Category Archives: Health

How losing weight could be key to surviving Covid-19: Excess mass makes it harder for lungs to supply oxygen to vital organs The latest evidence is that most people have no risk of dying from Covid-19. However, the bad news is the virus probably won’t be eliminated by the lockdown. Doctors are now saying the findings so far suggest there’s more we can all do to reduce the risk of Covid-19 causing us serious illness. The […]

Growing fear you can catch Covid-19 more than once as patients who’ve recovered start to test positive again For those who have already been infected with Covid-19, the idea of having an immunity certificate to allow a return to normal life sounds like an attractive prospect. The proposal, put forward by Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier this month, is based on the theory that having the virus and beating it means we […]

New implant illness doctors tried to dismiss: Fatigue, chronic pain, insomnia, even hair loss The pain felt as if my life was leaving my body and no one could do anything to help me,’ says Ana Remigio, 45. ‘I had awful joint and muscle pain in my hands, wrists and toes, as well as terrible fatigue, headaches and pain in my breasts. ‘Sometimes I couldn’t get out of […]

Why women’s agonising UTIs are STILL being misdiagnosed: Bacteria in urine samples often vanish by the time test tube gets to lab for analysis The crippling pain that was to become all too familiar for Carolyn Andrew first struck when she was on holiday. ‘The problems all started after a six-hour drive from London to Edinburgh in August 2016,’ she says. ‘I spent the next ten days in agony, hardly leaving the hotel room. ‘I went to a […]

Meet the women whose lives were ruined by operations they didn’t even need and the mesh-implant surgery that has devastating consequences Emily May loved nothing more than a refreshing early morning swim on a deserted beach. ‘I used to go down there with my friends at 6am on summer mornings when no one else was around,’ she says. Those idyllic days from less than a decade ago, when Emily was a promising fashion design student […]

New breast implant cancer scandal: As revealed in the heartbreaking account of this mother — who was forced to tell her son she may die September is going to be a difficult month for Irene Kennedy, as she waits to discover if she has unwittingly exposed herself to a death sentence. ‘I’m due a letter any day now to invite me for the first check-up since I had my breast implants removed in February,’ she says. ‘That will tell […]

One in six couples who have fertility treatment at vast personal cost go on to conceive naturally. Now meet the families who did just that – and say they’re proof you don’t need IVF Laura Slattery was just 19 when she was first referred for IVF after trying to get pregnant for a year. ‘We were told the tests showed I had poor-quality eggs and that my fiance Daniel had a low sperm count,’ she says. Laura underwent two NHS-funded attempts at IVF, using a technique called intracytoplasmic […]

Could cheap drugs (up to a century old) be the new way to tackle cancer? As a GP, Lisa McGrath had always considered herself healthy, but then, at 42, she found a lump in her breast, and was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It was, as Lisa recalls seven years later, a complete shock. ‘I have never smoked and hardly drink,’ she says. ‘I run regularly and the most […]