Women who wax or shave their bikini lines are more likely to get a viral skin infection, warn doctors


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Women who wax or shave their bikini lines are more likely to get skin infections, warn doctors 'Micro trauma' caused by shaving, waxing or scratching may aid the spread of pox virus Molluscum contagiumThe virus can be passed on through sex and the number of sexually transmitted cases is rising .

Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place


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Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place Spanish women live the longest – an average of 85 years, compared to British women's 82.6 yearsIsraeli men live the longest – an average of 80.1 years, compared to 78.4 years for British menRussia and Kyrgyzstan have lowest life expectancies says that although average life expectancy is rising across the region, increasing by five years since 1980 to reach 76 in 2010, major inequities are found between men and women and between countries.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Nixon: The elderly must be kept out of "dangerous hospitals", say GPs as they attack care standards and…


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The elderly must be kept out of 'dangerous hospitals', say GPs as they attack care standards and call for changes in the way the NHS is runNHS Alliance chairman calls for shift in way health service is runDr Michael Dixon says hospitals are dangerous, particularly for elderlyVulnerable and elderly should be treated in community, doctors say By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:46 GMT, 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 13 March 2013 Dr Michael Nixon, president and chairman of the NHS Alliance, has said certain patients should be kept out of hospital as long as possible Hospitals are dangerous places and only the most serious cases should be treated there, GPs warned last night.

How your grandmother"s smoking habit could affect YOUR health: Cigarettes can affect many generations down the line


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How your grandmother's smoking habit could give YOU asthma The risk holds even if your mother didn't take up the habit, say expertsNicotine can leave a 'mark' on our DNA, making future generations more susceptible to respiratory conditions such as asthma By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:33 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:19 GMT, 5 March 2013 People whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely yo suffer from asthma – regardless of whether their mother smoked or not Having a grandmother who smoked can increase your risk of suffering from asthma – even if your mother didn't take up the habit.

Sitting at your desk for six hours a day dramatically increases the risk of cancer and diabetes


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Sitting at your desk for six hours a day dramatically increases the risk of cancer and diabetes People who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetesOffice workers and drivers in particular danger of suffering from poor health By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 14:50 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 GMT, 20 February 2013 Men who spend more than six hours sitting each day are at higher risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, researchers have warned.

Devastated parents sue hospital after doctors at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, fail to identify unborn baby"s disabilities


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Devastated parents sue hospital after doctors fail to identify unborn baby's disabilitiesParents claim they would have aborted pregnancy if disabilities were knownTheir little girl will require round-the-clock care for life after problems missedThe couple are now suing John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, for 300,000 By Jo Macfarlane PUBLISHED: 23:48 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 5 January 2013 A devastated couple are suing a top NHS hospital for 300,000 after doctors failed to identify that their unborn child was severely disabled.

We"re living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result


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We're living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result From 1990 to 2010, the global average age of death rose from 59 to 70, with women outliving men by about five yearsScandinavia and Australia have the longest life expectancy, while Africa and Russia are among the lowest But living longer means we are suffering health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress, says landmark study | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 14 December 2012 Life expectancy around the world has soared, but we are now living with health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress.

Grandmother says parrot saves her life by waking her when she stops breathing in her sleep


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Who's a clever boy then Grandmother says parrot saves her life by waking her when she stops breathing in her sleep Barbara Smith-Schafer, 62, has sleep apnoea, which causes her to stop breathing and can lead to heart attack and stroke If she nods off during the day, her parrot Dominic flaps and pecks to wake her up Brainy parrot is also BI-LINGUAL and can speak English and German | UPDATED: 19:31 GMT, 12 December 2012 A grandmother claims her parrot has saved her life after she developed a life-threatening illness that stops her breathing while asleep.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding


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Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses.

Can draining blood cut cholesterol and ward off cancer?


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Can draining blood cut cholesterol and ward off cancer | UPDATED: 04:35 GMT, 4 December 2012 There may soon come a day when a visit to the GP involves having blood drained from your body — not for a blood test but to help reduce your risk of disease.


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