Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatment

Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatmentOne in five elderly insomnia sufferers have never had drugs reviewed by GPFour out of five of those surveyed have trouble sleeping despite taking pills By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:34 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 3 April 2013 One in five elderly insomnia sufferers told a survey they have never had their drugs reviewed by a GP – which breaches official guidelines (file picture) Doctors are still prescribing powerful sleeping pills for months at a time to older people who risk becoming addicted, warn experts.

The BREATH test that could explain why you"re fat: An imbalance of gas in the gut can slow down how we burn calories

The BREATH test that could explain why you're fat: An imbalance of gas in the gut can slow down how we burn calories Scientists looked at concentrations of hydrogen and methane gasses in the bodies of 800 people People who have a high concentration of both gases are more likely to have a higher BMI and more body fat Imbalance of these gases may cause some of us to harvest more calories than we need from food By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:34 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:14 GMT, 26 March 2013 Obesity may be caused by an imbalance of gases in the body, rather than over-eating or a lack of exercise, researchers claim.

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

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.

The battle against Alzheimer"s starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay

The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age.

Sex addiction: Online pornography and poor sex education is to blame, says leading expert

More than 40% of children under 12 have watched pornography – and experts say it's turning teenagers into SEX ADDICTS The majority of sex addicts begin experiencing problems before the age of 16, says addiction expert 40% of those questioned had watched porn under the age of 12 Broken homes, single-sex schools and poor sex education also to blame | UPDATED: 19:41 GMT, 11 December 2012 Scroll down for video Easy access to online pornography and poor sex education are largely to blame for teenagers suffering from sex addiction, a leading expert has said.

Diet and fitness apps DO help you lose weight (but you also need a little willpower, too)

Diet and fitness apps DO help you lose weight (but you also need a little willpower, too) Dieters who used a smartphone app and exercised lost on average 8lb more than their counterparts who didn't track daily food intake and movementsFirst study to show adding technology to a weight loss programme can produce sustained weight loss Experts say apps make it easier to track calories and exercise | UPDATED: 12:17 GMT, 11 December 2012 American researchers have found smartphone apps can help dieters shed the pounds – but only if they put in the effort They are one of the latest crutches for dieters desperate to shed the pounds.

Is this the death of the choirboy? Earlier puberty means many are forced to retire by the age of 12

Is this the death of the choirboy Earlier puberty means many are forced to retire by the age of 12 The average age a boy's voice breaks has fallen from 14 in 1960 to 12 today Many youngsters don't have the opportunity to develop strong treble voices before going through pubertyAnd older and more musically experienced boys are being lost early, potentially impacting the choir’s ability to perform more difficult music | UPDATED: 19:43 GMT, 10 December 2012 Earlier puberty means youngsters do not have the opportunity to develop strong treble voices before their voices drop into a lower range For many, the sound of Christmas is the dulcet tones of choirboy voices singing Once in Royal David’s City or The Holly And The Ivy.

Patients have fewer complications with sympathetic doctors

Patients with sympathetic doctors are more likely to have a better outcome and fewer complications Researchers found a link between a physician's empathy for their patient's condition and the patient's outcomes The study was done by Thomas Jefferson University and Italian researchersThe relationship between diabetic patients and their physicians in Parma, Italy were evaluatedThe results support the beneficial effects of empathy in patient care | UPDATED: 19:33 GMT, 11 September 2012 Patients with more sympathetic, understanding doctors have better outcomes and fewer complications, new research suggests.

Francesca Adam-Smith: Girl with rare disorder that leaves her mute makes amazing breakthrough

Schoolgirl, 10, with rare disorder that leaves her mute makes amazing breakthrough by saying 'I love you' to her mother Specialist school has promised to have Francesca Adam-Smith talking properly within a yearBut the school fees are 60,000 and Francesca has been turned down for fundingHer mother Rachel has now launched a fundraising drive to get her daughter enrolled while they appeal | UPDATED: 16:09 GMT, 11 September 2012 A young girl with a rare disorder which leaves her unable to speak has finally said 'I love you' to her mother.