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😘🤔🙂 Two years of lockdown restrictions mean common colds are coming back fiercer than ever and causing stronger than usual symptoms. Anecdotally, a record number of Britons are also experiencing the misery that is hay fever for the very first time this year. And with Covid now starting to make a resurgence - with one in 40 Britons struck down by the virus in the week ending June 19 -it has become increasingly difficult to tell apart the symptoms of the respiratory illnesses. But MailOnline has devised a guide to help you work out which is the most likely of the three to be behind your symptoms.

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😘🤔🙂 EXCLUSIVE: An NHS source told MailOnline that of the 27.5million GP appointments carried out across England in May, just 27 per cent were both in-person and with a qualified doctor. Critics have warned that general practice is heading down a 'slippery slope' where nurses and other staff are picking up the burden amid staffing shortages, with doctors becoming the last point of contact.

😘🤔🙂 EXCLUSIVE: One example given was that GPs could do the school run then nip home and 'do some online consultations', a medical conference in London was told.

😘🤔🙂 Doctors have warned the staffing crisis means patients are not be getting the care they need and burnt out GPs are having to 'pick up the burden'. The results are from a snapshot poll of UK GPs.

😘🤔🙂 Imogen Selvester (pictured before and after her cancer diagnosis, right and left), from Tamworth, Staffordshire, was rushed to hospital on June 6 after her mother noticed she had turned 'yellow'. It followed months of NHS waits and missed opportunities to catch the 12-year-old's cancer early. Back in February, Imogen went to the GP complaining of itchy skin, night sweats and fatigue. Her mother, Natalie, also noticed unusual lumps on her neck. Their family doctor initially said Imogen had a viral infection and told the family to come back in three weeks if the symptoms hadn't improved. But Imogen caught Covid in that time, and doctors then thought her symptoms might've been the result of the pandemic-causing virus. A scan showing her tumours, pictured inset.

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😘🤔🙂 Fit notes provide evidence to employers about a person's absence and any relevant advice on how to support their employees to remain in or return to work.

😘🤔🙂 The New Zealand Prime Minister did her best to sell her country as a winter sun holiday destination during an appearance on ITV's Lorraine this morning.

😘🤔🙂 The UK overseas territory of Tristan Da Cunha, the world's most isolated settlement located in the the middle of the Atlantic had its share of triumphs and challenges during the Covid pandemic. While the rest of the world is still reeling from the effects of lockdowns and mask-mandates, the past two years have been virtually business as usual for the 250 residents on Tristan da Cunha - a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean. Located 6,140miles from London, the British overseas territory is only accessible via a week-long boat ride from Cape Town in South Africa by infrequently passing fishing and research vessels. Not a single Covid case has reached its shores due to the length of the trip, and boats were turned around if anyone on-board was suspected of carrying the virus. The island was also able to get vaccines shipped in by the British Government though these had to be more traditional Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs as the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna had to be kept in ultracold temperatures and would not have survived the trip.

😘🤔🙂 Britain's new Covid surge continues to grow with cases jumping by a third in a week, with data suggesting as many as one in 18 people have the virus in some parts of the country.

😘🤔🙂 The Prime Minister was given the opportunity to rule out ever imposing restrictions again in an interview with LBC this morning at a NATO summit in Madrid.

😘🤔🙂 The US Food and Drug Administration is said to be drawing up plans to make it easier for researchers to study a larger number of patients. So far there have only a handful of one-off xenotransplantations.

😘🤔🙂 From today 42 new integrated care systems will take charge of health and care in England as part of a major overhaul of NHS services in England which will see services working closer together.

First American to go public with monkeypox infection SLAMS CDC for 'lackluster' testing: Says the virus 'sucks' and warns it should be taken 'seriously' 

😘🤔🙂 Matt Ford, who lives in Los Angeles, said he caught the virus after 'skin-to-skin contact' with another patient. He has spoken out to warn people the disease 'sucks' and to take it seriously.Revealing his diagnosis, Ford said he received a call from a friend about two weeks ago to say they had tested positive and he should also get checked. The actor and writer, who describes himself as a 'proud openly gay man', revealed he then noticed spots in and around his 'underwear zone' that indicated he had caught the virus. These then spread across his body.

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😘🤔🙂 Dr Paul Offit warns that the newly recommended Omicron-specific COVID-19 shots may not provide much more protection than the existing Covid vaccines.

😘🤔🙂 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they all either lived in Florida or had traveled there about a month before falling sick. The death was in Illinois.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers have discovered the reason why anti-anxiety medications put users at risk of dementia down the line.


😘🤔🙂 Dr Joan Naidorf, who has nearly 30 years of experience on wards in Alexandria, Virginia, said medics judge patients just like anyone else.

😘🤔🙂 EXCLUSIVE: International Ambulances, a Norfolk-based firm, believes its Integro-E is the future of NHS emergency services and could be rolled out as soon as next year, if it passes health service tests. The six-wheeler vehicle, more akin to a futuristic bus than a traditional ambulance, can get 10 times more out of the same charge than the electric ambulances on the NHS's current fleet. It also has an on-board X-ray and ultrasound system, which its manufacturers think could help with current crisis in A&E, by diagnosing patients on-site and prioritising who needs to be admitted.

😘🤔🙂 Putting your poo on ice to one day use the good bacteria within to heal a variety of maladies could soon be an option for those who can afford the storage fees, a team of Harvard experts say.

😘🤔🙂 Currently, foreign patients are able to have abortions in the UK but are charged up to £1,500, depending on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy. The BMA voted to make this free for all nationalities.

😘🤔🙂 Woke terms are increasingly being used in the NHS, with health experts worried the de-sexing of language is leading to a dangerous over-complication of health communication. Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently promised to reverse gender neutral language in the NHS, following a string of MailOnline revelations - including one yesterday that revealed midwives were being told sex was 'assigned' at birth. Here, we detail some of the ways the woke language storm has engulfed the health service.

😘🤔🙂 A grandmother, who wished to remain anonymous and was three weeks from her 90th birthday, was stuck on a stretcher in Whiston Hospital, near Liverpool, for 40 hours.

😘🤔🙂 Sajid Javid will today change a medical confidentiality law to allow researchers to study data on around 9,000 British children given counselling or drugs for gender dysphoria.

😘🤔🙂 Mandatory coverings for patients and visitors were dropped for all hospitals in England on June 10, with trusts drafting their own policies since then. Most stopped asking people to wear them in most parts of the hospital except for in 'high risk' areas including emergency and cancer departments. But at least four major hospital trusts have now issued a messaging blitz urging people to mask-up in all areas of their buildings amid a spike in infections. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust (left) in Nottinghamshire and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (top right) changed their messaging to encourage more mask use. And Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (bottom right) and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust also reinstated the old guidance.

😘🤔🙂 More than a quarter of doctor and nurse posts in GP practices could be vacant within ten years, a damning report is warning today.

😘🤔🙂 DAILY MAIL COMMENT: With the GP service already on its knees, a Health Foundation report predicts the situation may yet become much worse.

😘🤔🙂 'Distressed' women are turning to friends and the internet for menopause advice because their GPs do not know enough about the subject, a study by think-tank the Health Foundation shows.

😘🤔🙂 Queen Mary University of London experts looked at appointments given to 1million adults registered at 126 GP practices in East London in 2017 and 2018.

😘🤔🙂 A study at Heinrich Heine University in Germany found hormone levels in the second half of women's monthly cycles corresponded to more generous behaviour towards those close to them - thought to be a way to attract reciprocal kindness post-ovulation, when we might have conceived. Gabrielle Lichterman, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals About Your Moods, Health & Potential, and Hormonology app founder, has championed this way of living for more than two decades. Here, she and other hormone experts explain, day-by-day, why timing is all. We have based this on a 28-day (pictured) cycle - yours may be slightly longer or shorter.

😘🤔🙂 The American Heart Association has added a good night's sleep to its list of 'essential' tips to keep hearts healthy, with experts saying adults should aim for a solid 7-to-9 hours a night.

😘🤔🙂 Hospital staff have been ordered to only change bed linen 'if essential' as the NHS is hit by a shortage of clean laundry.

😘🤔🙂 Forty-year-old Williams was seen sporting black 'stickers' on her face at Wimbledon on Tuesday (pictured left), which had many questioning if they were symbolic or a ploy to put her opponent off. It turns out the small strips on her right cheek were medical tape designed to keep her sinuses clear and help her breathe properly. The tennis ace suffers from recurrent sinusitis which, as well as blocking the airways, can lead to headaches, pressure and pain in the face. It has become a ubiquitous piece of kit for top level athletes nursing injuries across nearly every sport - from Cristiano Ronaldo (top right) to Tiger Woods (bottom right).

😘🤔🙂 A 72-year-old man from Ohio walked into an emergency department with a 'whistling scrotum' caused by air trapped inside his chest escaping from an old surgical wound, doctors have said.

😘🤔🙂 The British Medical Association has been condemned by its own members with doctors saying the union is failing to 'support and value' female medics and those from minority groups.

😘🤔🙂 Midwives have hit back at a statement on 'inclusivity' by their royal college that referenced sex being 'assigned' to babies at birth. Some midwives said the idea of assigning sex was 'nonsense'. The wording came from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in an 'inclusivity' statement. Their document said: 'We recognise maternity and gynaecological services will be accessed by women, gender diverse individuals and people whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.' But some midwives hit back at the colleges, arguing that they merely 'observe' the reality of a baby's sex at birth - as opposed to deciding it themselves. Jo Gould, a midwife in Sussex, said she was 'ashamed' of her representative body and that the statement was 'nonsense' and 'offensive'. 'When the RCM start using the language of gender ideology and not biological fact, how can the public have faith in you?,' she said. 'It is offensive to your members, who do not "assign sex at birth". 'I am a member and I am ashamed to be represented by the RCM when I read this absolute nonsense.'

😘🤔🙂 The Health Secretary today revealed the current NHS App will be upgraded to allow video consultations with GPs and other medics in England by March 2024.

😘🤔🙂 Family doctors will be incentivised to swap their practice in England for one in Scotland as part of a massive recruitment drive. Scotland wants to boost GP numbers by 15 per cent by 2027.

😘🤔🙂 Over-65s outnumber under-15s in England and Wales for the first time ever, according to the new census that reveals the changing face of Britain (shown top right). The population has swelled by 3.5million in the past decade to a record level of nearly 60million, with the East of England seeing the biggest growth, the Office for National Statistics revealed yesterday (shown left and bottom right). There are more older people than ever, with 11.1million now over 65 - one in six - equating to around two million more pensioners compared with 2011. There has also been a huge rise in the number of people aged 90 or over. There are now more than half a million over-90s, up a quarter in a decade. It means there are now more pensioners than children for the first time in recorded history, with 10.4million under- 15s. For comparison, there were 9.2million over-65s and 9.9million under-15s a decade ago.

😘🤔🙂 The Climate Change Committee revealed its recommendations in its annual report on the progress being made to address Britain's contribution to global warming.

😘🤔🙂 A giant anteater at Edinburgh Zoo is being treated for diabetes, with keepers relying on a device usually used in humans to monitor her condition.

😘🤔🙂 Members of the British Medical Association (BMA), who met in Brighton today, asked their union to formally 'organise opposition' to the deal, including 'industrial action if necessary'. Family doctors urged medics to 'channel our inner Mick Lynch' (left), the rail union leader behind last week's disruptive rail strikes which brought the nation to a standstill. While GPs would be unlikely to stop providing urgent care, they could refuse to carry out other routine work or cut their hours. It comes just a day after doctors voted for the BMA to lobby ministers for a huge 30 per cent pay hike in compensation for 'millions' of lost earnings since 2008. Doctors yesterday claimed they were prepared to join 'picket lines' to achieve their demands and admitted that industrial action was 'likely'. The union's chair of general practice committee in England, Dr Farah Jameel (right), told members at the BMA's annual meeting that last year's ballot was a 'glorified survey' and therefore could not form the basis of industrial action.

😘🤔🙂 Up to 25,000 people at a time could be treated under the 'hospital at home' scheme by March 2024 in a big boost to capacity. Pictured: Stock image of NHS ward.

😘🤔🙂 In a tweet last night referencing MailOnline's menopause story, the UK Health Secretary said: 'I have been assured that the changes highlighted below, as well as others, are being reversed.'

😘🤔🙂 CVS - America's biggest pharmacy - claimed it still had enough of the pills that can prevent a pregnancy in stock, but wanted to ensure 'equitable access'. It affects the Plan B drugs, which are sold for $49.99 for one pill, and the Aftera brand, retailed at $39.99 each. Rite Aid - which has more than 2,500 pharmacies across northern states - said 'increased demand' forced it to cap sales of Plan B and Option 2.

😘🤔🙂 Dr Jay Varma, an epidemiologist at the Weill Cornell Medical School in New York City, said the rash-causing virus was mostly being passed on through skin-to-skin contact during sex.

😘🤔🙂 The CDC will dedicate 300 staff members to its monkeypox response as part of a new Emergency Activation Center.

😘🤔🙂 The FDA is hoping the next round of COVID-19 jabs will be available to the general public as early as this October, one leading regulator said Tuesday morning.

😘🤔🙂 A panel of independent advisors has recommended new formulations for the COVID-19 vaccines to specifically target the Omicron variant.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers at Brigham Young University found that while female put on 11.9lbs every 10 years on average, men put on just 5.7lbs.Scientists said less time spent playing sports or in the gym among women could be behind the more rapid weight gain. They also blame pregnancy, pointing to a Dutch study that found women gained about 3.3 lbs to 4.4 lbs after having each child.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers behind the study tracked 6,000 pregnancies in the US. Miscarriage rates peaked in June, July and August - the traditional summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.

😘🤔🙂 EXCLUSIVE: The NHS has ditched the terms 'women' and 'woman' from its menopause guidance, despite ministers promising to crackdown on gender-free language in health advice. Last month, MailOnline revealed NHS England had scrubbed all mention of women from its ovarian, womb and cervical cancer website pages. The move was condemned by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who said 'common sense and the right language' should be used to give people 'the best possible care'. Now MailOnline has found 'women' and 'woman' have also been quietly omitted from the NHS' advice about the menopause, a condition unique to biological females. The online guidance used to refer to women six times but the website was updated on May 17 to remove the terms.

😘🤔🙂 The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there had been 1,076 diagnoses as of Sunday, almost double the number a fortnight ago, in a sign the outbreak is not slowing down.

😘🤔🙂 Around one million people in the UK are estimated to use anabolic steroids to look more muscly or fit. A common side effect in men is the formation of breast tissue, known medically as gynecomastia or 'gyno'.

😘🤔🙂 The Channel 5 presenter, 57, who is ill with the virus himself, criticised the Government for playing down concerns about rising numbers. An outbreak on the set of the Jeremy Vine show has seen several crew, including his pregnant co-host Storm Huntley, forced off work with Covid in recent days. In a video posted on Twitter, Vine said: '100 per cent of our presenters have got it. That means there must be a lot of it about. 'Why isn't the Government mentioning it? Why isn't it saying anyone vulnerable, you know, stay indoors?' Nearly 4million extremely vulnerable people were told they were no longer advised to shield from April 1, as part of the 'living with Covid' plan. Showing his positive lateral flow test to the camera, Vine added: 'That's a big red line there, there is a lot of it around.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers found that victims of online bullying in early adolescence are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts than those who have experienced bullying offline.

😘🤔🙂 By smelling clothes with a device called an 'eNose', experts at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel found people with similar odours are more likely to make friends.

😘🤔🙂 Dr MEGAN ROSSI: It's a problem that affects millions of us which can be really debilitating - and it's one of the most common reasons people see their GP. I am talking about constipation, a subject that we don't discuss nearly enough, even though it can have a major impact on our health and quality of life. Every day in England, more than 200 people are admitted to hospital to be treated for constipation. Even in milder cases it can cause bloating, make acid reflux worse and contribute to low mood.

😘🤔🙂 PETER KNIGHT: Within four hours of devouring a second helping of my home-cooked Ottolenghi recipe for tuna and cheese pasta bake, my creation was rapidly evacuating my body.

😘🤔🙂 The Nottingham University-led study found people who paused treatment after their third booster had twice antibody response 12 weeks after as those who didn't.

😘🤔🙂 Using 'male' crash-test dummies to determine how men and women would fare in car accidents has been blamed for the dismal injury record for women on the roads. Although men are more likely than women to be in a car crash, when women are involved in an accident on the road they are almost twice as likely to become trapped in a vehicle, according to a study of more than 70,000 people in the UK, published in the journal BMJ Open last month. Alarmingly, previous studies in the U.S. have revealed that women are also 47 per cent more likely to be seriously injured than men, 71 per cent more likely to be moderately injured and 17 per cent more likely to die.

😘🤔🙂 A team from the University of Helsinki looked at nearly 280,000 youngsters born in Finland between 1995 and 2000.

😘🤔🙂 Lancaster University researchers studied more than 2billion words from books and parliamentary speeches. They found that potholes were mentioned 37 times more often than 'heart failure'.

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😘🤔🙂 These four youngsters are alive today largely thanks to ground-breaking technology - the 'heart in a box', or the organ care system - which allowed them to undergo life-saving heart transplants. Elle Elliott, 14 (left) lives in Derby. Her mum Sam, 38, a care assistant says: Elle was 12 weeks old when she was diagnosed with severe mitral valve stenosis, a narrowing of one of the heart's main valves, blocking blood flow into the heart'. Aaron Hunter, ten (second left) lives with mum Stephanie, 28, a carer, in Bo'ness, near Falkirk. She says: 'After Aaron had his seven-hour heart transplant operation in 2018, I remember looking into the intensive care unit and seeing his skin was pink for the first time in his life. He looked amazing'. Freya Heddington, 14 (second from right) lives in Bristol with parents Jason, 52, a physiotherapist, and Katie, 57, a veterinary nurse, and her sister Olivia, 18. Jason says: 'When we got the call telling us a heart had been found for Freya, we were surprised - she had spent just eight weeks on the transplant list. If it hadn't been for this new technology she could have been waiting much longer and may have ended up too poorly to survive surgery'. Anna Hadley, 16 (right) lives in Worcester with her parents Andy, 50, who works for a manufacturing company, and Amanda, 42, a nursery assistant, and her sister Molly, 21. Andy says: 'The school rang us in January 2018 to say Anna had collapsed in her PE lesson. Tests showed her heart was enlarged on the left side, and she was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy. It caused her to black out because of a lack of blood going to the brain. We were referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital and told that she had only a two-year life expectancy without a transplant. It was our bleakest time. Her donor heart arrived by helicopter. Now, she's back playing hockey and has a part-time job. We're so grateful to the donor's family'.

😘🤔🙂 Exercise and talking therapy could help thousands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis combat crippling fatigue, a study suggests.

😘🤔🙂 Around 5,000 men a year in the UK undergo a radical prostatectomy (where the whole prostate and a small amount of surrounding tissue is removed) to try to get rid of cancer.

😘🤔🙂 DR MARTIN SCURR: Your daughter may also be losing iron by running, as studies show athletes can shed it through exercise-induced sweating.

😘🤔🙂 The casual observer might easily overlook the small sprig of wire hooked over Sandra McDonough's left ear. Yet this seemingly innocuous home-made little stick has, she claims, given her back the speech and mobility she lost after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2002, just before her 40th birthday. Unable to speak without stuttering, to walk, drive or even remain steady on her feet, Sandra's once busy and lively world was demolished by the disease.

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😘🤔🙂 Sir John was speaking at a hearing of the Infected Blood Inquiry, which is looking into the infection of up to 30,000 people with HIV or hepatitis C from contaminated blood. Thousands died after contaminated blood products were imported from the US, often from prisoners, sex workers and drug addicts who were paid to give their blood in the incident which has been called the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. Sir John was asked during a hearing about correspondence within government when it became apparent that compensation for victims would be required.

😘🤔🙂 The Government's draft Mental Health bill proposes people can no longer be detained under the Mental Health Act purely because they have autism or learning difficulties.

😘🤔🙂 WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Tracy Marriott (pictured left before and right, after surgery), from Eastbourne, East Sussex, flew to Istanbul to have a cut-price tummy tuck and boob job which she hoped would improve her self-confidence. The stay-at-home mother-of-three, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, paid about a third of the price it would have cost in Britain. Her dress size went down two sizes, from 18 to 14, and her 36DD breasts were increased to a 36FF following the procedures - but they were far from a success (scars shown inset). She woke up 'in a lot of pain' and was 'having trouble breathing', leaving her bed-bound in the foreign hospital for five days. 'I felt like I was dying and I wouldn't make it back home,' she said. 'My mum video called me whilst I was in the hospital and she said she could barely recognise me, I looked so unwell.'

😘🤔🙂 Constant change between a low-calorie and high-calorie diet can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes, a new study finds.

😘🤔🙂 Experts in Belgium say workaholics turn to alcohol to 'reward' themselves and unwind after a long, stressful week. They also warn the cost of living crisis could force more families to work overtime.

😘🤔🙂 The idea of living for hundreds of years was once thought to be the pipe dream of billionaires and tech moguls. Dr Andrew Steele (top right), a British computational biologist and author of a new book on longevity, told MailOnline there is no biological reason humans can't reach the age of 200. Other experts believe humans could live to 150 naturally, if it wasn't for chronic illnesses, including Dr Peter Fedichev (bottom right), a Russian molecular physicist who runs a biomedical AI firm Gero. Left: The Office for National Statistics predicts the life expectancy of men born in 2070 in the UK will reach the age of 85 on average, while women will be nearly 88 when they die.

😘🤔🙂 Members of the British Medical Association have asked their union to lobby ministers for a massive pay hike over the next five years. They voted in favour of the motion at an annual conference today.

😘🤔🙂 Students, doctors, nurses at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge are the first in the world to don virtual reality headsets and learn with life-like hologram 3D patients.

😘🤔🙂 Another COVID-19 vaccine dose could be on the way, with FDA advisors set to meet this week to discuss the merits of Omicron-specific boosters. Both Pfizer and Moderna have revealed data showing that their jabs tailored to the highly infectious strain of the virus. Americans are not as fearful of the pandemic now as they have been before though, with less than a third expressing fears of being infected. The nation's Covid situation remains steady at around 100,000 cases and 300 deaths per day - where it has remained over the last two weeks.

😘🤔🙂 Boris Johnson's official spokesman said the situation was being monitored 'very closely' amid early signs that hospitalisations are also starting to rise in the UK.

😘🤔🙂 A team at Imperial College London conducted clinical tests in mice who had glioblastoma - one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer that killed The Wanted singer Tom Parker.

Touching moment Elvis fan, 74, with Alzheimer's comes 'back to life' when he hears his favourite songs 

😘🤔🙂 Eddie O'Brien, 74, from Warrington, was diagnosed with the illness in 2019. His daughter Rebecca, 30, says he transforms before her eyes when he listens to his favourite tunes. Eddie, pictured right, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's after he began forgetting names and getting lost on his way home. As soon as he hears music, his feet start tapping and he is up dancing.

😘🤔🙂 While many women find coil insertion painless, some suffer discomfort, and should be offered an anaesthetic. But data obtained by MoS shows up to a third of women received no pain relief at all.

😘🤔🙂 A young mum has described how completing a six week Pilates challenge got her in the best shape of her life - and she's ready to do it again.

😘🤔🙂 Severely overweight patients are being offered a pioneering operation on the NHS that could help them lose up to six stone in six months - slashing their risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The procedure involves the walls of the stomach being stitched together, shrinking it in size by about three-quarters. Afterwards, when the patient eats, their body will signal much faster than it would normally that the stomach is full. But patients are warned that should they over-indulge, the stitches will break and cause the stomach to spring back to its original size. Because the success of the procedure also relies on a patient's willpower, surgeons claim that it is more successful than other more invasive methods. Patients who underwent the operation, called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, lost 50 per cent of their body weight on average, and trial results found that after two years, eight in ten patients had managed to keep off the weight. (Pictured: Hillary Liles, a 38-year-old therapist from North Carolina, who had the op. Left, today; and right, before her surgery, when she eventually hit 18 stone.)

😘🤔🙂 This intermittent dose regime was found to be just as effective in controlling symptoms as taking tablets continuously, and may help patients avoid dependency and withdrawal associated with the drugs.

😘🤔🙂 The drug, currently known as IMCY-0098, blocks the faulty immune system response that is thought to trigger the illness.

😘🤔🙂 BARONESS GREY-THOMPSON (left): It is a photo that should shame travel industry bosses. A disabled woman left abandoned in an empty plane cabin. The bleak image (right), which surfaced this month on Twitter, has since been shared thousands of times and published by most national news websites. I know the woman in the picture well: Victoria Brignell, a well-respected producer at BBC Radio 4 and friend of mine. Victoria, who is paralysed from the neck down and a wheelchair user, had arrived back at Gatwick on a British Airways flight after a holiday in Malta. The specialist staff booked to lift her safely from the plane seat and carry her to her wheelchair at the door failed to appear. The result was an hour and a half spent stuck in her seat. (Inset: BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, paralysed since 2004, who has been trapped on a plane four times.)

😘🤔🙂 Until now, symptoms could be treated only with medicine that patients usually inject themselves, alongside iron infusions in hospital twice a year. But roxadustat, taken three times a week at home, is just as effective.

😘🤔🙂 About 15 per cent of Britons have genetic characteristics which make the immune system attack tissue around the material, causing pain and swelling.

😘🤔🙂 DR ELLIE (inset): Roughly 15 per cent of women suffer from severe menopause symptoms, lasting four years on average. For this group, the impact on the quality of their lives - on physical and mental health, on relationships and on work - can be profound. A survey carried out by the Fawcett Society, which involved 4,000 menopausal women, found one in ten had felt forced to give up their jobs due to symptoms. This is dreadful. But it's equally important to look at these issues in perspective. Most women do not experience these sorts of life-wrecking difficulties. And as well-meaning as it may be, the focus on the negative experiences is leading to a widespread misconception that the menopause is always hellish and something to be feared, when in most cases it is not. The risk is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Research suggests that women who have negative attitudes toward the menopause - and female ageing in general - suffer worse symptoms. (Pictured main: Carolyn Harris, an MP speaking out on the menopause, flanked by celebrities Mariella Frostrup, left, and Penny Lancaster and, right, Davina McCall.)

😘🤔🙂 At least 10% of people will suffer age-related eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma, but the survey of 2,000 Britons commissioned by the charity Guide Dogs shows a lack of awareness among the general public.

😘🤔🙂 DR ELLIE: One of the more common reasons for daily nausea is anxiety, and in some cases stress, which can both cause very profound physical symptoms. (File image.)

😘🤔🙂 From preferring slapstick comedy to wearing scruffy clothes, research suggests there are many changes that could hint at the early stages of Alzheimer's before the characteristic forgetfullness sets in. And now they've uncovered another. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles , found elderly people who were more willing to give away money to a person they do not know are more at risk of the disease.

😘🤔🙂 Whooping cough can kill up to one in 50 babies and cases have been on the rise in the UK. Now scientists at University Hospital Southampton hope to trial a better vaccine.

😘🤔🙂 DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Are you addicted to cigarettes, gambling, alcohol, or painkillers? Or perhaps, like me, you are a chocaholic, who sometimes roams the house looking for a stash?

😘🤔🙂 Before Roe v Wade was ruled on in 1973, many women turned to dangerous illegal abortions to get the procedure done. One expert warns that women will still get an abortion if they need, but those who can't do so legally will turn to unsafe means. These unsafe means killed around 200 American every year before Roe, an expert warns (right). Abortion is set to become functionally illegal in more than half of U.S. states after a conservative majority overturned Roe by a 6-3 vote (left).

😘🤔🙂 Around 75% of American teenagers are not getting recommended their daily exercise. Girls in particular are less likely than their male peers to be getting an adequate level of daily fitness.

😘🤔🙂 Chris LeBron, a Democrat candidate for the New York State Assembly, blasted the 'pop-up' inoculation and slammed the city's health commissioner for failing to turn up.

😘🤔🙂 Dr Adolph Brown, a clinical psychologist, says that a recent uptick in violence in schools is a result of disruptions in life caused by Covid. The solutions begin in the home, though.

😘🤔🙂 The Europen companies GSK and Sanofi have partnered for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is 72% effective at preventing infection from the Omicron variant.

😘🤔🙂 Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 1.3million people in England were infected in the week to June 18, up by a fifth compared to seven days earlier. Cases are also on the rise in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where positive tests jumped by up to 40 per cent in a week.

😘🤔🙂 The newly-knighted scientist also dismissed hysteria that a recent uptick in Covid cases marks a new wave of the pandemic, saying Britain has to learn to live the virus.

😘🤔🙂 20 million people across the globe would have died if not for the Covid vaccine rollout a team of scientists from Imperial College London have suggested in a new analysis of the first year of the jabs.

😘🤔🙂 A call went out to British parents on Wednesday to check their polio jabs were up to date after the virus was detected in sewage samples and it emerged as few as a third of teens are vaccinated in some parts of England. But some parents said they tried up to 30 times to get through to their GP receptionist and access their child's medical records and were told to call back the next day or get in touch with schools instead. There was further confusion as it emerged parents have to get permission from a GP to allow them to access their family medical records on the NHS app, meaning the only way for some people to find out their family's vaccination status was to call their local doctor's surgery directly.

😘🤔🙂 An international team of scientists led by experts from Pennsylvania and Illinois have uncovered a number of long living reptiles and amphibians which could hold the keys to extending human life.

😘🤔🙂 Danish biologist Nicklas Brendborg says that leafy greens such as kale, cabbage and broccoli are good for us because they are bad for us.

😘🤔🙂 Ditching dairy is often cited as one of the most difficult parts of following a plant-based diets - with the UK's 600,000 vegans having to source alternative cheese, chocolate and milk.

😘🤔🙂 A consultation on the proposal to end sales of energy drinks to children in Wales also asks if the plan 'should be widened to consider other drinks typically high in caffeine, such as tea and coffee'.

😘🤔🙂 The family of five-year-old Florence Bark, from from Northamptonshire are hoping the generosity of strangers can help fund her pioneering cancer treatment overseas that isn't available on the NHS. Like many five-year-olds Florence Bark loves princesses and enjoys dressing up as her favorites, and she also told MailOnline she is also a big fan of 'doggies' and other animals. But the Bark family's world was shattered last month after Florence was diagnosed with a rare form of the blood cancer leukaemia, called acute myeloid leukaemia, last month. The family, from Corby in Northamptonshire, are now waiting for a stem cell transplant but because Florence has a rare gene mutation, found in only 10 per cent of cases, this treatment is predicted to fail. If it does fails Florence's only chance will be for a pioneering procedure called CAR-T therapy that teaches her own immune system to fight off the disease. But the NHS won't pay for it forcing her family to turn to crowdfunding in preparation of getting her the treatment privately in either Singapore or the US. This is the same treatment that cured Oscar Saxelby-Lee, the British boy who won the nation's heart after his leukaemia battle went viral in 2018. Strangers raised half a million pounds for Oscar's treatment, and the Barks hope they can also count on the public's generosity. They said they will do everything in their power to help save their 'beautiful princess'.

😘🤔🙂 Doctors estimate that as many as 20 per cent of new mothers suffer from postnatal depression but the psychological effect on men was less known. University College London looked at 30,000 couples.

😘🤔🙂 A study by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge has found that all age groups spent more time looking at screens than before the pandemic - and children aged six to 10 had the biggest rise.

😘🤔🙂 A smoke shop worker told today that he was facing a surge in customers since the FDA ban. Adman Masuk, 25, who works in a shop off Union Square in New York City, said: 'We've had customers rushing in all day. 'They're buying in bulk, coming in and getting about 20 or 40 boxes or so.' Others said they would not be taking the products off shelves until they heard from the Food and Drug Administration. And customers today revealed they were rushing out to buy the e-cigarettes. The FDA today banned the products from sale, with commissioner Robert Califf saying they had played a 'significant part' in the rise of vaping among youngsters.

😘🤔🙂 In a bid to stem the rising case tally, the New York City Health Department opened a clinic Thursday to roll out the two-dose Jynneous vaccine -  which is 85 percent effective.

😘🤔🙂 The Illinois' city's Department of Public Health told they would be putting out guidance on social media and printing fliers on the tropical disease to be handed out at events.

Polio dates back to 1500 BC, crippled rulers in Ancient Egypt and paralysed thousands of children for decades before being almost entirely wiped out by a vaccine that used a weakened version of virus: The disease's history laid bare

😘🤔🙂 Polio, which scientists believe has been circulating since ancient Egypt (bottom right picture), spread like other common bugs and viruses for millennia. But as hygiene standards improved in richer nations from the 1800s, outbreaks took off. Vaccines against polio, which were rolled out from the 1950s, drove the virus to the brink of extinction in many parts of the world (shown in map). But health chiefs have struggled to stamp it out completely. Pictured: top right shows man who has lived in 'iron lung' chamber for 70 years after contracting polio in 1952.

😘🤔🙂 Health minister Lord Kamall said 'world-beating' tactics UK health chiefs learned during the Covid pandemic were being deployed to track down patient zero.

😘🤔🙂 Data from the World Health Organization shows 114 of 160 nations, including the UK and US, have not jabbed at least 95 per cent of their one-year-olds against polio.

😘🤔🙂 Parents of unvaccinated children are to be contacted by the NHS as part of a targeted vaccine drive in London amid fears the disease could take off in the UK for the first time in decades. Children are routinely vaccinated against polio but the capital has some of the poorest coverage in England, with just 35 per cent of Yea 9s boosted in Hillingdon, West London, which has the worst uptake in the country. Latest figures also show just a third of pupils in Brent had been fully vaccinated against polio by the time they entered secondary school in the 2020/2021 academic year. In total, uptake among Year 9s was below 50 per cent in six London boroughs and a quarter of children in the capital had not had their pre-school polio shot. London has always lagged behind the rest of the country when it comes to vaccine coverage but rates dropped further during the pandemic, linked to a lull in appointments and a rise in vaccine hesitancy.

😘🤔🙂 Polio used to paralyse millions of children around the world every year in the 1940s and 1950s and consign thousands to 'iron lungs' - large machines that helped them breathe.

😘🤔🙂 UK health officials have found traces of a vaccine-derived version of the virus in sewage samples in parts of London and say it is 'likely' transmitting within the community.

😘🤔🙂 The analysis, led by experts from the University of Queensland in Australia, found women who miscarried three or more times were up to 35 per cent more likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke.

😘🤔🙂 An Austrian man brought home an unwanted souvenir after having unprotected sex with a prostitute while holidaying in Cambodia, catching a new strain of super gonorrhoea.

😘🤔🙂 Scientists in Brazil have unveiled a 10-second balance test could determine your risk of dying early (top left). MailOnline has revealed some of the subtle signs you could be at risk of an early death. Elderly people who walk slowly are at much more risk of being sent to an early grave (second picture), while those who struggle to sit and stand without support are also at risk (third picture), along with those who cannot seamlessly walk up four flights of stairs (fourth picture). Being unable to give a firm handshake could also be a sign of impending death (fifth picture), as can struggling to do 40 push ups, according to scientists.

😘🤔🙂 UK charities have warned the nation's asthmatics to take care in the coming days due to a triple threat of extreme pollen levels combined with storms and heat increasing the risk of attacks.

😘🤔🙂 People can't get enough of a medically-approved t-shirt, claiming it's improved their posture and helped relieve debilitating back pain. The Percko Lyne UP t-shirt, is said to provide a whole host of benefits...

😘🤔🙂 An ex ballerina and university student looking for a way to slim down her legs claims just one type of exercise transformed her body for the better - and it doesn't involve stepping foot inside a gym. Arianna, who lives in Italy, trialed Australian personal trainer Rachael Attard's Lean Legs Program after growing tired of traditional home workouts and picking up weights in the gym. Rachael's program breaks down the female body into three separate categories and subscribes a diet and exercise routine depending on which type you are: Ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph.  

😘🤔🙂 Researchers in Norway have found that women who are deficient in the female sex hormones are more likely to suffer sleep apnoea.

😘🤔🙂 Fashion student Louisa Josem, from Melbourne, decided to stop using the contraceptive pill in January 2021, but three months later her face was covered in hormonal acne.

😘🤔🙂 ETH Zurich, Switzerland, researchers have found tumours are more likely to mestastasise, when malignant cells break away from where they first formed to create another mass, at night.

😘🤔🙂 Moderna has not revealed how large the facility will be or where it will be built, but reports suggest it could be in Oxford, Cambridge or London.

😘🤔🙂 Children under the age of five received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines after the shot's controversial approval last week. The U.S. is now the only country in the world that vaccinated children as young as six months old, and President Biden exclaimed 'we're the only country in the world doing this right now' on Tuesday. The HHS says that it has distributed 2.7 million shots to pharmacies around the country already, and expects to send out ten million as part of this batch. Children face limited risk from the virus, according to official data, as severe infection and deaths caused by the virus are rare.

😘🤔🙂 A study of the US firm's new jab on 800 people found it boosted antibody levels against Omicron 8-fold. It is hoped this will provide longer protection and cut the need for constant boosters.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois have uncovered a link between exposure to light during sleep and obesity. Having a BMI above 30 puts people at greater risk of diabetes.

😘🤔🙂 Popular e-cigarette manufacturer Juul may no longer be allowed to sell their product in U.S. markets, after having an application to get around flavored nicotine bans reportedly rejected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

😘🤔🙂 Dr Bobbi Pritt, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, told that both diseases had been known for years and initially spread undetected in the United States.

😘🤔🙂 Scientists believe the UK's latest surge has mainly been fuelled by Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5, which are even more transmissible than the strain that caused pandemic highs in April. At the same time, analysts claim to have spotted the emergence of 'probably the most fatal variant yet'. Experts have already dismissed the threat of Delta plus, however.

😘🤔🙂 Researchers found the AVA bracelet - normally used to track when is the best time to conceive - spotted the virus in 68 per cent of cases during the one-year study of 1,163 people in Lichtenstein.

😘🤔🙂 The Royal College of GPs said almost half of family doctors are planning to quit by 2027 in a major threat to patient care. It insists general practice is 'significantly under-staffed and under-funded'.