HRT dangers underestimated

The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may have been underestimated, experts have said. Taking the treatment to combat the effects of the menopause could mean that women are 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who are not, a new study found. Women taking combined HRT are more likely to develop the disease, with risk increasing the longer it is used, the study found.

‘It’s about perspective … it depends how you see how big that risk is’ says Dr Hilary on new HRT cancer risk. He points out that the risks of smoking and being overweight can have a greater effect on cancer.

Thousands are waking up to find their operation is cancelled

I don't think fines should be necessary

– Dr Hilary Jones

New research from the Patients' Association has found that thousands of people are waking up prepared to have surgery - only to have their operation cancelled on the day.

More than 90,000 patients reportedly have had to wait more than 18 weeks for routine procedures, leaving many feeling fed up, in pain and financially worse off.

Bed shortages is biggest reason for the cancellations, with those whose lives are at risk prioritised.

Watch the above video to hear Dr Hilary explain more about why this is happening and what's being done about it.

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The parents spending thousands on weight loss camps

A mum who scrimped and saved to send her daughter to weight loss camp says the NHS should be paying for all kids who struggle with overeating to get the same opportunity.

Danielle Sinclair from St Albans says the NHS should be doing more to help children who are overeating, after a camp in Leeds "transformed" her daughter's life.

Claire Hinds, who joins us on the GMB sofa, also sent her daughters to the camp but is now having to pay up again after they put the weight back on.

Why are Olympic athletes turning to cupping?

We thought it was a Hollywood fad but now Olympians have taken to a strange alternative therapy...

You might have noticed circular bruises on some of the athletes - and it's because they've been using cupping as a means to try and enhance their health and performance.

The practice involves placing heated cups on the skin to create suction and the tell-tale marks have been seen on stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston.

But what effect is cupping supposed to have exactly? Former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas sheds some light.

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Are you in need of a digital detox?

Lack of sleep, kids playing up, household chores mounting - sound familiar? If so, you might be suffering from digital addiction!

Whether it's chasing those pesky creatures in Pokeman Go, checking your work emails or watching cute puppies on YouTube - more than half of people say they are "hooked" on digital devices.

This has led to a third of adults in the UK going on a 'digital detox'. So not to be outdone we've decided to organise our own social experiment - we asked the Ball family to spend an entire day with only their phones and devices for company. No talking allowed! Find out how they got on...

Could flossing actually be bad for your health?

Dentists have always told us to floss but new research has shown that it could be a waste of time - and even possibly bad for your gum health.

Current guidelines say we need to take that extra step in our oral hygiene routine to prevent cavities and plaque build-up but such recommendations have now been removed from official health guidelines in the US.

So, should we floss, or not? We speak to 'singing dentist' Dr Milad Shadrooh, who says his main concern is making sure people know the importance of interdental cleaning and that there's different ways to do it.

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Should chicken pox vaccinations be available for all children?

A mother whose little boy had what some doctors said was the worst case of chicken pox they have ever seen, is calling for vaccinations to be available for all children.

But how safe is the vaccination and does it really give protection into adulthood? We asked Dr Hilary Jones for his expert opinion.

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