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23/08/2011Commuting affects women's mental health
New research reveals that commuting is detrimental to women’s mental health. Although women spend less time travelling to and from work than men, a study carried out by the London School of Economics and the...
23/08/2011Brits put health at risk by overindulging on holiday
More and more holidaymakers are now going on post-holiday detoxes to avoid making claims on their health insurance , a study reveals. This includes the quarter of Brits who go on a health kick when returning...
22/08/2011New skin cancer drug licensed in the UK
A drug which increases the chance of surviving the deadliest type of skin cancer has been licensed for use in Britain. Yervoy (ipilimumab) has been awarded a European licence, meaning patients in the UK can...
19/08/2011Life extending cancer drug Abiraterone keeps bomber alive
Cancer drug Abiraterone has been keeping aeroplane bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi alive for two years longer than predicted. He was released on compassionate leave from prison after being told that he had...
19/08/2011Hundreds of patients wait more than a year for NHS treatment
Figures released by the Department of Health show that the number of people waiting for NHS care has gone up by 61% in a year. Nearly 12,000 people waited longer than six months for treatment, and 718 of these...
19/08/2011Investigation into European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) firms
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has begun a huge investigation into firms that charge people for European Health Insurance Cards that they can get free from the Government. Unnamed companies are deceiving...
18/08/201115 minutes of exercise a day boosts life expectancy
Doing just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy of private medical cover holders by three years, a new report reveals. Scientists followed 400,000 men and women in Taiwan for an average of...
18/08/2011Crucial brain scan delay for NHS stroke patients
A new study has revealed that only 33 per cent of stroke  victims receive a brain scan from the NHS within an hour. A National Audit carried out by Royal College of Physicians reported that only 53% of...
17/08/2011High rates of colorectal surgery failure by NHS
One in five patients has to undergo second operations to fix complications arising from bowel surgery carried out by the NHS. Bowel surgery is one of the commonest operations carried out by the NHS, but a...
17/08/2011Comprehensive Sickness Insurance required for Bulgarian and Romanian students
Bulgarians and Romanian students applying for Yellow Card registration are being ordered to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance by the UK Border Agency. Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, better known...
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