Thousands of elderly left suffering by "cruel and random" eye surgery rationing

Thousands of elderly left suffering by 'cruel and random' eye surgery rationing | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 13 September 2012 Thousands of elderly people are having to put up with deteriorating sight because they are denied cataract surgery on the NHS by ‘cruel and random’ rationing, campaigners warn.

Giving smokers free nicotine patches or intensive NHS helpline counselling "does nothing to help them quit"

Giving smokers extra free nicotine patches or intensive NHS helpline counselling 'does nothing to help them quit' | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 23 March 2012 Offering smokers free nicotine patches or intensive counselling via an NHS helpline does nothing to help them quit, a study has revealed.

Cycling champion Joanna Rowsell: Alopecia spurred me on to gold medal success

Losing my hair has made me a winner: Brave cycling champ, 23, steps on to the podium without her wig after unexpected gold medal Joanna Rowsell has alopecia areata – a condition where the immune system attacks the hair folliclesIt's spurred me on to be even more focused, she says When cycling world champion Joanna Rowsell stepped onto the podium in the Olympic Velodrome on Saturday, she had every reason to be thrilled with her achievement.

Nicotine patches branded a waste of time as study finds they don"t help smokers quit long-term

Nicotine patches branded a waste of time as study finds they don't help smokers quit long-term Former smokers just as likely to relapse if they used nicotine replacement therapies to help them quit Unsuccessful Nicotine replacement therapy was found to have no impact on quitting success in the latest study Nicotine patches may not help smokers to stub out the habit, according to a new study. Researchers found nicotine replacement therapies like patches and gum, were not effective in helping smokers quit long-term. This was true even when NRTs were combined with counselling sessions.