30/04/2010Garden flower promises leukaemia breakthrough
A common garden flower could save the lives of thousands of people with leukaemia , it has been claimed. An extract from the gypsophila plant, known as Baby's Breath, has been shown by scientists at the...30/04/2010Teenage girls in Britain 'among most unhealthy in Europe'
Teenage girls in Britain are so unhealthy that they are as likely to die prematurely as those in former Eastern Bloc countries, it has been warned. According to research by the University of Washington,...29/04/2010Children's heart surgery units could be closed
More than four of England's 11 specialist children's heart surgery units could be closed or merged with larger hospitals if the recommendations of a new report are followed. According to the NHS National...29/04/2010English lung cancer survival rates 'poor'
Survival rates among lung cancer patients in England are significantly worse than those seen in Sweden or Norway, new research shows. According to a study conducted by King's College London's Division of ...28/04/2010Universal heart check-ups unnecessary claim researchers
Government plans to provide universal heart check-ups are a waste of resources and unnecessary, it has been claimed. Everyone between 40 and 74 is to be granted free screenings to check for early signs of...28/04/2010TV hospital dramas leading to unrealistic patient expectations, say nurses
Inaccurate depictions of hospitals on TV dramas such as Holby City are causing patients to believe nurses and doctors can "perform miracles", it has been claimed. The unrealistically high survival...28/04/2010Five-minute bowel cancer test 'could save thousands'
A new one-off screening test that takes just five minutes to perform could vastly reduce the number of deaths from bowel cancer , researchers say. Results published in the Lancet Medical Journal revealed...28/04/2010Genetics partly to blame for smoking habits, say scientists
The likelihood of someone taking up smoking, the number of cigarettes they smoke and the impact of the habit on their lungs are all at least partly determined by genes, scientists have discovered. Research...27/04/2010Laughter has similar positive effects as exercise, study finds
New research has found that people can improve their physical and mental health simply by laughing. A study by US scientists suggests a fit of the giggles can lower levels of 'bad' cholesterol, reduce stress...27/04/2010Cuts compromising patient care, say NHS nurses
Funding cuts are compromising patient care, NHS nurses have said. A survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that nine out of ten think that a shortage of staff as a result of cutbacks frequently...