Breastfeeding for six months "cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%"

Breastfeeding for six months 'cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%'Six months of breastfeeding your child cuts risk of dying from all cancers Women who breastfeed also 17 per cent less likely to die from a heart attack By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 27 March 2013 Safer: A woman who breastfeeds her child is 10 per cent less likely to die from any from of cancer Women who breastfeed for six months reduce their risk of dying from all cancers by 10 per cent, researchers say.

Why having fat thighs now can lead to a doddery old age

Why having fat thighs can lead to a doddery old age People with fat around their thigh muscles had lower walking speeds later in lifeLower walking speed is a good predictor of disability risk in old age By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 17:06 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 GMT, 26 February 2013 People with wobbly thighs should take note – carrying extra fat around your upper leg makes it far harder to walk in old age.

Pouring granulated sugar on wounds "can heal them faster than antibiotics"

Pouring granulated sugar on wounds 'can heal them faster than antibiotics'Folk medicine from Africa may hold the key to treating wounds that defy modern medicine Sugar draws water from the wound into a dressing which accelerates the healing process By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 15 February 2013 According to the study, sugar draws water from the wound into a dressing accelerating the healing process Too much sugar may be bad for the waistline, but it could help doctors heal the sick.

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.

Nurse was so incompetent she gave dialysis patient Lucozade instead of glucose drip and couldn"t even take a pulse

Nurse was so incompetent she gave dialysis patient Lucozade instead of glucose drip and couldn't even take a pulseJuleth McKenzie didn't know difference between milligrams and microgramsEleven allegations of errors were either admitted or found provedShe worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 11:39 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 4 January 2013 A nurse trained to grade five standard of care was so incompetent she couldn't even calculate a patient's heart rate, a disciplinary hearing heard.

David Cameron backs friends and families test to act as "flashing light" to warn when hospitals and GPs are failing

Cameron backs friends and families test to act as 'flashing light' to warn when hospitals and GPs are failing Patients to be asked if they would recommend NHS service to loved onesNurses told to carry out hourly rounds of wardsNew 'dementia champions' with 1 in 4 patients suffering from disease ‘Games Makers’.

Exterminate! Robot takes on superbugs

Exterminate! Doctor Who-villain lookalike robot taking on superbugs could save NHS 200 million per year | UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 15 December 2012 Deep clean: The Tru-D device uses UV lights It may look like a gadget from Doctor Who, but this robot is a new, efficient method of tackling hospital superbugs that could save the NHS more than 200 million a year if adopted nationwide.

Cash-strapped nurses facing a 60 per cent hike in professional fees they must pay in order to work

Cash-strapped nurses facing 60% hike in registration fees they must pay in order to work The nursing regulator wants to increase professional fees from £76 to £120Unions argue the increase is unfair while NHS workers are suffering pay freezesGovernment pledges £20m grant to help but some fee hike still expected | UPDATED: 11:56 GMT, 15 October 2012 The Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates the UK's 670,000 nurses and midwives, has proposed increasing the annual registration fee from £76 to £120 Nurses are facing a 60 per cent hike in the professional fees they must pay in order to work.

DR ELLIE CANNON: There can be good reasons for "bed blocking"

There can be good reasons for 'bed blocking' | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 29 September 2012 The horrible label ‘bed blockers’ – elderly patients well enough to go home but with nowhere to go – surfaced again last week as the Department of Health said £4 million a week is spent on these individuals.

Calming angry patients and mopping up sick: Ad shows what nursing is REALLY like

Calming angry patients and mopping up sick: New advert shows what nursing is REALLY like. ‘We are showing reality of nursing’ says Union chiefAdvert highlights difficult circumstances nurses must often work in. Follows negative publicity about patient neglect