Can you get up off the floor without using your hands? If not you could be heading for an early grave

Why you could be heading for an early grave if you can't get off the floor without using your handsSimple test asked 50 to 80-year-olds to sit on the floor and stand up with as little support as possibleAdults who needed to use a number of aids such as their hands and knees were six times more likely to die than those who didn't | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 13 December 2012 A simple 'standing up' test could predict mortality, research shows.

Childless couples have higher risk of dying prematurely but adopting may reduce chances of an early death

Childless couples have higher risk of dying prematurely but adopting may reduce chances of an early death | UPDATED: 09:00 GMT, 6 December 2012 Most parents have claimed at one stage that their children will be the death of them – but the reverse could be true.

Hospital patients with liver disease are up to 42% more likely to die" if admitted at weekends

Patients with liver disease are up to 42% more likely to die' if admitted to hospital at the weekend Patients with liver disease or heart disease most at risk Aortic aneurism and stroke victims also did badly Statistics blamed on fewer staff on duty and fewer scans carried out at weekends | UPDATED: 18:40 GMT, 16 October 2012 Critically-ill patients are up to 42 per cent more likely to die in hospital if they are admitted at weekends, it has emerged.

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.

Daily aspirin "cuts the risk of dying from any type of cancer"

Daily aspirin 'cuts the risk of dying from any type of cancer' Daily aspirin cuts cancer risk overall by 16 per cent | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 10 August 2012 Experts will need to study whether the benefits outweigh the risks of taking aspirin regularly Taking aspirin regularly cuts the risk of dying from cancer but the reduction is smaller than researchers anticipated, a new study reveals.

Even low levels of stress puts you "more at risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke"

Even low levels of stress puts you 'more at risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke' | UPDATED: 07:05 GMT, 1 August 2012 Low level stress can raise the risk of fatal heart attacks and stroke by twenty per cent, scientists have warned.

Why a stroke is more likely to kill you at the weekend

Why a stroke is more likely to kill you at the weekend Hundreds of stroke patients die each year because they happen to fall ill on a Saturday or Sunday | UPDATED: 08:11 GMT, 10 July 2012 A thousand stroke patients die or suffer serious disability each year because they fall ill at the weekend, a study has revealed.