Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place

Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place Spanish women live the longest – an average of 85 years, compared to British women's 82.6 yearsIsraeli men live the longest – an average of 80.1 years, compared to 78.4 years for British menRussia and Kyrgyzstan have lowest life expectancies says that although average life expectancy is rising across the region, increasing by five years since 1980 to reach 76 in 2010, major inequities are found between men and women and between countries.

Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we"ll suffer more years of ill health than countries such as Romania and Thailand

Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we'll suffer more years of ill health than Romania and Thailand Average life expectancy has risen but we are living longer with disabilitySoaring use of drink and drugs means many 20-54 year-olds will die early Smoking is top reason for early death, followed by high blood pressureBiggest killers overall are heart disease, stroke and lung cancer By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 GMT, 5 March 2013 Britons' toxic lifestyles mean that a rising number of young people are dying prematurely from alcohol and drug abuse – and the current generation is set to suffer more years of debilitating illness in old age compared to the last.

IVF blood clot alert: Women pregnant as a result of fertility treatment "have higher embolism risk"

IVF blood clot alert: Women pregnant as a result of fertility treatment 'have higher embolism risk' By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 16 January 2013 Women who become pregnant through IVF may be more likely to develop life-threatening blood clots, researchers have warned.

The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest – despite being born with no legs

The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest – despite being born with no legs Barbara Adside born with spina bifida and no lower legsShe has been an established horse rider for 20 years and hopes to compete at Paralympics

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.

Macular degeneration: One-off jab that could stop age-related blindness

The one-off jab that could stop the most common cause of age-related blindness in elderly | UPDATED: 15:53 GMT, 9 April 2012 A chemical that will stop people from developing the most serious form of age-related macular degeneration has been found by scientists.