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Calls for tougher smoking and junk food rules in hospitals

There are calls for more to be done to stop people smoking at hospitals and promote healthy living. Health boards say they are powerless to enforce smoking bans on their grounds as they are not yet backed up by law. BMA Cymru said a decision had to be made on whether hospitals were “places of […]

Gonorrhoea cases jump 25pc in a year

Cases of gonorrhoea have jumped by 25 per cent in onee year, new official figures show- prompting criticism of the Government’s ‘safe sex’ message for teenagers.The new statistics from the Health Protection Agency show there were almost 21,000 new diagnoses of the disease in England in 2011, up from just under 17,000 in 2010. Dr […]

Doctor wants to stop bikini waxing

A doctor has launched an appeal to reverse one of the fashion trends of the last decade, seen in the explosion of beauty salons offering bikini waxing, laser hair removal and “vajazzling”– jewelled decoration of the genitals.Emily Gibson, a family physician and head of a student health centre, called for an end to the “war […]

Infections after caesarean birth higher than other operations

One in ten women who give birth by caesarean section develop an infection, a study has found- which is a much higher rate than for similar operations.It suggests that 15,000 women a year in England suffer an infection after their caesarean birth, the researchers said. The study found that 9.6 per cent of women having […]

Norovirus bug outbreak at 35 hospitals closes dozens of wards

Health officials have issued a warning about the serious threat posed by the norovirus bug after an outbreak has seen cases jump by 20 per cent on this time last year.The winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug has affected 35 hospitals, with hundreds of beds unavailable after 27 wards were shut in the past two weeks […]

Pregnant mothers deliberately smoke for smaller babies

Some women keep smoking through pregnancy just because they want to give birth to a smaller baby, according to British researchers. Even though most women now understand there is “overwhelming evidence” that smoking during pregnancy is harmful to the developing child, they continue to do so, said Professor Nick Macklon of Southampton University. He told […]

Sexually transmitted diseases numbers droop

For the first time in over a decade there has been a drop in the number of new sexually transmitted infections in England new research reveals. The Health Protection Agency says although the reduction is small – only 1% down from the 424,782 cases diagnosed in 2009 – it is significant and a step in […]

Dentists overcharging NHS patients hundreds of pounds

Some dentists are overcharging NHS patients by hundreds of pounds a time, an undercover investigation has found. They are quoting patients up to £725 for work which should cost just £198, under the current three tiered payment system for NHS work. They are also commonly neglecting to offer patients a scale and polish alongside a […]

New EU red tape on herbal medicines kicks into force

New EU red tape has come into force banning hundreds of traditional herbal remedies. The EU red tape which kicked in on May 1st is claimed to protect consumers from possible damaging side-effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines. For the first time, new regulations will allow only long-established and quality-controlled medicines to be sold. But both […]

Europe losing superbugs battle

The emergence of antibiotic resistant infections has reached unprecedented levels and now outstrips our ability to fight it with existing drugs, European health experts are warning. Each year in the EU over 25,000 people die of bacterial infections that are able to outsmart even the newest antibiotics. The World Health Organization says the situation has […]