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.

How booze plays havoc with your rest: Alcohol reduces amount of time spent in deep sleep

How booze plays havoc with your rest: Alcohol reduces amount of time spent in deep sleep It helps you get to sleep quicker but rest is disrupted, report findsThe more alcohol consumed, the less deep sleep takes placeAlcohol should not be used as sleeping aid, researchers warn By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 23 January 2013 Alcohol may help you fall asleep but it leads to a disrupted night’s rest, scientists reported yesterday.

Half the impact of sleeping pills "is due to placebo effect: Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medication

Half the impact of sleeping pills 'is due to placebo effect': Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medicationStudy finds 'placebo affect' is behind much of the drug's benefitSleeping pills have wide range of side effects, such as memory loss and imbalanceScientists urge insomnia sufferers to seek out psychological treatment PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 Placebo: Much of the effects of sleeping pills are in the mind , according to a new report Around half the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect – where people get better even when they are taking a ‘dummy’ drug, according to a study.

British workers "are the most depressed in Europe" as one in four is diagnosed with the illness

British workers 'are the most depressed in Europe' as one in four is diagnosed with the illness European survey found 26% of British workers diagnosed with depressionBritons and Germans took the most time off as a result – 41 days on average | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 1 October 2012 British workers are the most likely to be diagnosed with depression in Europe, a survey has found.

British workers are most depressed in Europe

British workers 'are the most depressed in Europe' European survey found 26% of British workers diagnosed with depressionBritons and Germans took the most time off as a result – 41 days on average | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 1 October 2012 British workers are the most likely to be diagnosed with depression in Europe, a survey has found.

Viruses "are not to blame for ME": Study rules out old theory "once and for all"

Viruses 'are not to blame for ME': Study rules out old theory 'once and for all' Researchers thought bugs in blood may trigger illnessBut experts say latest study proves this was wrongInvestigation done at New York's Columbia University | UPDATED: 06:42 GMT, 18 September 2012 The debilitating condition ME is not caused by viruses, according to a study which claims to dismiss this theory ‘once and for all’.

"Doctors don"t always know best:" Student claims he cured debilitating bowel disease by taking up smoking

'Doctors don't always know best:' Student claims he cured debilitating bowel disease by taking up smoking Stephen Pendry, 23, struggled with crippling pain, tiredness, shortness of breath and dehydration since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis four years agoBut he is now completely symptom-free, thanks to a new four-a-day cigarette habitDoctors are divided over benefits of patients smoking to combat symptoms – some believe nicotine is the healer so patches, and not cigarettes, are way forward | UPDATED: 11:05 GMT, 11 September 2012 A medical student claims to have cured himself of a debilitating disease by taking up smoking.

Girl, 9, who has to live on fast food as she needs a high-fat diet just to stay alive

Girl, 9, who has to live on fast food as she needs a high-fat diet just to stay alive Amy consumes huge portions of pizza, double cream and olive oilHer rare condition means her brain is starved on energy on a normal diet | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 21 June 2012 A schoolgirl has to eat olive oil with everything – otherwise she could suffer from life-threatening seizures.

Professional footballer"s daughter, 17 months, dies on holiday of rare blood infection.

Professional footballer's daughter, 17 months, dies from rare blood infection just hours after showing symptoms on holiday Toddler's mother said her daughter showed no symptoms the night before she died | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 14 June 2012 The 17-month-old daughter of a professional footballer has died from a rare blood infection during a family holiday to Lanzarote.