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  • Low exercise 'risks female cancer'

    January 6, 2014 1:16 AM 20

    British women are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer because of their lack of physical activity, a charity has warned. The World Cancer Research Fund alert comes after figures suggested that women in the UK have the 10th highest rate in the world for cancers linked to being sedentary. Experts have estimated that 12% of bowel and breast cancers

  • Drunks in high heels, idiocy of 111 operators: what it's REALLY like to be a doctor in A&E

    January 5, 2014 2:52 AM 12

    Dan Sefton, 42, has been an emergency doctor on the NHS frontline for ten years. He has used his experience to write scripts for the TV medical shows Casualty and Holby City. In this candid despatch, he describes what it is really like to work in one of the most high-pressurised jobs in the health service at one of the busiest times of the year - and the truth

  • Vitamin D 'boosts child muscles'

    January 4, 2014 3:09 AM 24

    Higher levels of maternal vitamin D during pregnancy have been linked to better muscle development in children, say researchers. The study on 678 children, published in Endocrine Research, showed vitamin D levels in the womb were linked to grip strength at the age of four. The team at the University of Southampton say the muscle boost could persist throughout

  • Heart disease could be tied to dementia for older women

    January 3, 2014 3:07 PM 20

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women with a history of heart trouble were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without heart disease, it was found in a new study. Women who'd had a heart attack, in particular, were twice as likely to see declines in their thinking and memory skills, researchers found. Doctors had already

  • Probe into claims of porters drinking alcohol at Western General Hospital

    January 3, 2014 12:24 PM 29

    Six porters at an Edinburgh hospital have been suspended following claims they were drinking alcohol while on duty on New Year's Day. NHS Lothian said it had launched an investigation at the Western General Hospital and was treating the incident "extremely seriously". The porters move linen around the hospital, among other tasks, but do not have patient

  • Obesity rates up to almost one billion in developing world

    January 3, 2014 12:20 AM 20

    The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980, says a report from a UK think tank. The Overseas Development Institute said one in three people worldwide was now overweight and urged governments to do more to influence diets. The report predicts a "huge increase" in heart attacks

  • Becky Kent, Scottish Transgender Woman, Receives Offensive Note With Divorce Papers

    January 2, 2014 4:03 PM 50

    The root of the word "transgender" comes from the Latin word "trans," meaning "across." A trans-Atlantic flight goes across the Atlantic Ocean; a transnational issue affects people all across the country; and so on. "Transgender" literally means "across gender." "Transgender" is defined today as an umbrella term with many different identities existing

  • Make 'simple food swaps' for good health, families told

    January 2, 2014 7:49 AM 22

    A new public health campaign in England is urging families to make simple foods swaps such as switching to diet drinks. People who sign up to the Smart Swaps campaign will receive money-off vouchers towards their groceries. Critics say this latest in a long line of government health drives puts the onus on consumers and not food manufacturers who should

  • Young and jobless: 'I felt worthless'

    January 2, 2014 12:04 AM 29

    2 January 2014 Last updated at 00:06 GMT More than three quarters of a million young people in the UK believe they have nothing to live for, according to a study published on Thursday. The Prince's Trust charity says that almost a third of young long-term unemployed people have contemplated suicide. They say urgent action is needed to prevent the jobless

  • Woman left with horrific damage to her nose after botched cosmetic surgery at cut-price clinic

    January 1, 2014 5:52 PM 50

    A woman has spoken of her horror at being left disfigured and in need of reconstructive surgery after her nose collapsed following a botched operation at a clinic offering half-price discounts. Rita Nugent was one of many women left with severe injuries and serious pain after being treated by cosmetic surgeon Dr Olufemi Adeyinka Adeogba, who had trained