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Winehouse begins gig rehearsals

Amy Winehouse
Winehouse had been in hospital for a week

Singer Amy Winehouse has begun to rehearse for her upcoming concerts, despite having treatment in hospital for traces of lung disease emphysema.

A spokesman for the star confirmed she has returned to work, but must go back to hospital for further treatment.

She is due to perform at a gig to mark Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday and Glastonbury festival at the weekend.

Her spokesman added it "looks likely" she will sing but they are awaiting "the final sign-off" from the doctors.

'Early' symptoms

On Monday Winehouse's father told BBC Radio 1 his daughter had been "responding brilliantly to treatment" and she would recover "completely" as long as she stopped smoking.

Winehouse's US publicist told news agency The Associated Press her condition was not serious.

"She is not diagnosed with full-blown emphysema, but instead has early signs of what could lead to emphysema."

The singer's spokesman in the UK said her father had "muddied the water" because he is "not a medical man".

The spokesman added: "She has something that could lead to emphysema and has to do the right things to stop that happening."

Emphysema is caused by lung damage and can start as mild breathlessness.

The 24-year-old fell ill last week after fainting at her London home and had been in hospital for a week.

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