"Rapid response" operation that cuts risk of new strokes by a third

'Rapid response' operation carried out within 24 hours of suffering a mini-stroke cuts risk of another episode by a thirdSurgery offered to patients within 24 hours of a 'mini-stroke'Carotid endarterectomy operation cuts risk of new stroke by a third By Martyn Halle PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 Rapid response: How the operation is carried out Patients who have suffered a mini-stroke are now being offered ‘rapid-response’ surgery to prevent the condition worsening and leading to a full stroke.

Five disorders from depression to autism share a genetic link, which could pave way for new treatments

Five disorders from depression to autism share a genetic link, which could pave the way for new treatments Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia overlap at a genetic level Two gene markers common to all of the disorders govern the balance of calcium in brain cellsNew understanding could help develop treatments By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 13:46 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 28 February 2013 The five most common mental health and developmental disorders share a common genetic root, a study has found.

Why you shouldn"t get sick in a cold snap – it takes ambulances longer to respond

Why you shouldn't get sick in a cold snap – it can take ambulances twice as long to respond Study looked at how long it took ambulances to arrive at emergencies in Birmingham between 2007 and 2011Ambulance response time dropped 1.3% for each degree drop in temperatureDuring December 2010 ambulances took 15minutes rather than average eight minutesIncreased demand and treacherous road conditions blamed By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 23:44 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:44 GMT, 27 February 2013 It's common knowledge that it's better to get sick on a weekday because hospitals aren't as well staffed on weekends.

Couples lose 90 minutes of sleep a week bickering in bed about snoring, fidgeting and passing wind

Couples lose 90 minutes of sleep a week bickering in bed about snoring, fidgeting and passing wind More than a quarter of British couples argue in bed three times a week, each argument lasts 30 minutesArguments are caused by fidgeting, snoring, hogging the duvet and not being in the mood for sexWorst bickerers are in Birmingham and Manchester By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:14 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 27 February 2013 Fidgeting, snoring, passing wind and hogging the duvet – the list of things that couples argue about in bed is endless.

Deep vein thrombosis: Pulsating plaster stuck to the back of the knee to beat killer blood clots

Pulsating plaster stuck to the back of the knee to beat killer blood clots | UPDATED: 01:23 GMT, 18 December 2012 A high-tech plaster that’s stuck to the back of the knee could lower the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the leg following surgery.

Married women are less likely to suffer depression than cohabiters or singletons

Married women are less likely to suffer depression than cohabiters or singletons Ten per cent of married women suffered from post-natal depression, compared with 20 per cent who cohabited and 35 per cent who were singleWomen who cohabited were also more likely to suffer domestic abuse and/or abuse drugs | UPDATED: 19:10 GMT, 14 December 2012 Pregnant women who had already tied the knot were far less likely to suffer from post-natal depression than those who just lived with their other halves They say your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest of your life.

Bowel cancer: Scientists develop rear-view mirror to spot disease

Scientists develop rear-view mirror to spot bowel cancer | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 11 December 2012 Scientists have developed a new device that works like a ‘rear-view mirror’ for the surgeon during bowel examinations, helping to detect 25 per cent more abnormalities Bowel cancer is Britain’s third most common cancer, with 40,000 new diagnoses a year.

Chlorine in tap water linked to increase in number of people developing food allergies

Chlorine in tap water linked to increase in number of people developing food allergies | UPDATED: 06:10 GMT, 3 December 2012 Chlorine in tap water has been linked to the rising number of people developing food allergies, a study has revealed.

Want to avoid flu? Stop touching your face!

Want to avoid flu Stop touching your face! Many opportunities to in between hand-washing sessions to re-contaminate our hands, warn expertsKeeping your hands away from your nose and mouth could give you extra protection against viruses | UPDATED: 14:54 GMT, 30 November 2012 With winter upon us offices across Britain are full of coughing and spluttering workers.

Children driven to school are slower learners than those who walk or cycle

On your bike! Children driven to school are slower learners than those who walk or cycle Children driven or bussed to school had poorer concentration levels than those who walked or cycled Impact of exercise so big it could advance a student up to half a year in their studies | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 26 November 2012 It is common sense that children who walk or cycle to school have a lower risk of obesity than those shuttled to and fro by car.