Steroid abuse ‘raising health risk for thousands’

Image caption Public health experts say the use of anabolic steroids is one the rise Tens of thousands of people may be at increased risk of dying early from heart attacks and strokes by misusing anabolic steroids, according to doctors. The British Cardiovascular Society gave the warning amid concern steroids are now being taken by […]

The family that doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

The family which doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parents give their children alcohol from an early age Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of […]

Haemophilia A trial results ‘mind-blowing’

Media captionFather-of-two Jake Omer was born with haemophilia A British doctors say they have achieved “mind-blowing” results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born with a genetic defect that means they do not produce a protein needed to stop bleeding. Thirteen patients given the gene therapy at Barts Health NHS […]

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Image copyright Getty Images If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it? That is the question being posed in a study, published in the BMJ, into the growing size of wine glasses. University of Cambridge researchers found glass size grew from an average 66ml in the 1700s to […]

Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

Image caption Simon Bramhall was a liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon A surgeon who marked his initials on the livers of two transplant patients has admitted assault by beating. Simon Bramhall, 53, committed the offences at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February and August 2013. The liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon was suspended later that […]

Is England a healthy nation?

The annual Health Survey for England has been published by NHS Digital. The poll of 10,000 people is essentially the stock-take of the nation’s health, measuring everything from exercise habits to happiness. So what does it tell us about the health and wellbeing of people in England? 1. Obsessed with weight, but with good reason […]

Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

Image copyright shapecharge The combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months, England’s most senior nurse is warning. Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise after a cold snap. She said that, and the growing problem of loneliness, were […]

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

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