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Cancer patients 'can cut death risk by walking'

People with breast or prostate cancer could dramatically reduce their risk of dying by walking just one mile a day, new estimates suggest.

Walking for 20 minutes a day could dramatically reduce the risk of death.
Walking for 20 minutes a day could dramatically reduce the risk of death. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Walking for a mile at a moderate pace of around 3mph, or walking for 20 minutes a day could reduce breast cancer patients risk of dying from the disease by 40%, while those with prostate cancer could reduce their risk by 30%, according to the calculations.

The estimates from Walking for Health, run by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Ramblers, have been based on guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer.

The guidelines suggest 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week. For walking this must be "brisk" or "fast" walking, typically 3mph or faster.

Stars send support for hospitalised Joan Rivers

A host of famous faces have sent out messages of support for US comedian Joan Rivers, who remains in hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

Ellen De Generes, Rosie O'Donnell and Nancy Sinatra who took to Twitter to send their best wishes.

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I’m thinking about you, @joan_rivers, and sending lots of love your way.

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James Foley and others 'waterboarded by Islamic State'

At least four hostages held in Syria by Islamic State militants, including US journalist James Foley, were waterboarded during their captivity, The Washington Post has reported.

James Foley is believed to have been beheaded by the Islamic State.
James Foley is believed to have been beheaded by the Islamic State. Credit: Nicole Tung

The newspaper, citing people familiar with the treatment of Western hostages, said the Islamic State captors appeared to model the technique used by the CIA on three terrorism suspects captured after the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center.

A source close to the family of a hostage held by Islamic State acknowledged to Reuters that hostages had been waterboarded, but gave no further details.

Waterboarding, a process characterised by Barack Obama and many other US politicians as torture, simulates drowning. Captives have water poured over their noses and mouths until they feel as if they are suffocating.

Three Americans and fewer than 10 other western hostages are still being held by the militant group, according to people familiar with the situation.

Almost half of adults 'have suffered insomnia'

Almost half of Britain's adults have suffered a bout of insomnia, leaving them unable to sleep for nights on end, research from sleep experts has found.

According to the Sleep Council:

  • 48% have suffered from Insomnia.
  • 22% have lost sleep because of Restless Leg Syndrome.
  • 18% suffer night terrors or nightmares and a further 14% struggle with Nocturia (an excessive need to urinate).

Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' after operation scare

Joan Rivers' daughter says the comedian is "resting comfortably" after being rushed to hospital following an operation, NBC News reports.

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JUST IN: Statement from Melissa Rivers on her mother, Joan: "She is resting comfortably and is with our family." http://t.co/HIpKEXrp3A

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Three quarters 'suffer sleep problems due to stress'

Some 72% of Britain's adults have their sleep damaged by everyday stress, a study has revealed.

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September can be one of the most stressful months, health professionals have warned. Credit: PA

Read: Britons 'spend more time using technology than sleeping'

Data from the Sleep Council shed light on how difficult it was for some people to get a full nights sleep.

Some 48% suffer from insomnia and 26% told the Sleep Council a good nights rest helped them to relieve stress.

Only 27% of 2,035 people quizzed by Opinion Matters said they were able to regularly get enough rest.

Read: Astronauts 'dangerously sleep deprived'

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Carswell and Farage in Clacton ahead of by-election

Douglas Carswell will return to his Clacton constituency today flanked by Ukip leader Nigel Farage as the pair plan a completely unexpected by-election campaign.

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage will be heading to Clacton today.
Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage will be heading to Clacton today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

They are due to visit the seat after Mr Carswell's bombshell decision to switch parties and quit the Commons to re-stand under the Ukip banner.

The date for the by-election is yet to be set but is likely to be held within weeks. Parliamentary rules require an election between 21 and 27 days after a writ is moved to fill the vacancy.

Could Bake Off's Iain be set for comeback?

Axed Great British Bake Off Iain Watters has left fans guessing as to whether he could return the show after rival Diana withdrew due to illness.

Asked on BBC's Newsnight if he would be making a comeback, he teased viewers by saying: "You will have to watch next week."

Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin.
Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin. Credit: BBC

Watters added that he doesn't hold a grudge against competitor Diana Beard after the controversy dubbed "bingate".

He said he didn't blame Beard for taking his Baked Alaska out of the freezer, a move he says was made "in the heat of the moment".

He said the public support following his exit from the show had been "crazy" - pointing in particular to the #JusticeforIain campaign that trended on Twitter.

Hospital food rankings 'make NHS more transparent'

Rankings of hospital care according to the quality of the food they serve will help improve the transparency of the NHS, the Health Secretary has said.

Speaking as the Department of Health launched a crackdown on hospital food, Jeremy Hunt said:

We are making the NHS more transparent, giving patients the power to compare food on wards and incentivising hospitals to raise their game.

Many hospitals are already offering excellent food to their patients and staff. But we want to know that all patients have nourishing and appetising food to help them get well faster and stay healthy, which is why we're introducing tough new mandatory standards for the first time ever.

– Jeremy Hunt

Read: Hospital rates food as '5 star'

Poll: 'Yes' campaign closes gap after TV debates

Campaigners backing Scottish independence are closing the gap on pro-unionists after the second televised debate, a new poll suggests.

Alex Salmond is perceived to have won a comfortable victory in the second televised debate.
Alex Salmond is perceived to have won a comfortable victory in the second televised debate. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail found 47% saying they would vote in favour of independence, once undecided voters were excluded, with 53% saying they would vote no.

That compares to a split of 43% (Yes) to 57% (No) in polling after the first televised debate three weeks before - a closing of the gap from 14 points to just six.

It follows what was generally perceived as a comfortable victory for Alex Salmond in the second debate.

Sixty-four percent of respondents in the survey called it in favour of the Scottish First Minister, compared to just 16% who believed Better Together's Alastair Darling won.

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