Health chief’s alcohol advice ‘could have been better’

Media captionDame Sally Davies tells Radio 4’s Today there is a direct line between alcohol and breast cancer England’s chief medical officer has admitted she could have chosen her words better when she told women to “do as I do” and consider the risks of breast cancer when drinking wine. Dame Sally Davies faced criticism […]

Senior GP Helen Stokes-Lampard voices fears for services

Senior GP Helen Stokes-Lampard voices fears for services

Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Stokes-Lampard said GP surgeries were “already on thin ice” Britain’s leading GP says she is “profoundly concerned” about how doctors will cope with demand over the busy winter period. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs Council, said general practice was “skating on thin ice”, warning: “Something […]

Bill Gates: We are vulnerable to flu epidemic in next decade

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is crossing his fingers that a deadly flu epidemic does not strike in the next 10 years because the world is “a bit vulnerable right now”. Mr Gates, whose foundation invests in improving global healthcare, said the Ebola and Zika crises showed the systems for responding to emergencies are […]

‘Middle age health crisis’ warning

‘Middle age health crisis’ warning

Image copyright Thinkstock Middle-aged people in England face a health crisis because of unhealthy lifestyles, experts have warned. Desk jobs, fast food and the daily grind are taking their toll, says Public Health England. Eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise, […]

NHS hospitals break parking fees record

NHS hospitals break parking fees record

Image copyright PA Image caption Hospitals in England collected more than £120m in car parking fees in the last year NHS hospitals appear to be making more money than ever from parking fees. A report from the Press Association says hospitals in England collected more than £120m last year – up by 5%. Many trusts […]

Women’s binge drinking given more coverage than men’s, says study

Women’s binge drinking given more coverage than men’s, says study

Image copyright Thinkstock Women who binge drink are portrayed more negatively by the media than men who do the same thing, according to new research. Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian University published a study in BMJ Open about how the media reports drinking habits. More than 300 articles published in UK national newspapers were analysed. […]

Chief nurse: ‘Cut hospital beds to increase care at home’

Chief nurse: ‘Cut hospital beds to increase care at home’

Image copyright PA Image caption The NHS should spend cash on care at home rather than on hospital beds, according to Professor Jane Cummings Cutting hospital beds and using the money for care at home could mean better treatment for patients, according to NHS England’s chief nursing officer. Prof Jane Cummings writes in the Daily […]

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bones from the skeleton of the 3.2m-year-old hominid Lucy Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at […]

Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis

Doctors confirm 200-year-old diagnosis

Image copyright Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Doctors have confirmed a diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine’s most influential surgeons. John Hunter had diagnosed a patient in 1786 with a “tumour as hard as bone”. Royal Marsden Hospital doctors analysed patient samples and case notes, which were […]

Christmas culinary challenge for NHS

Christmas culinary challenge for NHS

Image copyright Thinkstock The NHS will serve more than 400,000 lunches on Christmas Day in the UK. The traditional turkey meals are for patients, but tens of thousands of staff working on the big day will tuck in to their dinner in a hospital canteen. Across the UK, 12,000 midwives will have to time theirs […]

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