Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we"ll suffer more years of ill health than countries such as Romania and Thailand

Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we'll suffer more years of ill health than Romania and Thailand Average life expectancy has risen but we are living longer with disabilitySoaring use of drink and drugs means many 20-54 year-olds will die early Smoking is top reason for early death, followed by high blood pressureBiggest killers overall are heart disease, stroke and lung cancer By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 GMT, 5 March 2013 Britons' toxic lifestyles mean that a rising number of young people are dying prematurely from alcohol and drug abuse – and the current generation is set to suffer more years of debilitating illness in old age compared to the last.

More premature babies born at 24 weeks are surviving – but the number living with disabilities will also rise

More premature babies born at 24 weeks are surviving – but the number living with disabilities will also rise Rising numbers of babies born very early are surviving thanks to medical advancesBut no improvement over the last decade for those born before 24 weeks – the current limit for abortionSignificant survival improvements only among babies born at 24, 25 and 26 weeks, say British researchers | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 5 December 2012 More premature babies born when their mothers are just 24 weeks pregnant are surviving – but babies delivered earlier rarely live, say British researchers.

Norovirus: Wards close as cases of winter virus soar

Wards close as cases of winter virus soar and hospitals try to control spread of the bug Hospital wards have been forced to close in an effort to contain the dangerous winter vomiting bug which is sweeping Britain. Cases of norovirus, which causes violent vomiting and diarrhoea, are on the rise and have been reported at more than a dozen hospitals in the past week.