Pupils aged just TWELVE given nicotine patches by nurses on visits to schools without telling their parents

Pupils aged just TWELVE given nicotine patches by nurses on visits to schools without telling their parents The patches are available to pupils from NHS nurses making fortnightly visits to schools in Essex Fears the patches could become a 'status symbol' among young schoolchildren By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 10:48 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 25 January 2013 Addiction: The NHS has been dishing out nicotine patches to schoolchildren as young as 12, it has emerged (FILE PHOTO) Nicotine patches are being handed out to schoolchildren as young as 12 on the NHS without their parents' knowledge, it has emerged.

Teenager visits doctor with heartburn only to discover he had a tumour the size of a grapefruit which could have EXPLODED his heart

Teenager with 'indigestion' discovers he has a cyst the size of a grapefruit which could have EXPLODED his heartDoctors told Daniel Tamburro, 19, if he had left the cyst untreated it would have killed him The growth was so big it had pushed his heart 3cm to the right | UPDATED: 11:36 GMT, 30 November 2012 A teenager who visited doctors with 'heartburn' was amazed to find he actually had a cyst the size of a grapefruit crushing his heart, and forcing it 3cm to the right.

The great hospital robbery: Defibrillators, baby heart monitors, even beds – thieves are walking out of NHS wards with vital equipment

The great hospital robbery: Defibrillators, baby heart monitors, even beds – thieves are walking out of NHS wards with vital equipment | UPDATED: 01:32 GMT, 25 September 2012 You may think that even the lowest, most callous criminal would draw the line at stealing life-saving medical equipment such as baby heart monitors and emergency resuscitation systems from NHS hospitals.

I love abusing this kid: Mother “videoed assault and torment of ten-month-old baby and sent it to child’s father”

“I love abusing this kid”: Mother “videoed assault and torment of ten-month-old baby and sent it to child”s father” | UPDATED: 22:25 GMT, 27 June 2012 A mother is accused of tormenting and abusing her ten-month-old baby, videoing the assaults and sending it to the baby”s father, according to police.

Mosquito which carries deadly West Nile virus disease living in Kent marshes more than 70 years after vanishing from UK

Mosquito which carries deadly West Nile virus disease living in Kent marshes more than 70 years after vanishing from UK Mosquito species may have arrived via international shipping 663 cases of the virus in the U.S in 2009 A species of mosquito capable of transmitting the deadly West Nile virus to humans has been discovered breeding in Britain for the first time since 1945.

Winter vomiting bug: 40 hospital trusts and 800 patients fall victim in just 1 week

Forty hospital trusts and 800 patients fall victim to winter vomiting bug in just one weekTotal norovirus cases up a fifth on last yearWards closed to visitors in bid to halt spread Almost 800 patients have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug in hospitals in the last week. More than 40 trusts are known to be affected by outbreaks of norovirus and most have closed wards to visitors in an attempt to halt the spread

Forty hospital trusts and 800 patients fall victim to sickness bug in just one week

Forty hospital trusts and 800 patients fall victim to winter vomiting bug in just one weekTotal norovirus cases up a fifth on last yearWards closed to visitors in bid to halt spread Almost 800 patients have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug in hospitals in the last week. More than 40 trusts are known to be affected by outbreaks of norovirus and most have closed wards to visitors in an attempt to halt the spread.