Organ donation rises by 50 percent in just half a decade

Organ donation rises by 50% in just five years, helping a third more people have life-saving transplantsThere were 1,200 new donors in the last year alone, new figures show But doctors say more work still needs to be done to further boost donation7,300 Britons need an organ transplant and three die each day waitingCampaigners say key problem is relatives overriding the wishes of deceased PUBLISHED: 11:16 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:44 GMT, 11 April 2013 Organ donation has shot up by a staggering 50 per cent within the past five years.

Cases of winter vomiting bug reach 900,000 as dozens more hospitals are forced to close

Cases of winter vomiting bug reach 900,000 as dozens more hospitals are forced to close Cases up 83% on this time last yearFour in ten NHS trusts have reported outbreaks2,398 beds 'closed' because of the virus | UPDATED: 09:54 GMT, 19 December 2012 Norovirus is continuing to wreak havoc across the country, with the number of people affected now almost 900,000 since the summer.

More than 5,000 NHS staff off sick every day with vomiting bug as 100,000 are struck down in a week

More than 5,000 NHS staff off sick every day with vomiting bug as 100,000 are struck down in a week Cases of norovirus have reached a five-year high Four in ten NHS trusts have reported outbreaks2,398 beds 'closed' because of the virus | UPDATED: 00:59 GMT, 19 December 2012 More than 5,000 NHS workers are calling in sick every day with the winter vomiting bug.

The battle against Alzheimer"s starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay

The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age.

Shoes with in-built GPS to track Alzheimer"s patients go on sale in the UK

The shoe with in-built GPS that tracks Alzheimer's patients – and gives their relatives peace of mind Shoe is fitted with a miniature GPS system that allows the wearer’s location to be accurately pinpointedIf they stray outside a set area, relatives can be alerted by text or email Designed to give wearers more freedom to go about everyday life | UPDATED: 16:35 GMT, 16 October 2012 Shoes with an in-built tracking device to locate Alzheimer’s patients have gone on sale in the UK.

A lonely death on the "care" pathway: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling family

A lonely death on the 'care' pathway: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling familyOlive Goom, 85, was put on the controversial Liverpool Care PathwayNo one was by her side after medics neglected to consult her familyMPs call for urgent review of the system designed to ease suffering | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 14 October 2012 An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending her life on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.

Nurses treat fewer than half of dying patients with the dignity they deserve, warn bereaved relatives

Nurses treat fewer than half of dying patients with the dignity they deserve, warn bereaved relatives The Government has published the first survey of its kind involving 22,000 bereaved relatives to find out the level of care for dying patientsIt reveals that only 48% of patients were always treated with dignity and respect by nurses in hospital | UPDATED: 15:55 GMT, 3 July 2012 Half of bereaved relatives say nurses did not always treat their loved ones with dignity in their final days, a report has found.

The girl who looks like an animal: Chinese schoolgirl, 6, covered in thick black FUR because of rare condition that affects one in a billion

Tragic story of the Chinese schoolgirl, 6, covered in thick black FUR because of rare condition that affects one in a billion. It is a condition which has resulted in little Liu Jiangli going through more trauma in her six years than most people do in a lifetime.

Elderly denied NHS care can sue: Ministers will outlaw age discrimination by hospitals

Elderly denied NHS care can sue: Ministers will outlaw age discrimination by hospitals Those refused operations, test and scans can claim compensation from OctoberCare Services Minister says elderly are sometimes treated badly due to 'ageist attitudes'Patients or relatives can file legal action if treated without dignity | UPDATED: 23:00 GMT, 11 June 2012 Denying treatment to Health Service patients because they are too old is to be outlawed.