Money worries are causing millions of us to pile on the pounds by comfort eating

Money worries are causing millions of us to pile on the pounds by comfort eating Financial problems are causing three quarters of people to ignore diet advice and turn to comfort eating80% of us are choosing cheap food over healthy By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 09:14 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:14 GMT, 18 April 2013 Money worries are causing millions of cash-strapped Britons to pile on the pounds, according to a new report.

New NHS 111 helpline puts patient safety at risk, doctors warn

Launch of new NHS 111 helpline should be delayed as it's already in chaos, say doctors BMA says the service was overwhelmed in just a few hours after its recent launch in some areas And rolling out service nationwide from next Monday 'will put lives at risk' due to poor quality adviceSome patients forced to wait hours for advice By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 28 March 2013 Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GP committee, questioned the quality of advice given out Doctors have called for a delay in the launch of a new non-emergency advice line for patients, saying it will put safety at risk.

NHS forks out 4million to send obese patients to Weight Watchers

NHS forks out 4million to send obese patients to Weight WatchersGPs routinely refer patients to the classes, which cost 45 for three monthsThe Weight Watchers courses are offered by two-thirds of care trustsExperts predict that half of all adults will be classified as obese by 2040Concerns that pro-Weight Watchers studies are funded by the organisation – the equivalent of 800,000 a year.

Mother who rushed her son to hospital with meningitis symptoms is stunned to receive letter accusing her of wasting NHS time

Family who rushed boy, 7, to A&E with meningitis symptoms are stunned to receive letter accusing them of wasting NHS time Georgina Houghton, 33, called NHS Direct one weekend after son Colby, 7, developed a temperature, vomiting and sensitivity to light Told the little boy might have meningitis and needed to go to A&EDashed to hospital where doctors diagnosed a viral infection Days later Colby received letter from family GP, lambasting him for wasting NHS time and not consulting GP first | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 6 December 2012 When her young son Colby became increasingly ill one weekend, Georgina Houghton became convinced he needed professional help.

Half of patients are "too scared" to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it"s wrong

Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Poll of more than 2,000 Britons suggests millions lack the confidence to tackle their GP or hospital consultant 50% are too frightened to question a doctor’s opinion – more than patients in 12 other countriesPatients Association has helped create a leaflet explaining how patients can challenge their doctor | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 27 November 2012 Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Millions of patients are too scared to challenge medical advice given by hospital doctors and family GPs.

Safe sex: Facebook is a good way to promote condom use to teenagers

How Facebook could prevent you from catching an STD Young people who 'Liked' a sexual health advice site were more likely to use condoms than those who didn't Facebook 'a good way to help prevent sexually transmitted infections' | UPDATED: 14:50 GMT, 10 October 2012 Young people who received sexual advice from Facebook were more likely to use condoms If you worry about spending hours on Facebook, then relax – it could be good for your health.

Two in five new mothers struggle to cope with the demands of parenting and need more help, says charity

Two in five new mothers struggle to cope with the demands of parenting and 'need more help', says charity NSPCC calls on Government to ensure sufficient resources are available to 'provide the services babies and their families need' | UPDATED: 08:27 GMT, 11 May 2012 Two in five new mothers have struggled to cope with the demands of parenting during the first few weeks after birth, with a similar amount admitting getting 'angry' with their baby, according to a poll.

Beast cancer sufferer Gemma Levine: A tot of brandy and a belly laugh – the quirky ways of coping with chemo

A tot of brandy and a belly laugh – the quirky ways of coping with chemotherapy | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 1 May 2012 There are three short words that can transform your world for ever: ‘You have cancer.’ And when renowned portrait photographer Gemma Levine heard them, she felt poleaxed.

Over-the-counter insect bite remedies are just not worth buying , say experts

Over-the-counter insect bite remedies are just not worth buying , say experts | UPDATED: 00:22 GMT, 12 April 2012 Futile: New research suggests there is little evidence that over-the-counter insect bite remedies work When the itching becomes too much, it’s not surprising many of us reach for a remedy after an insect bite.

Worried yoga will be a bit of a stretch? Here"s our advice for beginners

Worried yoga will be a bit of a stretch Read our expert advice for beginners | UPDATED: 16:13 GMT, 30 March 2012 Fancy trying out a yoga class but afraid to get stuck in a room full of super-slim women chanting and doing the 'downward dog' Never fear! Here experienced yoga teacher Diana Holland, 53, reveals just what to expect…