Why only some people become addicted to drugs: Scans of cocaine users reveal the shape of your brain could be to blame

Why only some people become addicted to drugs: Scans of cocaine users reveal brain shape could be to blame Drug users who aren't dependent have an abnormally large frontal lobeThis section of the brain is implicated in self-controlThose who didn't become addicted had a low-boredom threshold By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 17:06 GMT, 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 18 January 2013 People who take cocaine over many years without becoming addicted have their brains to thank, a study has found.

"Wonder pill" harnessing the health secret of the Mediterranean diet could cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks and fight cancer

A daily tomato pill to cut heart attacks: Drug 'boosts blood flow and artery health' Ateronon pill contains chemical in tomato skin hailed for unclogging arteries Further trials show it also boosts blood vessel efficiency and blood flowFirst time the key health benefit of Mediterranean diet has been pin-pointed Researchers believe the pill could save millions of lives around the world By Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 18:20 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 7 January 2013 No one would much like the idea of eating 6lb of tomatoes a day.

Transplant patient sent home from hospital with A4-sized surgical mat still inside him

Transplant patient sent home from hospital with A4-sized surgical mat still inside him Michael O'Sullivan, 49, had a CT scan three weeks after his liver transplant after he complained of painA second operation revealed that a silicone mat had been left inside him during the earlier operationIt was a 'never event' – a hospital incident that should never happenLawyer who won him 7,000 compensation said it had been 'basic carelessness' | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 4 December 2012 A liver transplant patient was sewn up with an A4-sized piece of surgical equipment left inside him, after a series of medical blunders.

Patient"s own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseases

Patient's own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseasesThe cells are building blocks that allow the body to produce new cells and repair tissuesScientists believe blood could be the easiest and safest source of stem cells | UPDATED: 10:22 GMT, 30 November 2012 A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, in a groundbreaking development which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases.

Arguing parents can give a child teenage depression

Arguing parents can give a child teenage depression Children and teenagers who saw arguments were significantly likelier to have mental health problemsResearchers have now devised a test to identify those at risk of depression so children can be helped earlier | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 29 November 2012 Children who often see their parents having rows are at risk of depression, experts have warned.

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.

Simple blood test set to revolutionise cancer care by showing whether treatment

Simple blood test set to revolutionise cancer care by showing whether treatment is working to reduce tumours is working | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 30 May 2012 A simple blood test could revolutionise cancer care by showing patients whether their treatment is working, according to a study.