A study suggests people who are obese fall into six types including heavy drinking males, young healthy females and those in poorest health.Read the full story ›
A major incident doctor who normally responds disasters involving multiple casualties was sent in to help out a stretched accident and emergency unit as patients waited hours for treatment.
The medical incident officer was drafted in to Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Friday as staff were forced to treat patients in the corridor due to high demand.
The move came after West Midlands Ambulance Service demanded action over delays in treatment, which it said was preventing emergency vehicles from getting back on the road.
The hospital trust said the situation was "less than ideal".
Researchers have captured what happens when a person cracks their knuckles and discovered it could even be beneficial to their health.Read the full story ›
Some salads and sandwiches sold by high-street cafes and supermarkets are no healthier than a burger or pizza, new research suggests.Read the full story ›
Sir David Nicholson has cast doubt on Tory and Lib Dem plans to fund the health service, warning "emergency action" is required.Read the full story ›
Medication for problems such as tinnitus are in the final stages of clinical testing and could be ready in five years, a charity has said.Read the full story ›
Flavours such as menthol, cherry and coffee contain high levels of chemicals which can cause respiratory problems, researchers warn.Read the full story ›
An expert on addiction has said that prescribing heroin to addicts could be cheaper than methadone.Read the full story ›
A survey questioned 15,560 GPs, with almost three in 10 (28%) who are currently working full-time saying they are thinking about moving to part-time hours and 7% considering quitting medicine altogether. About a third (34%) said they are considering retiring from general practice in the next five years.
More than two-thirds (68%) said that while manageable, they experience a significant amount of work-related stress, but one in six (16%) feel their stress is significant and unmanageable. Nearly four in 10 (37%) said they feel that their current workload is too much to cope with, while more than half (53%) said it is generally manageable but too heavy at times. When asked to rank the top factors that most negatively impact on their personal commitment to their roles, nearly three-quarters (71%) cited an excessive workload, more than half (54%) said unresourced work being moved into general practice and 43% said not enough time with their patients.