Rapper and documentary-maker Professor Green has revealed how he nearly died during treatment for life-threatening hernias – after an extreme allergic reaction to the medical mesh used to fix them.
‘I had three hernias – one incisional, one umbilical and a hiatus hernia – all fixed at once and it nearly killed me,’ he says. ‘But I’m fine now!’
The singer – real name Stephen Manderson – had surgery after being in pain for months but reacted to the mesh used to cover the hernia site. He says: ‘There were bad complications. I had pneumonia, a collapsed lung, ileus paralysed intestines fluid build-up and needed CPR. I should have been dead, but I’m still here.
‘The doctors say I have a strong immune system but I don’t feel like it because I’m always ill and always complaining!’
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It’s never too late to get moving. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University found that if people aged 60 to 90 with a sedentary lifestyle swapped one hour of sitting every day for moderate exercise, their health could be boosted significantly.
An hour of light-intensity activity such as walking slowly or making a bed could help widen the carotid artery in the neck, improving blood flow and reducing the chances of a blocked artery
The study tracked the movement of 100 older adults over a week and found they were sitting, on average, for nine-and-a-half hours daily. But replacing an hour of sitting time with less than ten minutes of moderate-intensity activities, or even just standing up, could reduce an older person’s resting heart rate, the researchers discovered.
An hour of light-intensity activity such as walking slowly, making a bed or washing dishes could also help widen the carotid artery in the neck, improve blood flow and reduce chances of a blocked artery.
‘Fatty brains’ combat ADHD
Slow learners may benefit from taking a fatty acid supplement, new research suggests.
A review of more than 3,300 under-18s found increasing their intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats had a beneficial effect on reading ability, spelling, behaviour and attention. Fatty acid supplements also helped to lower hyperactivity and aggression.
The findings were published in the Journal Of Nutritional And Food Sciences, and study author Dr Emma Derbyshire said: ‘The strongest effects for fatty acid supplements were in those with ADHD or learning difficulties, children with low levels of fatty acids in their blood, and those underperforming at school.’
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