Girl, nine, is forced to wear a panda onesie to school after developing an allergy to her uniform

A girl often has to wear a onesie to school because she is 'allergic to her uniform'.

Lily Mason, from Keyworth, Nottingham, suffers from Mast Cell Activation Disorder, which sends her immune system into 'overdrive'.

Last October, the nine-year-old was left in 'immeasurable pain' when her school uniform caused her to break out in a burning rash that covered her body.

Her mother, Joy Mason, 33, was forced to send Lily to school in a furry panda onesie because it was the only thing that did not irritate her skin.

As well as her school uniform being a trigger, Lily's allergies means she 'almost lives in a bubble' and can only eat nine foods.

Lily Mason was forced to wear a furry panda onesie (pictured) to school after becoming allergic to her uniform. The nine-year-old suffers from Mast Cell Activation Disorder, which sends her immune system into overdrive and has left her with multiple allergies 

Lily is pictured during a reaction. Dark circles under the eyes, dubbed 'allergy shiners', can occur due to sinus congestion causing congestion in the small veins under the eyes

Lily's skin reactions are pictured left and right. She even has to sit on special cushions due to certain fabrics causing flare ups. Lily's condition means she suffers everything from itchy skin to nose bleeds and fatigue, and sometimes even begs her mother to make the reactions stop

Speaking of Lily's reaction to her uniform, Ms Mason said: 'Her skin was beyond sore - causing her immeasurable pain.

'Certain fabrics can affect her skin, but because her condition changes so often, it's impossible to keep track. One day it'll be fine, but another it won't.'

Lily is forced to take medication every day to reduce the severity of her reactions and even has to sit on special cushions due to certain fabrics being a trigger.  

'One day she can be allergic and the next she'll be allergic to something else,' her mother said.

Ms Mason, who is also mother to seven-year-old Harry, said: 'It's a total change from how I thought a family would be.

'Our life is making sure Lily is as well as possible. And if that means she has to attend school wearing a onesie, so be it.' 

Lily was left in 'immeasurable pain' when her uniform (pictured) caused her to break out in a rash all over her body. The onesie was the only thing that did not irritate her skin 

Lily's mother Joy Mason (pictured) said her life is 'making sure Lily is as well as possible'. Also pictured is her seven-year-old brother Harry, who has shown no symptoms of the condition. However, MCAS is genetic and a first relative has a 76 per cent chance of inheriting it 

Her condition means she can only eat these foods, which include wraps, yoghurt and rice milk

Lily was diagnosed with MCAS in 2017 after years of doctors being baffled by her fluctuating symptoms. 

'When she was diagnosed, the GP didn't even know what the condition was,' Ms Mason said.  

'Her immune system is in overdrive,' she explained.

'It was only recognised as an illness since last year but it seems everything acts as a trigger. From food to smells, Lily lives almost in a bubble.'

Due to her only being diagnosed relatively recently, Lily's family are still adapting to her disorder.

'We are still discovering what Lily's triggers are and we've learnt she's had the potential to be allergic to anything,' Ms Mason said.  

'With everything from anaphylaxis to itchy skin, to nose bleeds and fatigue, it seems Lily is constantly uncomfortable.  

'Sometimes she'll beg me to make the reactions stop. She's a tough cookie though.'

MCAS is genetic with Harry having a 76 per cent chance of developing the condition. But he has shown no signs of the disorder yet. 

'It's a condition that can appear at any point in a person's lifetime,' Ms Mason said.  

'Because it's so hard to diagnose, it's impossible to know how many people have it.'

Lily is forced to take medication every day, which somewhat helps to manage her condition

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  • Health threats of California wildfires: How smoke, dust and toxic fungus pose long-term risks

    Health threats of California wildfires: How smoke, dust and toxic fungus pose long-term risks

    d Human Services Secretary, to declare a public health emergency. </p><p>Tragically, his department warned, the threat is multi-faceted. </p><p>Smoke, pulverized dust, burned fuel, fungal spores and more could pose severe public health risks for people in the area.  </p><p>Rescuers work among debris after the wildfire in Paradise, California. The collapsed buildings and burning flames have disrupted all kinds of toxins now lingering in dust</p><p>For those who weren't close to collapsing buildings, the biggest concern is polluted, smoky air, which can also contain small dangerous particles. </p><p>Schools and public offices across California have been checking the air before re-opening. </p><p>As devastating photos have shown, the fires ravaging California have decimated buildings, creating clouds of dust for miles. </p><p>Those close to collapsed buildings may be exposed to pulverized concrete.</p><p>Our understanding of the health dangers of dust exposure primarily come from two sources: studies on workers at demolition sites and first responders to 9/11, who are at the center of the world's longest-running post-disaster study ever conducted.  </p><p>The toxic cocktail they inhaled has been directly linked to a number of illnesses, including a persistant cough, bronchitis, runny nose, gastroesophageal acid reflux disease (GERD) and cancer.  </p><p>In the last 20 years, these models have given us a greater understanding of how pulverized concrete - particularly the crystalline silica it contains - directly causes lung diseases and cancers.</p><p>They filter out small particles but still allow you to breath easily.</p><p>The toxin invades the human body in a very similar way to asbestos, which causes mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the chest. </p><p>With particles small enough to invade the lungs (fewer than five millionths of a meter), crystalline silica perforates cells, allowing them to mutate and divide - laying the foundations for cancer. This process also leads to respiratory diseases like pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and silicosis by weakening the cells and damaging the lungs' function.  </p><p>Sixteen years after 9/11, medics are seeing this process unfold in the men and women who mined Ground Zero for survivors.  </p><p>One of the most underestimated dangers to health after a natural disaster is fungus.</p><p>This was made plain after the January 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles.</p><p>Within days of the natural disaster, more than 170 people fell ill with Valley fever. Within months, dozens had died.</p><p>The deaths were traced back to a disease caused by a fungus called coccidioidomycosis, which is native to the soil of southern California.   </p><p>'If you understand your city map, and what's in the neighborhood, you will have a better idea of what you've been exposed to. What fungal organisms are in your region, and what kind of buildings were you near?'</p><p>The death toll has hit 50, prompting Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, to declare a public health emergency</p><p>Then, speak to your doctor. If they think there is cause for concern, get regular check-ups to screen for lung diseases and other dust-linked illnesses.</p><p>'What we found after 9/11 is that you can't x-ray everybody or CAT-scan everybody, so we had to work out those who were most likely to have a high risk and make sure they are getting monitored. </p><p>'We worked out regions of exposure - who was closest to the buildings? Then we monitor those people, and their symptoms. Are they developing a persistant cough? Do they have a runny nose? How is their lung function? If it's getting worse, and they're not a smoker, then that's cause for concern, so we do more tests. </p><p>'At the end of the day, the only way to protect yourself is to monitor your symptoms.'</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  • NHS system error puts lives at risk as nearly 50,000 women are not sent screening letters

    NHS system error puts lives at risk as nearly 50,000 women are not sent screening letters

    er as almost 50,000 women were not sent letters inviting them for a smear test.</p><p>Health leaders today warned 'lives are at risk' because of the 'appalling' error by the private firm Capita, which has been branded 'shambolic' and 'incompetent'. </p><p>The company - contracted to produce and send invitation letters to women eligible for the screening programme - blamed human error for the failure and said disciplinary measures would be taken. </p><p>The error meant 43,000 letters inviting female patients for a smear test or giving them a reminder were not sent between January and June. A further 4,500 were regarding their cervical cancer screening results.</p><p>The British Medical Association, the GPs' trade union, has written to NHS England about its 'extreme concern' that so many women did not get the letters because of the 'gross' error by Capita.</p><p>'This is an incredibly serious situation,' said the association's Dr Richard Vautrey. He added it was 'appalling that patients may now be at risk' of cervical cancer and said hundreds of women are likely to be 'extremely anxious' over the news. </p><p>It comes after the NHS was engulfed in a similar scandal in May, which saw 450,000 women miss life-saving breast cancer screening scans because of a 'colossal' IT failure.  </p><p>Some 48,500 women in England did not receive letters inviting them or reminding them to attend cervical screening tests, which can pick up on early warnings of cancer (stock image)</p><p>The error has been traced back to the private company Capita and pressure is mounting on the NHS to cut ties with the firm.</p><p>Capita apologised for the blunder, saying the correct process 'was not properly followed' and implying it may sack the people responsible. </p><p>It is currently unclear how the administrative error occurred. The firm, based in London, has only said the correct process for uploading, organising and checking datafiles was not properly followed. </p><p>The firm added that the individuals responsible did not immediately escalate the issue to senior management upon discovery of the problem.  </p><p>The BMA accused the company of being 'shambolic' and said NHS England must take the blame for paying it to do the work.</p><p>The NHS sends women letters every three years after they turn 25 inviting them for a cervical screening test.</p><p>This falls to every five years for women aged 50 to 64. Those over 65 are only offered a test if they have recently had abnormal test results. </p><p>Around five million women in the UK are invited for smear tests every year. Around 850 die each year from cervical cancer in the UK. </p><p>Around one in 20 women who have a smear test have an abnormal result, but only one in 2,000 have cervical cancer, according to The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. </p><p>The tests pick up on abnormal cells on the cervix which, if caught early, can be removed in order to try and prevent cervical cancer.</p><p>Around 43,200 women who were due to receive invitation or reminder letters between January and June this year weren't sent them. And 4,508 women missed letters about the results of their screenings.</p><p>Around 180 of which are thought to have shown abnormal findings, meaning those women may have been at risk of cancer.</p><p>Of those women, 90 have already been contacted and the NHS is tracking down the rest over the next 10 days, NHS England says. </p><p>However, sources close to Capita deny the women faced any risk of cervical cancer because they would have been told the results by their GP. </p><p>Kelly Swingler is one of the thousands of women who didn’t receive their NHS cervical screening results.</p><p>The mother-of-two diligently attends cervical smears once every two years and regularly encourages her sister and friends to have them as well.</p><p>But when Miss Swingler, from Peterborough, did not receive her results after her most recent test in May, she became concerned.</p><p>She said: ‘The results normally come back in three to five days. It took me three weeks to get through to my doctor who said everything was okay.’</p><p>Mrs Swingler has had smear tests come back with abnormal results before, so she believes it is essential to keep up to date with screenings.</p><p>The 38-year-old businesswoman added: ‘I go every time I am reminded to.</p><p>‘Because the results are usually so quick to come back, I did start to get concerned. There are many women that are not going to their screenings. But the ones that do go don’t hear anything – that is something you just don’t need.’</p><p>Mrs Swingler said of Capita, the contract company responsible for the blunder: ‘They have a duty of care and responsibility. If that were any other company, if that were my company, we wouldn’t still be in business. They are being paid a lot of money.’ </p><p>Smear tests pick up on abnormal cells on the cervix which, if caught early, can be removed in order to try and prevent cervical cancer (stock)</p><p>Capita won a seven-year contract worth £330million in 2015 to run back-office services for the NHS in England, such as sending out invitation letters to people eligible for screening programmes.</p><p>The firm, based in London, employees 70,000 people and specialises on administrative services for the private and public sector.</p><p>Capita, whose chairman is Sir Ian Powell, had nearly £1billion wiped off its value in January as shares plummeted to a 15-year low.</p><p>The fall came after bosses blamed weak sales and said the company had spread itself too thinly.</p><p>Reports suggest the giant, listed on the London Stock Exchange, receives nearly half of its income from Government contracts.</p><p>Capita was considered responsible for 12 out of 18 serious NHS data blunders between July 2016 and July 2017.</p><p>Sacks of medical records were delivered to the wrong surgeries, emails sent to private firms and confidential details published on websites.</p><p>At the time the British Medical Association's Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'This is yet another serious failure of a service… run by Capita.’</p><p>Capita is also responsible for collecting the BBC licence fee from households and running the London Congestion Charge. </p><p>Last month, the Ministry of Defence acknowledged Capita, which has had the contract for Army recruiting since 2012, had 'underperformed'. </p><p>The disclosure drew an angry response from MPs on the committee who warned the service was 'withering on the vine' and called for the contractor to be sacked. </p><p>Dr Vautrey said: 'This is an incredibly serious situation, and it is frankly appalling that patients may now be at risk because of this gross error on the part of Capita.</p><p>'Some women will now be left extremely anxious because they have not received important correspondence, particularly letters about abnormal smear test results that need urgent follow up. This has been caused solely by Capita's incompetence.'</p><p>The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has said women shouldn't panic but the NHS must answer for its failings.</p><p>The body has urged the health service to 'seriously review' its contract with Capita, suggesting pressure will grow on NHS bosses to cut ties with the company.</p><p>Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP chair, said: 'This error has put patients at risk, and it will undoubtedly cause women more anxiety. </p><p>'It is vital everything is done as a matter of urgency to rectify the situation, and ensure all affected women are informed – particularly those who have not received their test results.</p><p>'We urge women not to panic and to await further information - we understand that NHS England are already working to contact anyone who has been affected.'</p><p>This is not the first time Capita has made an error while working for the NHS this year.</p><p>The company won a seven-year contract in 2015 to run a £330million back-office services contract for the NHS, in which it was required to crack down on 'ghost patients'.</p><p>These are patients who don't exist in reality but are registered at GP surgeries and, since Capita took over, the number of them has risen from three million to 3.6million.  </p><p>Health leaders are furious with the company's failure to meet the high standard expected.  </p><p>'Since it took responsibility for GP back room functions three years ago, Capita‘s running of these services has been nothing short of shambolic,' added Dr Vautrey.</p><p>'And after repeated warnings from the BMA and government, this is now clear evidence that its failings have put patient safety – and possibly lives – at risk.</p><p>Capita, whose chairman is Sir Ian Powell, had nearly £1billion wiped off its value in January as shares plummeted to a 15-year low</p><p>The NHS breast cancer screening scandal that cost up to 270 lives may actually go back to 2005 - four years earlier than first thought, it was revealed in May.</p><p>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said around 450,000 women aged 68 to 71 had not been invited to their final routine screening due to a computer error dating back to 2009.</p><p>But Professor Peter Sasieni, a cancer screening and prevention researcher at King's College London, said the problems could have started as early as 2005.</p><p>Some 450,000 women have not been invited to crucial mammograms as a result of the IT glitches - and as many as 270 women are feared to have died.</p><p>If the scandal actually dates back 13 years instead of nine, then 500,000 people may have missed scans and some may have died as a result.</p><p>'It is ultimately NHS England that bears overall responsibility and it must now take this service back in-house. </p><p>'As the body which commissioned Capita to take on this work, despite clear warning signs that it was not up to the job, NHS England must shoulder the blame for this dreadful situation; you cannot outsource responsibility.' </p><p>Dr Stokes-Lampard added: 'This is the second blunder of its kind this year, and we all need answers about why this has happened and assurance that it will not happen again.</p><p>'We will be asking NHS England to urgently and seriously review its contract with Capita – this is the latest in a long line of serious errors made by the company, and it is clear to us that they have not properly understood the scope or complexity of the work they have bid to do to support primary care.'</p><p>An NHS England spokesperson said: 'Every woman’s case is being reviewed, but there is no current evidence that this incident has led to harm to the women involved, and our priority now is to ensure that anyone affected by this incident is contacted, and knows how to get checked if they are due a cervical screen.'</p><p>Capita has blamed human error for the failing and are taking 'disciplinary action' against the people responsible for covering it up, the company said.</p><p>It said an auditing team has been appointed to investigate the incident and more stringent checks put in place to try and stop it happening again.   </p><p>It comes after the NHS was engulfed in a similar scandal in May, which saw 450,000 women denied life-saving breast cancer screening scans because of a 'colossal' IT failure</p><p>In a statement, Capita said: 'We have investigated the precise circumstances around this incident, and it is clear that the correct process for uploading, organising and checking datafiles was not properly followed.</p><p>'When the problem was discovered, it was not immediately escalated to senior leadership, or NHS England, by the individuals responsible. </p><p>'Capita is investigating the managerial handling of the matter and taking appropriate disciplinary action. </p><p>'Additionally, a senior executive responsible for this contract has already left Capita. </p><p>'The risk to women of this incident is low and there is no current evidence of harm, but Capita nevertheless apologises to both the NHS and to the women whose correspondence was delayed.' </p><p>It comes after the NHS was engulfed in a similar scandal in May, which saw 450,000 women miss life-saving breast cancer screening scans because of a 'colossal' IT failure.</p><p>The women, aged between 68 and 71, were never sent letters offering them routine breast screening because of an IT error lasting from 2005 to 2018.</p><p>And then-Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said up to 270 of them developed breast cancer which shortened their lives.</p><p>The chief of Breast Cancer Now, Baroness Delyth Morgan said at the time: 'It is beyond belief that this major mistake has been sustained for more than a decade.'</p><p>The glitch wasn't even discovered until Oxford University researchers were setting up breast screenings as part of a study and found some women's were automatically cancelled because of their age.</p><p>Mr Hunt first blamed a 'computer algorithm failure' but apologised, saying: 'For many years oversight of our screening programme has not been good enough.'</p><p>Women are invited for routine breast screening on the NHS every three years between the ages of 50 and 70.</p><p>Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.</p><p>The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:</p><p>Being overweight or obese can double a woman's risk of cervical cancer, research suggests.</p><p>This is due to excessive fat leading to higher levels of the hormone oestrogen, which is associated with the disease.  </p><p>In the UK, the NHS invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening, known as smear tests, every three-to-four years.</p><p>This aims to pick up abnormal cells that could lead to cancer if left untreated and saves at least 2,000 cervical cancer deaths a year in the UK.</p><p>These abnormal cells can be destroyed by methods such as laser therapy or freezing treatment. </p><p>Since 2008, girls aged 12-to-13 have been offered an HPV vaccine, which protects against more than 70 per cent of cervical cancers. </p><p>If diagnosed, treatment depends on where the cancer is, if it has spread and the patient's general health.</p><p>Surgery may be required, which usually removes the womb and cervix. 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    1 November 15, 2018
  • California man, 26, who tried to kill himself receives face transplant in NYC 25-hour surgery

    California man, 26, who tried to kill himself receives face transplant in NYC 25-hour surgery

    rs after narrowly surviving an attempted suicide against the odds, a new report reveals.</p><p>Doctors managed to bring him back - and soon after, Cam's mother Bev Bailey-Potter contacted NYU Langone Medical Center's new face transplant unit.</p><p>He also expresses his gratitude to the family of his donor, 23-year-old Will Fisher, described by People as 'a budding New York City writer and filmmaker'. He became a donor after his 'sudden' death following a battle with mental illness on January 5, 2018.</p><p>Cam flew directly to New York from California and that night he underwent the 25-hour surgery that changed his life.</p><p>Transformation: Cam Underwood was 24 when he tried to take his own life with a shotgun while drunk in June 2016 - and he later could not believe he'd done such a thing. He lost everything below his eyes but surgeons managed to patch him up (left). On January 5, 2018, he was admitted for a face transplant (pictured, center, shortly after; pictured, right, recently)</p><p>Before: Cam had battled with depression for years and was self-medicating with alcohol</p><p>'I remember just a sigh of relief that I had a face again, I had a mouth and teeth again, I had a nose again—just such amazement and joy,' Cam told People.</p><p>'I couldn't be more thankful for all the hard work and the sacrifices that were made for me.'</p><p>He added: 'The biggest difference is just being able to go out without a mask and without people staring at me.'</p><p>According to the ABC report, screening tonight on 20/20, Cam was athletic, hard-working, and a thrifty saver.</p><p>As soon as he graduated high school, he got a job working for his stepfather, and by 19 he got a mortgage on a house.</p><p>He and his high school sweetheart separated after years together, and he lost touch with one of his closest friends, which seemed to hit hard. </p><p>Donor: Will Fisher, 23, was a writer, filmmaker, chess player who studied at Johns Hopkins University. He was described by family as wise beyond his years. He died suddenly in January 2018 after a battle with mental illness</p><p>(he is the youngest of four, with two brothers and a sister) moved away, and he was soon diagnosed with depression. </p><p>He started to drink a lot, and recoiled from any of his relatives' attempts to get him to ease off.</p><p>On June 26, 2016, he spent the day hitting the bottle - something that had become commonplace, he tells People and ABC. </p><p>But that night he entered a vortex that sucked him further than before, and he thought he should end his life. </p><p>He pointed a shotgun under his chin and pulled the trigger, obliterating his entire face. </p><p>It is not clear where Cam was or who found him, but help got to him quickly. He was airlifted to University of California Davis Medical Center, where doctors got to work. </p><p>After numerous surgeries he was stabilized, but his face was gone. At first he was in a medically-induced coma, then very heavily drugged for just over a month. </p><p>Finally, in August 2016, he was lucid enough to understand what had happened, and to see his face for the first time.</p><p>'When I woke up, I didn't know what was going on, where I was, what had happened to me,' he said - adding, painfully: 'I was shocked that I would actually do something like that, and that I had survived.'  </p><p>Cam stayed in the hospital until December 2016. Once he was discharged, he wore a mask all the time.  </p><p>For Will's mother Sally (right), Cam (left) is the one thing that helped her worked through her grief</p><p>She got in touch, and in March 2017 Dr Eduardo Rodriguez took him on, starting the lengthy procedure to get Cam enrolled, including physical screening, psychiatric screening and counseling, and getting him on the transplant list.</p><p>Finally, in January this year, he got the bitter-sweet call all transplant hopefuls yearn for: they had a candidate. </p><p>Will Fisher, 23, had died in New York City, and he was a registered organ donor. </p><p>His mother Sally was consulted as doctors found he would be able to transform multiple lives with his heart, liver, kidneys, eyes - and, of course, his face. </p><p>Will, described by his family as wise beyond his years, was just a bit younger than Cam when he died. He had the same skin tone, skull size, hair color, a full set of teeth and the same blood type.  </p><p>Cam says he knew it was a life-threatening procedure but he never saw it as a choice - it was his only option to reclaim his life. </p><p>For Will's mother Sally, Cam is the one thing that helped her worked through her grief. </p><p>She told People: 'I don't think I would have survived Will's death if it wasn't for Cameron. Cameron's got his whole life ahead of him — and I love the idea that Willie's helping him have a better life.'</p><p>Face transplants became possible in 2005, when French surgeons performed a partial one on Isabelle Dinoire, who had been attacked by a dog.</p><p>That same year, Cleveland Clinic proved it was possible, and got licensed to perform the procedure.</p><p>In December 2008, they did so, performing a near-total face transplant on Connie Culp who had been shot in the face by her husband years prior.</p><p>The operation took 22 hours. It was the first in the world that also involved bone and nerve reconstruction.</p><p>Now 54, Connie can smile, talk, a speak understandably.</p><p>James Maki was 59 when he received a partial face transplant, after being electrocuted by railway tracks when he fell in a Boston station in 2005.</p><p>Now 67, he can make facial expression and eat crunchy food thanks to new dentures.</p><p>Dallas Wiens lost most of his face to burns after his head hit a power line while he painted his church.</p><p>His full face transplant took 15 hours, restoring his eyes, nose and mouth.</p><p>Mitch Hunter lost most of his face to an electric shock in a car crash in 2001.</p><p>His partial face transplant operation took 14 hours.</p><p>He can now feel his entire face, and is speaking better and better.</p><p>Charla Nash lost her nose, eyelids, lips and hands in 2009 when she got attacked by a chimpanzee that belonged to a friend.</p><p>Richard Norris accidentally shot himself in the face at the age of 22 in 1997.</p><p>His operation lasted 36 hours, and was the most extensive to date.</p><p>Andy Sandness tried to take his own life with a rifle two days before Christmas in 2006. </p><p>He survived, and was put on the path to getting a transplant. </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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    1 November 15, 2018
  • Big babies are almost THREE TIMES more likely to be obese when they start school 

    Big babies are almost THREE TIMES more likely to be obese when they start school 

    as children, research suggests.</p><p>Newborns who weigh more than 8.8lbs (4kg) and whose mothers had diabetes while they were pregnant face the highest risk.</p><p>They are 2.79 times more likely to be obese or overweight by the time they start school than babies born weighing a normal amount.</p><p>Infants are more likely to be born heavy if their mothers are overweight or if they piled on the pounds during pregnancy.</p><p>Experts say this can lead to babies becoming obese in later life if they inherit their mothers' genes for the condition or if they pick up on her unhealthy eating habits.</p><p>Big babies are almost three times more likely to be obese as children (stock)</p><p>Researchers from the University of Alberta analysed 81,226 pre-school children born between January 2005 and August 2013 in the Canadian province.</p><p>The youngsters were put into groups according to their height, weight, size at birth and whether their mothers had diabetes while pregnant. </p><p>This was then linked back to their birth-registry data, as well as their mothers' hospitalisation records during pregnancy.  </p><p>By the time they started school, 21 per cent of those born a healthy weight and to mothers without diabetes were overweight or obese.</p><p>This is compared to 43 per cent of the newborns who were heavy at birth and whose mothers suffered from gestational diabetes. </p><p>Taking in too many calories during pregnancy means more go to the developing foetus, causing it to grow more than it should.</p><p>The researchers, led by Dr Padma Kaul, took into account both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, with the link to childhood obesity being stronger for mothers with type 2.</p><p>Being 'large for gestational age' (LGA) - born heavier than the 90th percentile - raises a baby's risk of childhood obesity by 39 per cent alone, the study found.</p><p>Percentiles compare youngsters to others their same age. For example, if a three-month-old is in the 40th percentile for weight, that means that 40 per cent of three-month-olds weigh the same or less than that baby.  </p><p>Even if a baby is born a normal size, the study found they are 16 per cent more likely to be obese if their mother had gestational diabetes and 15 per cent more at risk if she had diabetes before becoming pregnant.</p><p>But breastfeeding in the first five months of a newborn's life reduces a baby's risk of carrying too much weight as a child by around 25 per cent.</p><p>This benefit does not apply, however, to LGA babies born to mothers with diabetes.</p><p>The study was published in the journal Diabetologia. </p><p>The scientists stress being LGA may be modifiable by controlling a woman's weight gain and blood-glucose levels during pregnancy.</p><p>'We hope that these findings will reinforce public health campaigns advising women who are planning to get pregnant,' the authors wrote.</p><p>'Just like smoking, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle choices, their weight prior to getting pregnant, and weight gain and blood sugar control during pregnancy, may have a significant impact on the future health of their children.' </p><p>In the US, nearly one in five school-age children have obesity, while as many as one in five in the UK enter education with the condition.</p><p>Among children, research suggests that 70 per cent of obese youngsters have high blood pressure or raised cholesterol, which puts them at risk of heart disease.</p><p>Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults. And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is often more severe.  </p><p>This comes after research released earlier this month found obese children are less likely to 'flourish' at school.</p><p>Youngsters carrying dangerous amounts of weight fail to meet the five markers of flourishing compared to those who are a healthy size or overweight, according to a study by Brown University.</p><p>These markers include not finishing their homework, having a disinterest in how well they do in school and failing to complete tasks they have started. </p><p>Obesity is defined as an adult having a BMI of 30 or over.</p><p>A healthy person's BMI - calculated by dividing weight in kg by height in metres, and the answer by the height again - is between 18.5 and 24.9. </p><p>Among children, obesity is defined as being in the 95th percentile.</p><p>Percentiles compare youngsters to others their same age. </p><p>For example, if a three-month-old is in the 40th percentile for weight, that means that 40 per cent of three-month-olds weigh the same or less than that baby.</p><p>Around 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men in the UK are overweight or obese. </p><p>The condition costs the NHS around £6.1billion, out of its approximate £124.7 billion budget, every year.</p><p>This is due to obesity increasing a person's risk of a number of life-threatening conditions.</p><p>Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness and even limb amputations.</p><p>Research suggests that at least one in six hospital beds in the UK are taken up by a diabetes patient.</p><p>Obesity also raises the risk of heart disease, which kills 315,000 people every year in the UK - making it the number one cause of death.</p><p>Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different cancers. </p><p>This includes breast, which affects one in eight women at some point in their lives.</p><p>Among children, research suggests that 70 per cent of obese youngsters have high blood pressure or raised cholesterol, which puts them at risk of heart disease.</p><p>Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults. </p><p>And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is often more severe.  </p><p>As many as one in five children start school in the UK being overweight or obese, which rises to one in three by the time they turn 10.  </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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    1 November 14, 2018
  • Gruesome footage shows cotton bud being removed from ear after becoming lodged 'for days'' 

    Gruesome footage shows cotton bud being removed from ear after becoming lodged 'for days'' 

    a patient’s ear after becoming lodged for several days.</p><p>Neel Raithatha, who runs a private audiology clinic in Leicestershire, captured the revolting moment he removed the object.</p><p>The unnamed patient was struggling to hear properly and was suffering from an earache before seeking medical help. </p><p>Grim: Anonymous patient presented themselves suffering hearing loss and earache - after the the tip of a cotton bud became stuck and compromised the eardrum  </p><p>Mr Raithatha discovered the wool had detached from the stick upon removing it from their ear, thought to be behind their symptoms. </p><p>Commenting on the bizarre case, Mr Raithatha said: 'The client attempted to self-clean their ear using a cotton bud. </p><p>'They felt they were not hearing too well and believed the cause to be impacted earwax.</p><p>'This is not recommended as the cotton bud, itself, can further push in and impact any earwax present.</p><p>'The cotton wool was quite deep in the external auditory canal (ear canal) by using crocodile forceps, I gently prized it out.</p><p>'It took about a minute, but it was a delicate procedure given the cotton bud was deep in the ear canal.'</p><p>The audiologist has previously removed a pen cap, earrings, twenty-two wax filters and an unidentified plastic object from an ear canal.</p><p>In November last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) stressed that cotton buds should not be used to clean ears. </p><p>Obstruction: The foreign mass can be seen blocking the canal prior to its careful extraction  </p><p>Did you know? In November 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) stressed that cotton buds should not be used to clean ears</p><p>Clear: The patient's hearing was fully-restored after the product was removed in full  </p><p>It admitted there is a ‘lack of evidence’ on the risks associated with using cotton buds but that they present a ‘potential hazard’ when used by patients to remove wax themselves.</p><p>Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, consultant in audiovestibular medicine and chairman of the guideline committee, said: ‘The general advice given is not to insert anything into the ear canal as it is self-cleaning.</p><p>'The only cleaning needed is to gently wipe the conch of the external ear with a damp flannel over a finger.</p><p>‘Ear irrigation is an effective method of removing earwax.' </p><p>Earwax usually falls out on its own but, in some cases, it can become blocked.</p><p>It cannot be prevented as the wax is there to protect ears from water, dirt germs, infection and foreign bodies. </p><p>Symptoms include earache, difficulty hearing, itchiness, dizziness, an ear infection and tinnitus.</p><p>You can try using over-the-counter wax softening drops or warm water to irrigate your ears.</p><p>If this doesn't work, seek professional medical help in case of infection.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 November 14, 2018
  • Doctors: Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor

    Doctors: Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor

    tting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her.</p><p>The razor had a familiar thrum. Only this time, I wasn’t the one doing the shaving. I was watching as my sister’s remaining hair fell away.</p><p>She was putting on a brave face, joking with the hairdresser. Her defiant look said: “Leukemia’s not going to get me.” But in her eyes, I also saw terror. I wanted to rescue her, but there was nothing I could do.</p><p>Eighteen months younger than me, Victoria had always been there, someone I took for granted. When we played as children, she tried to keep up, to convince me she was cool and worthy of attention. We had weathered much together: a move to London, our parents’ divorce, a health crisis of my own. She always had my back. But with college, marriages, moves across the country, kids of our own, we grew apart. She became an actress; I became a neurosurgeon.</p><p>Was our relationship still relevant? Victoria had pushed many visitors away, but invited me to fly out from North Carolina to spend a week at her bedside at City of Hope, the cancer hospital outside Los Angeles where she was being treated. As I entered her hospital room for the first time, I was afraid I would disappoint her.</p><p>I was in a strange city, in an unknown place, asking for directions and permission to enter restricted areas. I had to scrub my hands, glove and gown to enter her room, a ritual I perform many times in the course of a busy workday but one that felt foreign and awkward in this new context.</p><p>But Victoria and I grinned at each other through our masks, and her eyes twinkled with the pleasure of a long-anticipated reunion. The years of distance vanished. She gave me courage, which was strange, because I thought I was there to give her courage. While we spoke about the medical facts of her illness during that glorious first week, mostly we chatted, sharing memories of our childhood, played Yahtzee and Scrabble, watched movies contending for Oscars and laughed.</p><p>I stayed each day by her bedside, leaving only to eat and take walks around the hospital’s gardens while she rested, then spent the afternoon and evenings with her as well. I came back for another week after her bone marrow transplant to be with her while she recovered, fighting through fevers, chills, vomiting and diarrhea, seemingly endless tests and intravenous treatments. She was fearless as she prepared for the transplant, enduring full-body radiation and powerful chemotherapy given to kill off her marrow in preparation for an infusion of stem cells (from her son, Nick, who became her donor). </p><p>Each day they weighed her and, despite eating nothing at all, she was gaining, rather than losing, weight. She was furious: She had hoped at least she would be thinner after all she was going through.</p><p>I felt my sister’s frustration and anguish as we waited hours for doctors and consultants to come by and answer our questions. Stripped of my physician status, I was aware of the consuming and unrelenting fear that patients carry with them and cannot shake. I was no longer the doctor dropping in on rounds, calling the shots.</p><p>While Victoria wouldn’t discuss her mortality with anyone (that was off the table), she resolved herself to conquer whatever the medical team asked of her. Each day she walked further, sat in a chair longer, tried to eat when she could keep things down. The housekeepers stopped by to talk with Victoria every morning. She knew their names, and the names of their children. José spoke of his son’s difficulties with school. Victoria listened and made suggestions. She knew the nurses’ names and concerns as well; how long their commutes were, how they tried to balance the personal and professional demands in their lives.</p><p>Over time, Victoria became increasingly grateful for the kindness and compassion of others, whether it came from her husband, Pat, who stayed with her each day (my visits provided necessary respite for him); or from her sons, Nick and Will, whose faces beamed at her from large poster-size photos they had placed in her room; or from the friends who looked after her family, feeding them every day for the eight-plus months of her continuous hospitalization.</p><p>Sitting with Victoria allowed me to reconnect with a part of myself I had been suppressing for years. Her courage rubbed off on me. Blood test results set the expectations for each new day. A higher white blood count would allow Victoria the freedom to step from her room into the hallway to take a few steps around her unit, albeit with a thick filtration mask covering her mouth and nose. If her counts were low, she would sit confined to her room, often for days on end, gazing longingly through a sealed window at people six stories below walking the garden paths and at the trees swaying in the breeze.</p><p>I went to City of Hope to support my sister, and what I found there was gratitude: appreciation for others; reveling in small pleasures we usually take for granted, like a hot shower, sunlight, a walk outdoors.</p><p>Victoria’s gift was a tangible lesson, something I have been able to carry with me. Now I approach patients differently than I did before her illness. </p><p>Recently, I met Meghan White, a 34-year-old woman with breast cancer that had metastasized to her brain. I was initially hesitant and fearful as I entered the examining room to see her one afternoon after a long day in clinic. She was going to need me to surgically place a reservoir into her brain to deliver chemotherapy. My colleagues and I also planned to perform focused radiation treatments to two tumors in her brain that were growing quickly. Meghan sat bald and proudly beautiful in my examining room, her mother there to support her. </p><p>Previously, I would have thought nothing of her shaved head, but now I understood Meghan had a story to tell. As they were with Victoria, the odds were long against her.</p><p>Meghan was a fourth-grade teacher and wanted to put off her surgery until her students completed their year-end assessments late the following week. I agreed that it was a milestone she shouldn’t miss and said we could work around her schedule. I held her hand. Her mother, eyes brimming with tears, asked me to take care of her baby. I assured her I would.</p><p>As I left the room, Meghan thanked me and said this was the first doctor’s appointment she had had in a long time where she didn’t cry. I never used to cry when speaking with patients. I would gird myself, push forward, distract myself with new and pressing problems to fix; I focused on technical, rather than human, matters. Now, I told Meghan that I would cry for us both. My sister was present in that room, in the patient sitting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her.</p><p>With Victoria, as with Meghan, my immediate reaction to her diagnosis had been fear and a desire to run (or at least to hide from the depths of my feelings while still being physically present). But in witnessing Victoria’s fearlessness, and later her gratitude, I found courage. My sister showed me how to become a better brother and, at the same time, a better doctor.</p>

    1 November 14, 2018
  • Phys Ed: Very Brief Workouts Count Toward 150-Minute Goal, New Guidelines Say

    Phys Ed: Very Brief Workouts Count Toward 150-Minute Goal, New Guidelines Say

    er federal activity parameters for 3-year-olds, as well as a few surprising omissions.</p><p>As of Monday, the United States has new federal physical-activity guidelines. The new guidelines, which represent a scientific consensus about how much and what types of physical activities we should complete for good health, bear a strong resemblance to the existing, 10-year-old governmental recommendations. But they also feature some important updates and expansions, including the first-ever federal activity parameters for 3-year-olds, as well as a few surprising omissions.</p><p>And they offer a subtle, admonitory reminder that a substantial majority of us are not moving nearly as much as we should.</p><p>The idea that the government might suggest how much we need to exercise is relatively new. The first federal exercise recommendations were released in 2008, after several years of scientific background study.</p><p>During that time, an advisory board of researchers, most of them from academia, scoured the available scientific literature for clues about the relationships between physical activity and health and how much and what types of exercise seemed best able to lengthen people’s life spans and reduce their risks for disease.</p><p>Using that information, they assembled and presented a scientific report to the Department of Health and Human Services, which used it as the basis for the original 2008 guidelines.</p><p>Most of us probably know what those guidelines suggested.</p><p>In essence, they called for adults who are not disabled to complete at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or other activities that raise people’s heart rates and breathing to the point that they can talk to a companion but cannot, should they be so inclined, sing.</p><p>The guidelines also noted that 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as jogging, would be equally effective but that the exercise, whatever its intensity, should take place in nonstop bouts of at least 10 minutes at a time and preferably every day.</p><p>Adults were urged, too, to do some type of strength training twice a week, while children older than 6 and teenagers were told to exercise moderately for at least 60 minutes a day.</p><p>That was 10 years ago. Since then, exercise scientists have published a mountain’s worth of new research about the health effects of physical activity — and of sitting — and of how much time we really need to spend in motion.</p><p>So two years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services convened a new panel of scientific advisers to sift through this research and provide updated exercise recommendations.</p><p>Again, they call for adults to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week, along with strength training twice a week.</p><p>They also suggest balance training for older people and, for the first time, urge kids between the ages of 3 and 5 to be active for at least three hours a day, an acknowledgment that even small children run the risk of being too sedentary these days.</p><p>The most substantive change in the new recommendations involves how long each bout of exercise should be. The new guidelines say they do not need to last for 10 minutes.</p><p>Any physical activity, no matter how brief, including walking up stairs or from the car to the office, provides health benefits, according to the new guidelines, and counts toward exercise goals.</p><p>Using these parameters, “it will be much easier” for people to accumulate the desired 150 weekly minutes of moderate activity, says Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at H.H.S., who oversaw the development of the formal guidelines.</p><p>But despite this expansiveness, the 2018 recommendations do not cover some types or aspects of exercise, including high-intensity interval training. Although these brief, intense workouts are popular and widely studied, the guidelines’ writers felt that more research was needed about their safety and effects.</p><p>For the same reason, the guidelines do not set a target for how much — or little — time people should spend sitting or how many steps they should take each day, instead reiterating that the best goal is 150 minutes a week of activity.</p><p>Helpfully, the new guidelines do include some practical proposals for increasing exercise, including having health care workers ask people about their exercise habits during every appointment and employers promote physical activity at work.</p><p>But such efforts are voluntary, of course, and may be unable to overcome the greatest challenge facing the implementation of the new guidelines, which is us.</p><p>Despite 10 years of hearing that we should be moving more, few of us are.</p><p>Only about 20 percent of American adults meet the existing recommendations, and a third never work out at all, statistics show.</p><p>But Admiral Giroir says he believes that the new guidelines can and should inspire large numbers of people to get moving.</p><p>“They are so simple,” he says. “You can walk, dance, mow your lawn, park your car a little farther away. It all counts and could really make an impact on people’s health.”</p>

    1 November 14, 2018


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