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Elton John has canceled his US tour after suffering a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection.

He became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week and was forced to spend two nights in intensive care, his management says.

Elton John returned to the UK for urgent treatment.

Consequently, nine concerts that were due to be staged in Las Vegas and California over the next two weeks have been canceled.

The 70-year-old singer is now resting at home.

A statement by his management said infections of the kind suffered by the star were “rare and potentially deadly”. It gave no other details.

“Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” the statement added.

Elton John is due to resume his schedule of live performances in the UK on June 3.

“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologize for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well,” the star said.

Elton John’s Million Dollar Piano tour is due to end its run in May 2018.


Medical expert Emily Gibson has spoken out about the various health risks that come with hair removal.

Family physician Emily Gibson, who also serves as a medical director at Western Washington University in Bellingham, said that removing the hair is like creating “open wounds” that are prone to infection and even sexually-transmitted disease, such as herpes, if in contact with another person.

She added that men are at risk of infection just as much as women.

In an article she wrote for KevinMD.com, she explained “that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment” and therefore becomes a breeding ground for infection.

Dr. Emily Gibson pinpointed A streptococcus, which, in extreme cases, can lead to organ failure, and staphylococcus aureus, which can cause pimples and boils as well as far more serious side effects, in particular.

She added that “freshly-shaved areas are also more vulnerable to herpes infections due to the microscopic wounds being exposed to virus”.

Emily Gibson said that she has seen cellulitis, a soft tissue bacterial infection.

“No matter what expensive and complex weapons are used – razor blades, electric shavers, tweezers, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis – hair, like crab grass, always grows back and eventually wins,” Dr. Emily Gibson wrote in the report.

“In the mean time, the skin suffers the effects of the scorched battlefield,” she continued.

The Independent reported that hair removal cost Americans $2.1 billion in 2011.

Despite the health risks, Dr. Emily Gibson noted the practice’s popularity: “The amount of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing hair some areas is astronomical.

“The hair removal industry, including medical professionals who advertise their specialty services to those seeking the <<clean and bare>> look, is exponentially growing.”



A patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo.

More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention.

The authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients.

They say people became ill after drinking water from contaminated wells.

A patient has been diagnosed in Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo

A patient has been diagnosed in Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo

But it is not clear what the source of the cholera is.

Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province, more than 750 km (470 miles) from Havana.

Hundreds of medical professionals from that area, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after a devastating earthquake in 2010.

For over a week doctors in Havana have been doing the rounds of their patients, checking for symptoms of cholera.

The infirm, elderly and pregnant have been prioritized.

Now tests on a 60-year-old woman, admitted to hospital on Wednesday, have confirmed that she has the disease.

As she was diagnosed early, doctors say she is in a stable condition.

Health officials said they had “all the necessary resources to provide adequate attention to patients.”

They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.

Cholera is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration.

The Health Ministry said the last reported cholera outbreak on the island was soon after the 1959 Revolution.