Donated blood older than three weeks could be "as harmful as fatty food or smoking"

Donated blood older than three weeks could be 'as harmful for health as fatty food or smoking' Six weeks considered maximum storage time for blood used in transfusionsBut experts say blood older than THREE weeks lacks nitric oxideThis helps blood vessels to expand and transports oxygen to tissuesDifference in blood quality is similar to that of eating a fatty meal or having a heart disease risk factor such as smoking or diabetes By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:36 GMT, 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:58 GMT, 11 March 2013 Blood stored for more than three weeks could could be harmful to health Using donated blood that is more than three weeks old for transfusions could harm health as much as eating fatty foods or smoking, new research suggests.

Exposed, the "small-time drug pusher" chemists running black market in Valium and Viagra

Exposed, the 'small-time drug pusher' chemists running black market in Valium and Viagra London chemists found to be selling antibiotics and drugs like Valium and opiates without a prescriptionResearchers also bought temazepam – a potentially lethal sleeping tablet if wrongly usedShadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said high street pharmacists were 'acting like small time drug pushers' | UPDATED: 23:55 GMT, 17 December 2012 Rogue chemists have been accused of acting like ‘small-time drug-pushers’ after they were discovered selling anti-depressants, sleeping pills and Viagra on the black market.

Cough medicine: Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time? Which? casts doubt on health claims

Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time Which casts doubt on health claims | UPDATED: 07:13 GMT, 15 October 2012 Effective: Benylin cough syrup is popular off the shelves, but just how effective is it Popular medicines we spend billions of pounds on a year do not work as well as they claim to do, according to experts.

Who ate all the sausages? World’s fattest Dachshund put on drastic diet after weighing in at five and a half stone

Who ate all the sausages World”s fattest Dachshund put on drastic diet after weighing in at five and a half stone Obie, aged five, is double the size of an average sausage dog – normally just a little over two stone. The world”s fattest sausage dog weighing a staggering five and a half stone has been put on a drastic diet to try and get him back into shape.

Dog slashing woman guilty faces jail cutting dog 31 times

Woman slashed her Springer Spaniel”s head, nose and body 31 times… and then called the police to blame it on an intruderKim Edmonds was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her dogShe slashed her two Springer Spaniels, one sustained 31 lacerations and burnsPending a psychiatric report, Edmonds could serve a maximum of six months in jail

London Olympics 2012: Sex before sport WON"T ruin your medal chances

Good news for Olympians! Sex before sport WON'T ruin your medal chances A review of studies found sex doesn't reduce physical strength or enduranceNo research yet on psychological impact of the act | UPDATED: 16:33 GMT, 31 July 2012 The ancient Greeks believed athletes should avoid sex before sport, but modern Olympians and scientists are torn over whether abstinence enhances performance.

New genetic "map" drawn up that will give better diagnosis for breast cancer patients and more effective treatment

New genetic 'map' drawn up that will give better diagnosis for breast cancer patients and more effective treatment | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 May 2012 A genetic 'map' that could help give more accurate diagnoses of breast cancer has been drawn up, showing the varied landscape of the disease in more detail than ever before.

Why a cool pair of hands rather than a cool head will help you in the gym

'Clutching a bottle of cold water while exercising can help make you fitter' | UPDATED: 07:26 GMT, 14 March 2012 David Cameron, pictured jogging in St James Park, could benefit from holding cool packs in his hands Do you struggle to jog on the treadmill for more than a few minutes before you're exhausted The solution is surprisingly close at hand.

Heart attack on a plate: Guide on what not to eat at the big chains

Heart attack on a plate: What not to eat at big chains… including JD Wetherspoon's gut-busting 2,000-calorie mixed grill It's enough to send your doctor’s blood pressure soaring, not to mention your own. This massive mixed grill – which includes gammon, rump and pork steaks, lamb chops, chips, a fried egg, six beer-battered onion rings and two pork sausages – has been exposed as the unhealthiest dish in the country.