Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indonesia is among the countries that have struggled to curb smoking Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries – China, India, the US and Russia. Despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number […]

Fears of locum shortage amid IR35 tax row

Fears of locum shortage amid IR35 tax row

Image caption The QEQM hospital in Margate denied it is considering part-closing its emergency department A hospital has planned for a possible lack of doctors as a result of tax changes, the BBC understands. Margate’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) hospital has rearranged rotas in anticipation of shortages. East Kent Hospitals fears locums will […]

Should exercise be compulsory at work?

Should exercise be compulsory at work?

Image copyright Getty Images The news this week that more than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive has led to a lot of discussion over how to tackle the problem. But with no easy solution and rates of obesity rising fast has it come to the point that exercise should become part […]

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Image copyright GARO/PHANIE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People who take antibiotics for a long time are more likely to develop growths on the bowel which can be a precursor to cancer, a study suggests. Researchers say this adds to emerging evidence that the diversity of bugs in the gut could have role in the development of tumours. […]

Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland

Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland

Image copyright Getty Images A campaign to vaccinate girls against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has led to a dramatic drop in reported cases. Researchers have found a 90% fall in levels of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in Scottish women since the vaccine was made available in 2008. HPV virus types are thought to […]

Jump in junior doctors training as GPs in Wales

Jump in junior doctors training as GPs in Wales

Image copyright Wales Deanery Image caption The Train, Work, Live campaign was set up to attract junior doctors to Wales There has been a 16% increase in the number of junior doctors choosing to come to or stay in Wales to train to become GPs, new figures have shown. Currently 84% of the 136 available […]

Firefighters have higher heart attack risk ‘because of heat’

Firefighters have higher heart attack risk ‘because of heat’

Image copyright Getty Images Working in hot temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack, researchers have said. The study may explain why heart disease is the leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters, the researchers from the University of Edinburgh said. Firefighter Simon McNally, who was physically fit, had a heart attack while […]

More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’

More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’

Media captionHarriet Mulvaney says she thought she was active before her heart attack but she was really “just busy” More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around […]

NHS operations: Waiting times to rise in ‘trade-off’, boss says

NHS operations: Waiting times to rise in ‘trade-off’, boss says

NHS patients in England face longer waits for hospital operations such as knee and hip replacements in a “trade-off” for improved care in other areas, NHS England boss Simon Stevens says. He said he could no longer guarantee treatment in the 18-week target time. And he said GPs would be asked to cut back on […]

Surgeon: ‘How many more children like Kayden must die?’

Surgeon: ‘How many more children like Kayden must die?’

Media captionKayden’s grandmother: “I wanted to strangle somebody” Senior surgeons say they tried to warn managers of dangerous delays to emergency surgery ahead of a child’s death at a top children’s hospital. Kayden Bancroft was 20 months old when he died at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), following repeated delays to urgent surgery. Whistleblowers allege […]