WeightWatchers is the best diet plan to follow if you want to shed the pounds, according to NHS research

WeightWatchers really IS the best diet plan to follow if you want to shed the pounds, according to NHS research 80% of patients referred to three popular diet plans lost more than 11lbsSlimmers signed up to WeightWatchers were most likely to lose a significant amount of weight | UPDATED: 15:33 GMT, 19 December 2012 Patsy Kensit was recently unveiled as WeightWatchers Celebrity Ambassador.

Parkinson"s disease could be spotted years earlier by studying a simple voice recording

Parkinson's disease could be spotted years earlier by studying a simple voice recording A team at MIT has developed a computer programme that is able to recognise the tremors, breathiness and weakness in the voiceThese symtpoms are thought to be early indicators of the degenerative conditionStudy leader Dr Max Little is building up a database of 10,000 voices to support his project | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 26 September 2012 Leaving a simple phone message could help spot the early signs of Parkinson’s years before serious symptoms develop, say scientists.

Why are doctors will not warning about the "new Thalidomide"?

Why are doctors will not warning about the 'new Thalidomide' Mother tells how taking an anti-epileptic drug while pregnant devastated the heath of two of her children | UPDATED: 21:21 GMT, 19 May 2012 Fun: Emma Murphy plays with her son Kian Murphy at their home In 2008, Emma Murphy phoned her partner Joe at work.

Why a cool pair of hands rather than a cool head will help you in the gym

'Clutching a bottle of cold water while exercising can help make you fitter' | UPDATED: 07:26 GMT, 14 March 2012 David Cameron, pictured jogging in St James Park, could benefit from holding cool packs in his hands Do you struggle to jog on the treadmill for more than a few minutes before you're exhausted The solution is surprisingly close at hand.

Drinking will kill 210,000 in next 20 years unless we outlaw cheap booze, senior doctors warn

Drinking will kill 210,000 in next 20 years unless we outlaw cheap booze, senior doctors warnNext two decades there see 70,000 avoidable deaths from liver diseaseAnother 140,000 from drink-related strokes, heart attacks, cancer, violence, suicides and accidentsFigures show alcohol-related injuries and illness cost the NHS 2.7 billion a year Alcohol will cause 210,000 deaths during the next 20 years through illness, violence and accidents, senior doctors warn.

One in five women in the North East smoke while pregnant, shocking NHS figures reveal

One in five women in the North East continue smoking through pregnancy to birth of child, shocking NHS figures reveal Northern mothers three times more likely to be smokers than those in LondonNearly a third of women in Blackpool smoked through pregnancy Figures are 'alarming', says Royal College of Midwives The NHS study found a huge North/South divide when it came to women smoking while pregnant One in five pregnant women in the North East smokes right up to the time their babies are born, shocking figures have revealed.

Does obesity go hand in hand with trauma? How one man lost 12st in one year, just by talking about his feelings

Does obesity go hand in hand with trauma How one man lost 12st in one year, just by talking about his feelings Trim: Jack Gorny shed 12 stone For years, we’ve been told that being overweight is a failure of willpower. The most likely scenario for people with a large amount of weight to lose is that even if they shed it by dieting, it goes back on after they stop, plus more. This yo-yo behaviour has led psychiatrists at the University of Connecticut to question whether obesity is a form of addictive behaviour – and if that’s the case, the solution needs to start in the mind