Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatment

Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatmentOne in five elderly insomnia sufferers have never had drugs reviewed by GPFour out of five of those surveyed have trouble sleeping despite taking pills By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:34 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 3 April 2013 One in five elderly insomnia sufferers told a survey they have never had their drugs reviewed by a GP – which breaches official guidelines (file picture) Doctors are still prescribing powerful sleeping pills for months at a time to older people who risk becoming addicted, warn experts.

Radioactive tablets saved my life: Girl beats aggressive thyroid cancer

'The amazing radioactive pills that cured my cancer': Girl, 17, makes a full recovery after discovering aggressive tumours in her neck Paris Tompkins found a lump the size of a ping-pong ball Diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer Had to spend three weeks in isolation as the cancer-killing tablets made her sweat and urine radioactive | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 5 October 2012 A teenager has beaten an aggressive form of cancer after doctors gave her radioactive medication.

Millions of patients are hooked on tranquillisers with some using pills for 20 years

Millions of patients are hooked on tranquillisers with some using pills for 20 yearsPsychiatrists say some patients are begging for repeat prescriptionsPills increase the risk of dementia by 50%, according to BMJ study | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 2 October 2012 Addicted: More than a million patients are taking potentially harmful tranquillisers, with some hooked for more than 20 years (posed by model) More than a million patients are taking potentially harmful tranquillisers, with some hooked for more than 20 years, experts have warned.

Dementia risk from sleeping tablets: Pensioners on pills taken by 1.5m are 50% more likely to be hit, warns Harvard study

Dementia risk from sleeping tablets: Pensioners on pills taken by 1.5m are 50% more likely to be hit, warns Harvard study Academics say side effects could be so harmful doctors should avoid prescribing themScientists believe sleeping pills may interfere with neurotransmitters in the brain, possibly causing dementiaDoctors made 10million sleeping pill prescriptions last year | UPDATED: 23:03 GMT, 27 September 2012 Around 1.5m Britons are thought to be taking sleeping pills at any one time, with over 10million prescriptions handed out every year Sleeping pills taken by more than a million Britons significantly increase the risk of dementia, researchers warn today.

Niamh Cusack: "All actresses worry about their weight, but I"ve never dieted"

'All actresses worry about their weight, but I've never dieted': Under the microscope with Niamh Cusack | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 27 August 2012 The actress, 52, on looking bigger on screen, cycling 16 miles to the National Theatre every day and how she avoids depression 'I get anxious about work, which affects my sleep, but I think I'm all right,' said Niamh Cusack DO YOU COME FROM A HEALTHY FAMILY My father was in rude health and lived to 82.

Operations that are just a stitch-up: How patients can be healed by telling them they"ve had surgery – even when it"s all a sham

Ops that are just a stitch-up: How patients can be healed by telling them they've had surgery – even when it's all a sham | UPDATED: 23:58 GMT, 9 July 2012 The situation sounds like a sick practical joke: you are admitted to hospital for an important operation, and the staff give you an anaesthetic and wheel you into surgery.

From an inventor of Viagra, a spray to help love last beyond a moment

From an inventor of Viagra, a spray to help love last beyond a moment | UPDATED: 23:55 GMT, 15 June 2012 Pocket-sized solutions: The Tempe spray helps prevents premature ejaculation He put smiles on millions of faces when he helped invent Viagra.

Ryan Kennedy: "I"m done with this": Boy, 9, with rare form of brain cancer tell his mother to stop his painful treatments after…

'I'm done with this': Boy, 9, with rare form of brain cancer tell his mother to stop his painful treatments after battling the disease for five yearsRyan Kennedy is not expected to make it to his tenth birthday on May 24The nine-year-old became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter after it was thought to be his dying wish | UPDATED: 07:04 GMT, 14 May 2012 A nine-year-old boy is dying from a rare form of brain cancer after telling his mother to stop his painful treatments after battling the disease for five years.

Women in chance sex encounters can receive the morning-after pill by courier from next week

Women in chance sex encounters can receive the morning-after pill by courier from next week Morning after pill can be ordered online and delivered to an address in London within two hours for 20 | UPDATED: 15:34 GMT, 16 April 2012 Women will soon be able to get emergency contraception delivered by courier to the office – the morning after.