Boy, 4, suffers lifelong herpes virus ‘from being kissed as a baby’

Laura Redfern, 31, of east Hull, shared a picture of her four-year-old son’s diseased ear on Facebook (Picture: Hull Live/MEN MEDIA A mum is warning parents about the herpes simplex virus (HSV) as she believes her son contracted the infection after being kissed as a baby. Laura Redfern, 31, shared a picture of her four-year-old son’s ear on Facebook and warned anyone going near a newborn baby to wash their hands and not to kiss them if they suffer from cold sores. She said her son’s ear was worse than…

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THE SECRET MIDWIFE: I was told to call someone else for help when baby’s heartbeat slowed

The mother-to-be on the bed gives me a hard stare. ‘Well, you can’t be the midwife!’ she snaps irritably. ‘I am,’ I reply with a smile.  ‘Nice to meet you. I’m Philippa, but you can call me Pippa.’ ‘Pippa? Are you even old enough to be a midwife?’ the woman goes on, unconvinced. OK. Deep breath. This one is going to be tricky. ‘I am, indeed,’ I say, scanning the notes at the end of the bed. They tell me that the woman is called Emily, it’s her first baby…

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US health experts hosted fictional coronavirus pandemic simulation three months ago

US health experts hosted a tabletop exercise which simulated a fictional coronavirus pandemic to see how authorities could coordinate a response to such an event – three months before the deadly outbreak in China. Scientists at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security modelled a hypothetical pandemic on a computer as part of research last October.    The exercise was not intended as a prediction – but rather served to highlight how governments and industry would respond in the case of a very severe pandemic. Meanwhile, the Chinese city of Wuhan remains on…

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My public face is back after botched eye job thanks to a luxury spa

Last month I had a minor procedure to remove skin tags on my upper and lower eyelids, which went horribly wrong. The NHS surgeon left me scarred, red and bruised – and stitched my eye back together slightly lop-sided. Now beauticians and spas seem reluctant to touch my face, in case they might make things worse. I’ve not been looking for anything drastic – just something to make me look less fed-up and haggard would do. Grantley Hall, a luxurious Grade II listed gem in the Yorkshire countryside is now…

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DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: From chilli cream to swearing, how to beat pain without popping pills

I have had loads of emails recently from readers asking me about pain, and how best to treat it. According to the British Pain Society, about 28 million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain, and the numbers just keep on rising. Drugs such as ibuprofen, paracetamol and opioids can be very effective, at least in the short term. But they come with significant side effects when taken in high doses or for prolonged periods of time. So what are the other options – that are actually backed by…

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One in five over men over 65 at risk of ‘invisible’ heart fault

Thousands of people in the UK could be living with a hidden heart condition that puts them at risk of stroke and dementia. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, known to affect about 1.3 million in the UK. But experts believe many more people are living with the condition undetected. They may experience symptoms such as palpitations, breathlessness and fatigue and their pulse will also often feel abnormal, with some beats stronger than others. Some will not notice any signs of the condition, and for others…

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Why woke diets are leading to a surge of distressing gut problems

The woman, in her mid-30s, looked pretty healthy, which, undoubtedly, was her goal. Sitting in my clinic – I’m a dietician at a busy London hospital – we began discussing her daily food and drink regime. Work was busy and stressful, so there wasn’t much time for breakfast, apart from some fruit or a green juice. Lunch was a salad brimming with chickpeas and roasted vegetables and topped with a sprinkling of antioxidant-rich seeds. Yet more vegetables and maybe some ‘plant protein’ – beans and nuts – for dinner. She…

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Did doctors miss my cancer because I am in a wheelchair?

Three weeks ago, ex-soldier Adam Douglas received the devastating news that he has prostate cancer, at the age of just 52. Like thousands of men blighted by the disease, the father-of-two from Leeds faces an agonising wait. If his tumour grows, he is likely to require treatment – possibly radiotherapy. But for Adam, his diagnosis is all the more bitter because there is a chance his cancer could have been caught earlier – if he wasn’t disabled. Former soldier Adam Douglas, pictured, was severely injured while serving in Iraq during Desert…

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Babies who live near heavily polluted roads have ‘less developed brains by age of 12’, study finds

Babies living near busy roads may have brains which are structurally different by the time they turn 12, a study has suggested. Researchers scanned the brains of 147 12-year-olds who had been tracked from when they were six months old.   Those who had been exposed to a high level of traffic pollution before their first birthday had less grey matter in their brain by the age of 12 than their peers. Brain volume shrunk by up to four per cent in some regions of the brain, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s…

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Desperate residents of coronavirus hotspot Wuhan describe ‘doomsday’ scenes

Residents of crisis-hit Wuhan at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak have described scenes reminiscent of ‘doomsday’ as China locks down the capital as it to struggles to contain the disease that has already infected nearly 1,300 people.    In Wuhan, the epicentre of the emergency, 450 military medics were deployed to help treat patients in the central city, where a seafood and live animal market has been identified as the centre of the outbreak. Today, when they should have been celebrating the Lunar New Year, people waiting at one hospital…

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