UK resident in intensive care battling potentially fatal SARS-like virus

UK resident in intensive care after becoming 10th person in world to contract potentially fatal SARS-like virus The patient, who recently returned from the Middle East and Pakistan, is being treated in ManchesterIs infected with a new type of coronavirus, which can cause the common cold but also severe illnessThe latest case is the second to be identified in the UK in a patient who died from a severe respiratory infection in June 2012.

Amoxicillin: Widely prescribed antibiotic is useless at treating coughs and may be harmful

Widely prescribed antibiotic amoxicillin is useless at treating coughs and may be harmful | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 18 December 2012 Amoxicillin does nothing to help treat coughs and could be harmful if used when it is not needed, researchers claim Commonly prescribed antibiotic amoxicillin does nothing to help treat coughs and could be harmful if used when it is not needed, warn experts.

Patients" lives in danger due to desperate staff shortages at privately-run out of hours GP services

VERY URGENT, PLEASE HELP! Texts reveal the desperate staff shortages at privately-run out-of-hours GP services putting patients' lives in danger Doctors claim that Harmoni, the largest private provider of urgent care services in England, is so short-staffed that it is regularly unsafeInvestigation uncovered desperate texts, begging staff to come to work Company also alleged to have manipulated its performance data, masking delays in seeing patients and other missed targetsAnd fears that a seven-week old baby may have died due to desperate staff shortages and protocols not being followed | UPDATED: 13:31 GMT, 18 December 2012 Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed.

Want to avoid flu? Stop touching your face!

Want to avoid flu Stop touching your face! Many opportunities to in between hand-washing sessions to re-contaminate our hands, warn expertsKeeping your hands away from your nose and mouth could give you extra protection against viruses | UPDATED: 14:54 GMT, 30 November 2012 With winter upon us offices across Britain are full of coughing and spluttering workers.

Why a breakfast of grapefruit and marmalade on toast could be lethal for people taking medication

Why a breakfast of grapefruit and marmalade on toast could be lethal for people taking medication Both grapefruit and Seville oranges contain chemicals that can interact with certain drugs such as statins and antidepressants Adverse effects can include acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, internal bleeding and sudden death | UPDATED: 21:55 GMT, 26 November 2012 Grapefruit contains chemicals that can interact with certain drugs, making them more potent Doctors are warning about serious health problems caused by mixing medicines and grapefruit.

Caught a cold? Don¿t bother taking vitamin D – scientists say no evidence supplement will fend of the sniffles

Caught a cold Don’t bother taking vitamin D – scientists say no evidence supplement will fend of the sniffles Volunteers who took sunshine vitamin had as many colds as those taking placeboThere was also no difference in how long colds lasted or in their severity | UPDATED: 13:08 GMT, 3 October 2012 Loading up on vitamin D is unlikely to prevent the common cold this winter, according to new research.

Holly Pereira: Teenager with cystic fibrosis makes YouTube plea to find a life-saving organ donor

Is there anyone out there who will save my life YouTube transplant plea by Holly, 19 Holly has cystic fibrosis and has only 20 per cent lung function It would be amazing if more people signed up even if it's too late for me, says brave teenMarks growing trend of patients making heartfelt appeals for organs online | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 19 September 2012 Hoping: Holly Pereira, who desperately needs a lung donor, has made a YouTube plea for more people to sign the national organ donor register When most young people place a video on YouTube, the aim is to share a cherished moment or favourite song.

Binge drinking: Young adults from Manchester and Merseyside are heaviest teen drinkers in Europe, finds study of 26 cities

Young adults from Manchester and Merseyside are heaviest teen drinkers in Europe, finds study of 26 cities 55% of young teenagers in Merseyside and 50% of those in Greater Manchester drank heavily compared to the EU city average of 33%However Mancunians ate considerably more fruit and vegetables than EU average while Liverpudlians smoked less By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 17 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:45 GMT, 17 September 2012 Too much, too young: Teenage heavy drinking rates are high in the north of England Teenagers living in the north of England are among the heaviest underage drinkers in Europe, according to a study of 26 European cities.

An end to the flu? Oral spray "kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs"

An end to the flu Oral spray 'kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs' Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germsSpray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 10 September 2012 The influenza season is a thorn in the side of both employees and employers alike.