The unusual $8 item celebrities wear on the red carpet to prevent wardrobe malfunctions
Award ceremonies are as stressful and nerve wracking as they are exciting.
For those ladies wearing sky-high heels and shorter hemlines it's a constant battle between looking composed and avoiding a wardrobe malfunction in front of spectators on the red carpet.
But one stylist had a handy trick for ladies wanting to avoid any dreaded sweat stains, the most unpleasant of situations while in the spotlight, suggesting that an $8 pad could solve this potential worry.
But one stylist had a handy trick for ladies wanting to avoid any dreaded sweat stains suggesting that an $8 pad could solve this potential worry (Margot Robbie pictured)
'They are a great last-minute thing to add if a client is worried about underarm sweat showing and there isn't enough time to run to a wardrobe supply store,' she told the publication.
'The shape can easily fit under the armpit and you can always cut it down to be the right shape.'
Britt Theodora spoke to Who What Wear about celebrities using shoulder pads or the cups that come inside the lining of a bathing suit top as a quick fix (Georgia Fowler and Shanina Shaik pictured)
The trick is particularly useful for silk fabrics which show moisture easily, but are less helpful when it comes to shorter sleeves or white gowns
The trick is particularly useful for silk fabrics which show moisture easily, but are less helpful when it comes to shorter sleeves or white gowns.
You'll need to be pretty handy with a sewing machine though, because stylists ensure the pads are fastened with a needle and thread.
Other ways to reduce sweat is to choose a 'breathable' fabric like cotton and wear pastel colours over neon varieties.
For $12 you can purchase 'sweat shields' which work in the same way the pads do, but they are designed to be more absorbent (Jessica Hart pictured)
For $12 you can purchase 'sweat shields' which work in the same way the pads do, but they are designed to be more absorbent.
Otherwise some women swear by men's deodorants as the cure-all to the problem.
On the red carpet sometimes it's best to do as the models do and opt for black, which the majority of time, won't show the markings at all.
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rs for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps.</p><p>But it is difficult to be definitive about the duration of immunity, because definitive studies, known as challenge studies, are rarely conducted. In a challenge study, subjects are intentionally exposed to an infection to which they are thought to be immune. The subjects prove they are immune by not getting sick.</p><p>The results were remarkable. Antibody half-life — the time required for antibody levels to decrease by 50 percent — was 50 years for varicella zoster virus and, they estimated, more than 200 years for measles and mumps. The half-lives of tetanus and diphtheria were much shorter, 11 years and 19 years, respectively. That’s why, for example, it’s recommended you get a booster tetanus shot every 10 years.</p>
sland in the northern Atlantic Ocean find themselves united against a proposal to ban ritual circumcisions — jeopardizing a fundamental tradition in both religions.</p><p>“It’s a bedrock of the Jewish people and of the Torah,” said Rabbi Avi Feldman, 27, who moved from Brooklyn to Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters this year to become Iceland's first resident rabbi.</p><p>The bill aims to outlaw circumcision when not for medical reasons and was introduced by nine lawmakers from four political parties. It claims that any parent allowing the “irreversible” procedure disregards a boy's right to self-determination. Those found guilty could face up to six years in prison.</p><p>The proposal won support from around one-third of Iceland's doctors.</p><p>Like much of northern Europe, circumcision is uncommon here, a country about the size of Kentucky and home to 348,000 people.</p><p>But the bill has rattled the Jewish and Muslim communities, with many saying it had been a shock in a place they usually find tolerant and inclusive.</p><p>“This is in its own way an existential threat to Jewish life.”</p><p>“We are not used to these kinds of issues in Iceland,” said Redouane Adam Anbari, who is responsible for religious affairs at the country’s Grand Mosque. “It’s like they’re closing doors for Jews and Muslims, that they’re not welcome in Iceland.”</p><p>Julian Burgos, an Jewish marine biologist originally from Argentina who moved to Iceland nine years ago from the U.S., said the bill had left him perplexed. While he did not feel the motivation was anti-Semitic, he said there was a strain of anti-religious feeling in the country.</p><p>“I think you have to be a little bit blind to the side consequences of proposing a ban like this,” said Burgos, 47. “For me it’s like a little bit of a cultural blindness.”</p><p>Imam Ahmad Seddeeq of the Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland said some members of the Muslim community felt targeted by the law, believing it was introduced to make it difficult for Muslims to live here.</p><p>Seddeeq said he could not say what members of his congregation would do if the bill became law but speculated that some could leave Iceland, while others may continue to carry out circumcisions anyway.</p><p>“Lawmakers are supposed to make laws that will bring harmony and support tolerance in society and not make laws that will cause misunderstandings," he said, adding that the bill threatened to make people feel "marginalized or not welcomed."</p><p>The majority of Iceland's population identify as Lutheran, according to the National Statistics Institute. Some 20,000 — or one-in-17 people — said they had no religious affiliation.</p><p>There are around 1,000 Muslims living in Iceland, according to the agency. No official statistics are kept on the number of Jews, but estimates range from 50 to a few hundred.</p><p>Mike Levin, who until Feldman's recent arrival served as the de facto leader of Iceland's Jewish community, said he thought many people of his faith were reluctant to tell the government that they are Jewish. “That’s sort of what happened in Nazi Germany. It was in your passport: ‘Jude,’ Jew.”</p><p>The majority of the small number of Jews living in Iceland are not overly religious, according to Levin.</p><p>Levin, 57, originally from Chicago, said the community has held meetings in a rented hall or a vegetarian restaurant. He said he would often struggle to gather 10 men on the Sabbath, a traditional requirement for Jews to read the Torah.</p><p>Reykjavik still has no synagogue — something Feldman hopes to change — and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, was celebrated last week in a drab conference room at a downtown hotel.</p><p>Raphael Steinberg, an Israeli entrepreneur who moved to Iceland in 2012, explained the importance of the tradition even for more secular Jews such as himself.</p><p>“It’s one of the very few things that keeps you really a Jew,” he said.</p><p>Iceland is not the first European country to debate the pros and cons of circumcision, but none has outlawed the practice.</p><p>Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of international Jewish affairs at the American Jewish Committee, told a conference on countering anti-Semitism this year that it was important to fight for the protection of the "elemental" religious practice of circumcision on behalf of the handful of Jewish people in Iceland.</p><p>He described the potential ban as "in its own way an existential threat to Jewish life."</p><p>But the practice is uncommon in Iceland. The country's Directorate of Health said its records showed a total of 21 males under the age of 18 have been circumcised at hospitals or private clinics since 2006. It cautioned that its records on circumcision were patchy as some specialists refuse to submit their data. It could not say how many were for religious reasons.</p><p>Burgos, the marine biologist, said that the effect of such a ban on people living in Iceland who are neither Jewish nor Muslims would be “basically zero.”</p><p>Anbari, who is associated with the mosque, agreed that many people in Iceland did not appear to have a good grasp of Islam or the role of circumcision in the religion.</p><p>“This is not something new. This is something from the time of the Prophet Abraham,” he said. “Now it comes to Iceland to stop it?”</p><p>Yaman Brikhan, who owns three grill and shawarma restaurants in and around Reykjavik, said he thought it would be difficult for Muslim life to continue in Iceland if the proposal became law.</p><p>“This is part of our religion and part of our faith,” he said.</p><p>Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, the lawmaker who is the lead author of the bill to outlaw circumcision other than for medical reasons, declined to be interviewed by NBC News.</p><p>Aides in her office said they did not know whether the proposal, submitted in January, would be introduced again in Parliament for consideration after the summer recess.</p><p>“Just because something has been done for thousands of years, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do.”</p><p>Her proposal's backers argue that circumcision is often performed without anesthesia and outside medical settings, leaving children vulnerable to infection.</p><p>The bill suggests that boys who seek circumcision for religious or cultural reasons wait until they have reached the “age and maturity” to understand what is involved.</p><p>An open letter signed by more than 400 Icelandic doctors said performing circumcisions other than for medical reasons was at odds with their Hippocratic oath to do no harm.</p><p>Dr. Eyjólfur Þorkelsson, who was the letter's lead author, said procedures should be carried out for sound medical reasons. “You don’t take the appendix out just because," he said. "You have to have a problem."</p><p>Þorkelsson argued that while circumcision’s religious importance should not be ignored, it should not trump other factors.</p><p>“Just because something has been done for thousands of years, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do,” he said.</p><p>European medical groups are among the last arguing against the medical benefits of circumcision.</p><p>In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that the benefits of circumcision for newborns outweighed the risks. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also note the benefits include prevention of urinary tract infections, penile cancer and the transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.</p><p>Levin argues that, regardless of medical considerations, circumcision is a basic principle of Judaism.</p><p>“It’s the contract made between God and the Jewish people that all male children should be circumcised on the eighth day," he said.</p><p>Days before the Jewish new year, Feldman’s wife, Mushky, gave birth to their third child, a girl, Tzivia.</p><p>Had Tzivia been a boy, the rabbi defended his right to decide whether circumcision was in the best interests of his child.</p><p>“It is something parents should be trusted with,” Feldman said.</p>
turn 70, a major report has revealed today.</p><p>Scientists analysed the number of deaths from cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes across 180 countries.</p><p>They calculated the probability of a 30-year-old man and woman dying before they turn 70 in each of the nations.</p><p>In a league table of the countries, the UK only ranked 17th best for men and 27th for women. And the US fared even worse, placing 53rd for men and 44th for women. Australia fared better, ranked 7th best for men and 8th for women.</p><p>The report, published in the Lancet, is one of the most detailed global studies of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in history.</p><p>In a league table of the countries, the UK only ranked 17th best for men and 27th for women. And the US fared even worse, placing 53rd for men and 44th for women</p><p>Imperial College London scientists say men and women in most countries around the world now have a higher chance of dying young from NCDs than HIV. </p><p>They found a 30-year-old woman in the UK has a nine per cent chance of dying by the time they turn 70 from one of the four major NCDs.</p><p>Eighteen European countries, including Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy, were shown to have a lower risk.</p><p>South Korea topped the table, with women having a 4.7 per cent chance of dying from an NCD before their landmark birthday.</p><p>At the other end of the scale for women, the probability of an early death for those in Sierra Leone is 32.6 per cent.</p><p>The global report also revealed a 30-year-old man in the UK has a 13 per cent chance of dying before the age of 70 from an NCD. </p><p>Iceland topped the table, with men in the country having a 9.9 per cent chance of dying prematurely.</p><p>By comparison, Mongolia was by far the worst offender (38.8 per cent) for men, researchers revealed.</p><p>Professor Majid Ezzati, who led the study, said: 'NCDs are the main cause of premature death for most countries.</p><p>'Poverty, uncontrolled marketing of alcohol and tobacco by multinational industries, and weak health care systems are making chronic diseases a larger danger to human health than traditional foes such as bacteria and viruses.'</p><p>Concerned experts have now warned most nations are falling short of UN targets to cut the number of premature deaths from NCDs.</p><p>Nearly 41 million people each year die from the diseases, which is the equivalent of one in seven deaths across the world.</p><p>Around 17 million, or 41 per cent, of these deaths are considered premature – happening before the age of 70.</p><p>The UN three years ago asked nations to cut the number of premature deaths from the four key NCDs by 2030.</p><p>But only 35 countries are on track to meet the target for women and only 30 countries for men, according to the new study.</p><p>Some of those countries on track to meet the UN target for both men and women include Denmark, New Zealand, Norway and South Korea.</p><p>By comparison, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, India and China will fail to hit the target for both sexes, if current trends continue.</p><p>According to the analysis, the situation is deteriorating or stagnating in 15 countries for women, including the US, and 24 for men. </p><p>The report also involved scientists from the World Health Organization and NCD Alliance.</p><p>Katie Dain, from the NCD Alliance, said: 'We are sleepwalking into a sick future because of severely inadequate progress on non-communicable diseases.'</p><p>Professor Ezzati warned 'much of the world is falling short of the UN target to alleviate the burden of chronic diseases'.</p><p>But he added: 'Dozens of countries could meet this goal with modest acceleration of already-favourable trends.</p><p>'This requires national governments and international donors to invest in the right set of policies.'</p><p>Professor Ezzati argued treatment of hypertension and slashing rates of smoking and alcohol use could prevent millions of deaths.</p><p>But he warned there is also a need for affordable high-quality care to diagnose and treat chronic diseases as early as possible. </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 & Metro Media Group</p>
targets for non-urgent surgery to focus efforts on A&E and cancer treatment.</p><p>The 18-week limit is stipulated in the NHS constitution, but patients must often wait much longer for treatment.</p><p>Officials have warned that it is struggling to recover after the worst winter on record and the number of patients left waiting for an operation reaching 4.3million, the highest level in a decade</p><p>Now thousands more could face extended waits for routine procedures including hip and knee operations and cataract surgery after bosses called for the guidelines to be rewritten to reflect the mounting pressures facing the NHS.</p><p>They want the head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, to let hospitals concentrate on urgent treatment and cancer care in its forthcoming long-term plan. </p><p>He has suggested the 18-week target could be amended to reflect 'significant clinical practice changes'.</p><p>Speaking anonymously yesterday, the chief executive of one of England's largest NHS trusts, said it was time to be 'realistic' and prioritise patients in terms of needs, rather than targets, concentrating on the three priorities of A&E, cancer and elective surgery. </p><p>Growing demand on NHS services caused by the rising and ageing population is putting pressure on hospitals and primary care. The Royal College of Surgeons said NHS England's ongoing review was a good opportunity to review existing performance standards</p><p>He added: 'We need differential waiting lists, we need people who need to be treated within 18 weeks and people that can wait longer.</p><p>'One of the biggest challenges, probably for the first time, is really having to make decisions between the three major priorities.</p><p>'I've tried over the years to balance all three but I just can't do that any more. I'm having to make really, really difficult decisions. So cancer, absolutely. But we are saying, effectively, 'We will stop our elective programme'. We will never deliver 18 weeks ever again.' </p><p>The proposal was backed by the Royal College of Surgeons, which said NHS England's review was a good opportunity to review existing performance standards.</p><p>Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said: 'Many hospital trusts are finding it difficult to deliver all the performance targets in A&E, cancer and elective surgery. </p><p>'Trusts rightly prioritise according to clinical need. </p><p>'In practice, given the pressures facing the service, this can mean slipping elective surgery performance. </p><p>'The long-term plan must be ruthlessly honest about what can be achieved for the available money and what the priorities should be.'</p><p>Growing demand on NHS services caused by the rising and ageing population is putting pressure on hospitals and primary care.</p><p>Officials have warned that it is struggling to recover after the worst winter on record and the number of patients left waiting for an operation reaching 4.3million, the highest level in a decade.</p><p>Many patients in desperate need of hip or knee surgery are being denied it because of NHS rationing. </p><p>Some trusts will only let patients have hip or knee surgery if patients are unable to sleep or are constantly on painkillers.</p><p>Almost seven in ten GPs are working part time, official figures reveal.</p><p>Just 31 per cent are doing at least 37 and a half hours a week in their surgeries.</p><p>Many are opting for so-called portfolio careers in which they mix up their GP work with research or managerial roles.</p><p>NHS Digital said 34.3 per cent of family doctors worked 37.5 hours or more in September 2015 but by March 2018 it had dropped to 30.7 per cent. The British Medical Association said it was 'unsurprising' they wanted more of a work-life balance because their jobs were becoming more stressful.</p><p>The figures, analysed by Pulse magazine, also show that 47.1 per cent of male GPs work full-time hours compared with only 23.7 per cent of their female colleagues.</p><p>The Department of Health and Social Care said: 'It's important to recognise the need for flexible working so we can retain GPs.</p><p>'We are also increasing funding for GPs by an extra £2.4billion a year by 2021.'</p><p>Cancer waiting times have also reached their worst levels, with treatment delayed too long for thousands of patients. </p><p>The Government has promised the NHS more cash, but there is pressure for this to be spent on a transformation of services rather than a 'sticking-plaster solution'.</p><p>But John Kell, of the Patients Association, said: 'It will be difficult for patients to understand how waving the white flag on this target is compatible with a vision of an improved Health Service.'</p><p>Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said: 'Delaying surgery could cause a condition to worsen and make the operation more difficult. </p><p>'For older people it does not only condemn them to additional misery and pain, it can threaten their ability to live independently – a terrible price for anyone to pay.'</p><p>Millennials are threatening the future of the NHS by refusing to work evenings and weekends, the chief executive of one health trust warned yesterday.</p><p>The Health Service is struggling to fill shifts around the clock because a new generation of workers is no longer satisfied simply with job security and a good pension, but insists on control over which hours they work, too.</p><p>Workforce shortages mean that locum trainee doctors can hold hospitals to ransom over what they charge, officials said. The worrying trends are creating tensions with long-standing NHS staff.</p><p>The chief executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: 'The younger generation have massive expectations... in terms of flexibility, variety, options.'</p><p>He admitted that the problem existed elsewhere in the workplace, but said the NHS was badly affected because it was a 24/7 operation.</p><p>The latest figures show medical job vacancies in the NHS have risen by nearly 10 per cent in three months to more than 107,000 and are expected to continue to rise.</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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E. coli-infected beef produced by Colorado meatpacker Cargill Meat Solutions, the USDA has revealed. </p><p>Cargill is now recalling more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef packaged on June 21, which had subsequently been shipped to retailers nationwide.</p><p>The products include three-, 10- and 20-poundpackages of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use or freeze by dates. </p><p>This is the second recall for Cargill in two months after Publix supermarket recalled their beef from all of its stores</p><p>Regulators warned that people should also check for the products in their freezers. They advise throwing the products away or returning them to the location of purchase.</p><p>In a statement on Thursday, Cargill said all of the affected products have been removed from supermarkets. Food safety teams are reviewing the Fort Morgan facility and others 'to ensure we continue to deliver safe food,' the statement said.</p><p>'We were distressed to learn a fatality may be related to an E.coli contamination of one of our products,' it said. 'Our hearts go out to the families and individuals affected by this issue.'</p><p>The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service did not release information about the people who died or became ill, including locations.</p><p>A spokeswoman referred questions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A representative for the CDC did not immediately return messages seeking more information.</p><p>The Cargill plant had a smaller recall of Excel ground beef in August, but no illnesses had been reported at that time.</p><p>Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure.</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 & Metro Media Group</p>
mutations.</p><p>People suffering from 22 rare diseases and some paediatric and blood cancers will be among the first to routinely be tested.</p><p>This is expected to boost early diagnoses and improve preventative care, which Professor Dame Sue Hill calls the 'holy grail of the future health system'. </p><p>Dame Sue, NHS England's chief scientific officer, believes shifting treatments from being 'one size fits all' to a more personalised approach will 'transform patients' lives'. </p><p>But similar plans to genetically test everyone living in Dubai sparked fears earlier this year when security experts claimed cyber-hacking could cause people's DNA to end up in the wrong hands. </p><p>From next month, the NHS will become the first health service around the world to use routine genetic testing to diagnose patients who are at risk of developing 22 rare diseases (stock)</p><p>Speaking during an NHS briefing in London, Dame Sue said: 'Genomic medicine has the potential to transform patients' lives, enable quicker diagnoses, match people to the most effective treatments and increase the number of patients surviving cancer.</p><p>'In establishing the Genomic Medicine Service, we are putting the NHS in pole position to harness this technology as it develops. </p><p>'This is an important milestone as we develop the long-term plan for the NHS, creating a world-class resource and building on the long history of delivering cutting-edge technology for our patients. </p><p>'The holy grail of the health system for the future is that we take a more prognostic and preventative healthcare approach, and this will enable us to do that, by understanding some of the genetic make-up of individuals that might predispose them to developing certain conditions.' </p><p>Earlier this month, Matt Hancock said using a patient's DNA to design personalised drugs will vastly improve the NHS' quality of care.</p><p>During his first major speech as health secretary, Mr Hancock said: 'The power of genomics plus AI to use the NHS’ data to save lives is literally greater than anywhere else on the planet.' </p><p>Whole genome sequencing allows researchers to read all the little bits of code that make us who we are.</p><p>The human genome is composed of more than three billion pairs of building-block molecules and grouped into some 25,000 genes.</p><p>It contains the codes and instructions that tell the body how to grow and develop, but flaws in the instructions can lead to disease.</p><p>Many argue giving patients the blood tests will allow doctors to spot rare diseases caused by genetic mutations.</p><p>Former Prime Minister David Cameron set-up a project to sequence 100,000 genomes for NHS patients with a known rare disease or cancer. </p><p>Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies wants to set up a central genetic database within the next five years to aid research.</p><p>She said genetic testing should become as routine as an MRI scan, although patients would have the opportunity to opt out. </p><p>The first decoding of a human genome - completed in 2003 as part of the Human Genome Project - took 15 years and cost £2.15 billion ($3bn). </p><p>Artificial intelligence aims to identify patients with a similar DNA profile to those with a genetic disease.</p><p>The new genetic test will be based on the 100,000 Genomes Project. </p><p>Started in 2012, this sequenced the DNA of 80,000 people with 22 forms of cancer and rare diseases.</p><p>Patients offered the new service will be able to opt to share their data with a central database to boost the understanding of their illness.</p><p>The NHS already offers genetic tests in some areas, but it is hoped the Genomic Medicine Service will lead to the service being more evenly distributed.</p><p>Under the new service, which was announced in July, selected patients will have their tumour DNA screened to check for mutations, helping doctors identify a more 'personalised' treatment. </p><p>The Wellcome Sanger Institute, which sequenced the entire human DNA code, is behind the move, with its associate director Dr Julie Wilson calling it 'the start of a decades-long journey'.</p><p>She added: 'We will be treating on genetic faults rather than anatomy, we will be able to predict who may respond to treatment.</p><p>'We're really starting to witness the positive effect genomics can have on our health.'</p><p>But privacy campaigners have previously warned such schemes could be violated.</p><p>Speaking of Dubai's plan to genetically test its three million residents, the director of Big Brother Watch told MailOnline: 'Even in the hands of employers or insurers, genetic information can be used to discriminate against people.' </p><p>It is unclear what measures the NHS will put in place to prevent hacking, however, even tech giant Microsoft has been targeted before.</p><p>James Knight, from the US tech firm Digital Warfare Corp, previously told MailOnline: 'One's genome is highly intimate and the consequences of it being stolen haven't been fully imagined.'</p><p>If the NHS shares patients' genetic information between its trusts online, Mr Knight warned such a database could be easily and quickly hacked.</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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going to be a father the day before he was diagnosed with advanced Non Hodgkin's lymphoma.</p><p>Just a few weeks on, the sales assistant began 26 rounds of grueling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which has left him unable to ever father a child again.</p><p>His 22-year-old girlfriend Maxine Campbell's bump grew while he endured the agonising treatment. By the time she was 37 weeks pregnant, Mr Thompson was given the all-clear.</p><p>Miss Campbell said: 'It's been the toughest but the happiest year of our lives. I am so relieved Simon is much better and Mateo being born marks a new chapter for us.'</p><p>Cancer survivor Simon Thompson welcomed his 'miracle' son Mateo last month. He discovered he was going to be a father the day before he was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. He later started chemotherapy that has left him infertile </p><p>Mr Thompson battled guilt throughout his girlfriend Maxine Campbell's (pictured) pregnancy, saying 'I wanted to look after Maxine, but it ended up being the other way around'</p><p>Weeks after his diagnosis, he started 11 rounds of chemo and 15 radiotherapy sessions</p><p>Although overjoyed to be a father, Mr Thompson feels his cancer battle 'robbed' him of the excitement of being an expectant parent.</p><p>'Having your first child is supposed to be a happy and exciting time in any couples' lives and we feel that was robbed from us,' he said.</p><p>'While most mums and dads to be are excitedly picking out the nursery theme and buying babygrows, our impending arrival was almost the last thing on our minds.</p><p>'We'd be on cloud nine one minute and then seconds later remember what we were dealing with and it would bring us back down to earth with a thud. </p><p>'We were driving back and forth to hospital appointments and I was having chemotherapy and worrying about whether I was going to be around to see Maxine give birth.</p><p>'Maxine was terrified she was going to lose me and that our son would grow up without a dad.'</p><p>Although a stressful time, he credits his son for giving him the strength to fight his disease. </p><p>'Having Maxine and the baby to focus on while I was battling cancer willed me to beat the disease and get better for their sake,' he said.</p><p>'I just was desperate to be there. I was determined to see Maxine give birth and watch my little boy grow up. Maxine and the baby kept me strong.</p><p>'The chances of me surviving cancer were 60 per cent which sounds positive, but four in 10 people succumb to the disease so I knew I had to throw everything I had at it.'</p><p>Mr Thompson feels his cancer battle 'robbed' him of the excitement of preparing for fatherhood. Rather than feeling overjoyed at his partner's pregnancy, Mr Thompson worried over whether he would survive and if his son may be forced to grow up without a dad</p><p>Mr Thompson was given the all-clear eight months after his diagnosis, with his son Mateo Ian being born August 17 after Miss Campbell endured 40 hours of labour and a C-section</p><p>The youngster spent 10 days in intensive care due to him being born with fluid on his lungs and breathing difficulties. Mr Thompson said: 'Looking at him hooked up to machines and covered in wires was so hard. It reminded me of everything I'd just been through'</p><p>Although Mr Thompson's aggressive treatment means he will never father another child, he insists he is 'blessed'.</p><p>'We know we'll probably never be able to have any more children as the chemotherapy has made me infertile,' he said.</p><p>'But despite it all, we feel incredibly blessed to have our miracle, surprise baby after all we've been through.'</p><p>Mateo Ian was born August 17 after Miss Campbell endured 40 hours of labour and a C-section.</p><p>The youngster was in specialist care for 10 days, and required medication for fluid on the lungs and breathing difficulties.</p><p>'We weren't even allowed to hold him for the first 48 hours,' Mr Thompson said.</p><p>'Looking at him in his incubator, hooked up to machines and covered in wires was so hard. It reminded me of everything I'd just been through and being pumped with chemo.</p><p>'I told him he was strong like his daddy and that he'd pull through.' Mateo recovered and the family-of-three are together at home.</p><p>Despite his ill health, Mr Thompson tried hard to support Miss Campbell throughout her pregnancy, and managed to attend every one of her appointments and scans </p><p>Although Mateo may be their only child, they feel 'incredibly blessed to have our miracle baby'</p><p>Miss Campbell's pregnancy came as a surprise, with her having no idea her boyfriend would be rushed to hospital with a deadly disease the day after she proudly showed off her test result</p><p>Mr Thompson started to feel unwell in June last year after experiencing numbness in his face and severe toothache. Before long, a golf-ball sized lump developed inside his mouth.</p><p>After visiting his dentist and GP, and even being referred to an optician due to the swelling, his symptoms were dismissed as a dental abscess and he was prescribed antibiotics.</p><p>When Mr Thompson's symptoms failed to improve, with him dosing up on painkillers and numbing gel for months to get through the days, Miss Campbell, a former nanny, eventually dragged him to hospital.</p><p>'The pain become so severe, I just had to get some help,' he said.</p><p>'I assumed it was just a dental abscess and that it would go away naturally, but after months of agony I had no choice but to go to hospital.'</p><p>Like his father, Mateo pulled through and the family-of-three are now together at home </p><p>Miss Campbell described her pregnancy as 'the toughest but the happiest year of our lives'. After everything they have endured, she adds Mateo's arrival signals 'a new chapter' for them</p><p>While unwell, Miss Campell drove Mr Thompson to hospital and looked after him at home</p><p>At times in the pregnancy the pair felt 'on cloud nine', only to be brought 'down with a thud'</p><p>After arriving at A&E, doctors immediately warned Mr Thompson it could be serious. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's lymphoma on December 18 last year.</p><p>Meanwhile, Ms Campbell only discovered she was three weeks pregnant the day before.</p><p>'Even though I heard the "C" word I didn't think it would be that,' Mr Thompson said.</p><p>In the new year, Mr Thompson started a course of 11 rounds of chemotherapy and 15 radiotherapy sessions.</p><p>He said: 'I wanted to look after Maxine and be there for her whilst she was pregnant, but it ended up being the other way around.</p><p>'She had to drive me to all of my hospital appointments and look after me when I was at home.'</p><p>Despite his ill health, Mr Thompson managed to attend all of Miss Campbell's pregnancy appointments and scans. 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l dismissed the pain and were 'horrible' to her - despite debilitating pain in her pelvis and legs.</p><p>Claiming to have visited doctors and phoned NHS helpline 111 between 40 and 50 times in the summer of 2017, the former Miss England finalist gave in and sought private help.</p><p>She paid £2,500 for a laparoscopy – a procedure to examine the inside of the abdomen – and was told it was endometriosis which had left her unable to work.</p><p>The common condition causes the womb lining to grow outside of the womb, such as in the ovaries or fallopian tubes, and can cause pain, constipation or diarrhoea.</p><p>Miss Leyenda's condition was so advanced she had to have six months of hormone therapy before having an operation to remove the womb tissue.</p><p>The model, who has worked for haircare brands Wella and Schwartzkopf, will now need regular medical treatment for the rest of her life.</p><p>Kate Leyenda, a hair model who has worked for Wella and Schwartzkopf, paid £2,500 for a procedure to diagnose her with endometriosis because she could not get NHS help</p><p>Miss Leyenda suffered crippling pain around her pelvis between June and September last year, but struggled to find a doctor to help.</p><p>She claims, despite dozens of attempts to get help from the NHS, she was repeatedly told there was 'not an issue'.</p><p>It took paying to go privately to be diagnosed, with specialists at The Spire in Anlaby, a village near Hull, discovering she had endometriosis in October 17, 2017.</p><p>The diagnosis brought to an end to a summer of anguish in which the self-employed model could not work because of the pain.</p><p>She has now accused A&E doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary of being 'horrible' to her, telling her they could find nothing wrong and to stop returning.</p><p>'I found the treatment at Hull Royal Infirmary horrible, and the GP wasn't great either,' said Miss Leyenda.</p><p>'The doctors at A&E kept saying, "there is not an issue, why do you keeping coming back?" I didn't know what to do.'</p><p>Endometriosis is thought to affect as many as one in 10 women in the UK.</p><p>It can cause chronic pain, a lack of energy, make it harder to conceive or painful to have sex, and even cause disability in the worst cases.</p><p>Miss Leyenda says she has been diagnosed with stage four endometriosis – the most severe form of the condition – and will need treatment for the rest of her life. </p><p>Endometriosis cannot be cured and long-term management of the condition usually involves hormone treatment or surgery, as well as painkillers.</p><p>Hormone treatment can reduce levels of oestrogen in the body, because endometriosis is worsened by the hormone, and surgery is used to remove excess womb tissue which grows in places like the fallopian tubes or ovaries.</p><p>The pain meant the short hair model had to turn down work for four months last summer, having previously starred in Wella and Schwarzkopf adverts. </p><p>She had to rely on parents for financial support while she was out of work. </p><p>The Spire referred her back to the NHS for follow-up treatment from endometriosis specialists at Castle Hill Hospital in East Riding of Yorkshire, one of 44 specialist units in the country.</p><p>Miss Leyenda's condition was so severe that she had to take six months of hormone injections to bring on the symptoms of menopause early before she could be operated on in April this year.</p><p>Despite the operation taking place less than six months ago, Miss Leyenda said she is already experiencing reoccurring pain.</p><p>'I had to have four months off work because I was literally going to A&E every day, she said. 'I pretty much had 111 on speed dial at one stage.'</p><p>Miss Leyenda said her treatment at Hull Royal Infirmary was 'horrible' and the NHS did not help her with her condition for months, leading even her parents to doubt her</p><p>'The doctors were doubtful and saying I was lying, basically. I had to pay to get the operation to get diagnosed. </p><p>'The NHS said they didn't think I had [endometriosis] so they wouldn't pay. They were saying it could be stress or anxiety.</p><p>'If I hadn't paid for it and gone privately I might never have been diagnosed. </p><p>'The pain is already back so I will probably have to go for more treatment. It can feel like you are fighting a lost cause.'</p><p>Endometriosis occurs when cells in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body. </p><p>Each month, these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; building up, breaking down and bleeding. Yet, the blood has no way to escape the body.</p><p>Symptoms include pain, heavy periods and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility, and bowel and bladder problems.</p><p>Its cause is unknown but may be genetic, related to problems with the immune system or exposure to chemicals.</p><p>Treatment focuses on pain relief and improving quality of life, which may include surgery or hormone treatment.</p><p>The Miss England 2009 finalist is now looking to raise awareness of the condition, both in Hull and across the UK with the help of her MP, Emma Hardy.</p><p>Hull has a specialist nurse based at Castle Hill Hospital but Miss Leyenda, while praising the 'fantastic' care given to her after diagnosis, said getting in contact could be difficult because the demand is high for the services of one nurse.</p><p>Miss Leyenda said: 'I can't believe it took so long [to get diagnosed]. </p><p>'For me it didn't take as long as for some people, so I'm lucky, but how can doctors say nothing is wrong with you when there is?</p><p>'I had support from my mum and dad while I was off work but even they were questioning it because the doctors were saying nothing was wrong with me. </p><p>Labour's MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Ms Hardy, said Miss Leyenda's story 'chimed' with her after campaigning against the use of vaginal mesh, an implant that left some women in constant pain and even disabled.</p><p>'It feels like women have to battle when it comes to their health,' said Ms Hardy.</p><p>'Like with mesh, there hasn't been enough research into endometriosis. </p><p>'There are only 44 specialist centres in the UK and there is only one specialist nurse in the Humber.</p><p>'If you think that one in 10 women have some form of endometriosis, then this is a huge problem affecting so many women. </p><p>'This is a chronic condition to live with. There should be help available to support people who live with it.' </p><p>Miss Leyenda is now teaming up with her MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Emma Hardy, to raise awareness of the common but debilitating condition</p><p>The city MP said she would be seeking a meeting with education secretary Damian Hinds to urge him to include menstrual health as part of the curriculum in primary schools, so prepubescent girls can be taught about 'what a normal period is'</p><p> Miss Leyenda and her MP have arranged a 'Pink Pants' event at Bean and Nothingness café in Whitefriargate on Monday, October 1, from 10am to 11.30am.</p><p>The pair want to use it as a chance for women to learn more about endometriosis, its symptoms and 'ending the shame' of talking about women's health issues.</p><p>The Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill hospitals, said it was 'unable to comment on individual cases because of strict rules governing patient confidentiality'.</p><p>But consultant gynaecologist Kevin Phillips, an endometriosis specialist at the hospital trust, accepted women often faced delays of between five to seven years before diagnosis.</p><p>Mr Phillips said: 'Endometriosis can be a complex, debilitating condition which is not easy to treat. This is recognised nationally and internationally.</p><p>'Specialists are trying hard, with the help of charities, to get all medical professionals to recognise the possibility of this diagnosis at the earliest possible stage.</p><p>'Once a woman is referred to a gynaecologist, the diagnostic time is actually quite short but getting referred to a specialist in the first place can be difficult because of the complexity of the condition.'</p><p>As a specialist endometriosis centre, Castle Hill Hospital treats women from all over Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.</p><p>To maintain its status as a specialist centre, the trust employs a dedicated endometriosis specialist nurse and has dedicated surgeons to carry out the 'complex' procedures.</p><p>Mr Phillips said: 'Once women are diagnosed with endometriosis, we can offer them the best treatment possible because we know this is a condition which impacts very severely on a woman's life.' </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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icial figures show as health chiefs predict the end of the killer habit is in sight.</p><p>Public Health England estimates only one in ten people will still be smokers in five years and the nation could become smoke-free by 2030.</p><p>The prediction comes as the body launched its annual Stoptober campaign, encouraging smokers to join a mass quit attempt next month.</p><p>TV host Jeremy Kyle - a smoker of 35 years - has even been enlisted to give his public backing to vaping saying it was 'really helping' him to stay smoke free.</p><p>As part of the campaign, health chiefs are sending smokers to controversial vaping shops despite growing fears over safety.</p><p>Public Health England estimates only one in ten people will still be smokers in five years and the nation could become smoke-free by 2030 </p><p>PHE's campaign includes a new website that directs people to an online guide to e-cigarette sellers in their local area.</p><p>They are asked to complete an online questionnaire about their smoking habits before clicking on a link to find their 'local specialist vape shop'. </p><p>PHE revealed more than a million smokers have kicked the habit since 2014 - with 400,000 in England alone last one.</p><p>It said smoking rates among adults in the country are on track to fall to 10 per cent by 2023. They are currently at 14.9 per cent.</p><p>England has the second lowest smoking rates in Europe and Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, last week said he wants them to fall further to five per cent.</p><p>The decision to link up with the vaping industry comes just days after a PHE advisor quit over the organisation's partnership with the alcohol industry's Drinkaware.</p><p>Scientists last night criticised the government health body for promoting the sales of 'unproven products', many of which are made by the tobacco industry.</p><p>They warned while e-cigarettes are generally thought to be less harmful than cigarettes, studies have linked their use to heart disease and cancer.</p><p>Professor Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said the endorsement is further proof England is 'out of step' with the rest of the world.</p><p>He said: 'Only a week after being criticised for its partnership with an alcohol industry funded organisation it is now being reported that PHE is promoting sales of unproven products from the tobacco industry.</p><p>'This coincides with the US Food and Drug Administration responding vigorously to new evidence of a rapid increase in their use among adolescents. England's approach to vaping is raising eyebrows abroad.'</p><p>As part of the campaign, health chiefs are sending smokers to controversial vaping shops despite growing fears over safety </p><p>Officials are also encouraging smokers not to 'go cold turkey' as the method may hamper a person's chance of successfully quitting.</p><p>Vaping is endorsed as part of the new 'Personal Quit Plan' which asks people to enter their postcode before displaying shops with names including Vampire Vaping, The Puffin Hut and Totally Wicked.</p><p>PHE has long been criticised for its approach to e-cigarettes.</p><p>In 2015 it claimed in a landmark report that vaping was '95 per cent safe' - a claim that was widely criticised when it emerged that it originated with scientists in the pay of the e-cigarette industry.</p><p>The Lancet medical journal at the time warned that PHE had based a 'major conclusion' on an 'extraordinarily flimsy foundation'.</p><p>Twelve months ago PHE controversially promoted e-cigarettes for the first time in 30-second television advertisements as part of last year's quit smoking campaign.</p><p>The end of smoking is finally 'in sight', officials claimed in June 2017 following figures that suggested another drop in rates across the UK.</p><p>Just one in six adults now regularly light up cigarettes - with 680,000 having given up the habit completely in 2016.</p><p>The numbers of smokers dropped from 19.9 per cent in 2010 to just 15.5 per cent in 2016 in England alone, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.</p><p>Across all ages smoking prevalence is in decline, with the largest fall in 18-to-24 year olds, while e-cigarette use is on the rise in this age group.</p><p>Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said the UK has the second lowest smoking rate in Europe after Sweden, which proves that the Government's tobacco-control policies are effective.</p><p>However, it came in the same week that another official body - the clinical guidelines watchdog Nice - told GPs not to recommend e-cigarettes because there is limited evidence over whether they are safe.</p><p>An estimated 3.2 million adults use vaping devices in Great Britain but around half of current vapers still smoke as well, according to the latest data.</p><p>With up to two new vaping shops opening in the UK a day, they have been described as a blight on the high street.</p><p>A study by the Royal Society of Public Health last year found nine of ten retailers happily sold e-cigarettes to people who had never smoked - contravening their own retail guidelines.</p><p>They found many promoted the devices as lifestyle accessories rather than smoking cessation aids, often those owned by tobacco giants such as Philip Morris's IQOS.</p><p>Earlier this year, a panel of lung experts described vaping as a 'one-way bridge' to smoking tobacco and said it could spark a health crisis in decades to come.</p><p>But PHE defended the move, saying only independent e-cigarettes shops are listed on the website, by the Independent British Vape Trade Association.</p><p>Dr Jenny Harries, deputy medical director at Public Health England, said: 'As well as vape shops, we work with a large number of commercial businesses to deliver Stoptober including pharmacies and supermarkets.</p><p>'Members of the IBVTA are not owned or linked in any way to the tobacco industry and are subject to a code of conduct that bans marketing to non-smokers or selling to under-18s.</p><p>'Specialist vape shops are ideally placed to advise people looking to use e-cigarettes to help them quit.</p><p>'And specialist stop smoking services can also provide additional support to quitters looking to use an e-cig, which will give them the best chance of quitting successfully.'</p><p>An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows users to inhale nicotine by heating a vapour from a solution that contain nicotine, propylene and flavourings.</p><p>As there is no burning involved, there is no smoke like a traditional cigarette.</p><p>But while they have been branded as carrying a lower risk than cigarettes, an increasing swell of studies is showing health dangers.</p><p>E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, but the vapor does contain some harmful chemicals.</p><p>Nicotine is the highly addictive chemical which makes it difficult for smokers to quit. </p><p>Nearly three million people in Britain use e-cigarettes, and more than nine million Americans.</p><p>Battery-powered device containing nicotine e-liquid.</p><p>Very similar to normal e-cigarettes but with sleeker design and a higher concentration of nicotine.</p><p>Thanks to its 'nicotine salts', manufacturers claim one pod delivers the amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.</p><p>It is composed of an e-cigarette (battery and temperature control), and a pod of e-liquid which is inserted at the end.</p><p>The liquid contains nicotine, chemicals and flavorings.</p><p>Like other vaping devices, it vaporizes the e-liquid.</p><p>It is known as a 'heat not burn' smokeless device, heating tobacco but not burning it (at 350C compared to 600C as normal cigarettes do).</p><p>The company claims this method lowers users' exposure to carcinogen from burning tobacco.</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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ways.</p><p>On a Tuesday morning in March, chef Bruno Tison presided over a frenzied cook-off between teams from 16 health care facilities at Glen Cove Hospital on Long Island. Mr. Tison was hired last September by the nonprofit network Northwell Health to help transform the food service at the company’s 23 New York-area hospitals.</p><p>Chef Tison says that the bland, institutionalized fare typical of the health system lacks not just culinary distinction but often nutritional quality. For many patients, the lackluster food is just one more drawback of being in the hospital. </p><p>That’s a squandered opportunity, says Mr. Tison. The Michelin-starred chef argues that good food can offer a welcome break from the enforced monotony of a hospital stay, potentially boosting patient morale and speeding recovery. </p><p>“Many hospital chefs don’t have any culinary experience,” Mr. Tison said. “My job is to give them some guidance so that they can flourish in their position and really enjoy what they are doing.”</p><p>Thomas Mencaccini, who cooks at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Valley Stream, is among the chefs getting culinary tips from Mr. Tison. He was hurrying to complete his team’s seared scallops with roasted leeks and a citrus salad before the closing bell. “It’s bringing me back to that rush of cooking in a restaurant, getting things ready in time, hitting the ground running,” he said after spooning the browned scallops from the skillet. </p><p> The competitive pressures that drive restaurant chefs to excel have typically not existed in health care facilities, where the bar has been set uninspiringly low, Mr. Mencaccini said. Moreover, hospital chefs often have to function with meager food budgets. They also have to produce a variety of clinically appropriate meals for people suffering from different illnesses. </p><p>In the past, Mr. Mencaccini notes, the job of a hospital chef used to be more about heating pre-made mixes than actual cooking. Frozen burgers and chicken wings were deep fried, and foods in cans and sacks were reconstituted for hastily prepared meals. Now, they’ve scrapped the deep-fryer at LIJ, and they make all their meals from scratch with fresh, often organic, ingredients. “We want to give people the comforting experience of a home-cooked meal,” Mr. Mencaccini said.</p><p>This approach has made a big difference at Plainview Hospital too, says chef Carol Hilly. “People come down to the kitchen for recipes,” said Ms. Hilly, a 35-year hospital cooking veteran. “A lot of heart goes into the food now. I feel better about my work, and I eat a lot better myself.”</p><p>While the pleasures of a good meal are gratifying, the real reason hospitals should offer better food is that nutrition is a pillar of good health, says Dr. David Eisenberg of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.</p><p>Dr. Eisenberg laments that only 27 percent of American medical schools teach the recommended 25 hours of nutrition, and even then the content is mostly biochemistry rather than “practical” advice about diet. As a rule, doctors are trained in “pathogenesis,” the origin of disease, rather than “salutogenesis,” the creation of health, Dr. Eisenberg said. He has been on a mission to boost “culinary literacy” by helping to develop teaching kitchens in hospitals throughout the United States. </p><p>“No hospital should be discharging a patient without giving them the tools they need to be successful, so that they don’t get readmitted” said Eric Sieden, director of food and nutritional services for Plainview and Syosset hospitals on Long Island. They now teach people things like what exactly a carb serving is, how to read food labels and the difference between high-fructose corn syrup and sugar. </p><p>The responsibility of a hospital does not end when a patient is discharged, said Stephen Bello, executive director of LIJ Valley Stream. In addition to running a community teaching kitchen, his hospital is the first in the Northwell system to start a “food pharmacy,” which provides bags of groceries based on a prescription that a physician writes when a person is discharged. Low-income patients who are deemed to be “food insecure” can come in weekly to receive free food to help them stay on diets designed to control chronic diseases.</p><p>While providing quality food can be costly, advocates like Mr. Bello say they save money in the long run by helping to cut health care expenditures. Since the health system started providing fresh unprocessed food, there has been a lot less waste, because patients are more satisfied and rarely request another meal. In the past, nearly 19 percent of all meals were returned and had to be replaced. </p><p>Still, challenges remain. Hospital kitchens are often antiquated and falling apart, Chef Tison said. Staff members are often leery of the changes in their accustomed cooking routines. </p><p>“I came here four months ago and they looked at me like I was the devil — the corporate chef is coming, what is he going to do to us,” said Mr. Tison as he stirred fresh-herbed chicken broth in a huge stainless steel pot in LIJ’s basement kitchen. “Now when I leave, they ask me when I am coming back. They say, ‘Chef, taste my mashed potatoes. What do you think?’”</p><p>But not everyone is on board. “There are still a lot of people in the health care system who believe that a hospital doesn’t need to have good food, doctors who feel that people come to get treatment, not great food,” the chef observed. “It will take time, but we will get there.”</p>