WeightWatchers is the best diet plan to follow if you want to shed the pounds, according to NHS research

WeightWatchers really IS the best diet plan to follow if you want to shed the pounds, according to NHS research 80% of patients referred to three popular diet plans lost more than 11lbsSlimmers signed up to WeightWatchers were most likely to lose a significant amount of weight | UPDATED: 15:33 GMT, 19 December 2012 Patsy Kensit was recently unveiled as WeightWatchers Celebrity Ambassador.

Ban "failing" hip resurfacing implants for women, say surgeons

Ban 'failing' hip resurfacing implants for women, say surgeonsWomen who had worn-out hips resurfaced five times more likely to need a second operation More than one in ten suffer problemsFailure figures for men are much lower | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 2 October 2012 Women should no longer be offered hip resurfacing because of ‘unacceptably high’ failure rates, surgeons have warned.

Twice as many patients dying because of poor care after operations than previously thought

Twice as many patients are dying because of poor care after operations than previously thought Death rate higher in Britain than countries such as Finland and EstoniaNearly four in 100 people having common forms of surgery die as a resultPatients are dying from blood poisoning, kidney failure and heart attacks | UPDATED: 06:59 GMT, 21 September 2012 Sloppy NHS care after operations is costing the lives of thousands of patients, research shows.

Discovery of DNA sections responsible for osteoarthritis raises hope of treatment for millions affected by crippling illness

Discovery of DNA sections responsible for osteoarthritis raises hope of treatment for millions affected by crippling illnessBreakthrough made by researchers at the University of NewcastleAround 8.5million Britons suffer from osteoarthritis | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 3 July 2012 A breakthrough by British scientists could lead to new treatments for the most common form of arthritis.

Fresh hope of vaccine for killer meningitis B that could prevent illness in 80% of children

Fresh hope of vaccine for killer meningitis B that could prevent illness in 80% of children | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 7 May 2012 New hope: The jab to protect againt Meningitis B proved successful in the majority of teenagers giving hope for future inoculations A jab to protect against deadly meningitis B is being developed by scientists.

Transplants: Patients could one day "grow" new organs from their own stem cells to replace failing body parts

Patients will 'grow' new organs from their own cells to replace failing body parts, says pioneering surgeon At least 1,000 Britons die each year while waiting for a new heart, kidney or liver | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 9 March 2012 Patients could one day 'grow' new organs from their own stem cells to replace failing body parts, a leading transplant surgeon says.

HRT "that protects against breast cancer" can cut disease rate by nearly a quarter

HRT 'that protects against breast cancer' can cut disease rate by nearly a quarter HRT: Women taking the oestrogen-only form of the treatment were 23 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer Women taking a specific form of HRT may be protected against breast cancer, researchers say.