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25/11/2011British women are the fattest in Europe
British women are the fattest in Europe, according to figures released by the European Union’s statistics agency today. 23.9 per cent of women in Britain are now classed as obese, compared to 15.5 per cent in...
25/11/2011GPs waiting too long to refer cancer patients to a specialist
Nearly one in four patients with cancer symptoms have to wait more than a month for a referral to a specialist from their GP, a new study shows. The National Audit of Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care,...
25/11/2011Risks slightly higher for first-time mothers having home births
A study has revealed that women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be able to choose where they want to give birth, but the risks may be slightly higher for first-time mothers if they give birth at home. ...
24/11/2011Sufferers of anxiety and depression are waiting too long for NHS treatment
Patients without private medical insurance  suffering from anxiety and depression are waiting too long for treatment on the NHS, a major survey has shown. The national audit of psychological...
24/11/2011Dream-filled sleep helps ease painful memories
Scientists have discovered that a good night’s sleep can help patients deal with unpleasant or traumatic events, thanks to a link between dreams and memory. Researchers at the University of California...
24/11/2011NHS postcode lottery worsens as GPs black-list essential drugs
GPs are being told not to prescribe essential drugs to patients because they are too expensive, increasing the NHS postcode lottery and potentially putting the lives of patients without PMI at risk. GP...
23/11/2011NHS GPs avoiding the subject of private healthcare with patients
A new survey has found that the majority of GPs will not encourage patients to go private, even if they have private medical insurance (PMI). Spire Healthcare, the second largest private hospital group in...
23/11/201134 per cent of Welsh children obese from replacing fruit and veg with junk food
A new survey has shown that Welsh children are ignoring their recommended five-a-day of fruit and vegetables in favour of fatty, sugary and salty foods. The study by the British Heart Foundation revealed that...
23/11/2011ESBL E.coli outbreak at Singleton Hospital prompts fear for NHS patients
Two babies died after an E.coli outbreak at an NHS hospital in Swansea, prompting officials to close the maternity unit in order to prevent the infection spreading. Hope Erin Evans died of the infection in...
22/11/2011Cancer patients live a longer lives thanks to new drugs and treatments
A new report by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that people with cancer now live on average nearly six times longer after cancer diagnosis than they did 40 years ago, thanks to medical advances and new cancer...
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