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Bed-ridden patients with serious illnesses should not expect home visits as GPs are ‘too busy’, medics warn.

PATIENTS who are bed-ridden with serious illnesses should no longer expect a home visit from their GP, medics warn. Doctors — on an average salary of £113,000 a year — claim they are now too busy to see people outside the surgery. They are demandi...

Slashing blood pressure levels could help people live three years longer, study suggests.

A MORE aggressive approach to lowering blood pressure could help Brits live up to three years longer, a study suggests. Guidelines say patients with hypertension should aim to slash systolic pressure – the top figure in a reading – to ...

Stop eating dinner after 6pm to lower your risk of heart disease, experts say.

EATING dinner after 6pm may increase heart disease risk, experts say. Later dining was linked to higher blood pressure, larger BMI and poorer blood sugar control. Columbia University in the US monitored diets of 112 women for a year. Those who ate...

Google to Store and Analyze Millions of Health Records.

The tech company’s deal with Ascension is part of a push to use artificial intelligence to aid health services.

Kids become dramatically less active over their years at primary school, study warns.

KIDS’ activity levels plunge dramatically over their years at primary school, a study claims. An hour-plus of exercise a week is lost between ages six to 11 with a greater fall at the weekends. Children became 17 minutes less active per week each ...

Common drugs to treat asthma and arthritis ‘increase your diabetes risk’.

COMMON drugs used to treat asthma and arthritis may increase the risk of diabetes, experts have warned. Just one week of taking the class of anti-inflammatories can up your risk. A new study found glucocorticoids (GCs), which are used to treat con...

Teenage boy, 16, nearly died after vaping triggered ‘catastrophic’ lung damage – in just 5 months.

A TEENAGE boy nearly died after vaping left him with “catastrophic” lung problems, doctors have warned. Ewan Fisher was left needing life support after developing a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. The 16-year-old was treated for...

US man receives double lung transplant after organs damaged by vaping.

More than 2,000 Americans who vape have become sick since March, and at least 40 people have diedDoctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. Related: CDC reports 'breakthroug...

Vile troll arrested for sending horrifying threats to girl, 2, with heartbreaking skin disorder after GoFundMe appeal.

A HATEFUL troll has been nabbed for allegedly sending horrifying threats to a toddler with a genetic skin disorder in the US. After seeing a fundraising appeal for “beautiful soul” Anna Riley, odious Krista Sewell targeted the two-year...

E-cigarettes are ‘JUST as dangerous to your heart as smoking’.

E-CIGARETTES are just as dangerous for your heart as smoking, experts have warned. Their findings add weight to fears that vaping is not the “safe alternative” to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are widely thought to be a “healt...

The jobs putting women at greater risk of heart problems revealed.

FEMALE nurses, health aides and social workers are at greater risk of heart problems than women in other jobs, according to experts. Postmenopausal women in these roles have poorer cardiovascular health – even though they are more likely to ...

Docs pull 20cm blood clot from man’s lungs – after it moulded to block his airways.

A MAN who arrived at hospital with back pain was found to have a giant blood clot in his lungs. The clot measured a staggering 20cm or 8ins and had moulded to fit the patient’s airways. As a result the huge mass looked like a part of the man...

Weight loss: I lost 6st after doctors told me weight was to blame for my baby dying.

WRACKED with grief and “self-loathing”, Charlotte Doughty was completely crushed to hear her weight could have caused the death of her unborn baby. Her little one had passed away in the womb at 37 weeks after developing a deadly geneti...

Ultra-Black Is the New Black

Scientists are setting dark traps from which light cannot escape. But nature already has built a few of her own.

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

Cutting and other forms of self-injury are on the rise among adolescents. Researchers are beginning to understand the phenomenon, and how to treat it.

I’m plagued by exploding head syndrome that makes me hear gunshots in my mind.

OVERCOME with fear, Jill Lafferty lept from her bed – convinced she’d heard gunfire outside her home. It wasn’t the first time the 64-year-old grandmother had heard a shooting in her sleep in the last few months – but she q...

Tot who lost both legs and all his fingers to meningitis swaps wheelchair for a skateboard.

LEARNING to skateboard for the first time is normally a massive moment for any four-year-old. But for little Taylor Lewis, reaching such a pinnacle was even more special – because he has had both of his legs amputated after contracting a dea...

I lost my baby and my hair after the stress of my miscarriage caused alopecia.

LOSING a baby is cruel enough. But, for Nadine Griffiths she has been left with a permanent reminder of that loss – after her miscarriage left her completely bald. The 29-year-old said her long hair started to fall out suddenly, after doctor...

Plastic spoons and spatulas ‘could be poisoning you – damaging your liver’.

SPOONS, spatulas and whisks are all items we use nearly every day in the kitchen – but it turns out they could actually be killing you. Scientists have warned that these plastic utensils produce harmful toxins that can be poisonous and sever...

HIV is on the rise among older women as they have have sex without protection, study finds.

HIV is on the rise among older women as they remain sexually active without using protection. There has been a five-fold increase in women aged between 45 and 56 receiving care for HIV in the past ten years, a study has found. Experts put the incr...

Cannabis-based medicines to help epilepsy and MS cleared for NHS use for first time.

TWO cannabis-based medicines have been cleared for NHS use for the first time. Epidyolex is recommended for two rare types of epilepsy while the spray Sativex can ease muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis. But regulators say there is not enough evi...

Smoking DOES ruin your looks – the 6 signs of ‘smoker’s face’.

AS a smoker, you’re probably well aware of the dangerous health risks. We don’t need to remind you that smoking is bad for your heart, lungs and brain – as well as developing life-threatening diseases. But smoking doesn’t just cr...

British pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine.

PENSIONERS aged 90 and over are being taken to hospital after taking cocaine. Ten people aged between 90 and 99 were admitted with mental disorders due to the use of cocaine last year, shocking new NHS Digital figures show. This compared to two a ...

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Christmas party hacks for introverts — from anchoring yourself to posture.

TIS the season to be jolly, but while some people love the chance to clink glasses, for others it’s fraught with stress and anxiety. And if you’re dreading the office drinks, you’re not alone. According to a survey by mental health charity Mind, o...

Shingles, slipped disc and endometriosis – NHS reveals 20 most painful conditions.

PAIN can be invisible, disrupting and invading every part of your life. It can be hard to express the agony you are in – or comprehend how much pain someone else is going through. But the NHS has put together a list of what it considers to b...

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