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Cosmetic surgery cooling off period suggested

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures should give patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead. The General Medical Council (GMC) has produced the guidance to make surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as facelifts, breast implants, dermal fillers and Botox, safer. It will now consult doctors and the public about the guidance, however plastic […]

Skin cancer linked to package holiday boom

A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the “worrying rise” in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests. The charity says that although all ages are at risk, many older people would not have been aware of how to protect themselves four decades ago. Figures show that 5,700 over […]

Cameron promises seven day health services

All hospitals in England will provide “a truly seven day NHS” health service under a future Conservative government. Mr David Cameron said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. In a wide ranging speech, he said his party’s message to various sections of the population was: “We’re with […]

War on drugs is unwinnable

Four decades after President Nixon declared a “war on drugs”, US states have legalised the sale of marijuana and most Americans support legalisation. Across the world, drug laws are being relaxed, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic. After many years prosecuting drugs offences as an Assistant US Attorney, growing frustration with the […]

Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health when making their New Year […]

Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready by end of 2015

Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015 the World Health Organization has announced. The WHO said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year and vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December […]

Patients’ internet diagnoses not useful warn doctors

Many patients are going to their GP and asking them what treatment they want based on research from the internet doctors warns. A third of the UK physicians surveyed said patients would come with suggestions for what prescription they should receive and fewer than 5% of doctors felt it was helpful. Major technology firms such […]

Overweight seen as the norm warns chief medical officer

Being overweight is increasingly seen as the norm, England’s chief medical officer warns. In her annual report on the state of health, Dame Sally Davies said this was concerning, pointing out many people did not recognise they had a problem. Parents of overweight children were also failing to spot the signs too, she said. Dame […]

Health Direct wishes you a healthy New Year

Health Direct wishes you a healthy New Year. Health Direct wishes you a healthy New Year for the year ahead in 2014.  

Health Direct wishes you a Merry Christmas

Health Direct wishes you a Merry Christmas. Health Direct wishes you a Merry Christmas- though a happy and health one- rather than an intoxicated one.