Doctors talk as if we"re not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don"t understand what they are being told

Doctors talk as if we're not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don't understand what they are being told Annual NHS survey shows care has improved overall since last yearBut campaigners still disappointed by some of the results A fifth of patients didn't necessarily trust the doctor treating them By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:43 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:16 GMT, 17 April 2013 One in four patients says their doctors talk over them as if they weren’t there, according to a major survey.

Number of children who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one year

Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one yearAbout 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011This is a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010The figure equates to 567 children taking up the habit each dayCharity urges Government to put all cigarettes in plain standardised packs By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 06:46 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 Worrying: The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.

Hospital chief executive steps down after investigation is launched into patient deaths

Hospital chief executive steps down after investigation is launched into patient death rates Major investigation underway at Royal Bolton Hospital, ManchesterFour times as many cases of blood poisoning were recorded than would normally be expected at the hospital in a yearRaised fears over whether some patients may have been recorded as dying from septicaemia when they also had other serious conditions Jackie Bene, acting chief executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and the person in charge of recording the information, has 'stepped aside' Robert Francis renews call for a NHS culture change starting today , although a similar-sized trust would expect to have just 200.

How my four-year-old was nearly strangled by a window blind cord

How my four-year-old was nearly strangled by a window blind cord At least 25 children in Britain have been strangled to death by cord blinds since 1999 12 of those deaths have occurred in the past three yearsIt takes just 20 seconds for a child to be killed by a blind cord /11/03/article-0-15C81666000005DC-963_306x487.jpg” width=”306″ height=”487″ alt=”Danger: The increase in the number of deaths involving blind cords similar to this one has led to campaigners calling on them to be banned” class=”blkBorder” /> Danger: The increase in the number of deaths involving blind cords similar to this one has led to campaigners calling on them to be banned The Royal Society For The Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says the figure could even be far higher as, since 2002, such deaths have been logged under the umbrella term ‘accidents in the home’.

Never mind tans – it"s kiwis that make your skin glow

Never mind tans – it's kiwis that make your skin glowThree daily portions of fruit can improve your skintoneGet 2.9 portions to give you a healthy glow 3.3 portions will make you more attractive By Mail On Sunday Reporter PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:07 GMT, 16 February 2013 Is it possible to glow with health If new research is to be believed, the answer is yes.

Breast cancer: NHS faces "crisis" as number of women living with disease is set to treble to 1.7m

Breast cancer timebomb fear: Experts warn that NHS faces crisis as number of women living with disease is set to treble to 1.7m Threefold increase by 2040 will be partly caused by our ageing population Macmillan Cancer Support warns of being 'prepared for dramatic increase'Better treatment and diagnosis means more women are now surviving itThis presents new challenges for NHS in practical support and after-care By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:01 GMT, 15 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:24 GMT, 15 October 2012 Soaring numbers of women living with breast cancer will leave the NHS in crisis, researchers warn today.

Cough medicine: Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time? Which? casts doubt on health claims

Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time Which casts doubt on health claims | UPDATED: 07:13 GMT, 15 October 2012 Effective: Benylin cough syrup is popular off the shelves, but just how effective is it Popular medicines we spend billions of pounds on a year do not work as well as they claim to do, according to experts.

T-DM1: New "smart" drug for breast cancer extends women"s live by almost six months

New 'smart' drug for breast cancer extends women's lives by almost six months Novel treatment also reduces toxic side effects including hair lossDrug combines Herceptin and a chemotherapy agent Campaigners say it offers 'precious lifeline' for those with most aggressive cancer | UPDATED: 16:20 GMT, 1 October 2012 A new ‘smart’ drug for breast cancer extends women’s lives by almost six months while reducing toxic side effects – including hair loss.

Bread has been "demonised by TV nutritionists and is a vital part of our daily diet"

Not a grain of truth: Bread has been 'demonised by TV nutritionists and is a vital part of our daily diet' Scientists dismiss 20 years of warnings that bread is responsible for fatigue, stomach pain, bloating and headachesPeople are going without vital vitamins and minerals that are contained in each loaf | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 14 September 2012 From hot buttered toast to the simple sandwich, bread was once the staple of the British diet.

Thousands of elderly left suffering by "cruel and random" eye surgery rationing

Thousands of elderly left suffering by 'cruel and random' eye surgery rationing | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 13 September 2012 Thousands of elderly people are having to put up with deteriorating sight because they are denied cataract surgery on the NHS by ‘cruel and random’ rationing, campaigners warn.