Hospitals are "full to bursting": Patient care is being put at risk, report warns


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Hospitals are 'full to bursting' and patient care is being put at risk, report warnsDr Foster, the NHS watchdog, found 12 trusts have 'worryingly high' death rates For 48 weeks of the year most hospitals are more than 90 per cent full, 'jeopardising patient care' A third of beds are taken by patients who could be cared for elsewhere If cost continues to be put over quality, 'patients will be in danger' it warns | UPDATED: 12:15 GMT, 3 December 2012 Hospitals are so 'full to bursting' that staff are struggling to keep patients safe, an influential report has warned.

UK alert over Sars copycat virus as man fights for his life in London hospital


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Man, 49, fighting deadly Sars copycat virus is attached to artificial lung at specialist London hospital Patient held in quarantine after infected by 'new' strainHospital following strict infection prevention proceduresMan became ill in Qatar but had recently travelled to Saudi ArabiaHe was allowed to fly into the UK on private jet to private hospital but was only diagnosed with the virus once he had entered the country Qatari man moved to NHS hospital when his condition worsenedOnly one other man in the world has been infected with SARS-like virusMan in Saudi Arabia died after contracting the virus three months agoPossible small number of other cases are 'being investigated' | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 25 September 2012 A man fighting a Sars-like virus in a British hospital has been connected to an artificial lung to keep him alive.

Binge drinking: Young adults from Manchester and Merseyside are heaviest teen drinkers in Europe, finds study of 26 cities


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Young adults from Manchester and Merseyside are heaviest teen drinkers in Europe, finds study of 26 cities 55% of young teenagers in Merseyside and 50% of those in Greater Manchester drank heavily compared to the EU city average of 33%However Mancunians ate considerably more fruit and vegetables than EU average while Liverpudlians smoked less By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 17 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:45 GMT, 17 September 2012 Too much, too young: Teenage heavy drinking rates are high in the north of England Teenagers living in the north of England are among the heaviest underage drinkers in Europe, according to a study of 26 European cities.

Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is "just as effective" as daily dose


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Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is 'just as effective' as daily dose For two decades, mild asthma sufferers have been told to take a daily dose of inhaled steroid medicineScientists now think this treatment is no better than just inhaling when they symptoms occur | UPDATED: 11:58 GMT, 14 September 2012 Asthmatics who use their inhalers as part of a daily routine fare no better than those who use them only when they have an attack, research suggests.

Loneliness won"t leave you alone? How mindful meditation can ease your woes


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Loneliness won't leave you alone How mindful meditation can ease your woes The practice also boosted immunity in older adults | UPDATED: 10:52 GMT, 25 July 2012 Solitude: Mindfulness helps improve your state of mind say scientists Older adults who suffer from loneliness are at far greater risk of health problems such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and premature death.