Christmas 2012: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over festive period

The festive blow-out: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over Christmas and gained SIX pounds in weight Typical adult consumes 15,000 calories over Christmas and a further 18,000 calories of alcohol before New Year's Day Recommended daily calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.

Hospital that operated on wrong patient and left surgical instruments inside two others is investigated by watchdog

Hospital that operated on wrong patient and left surgical instruments inside two others is investigated by watchdog <br> Within a month, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust performed four botched surgeries Eight 'never events' – instances not ever supposed to happen – have occurred since last SeptemberHealth watchdog Monitor now taking action against the trust <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:21 GMT, 23 November 2012 </p> <p>The health watchdog has been forced to take action against a hospital trust which performed a surgery on the wrong patient.</p><p>Within a month, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust performed four botched surgeries, including leaving instruments inside two patients and performing surgery on the wrong person.<br></p><p>Surgeons also operated on the wrong part of the body of another patient, the watchdog Monitor said.<br></p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/23/article-2237358-162DA9B7000005DC-226_468x328.jpg" width="468" height="328" alt="The health watchdog is taking action against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, of which Addenbrooke's Hospital (pictured) is part of" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">The health watchdog is taking action against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, of which Addenbrooke's Hospital (pictured) is part of</p> <p>The regulator said that since September 2011, eight 'never events' – instances which are never supposed to happen – have occurred at the trust, including four between September and October last year.<br></p><p>Monitor said it was stepping in because the trust has also failed to give cancer patients treatment in the recommended time.

Major restaurants" children"s meals contain a whole day"s salt – and are putting their health at risk

Major restaurants' children's meals contain a whole day's salt – and are putting their health at risk | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 13 June 2012 Major restaurant and pub chains are serving children’s meals with more salt than youngsters should consume in an entire day.

There is no safe limit for women drinkers: Stark warning as doctors report alcohol is linked to one in five breast cancer deaths

There is no safe limit for women drinkers: Stark warning as Scottish doctors report alcohol is linked to one in five breast cancer deaths | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 22 May 2012 One in five Scottish breast cancer cases is caused by alcohol – and there is no ‘safe’ limit to avoid the risk.

Why dieters should steer clear of "healthy" dips and spreads high in calories

Dieters warned to steer clear of 'healthy' dips and spreads that are high in calories World Cancer Research Fund study reveals ‘troubling’ lack of knowledge regarding calorie content of foods They are widely regarded as ‘healthy’ options, guilt-free alternatives to snacks such as crisps and chocolate. But most of us are unaware that many of the dips and spreads, such as hummus, that we believe are better for us are in fact very high in calories, a survey has shown. The World Cancer Research Fund study revealed a ‘troubling’ lack of knowledge regarding the calorie content of foods

Christmas turkey and the trimmings can contain twice our recommended daily salt intake

How turkey and the trimmings can contain more than twice the recommended daily salt intake Tucking in to turkey and all the trimmings can involve consuming more than double the daily recommended salt intake in a single meal. A turkey dinner, plus a starter, pudding and a few nibbles could add up to 15.7g of salt, which compares to the maximum for an adult of 6g for a day. The information comes from health campaigners, CASH – Consensus Action of Salt and Health – who warn the nation is routinely overdosing on salt every day