Stomach blockages are being treated with Coca

How doctors are using Coca-Cola to treat painful stomach blockages The drink's chemical ingredients do a similar job to gastric acid, by helping to digest fibreThe bubbles also help speed up the process By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:59 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:59 GMT, 7 January 2013 Doctors have discovered that Coca Cola is highly effective at treating stomach blockages Doctors are using Coca-Cola to treat a painful stomach condition, sparing patients from surgery.

We"re a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62m prescriptions every year

We're a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62million prescriptions every yearExperts say doctors give out pills too readily, often just signing forms without checking detailsSix billion pills were bought over the counter last year, with sales growing at 4.1 per cent annually | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 28 December 2012 More than 62million prescriptions are written annually on the NHS, a 30 per cent rise in only five years Britain has become a nation of painkiller addicts, with soaring numbers of pills handed out by GPs.

Woman, 21, may never speak again after losing her voice in February because of severe laryngitis

Woman, 21, may never speak again after losing her voice in February because of severe laryngitis Alice has had to give up her job as a lifeguard as she cannot communicate with swimmersShe cannot receive disability benefits until she has had no voice for a year | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 3 September 2012 Alice Mitchell, 21, shows the sign language symbol for the voice.

Teen, 19, who thought her watery eye was caused by her make-up discovers it is CANCER

Teenager, 19, who thought her watery eye was caused by make-up discovers it is CANCER tumour behind her nose | UPDATED: 22:38 GMT, 1 May 2012 When Tasha Jilka began suffering from a watery left eye, she put the strange symptom down to her make-up or the seasonal weather.

Half of British babies to be tested for rare inherited diseases

Half of British newborns to be tested for five more inherited diseases Doctors already test newborns for disorders including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anaemia | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 9 April 2012 More than half of the babies born in the UK will be screened for five rare debilitating disorders as a result of a year-long NHS pilot scheme running from July.

Autism: Number of schoolchildren classified as being autistic soars by 56% in five years

Number of schoolchildren classified as being autistic soars by 56% in five years 'We don't know for sure whether autism has increased or if we have just got better at diagnosing the condition,' says charity spokeswoman | UPDATED: 16:37 GMT, 22 March 2012 The number of schoolchildren who are classified as being autistic has soared by 56 per cent in the last five years.

Is that "routine" operation far riskier than you thought?

Is that “routine” operation far riskier than you thought Mother tells of “everyday surgery” that went horribly wrong for her three-year-old son When the consultant chatted to my husband and I about the risks involved in a routine ear operation for our son, we barely took the information in. Louis, then three, had glue ear — a common childhood ailment which meant fluid was pooling behind his ear drum. It wasn’t life threatening, but it meant he couldn’t hear properly, causing a delay to his speech.