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.

Miracle model amazes doctors by walking just SEVEN months after the hotel plunge that should have killed her

Miracle model amazes doctors by walking just SEVEN months after the hotel plunge that should have killed herChantelle Serginson, 25, was not expected to live after her horrific six-storey fallShe recovered and doctors told her it would take 18 months to walk againNow she has amazed them by getting back on her feet in just seven months | UPDATED: 02:20 GMT, 31 December 2012 A woman who plunged 80ft from a hotel balcony while on holiday has stunned doctors by walking just seven months after the life-threatening accident.

Letting a chiropractor "crack" your neck to ease pain could trigger stroke

Letting a chiropractor 'crack' your neck to ease pain could trigger strokeExperts warn against practices designed to correct misaligned spines | UPDATED: 10:08 GMT, 8 June 2012 Health experts warn that cracking your neck could have serious side effects Neck ‘cracking’ and manipulations carried out by chiropractors could trigger ‘catastrophic’ health problems such as strokes, experts warned yesterday.

Boy, 7, suffered stroke brought on by chickenpox he had suffered months earlier

Boy, 7, may never fully recover after suffering stroke brought on by chickenpox he had NINE MONTHS earlierVirus had caused Alex Roantree-Roesch's arteries to hardenHe now has splint on leg and has lost dexterity in handSpeech remains slurred and doctors do not know if he will fully recover | UPDATED: 11:44 GMT, 8 June 2012 A seven-year-old boy collapsed from a stroke brought on by the chickenpox he had nine months earlier.

A sports teacher who faced life in a wheelchair after a snowboarding accident has defied doctors by learning to walk, run and board again

Sports teacher who was told he would never walk again after snowboarding accident defies doctors by running half marathon and getting back on the slopes Mike Siddall was paralysed when he fell while training to be an instructorSpecialists told him he would probably be wheelchair-bound for life He has just completed the Great Manchester Run despite losing his dexterity and sensitivity to temperatures | UPDATED: 14:19 GMT, 6 June 2012 A sports teacher who faced life in a wheelchair after a snowboarding accident has defied doctors' dire predictions by learning to walk, run and board again.

Nerve rewiring means paralysed man can move hand to feed himself

Paralysed man can move hand to feed himself again after his nerves rewired in pioneering surgery Patient, now 71, became a quadraplegic in a car crash four years agoHealthy nerves were reconnected independently of spinal cord | UPDATED: 17:47 GMT, 15 May 2012 A paralysed man has regained the use of his hand after he had a pioneering operation to bypass damage to his spinal cord.

Britain"s bionic man: Robot suit allows Olympic torch bearer, 22, to walk again

Britain's bionic man: Robot suit allows Olympic torch bearer, 22, to walk again five years after seafront car smash Exoskeleton is strapped over user’s clothes and uses battery powered motors to lift people from sitting and move their legs | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 19 April 2012 A British student who was paralysed in a horror car smash is walking again five years later thanks to a revolutionary bionic suit.