GPs urged not to prescribe sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted

GPs urged to slash prescriptions of sleeping pills and painkillers over fears millions of Britons are addicted New guidelines advise doctors to consider alternative treatments such as physiotherapy and counselling62 million prescriptions for painkillers written out every year – and another 50 million for sleeping pills By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 16:02 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 17 January 2013 Family doctors are being told to slash prescriptions of painkillers and sleeping pills amid concerns that patients are becoming addicted.

Stop smoking ad: Cancerous tumour grows out of cigarette in new anti-smoking campaign

Is this the most disgusting anti-smoking advert yet Cancerous tumour seen growing inside cigarette in New Year campaign Department of Health ad, which cost 2.7m, will run for nine weeks on television, billboards and onlineLaunched in response to statistics which show more than a third of smokers still think the health risks are greatly exaggerated | UPDATED: 10:08 GMT, 28 December 2012 This gruesome image of a tumour growing from a cigarette is part of the Government's latest attempt to get millions of Britons to stop smoking.

Redhead: Four in ten Britons carry ginger genes without having red hair – and it could have major health implications

Are you a secret redhead Four in ten Britons carry ginger genes without having red hair – and it could profoundly affect our health | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 17 December 2012 In England, 6 per cent of people have red hair Are you a redhead, but don’t even know it Research to be released this week indicates millions of Britons carry ‘silent’ genes for redheadedness.

Rise of the scoffaholics: Are you one of 2.5 million Britons who gorge on too much food? Fine out with out experts" guide to the five types of…

Rise of the scoffaholics: Are you one of 2.5 million Britons who gorge on too much food Find out with out experts' guide to the five types of overeater | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 An incredible 2.5 million Britons gorge on too much food.

Low dose of aspirin could slow down memory loss

Taking low dose of aspirin to prevent heart disease could slow down memory loss Older women taking low doses to prevent heart disease found it helped to preserve memory | UPDATED: 00:43 GMT, 4 October 2012 Older women who took low doses of aspirin found it helped to preserve their memory Taking a low dose of aspirin may help keep the brain young, claim researchers.

Common painkillers "increase" risk of early death in heart attack survivors

Common painkillers 'increase' risk of early death in heart attack survivors Taking anti-inflammatory drugs including Ibuprofen can put those who have already had one heart attack at a heightened risk of having another for at least five years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 11 September 2012 Common painkillers such as ibuprofen increase the risk of dying or having a second heart attack among heart attack survivors, researchers have warned.

That is something to lose sleep over: How millions of Britons suffer insomnia every year

That is something to lose sleep over: How millions of Britons are affected by acute insomnia – but experts say they don't know why Full extent of problems of acute insomnia revealedExperts hope this will help them find ways to stop it developing into chronic insomniaInitial triggers, however, are still unclear | UPDATED: 15:33 GMT, 24 August 2012 Almost one in ten adults in the UK suffer from acute insomnia, research suggests – far more than previously thought.

Statins don"t just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists

Statins don't just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists Cholesterol-lowering drugs lowered risk of pancreatitis by 21 per cent compared to placebo and other treatments | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 22 August 2012 Statins are taken eacy day by seven million adults in the UK Cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by millions of Britons to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, but scientists say they could have another unexpected benefit.

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.