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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 […]

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 […]

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Image copyright Getty Images Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due to make an interest payment of £26m by Friday. However, Four Seasons has only £24.8m […]

NHS in England told to reveal avoidable deaths data

Image copyright Thinkstock The NHS in England is to become the first healthcare system in the world to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths, the health secretary has said. By the end of 2017, some 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented. It is estimated there […]

Joe Biden comforts John McCain’s daughter over cancer

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Biden says he is a long-time friend of Mr McCain despite the political divide Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has offered comfort and advice to Meghan McCain over the health of her father, US Republican Senator John McCain, during a TV talk show. Mr Biden’s son died of the […]

Is England a healthy nation?

The annual Health Survey for England has been published. 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 Nearly half of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myles Bradbury: Victim ‘destroyed’ by Addenbrooke’s abuse doctor

Image copyright PA Image caption Myles Bradbury was sentenced to 22 years in prison for abusing child patients The mother of a child abused by a paedophile hospital doctor says her son has been “destroyed” by what happened. Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years in December 2014 after admitting abusing 18 victims at Addenbrooke’s […]