condition, which can leave sufferers obsessed with washing their hands, tidying up and checking that doors are locked.

Scientists leading the paper said their discovery could open the door to new treatments for combatting Alzheimer's disease. It is one of the first to look at microproteins.

Officials in the African nation are now scrambling to contain the outbreak before it has chance to spread further. The victim lived in the central district of Mubende.

British Medical Association tells NHS doctors to charge £250 per hour for night shifts

The British Medical Association (BMA) published a 'rate card' in the summer for consultants in England on how much to charge employers for non-contractual work. Rates are for overtime as well extra work done to help tackle the backlog in routine care, including hip and knee surgeries that would be carried out in the daytime. It said consultants should charge a minimum of £150 per hour for extra work on weekdays from 7am to 7pm and £200 for 7pm to 11pm weekdays. The £250 figure is for work done overnight from 11pm to 7am, while weekends from 7am to 11pm should be charged at £200 per hour as a minimum, the BMA claimed. Left: The head of the BMA, Professor Philip Banfield.

Doctors' Association UK threatened GPs would 'either quit the NHS, the profession or the country unless the new Health Secretary stops the rot'. They called for practice funds to be increased.

The Royal Marsden website publicises the care it gave to a mechanical engineer from Kuwait. Salem A Al Nashi visited the hospital in 2018 after being diagnosed with rectal cancer.

Celebrity trainer reveals the five healthiest alcoholic beverages to enjoy to lose weight

Magnus Lygdbäck, 43, a Swedish celebrity personal trainer and nutritionist has revealed how to enjoy your favorite alcoholic drinks without adding any pounds. The trainer is known for his rock-solid abs and has worked with stars like Alexander Skarsgård, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck. His five favorite low-calorie drinks included an Aperol Spritz, vodka soda, whiskey sour, white wine and watermelon spritzer and a yuzu fizz.

A top Chinese health official has warned the nation's citizens to avoid touching foreigners after the country recorded its first monkeypox case in a 29-year-old man who sex with men in Germany.

The 61-year-old from Mannar, Sri Lanka, was left with crippling stomach pain and started vomiting and having constipation for three days after eating the fish. The bone caused an infection in his bowel.

Why I'll keep exercising during chemotherapy to help beat the worst side-effects

Last month, world champion rowing cox Erin Kennedy was proudly showing off her latest gold medal with her team-mates at the European para-rowing championship in Munich. The tears that followed with her team, parents and friends were not just about the win for Great Britain: she was returning home to continue chemotherapy for breast cancer after her diagnosis in May. Erin did not reveal the more gruelling details until speaking to Good Health. She is almost certainly facing a double mastectomy after Christmas due to a family history of the disease. Her paternal grandmother and two great-aunts had breast cancer, as did one of her father's sisters.

DR MEGAN ROSSI's handy hints to help you digest your food 

DR MEGAN ROSSI: The basic diet 'rules' for a healthy gut aren't complicated: eat more veg, cut back on red meat and avoid highly processed food. But it's not just what you eat; how you eat is also vital. You might assume that if you consumed the same meal, in the same quantities, day in day out, it would have the same impact. In fact, where you eat, how you eat, how often, who with and what mood you're in can all affect how you feel after a meal - literally - and the health benefits.

Why even mild Covid is now being linked to long-term heart trouble

Two weeks after falling ill with Covid TV doctor Xand van Tulleken (left) thought he was on the mend, when he suddenly took a turn for the worse. 'I woke at 3am with my heart rate rushing at 170 beats per minute [it should have been about 60] and in a chaotic rhythm. I felt bad: faint, sweaty, breathless, panicky,' he says. This was March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, when little was known about the typical course of the infection.

DR MARTIN SCURR: Feeling blocked up in the days or weeks following a cold or any respiratory infection - including Covid - is a common experience.

Elixirs of youth or a waste of time? The science surrounding billion pound multi-vitamin

Are multi-vitamins they key to helping us living longer and healthy lives or just an expensive placebo that only makes you feel healthier for £60-a-pop. MailOnline delves into the scientific controversy after two conflicting papers were published just 24 hours apart. On one hand, researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine insisted the benefits of multi-vitamins on halting cognitive decline were clear. Although 'too early' to recommend supplements as a way of protecting our brain against the natural deterioration which comes with ageing, the three-year study, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia, bragged it was the 'first evidence' of any cognitive benefit among older adults. But a day later, researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital - affiliated to the prestigious Harvard University - warned vitamin D and omega-3 supplements won't save older adults from becoming frail. The message from Dr JoAnn Manson, the lead author, was clear: 'The new findings are an important reminder that dietary supplements are not miracle pills or elixirs of youth.' Although technically different to multi-vitamins because they are often sold as standalone supplements, both nutrients are often included in multi-vits as an added extra. The consensus is a healthy and balanced diet, incorporating, fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, should provide all the nutrients a person needs, effectively rendering multi-vitamins redundant. But the inescapable fact is that millions consider them a dietary safety net. A study in 2011 revealed people who believed they were taking a multi-vitamin - but actually were given a placebo - were less motivated to exercise or eat nutritiously. The worried well, those in good health but overly concerned about becoming ill, have fuelled a multi-billion multi-vitamin industry.

The bizarre study, performed in Japan, saw five women climax in a laboratory, either through sex with their partner or masturbation. All of the volunteers were in their 30s, 40s or 50s.

An influential transgender health group with almost 100 British members, some working in the NHS, says being a eunuch is a valid 'gender identity' which should get 'gender affirmative' care.

NHS coronary heart disease patients offered diamond-covered 'hula hoop' unblocks arteries

Patients with heart disease (right: picture posed by model of a man having a heart attack) could soon be offered a new NHS procedure to clear their blocked cardiac arteries using a tiny diamond-encrusted tube (left: graphic of orbital atherectomy procedure). The device is used to shave away the calcium deposits that cause coronary heart disease by building up inside blood vessels and hindering blood flow - the most common cause of heart attacks. Standard treatment involves inserting a stent - a small wire tube that acts like a frame to keep the artery open. But in a third of patients the operation is not possible because there is too much calcium inside the blood vessel to get the stent in place safely.

Dr Amanda Wilson, a public health psychologist at De Montfort University, told the British Science Festival in Leicester that research had found men were very reluctant to have the jab.

New York declares state of emergency after just one polio case - but is it as scary as it

The headlines were alarming: 'Highly contagious polio spreading in the UK for the first time in years' and 'Urgent investigations after rare virus detected' are just a couple of examples. Another simply read: 'Polio horror.' In late June, health officials announced they had picked up poliovirus during routine checks of London sewage water. Analysis suggested the highly contagious bug, which can cause paralysis and lifelong disability, was silently circulating. Polio, which primarily harms young children, had not been seen in the UK since 1984, following one of the most successful worldwide vaccination campaigns in history.

Joey Lykins, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, believes he inhaled the 0.6-inch nose ring during his sleep. He said one vanished during his sleep five years ago, but he assumed it had been lost.

The tragedy of young sepsis deaths is that many are preventable, writes DR RON DANIELS

DR RON DANIELS: About 250,000 Britons suffer from sepsis every year, and 48,000 die. The NHS estimates that up to 10,000 of these deaths are preventable. These include 20-year-old Chloe Rideout (left), who was discharged from University Hospital Plymouth in 2018 after a routine appendix operation, despite feeling unwell and blood tests showing the telltale signs of sepsis. But the results weren't reviewed in time, and in little over a week she was dead. As an intensive care consultant, I (Dr Ron Daniels pictured right) have dedicated a large part of my medical career to getting this lethal condition on to doctors' radars.

British Medical Journal faces backlash from leading scientists

A prestigious UK journal has faced criticism over a potential over reliance on members of Independent SAGE a left-wing group of experts who have lobbied for lockdowns and mask mandates. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) edited by Dr Kamran Abbasi, (top right) last week launched a multi-part series delving into the Government's handling of the pandemic. Editors pledged articles would analyse both the successes and failures. Yet so far, almost all published pieces have leaned heavily on the thoughts of members of a left-wing group of academics called Independent SAGE, which has repeatedly criticised No10 for ditching restrictions too early. The self-appointed panel famously lobbied for a Christmas lockdown last year and called for mask mandates to be brought back during April's Omicron resurgence - despite both waves fizzling out naturally without crippling the NHS. Influential members of Independent SAGE, which include an active Communist party member nicknamed 'Stalin's nanny', have also previously likened children getting Covid to child abuse. So far the BMJ has published pieces from a number of current members of the group like Professor Martin McKee (middle right) and ex members like Dr Deepti Gurdasani (bottom right).

DR ELLIE CANNON: Today's reader is seeking advice after their GP suggested antidepressants for their 'bouts of extreme anxiety' despite symptoms not being constant and not feeling sad or low.

Feeling stressed? Reach for the stereo, not the snacks!

But De Montfort University researchers believe they've uncovered a simple trick to help banish your desire to comfort eat - listen to music. Scientists analysed how many snacks women ate after listening to certain types of music. Participants were made to feel sad, as part of the study's attempts to see how food and music can help to combat negative emotions. Women who listened to music which released feelings of anger or sadness ate half the amount of crisps, chocolate and sweets, compared to volunteers not given any headphones. Such tunes included Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, Eminem's Mockingbird, and Linkin Park's In The End.

Netflix star Ava Michelle breaks down in tears as she issues warning about dangers of

Ava - who starred in hit Netflix movies Tall Girl and Tall Girl 2 - opened up about the dangers of fentanyl one year after she suffered from the tragic loss of her brother Devan from an accidental overdose. The 20-year-old actress from Michigan broke down as she detailed the fentanyl crisis in the country. In the powerful video, she attempts to raise awareness about the dangers of the accidental deaths caused by the opioid, which is often laced with other drugs. According to the DEA, fentanyl is the primary driver of overdose deaths in the country and as little as two milligrams is considered a lethal amount. Ava has previously opened about the death of her brother noting that he was an amazing person who 'always wanted to do good'.

Brain injury caused by repeated head trauma could be undone. Retired fighters had more brain mass and scored better on cognitive tests years after leaving the sports, researchers found.

The study, which is the first to look at social media, sleep and fear of missing out in young 'pre-teen' children, found one in eight use social media during the night when they should be asleep.

NHS crisis: More than 1m patients left waiting 12 plus hours in A+E over last year, data

NHS data published today show 1.14 million Britons spent at least half a day stuck in waiting rooms or corridors between April 2021 and March 2022. That figure was three times more than during the same period the year before. It means 2021/22 was the busiest ever year in A&E, as casualty units faced Covid and the knock-on effects of the pandemic on top of day-to-day pressures. Experts today called the trend 'deeply concerning', warning of 'grave consequences' ahead.

A team of researchers in Italy has found that consuming eggs and dairy products - especially low-fat dairy - substantially reduces the risk of developing of type 2 diabetes.


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