Don"t hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they"re under pressure and under qualified, says new report

Don't hate GP receptionists for being grumpy – they're under pressure and under qualified, says new reportStudy says they may be annoying but they are just trying to protect the most vulnerable In many cases, patients are to blame for confrontation By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 22 February 2013 Misunderstood: GP receptionists are usually only trying to help They are portrayed as power-crazed dragons who fiercely guard their lair, but GP receptionists should be given a break, says researchers A new study has found that the receptionist's bad reputation is unjustified because they are under incredible pressure to make important decisions regarding a patient's health.

Tears and tantrums in childhood raise risk of heart attacks and strokes in middle age (especially in girls)

Tears and tantrums in childhood raise risk of heart attacks and strokes in middle age (especially in girls) Girls who experienced distress as seven-year-olds had a 31% increased risk of heart disease in their 40sPersistent unhappiness is known to activate the stress response in the body By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:14 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 GMT, 4 February 2013 Ongoing feelings of distress during childhood could raise the risk of heart attacks and stroke in middle age Children who are prone to having tantrums could be at higher risk of heart disease when they hit middle age, say researchers.

Successful solo artists are twice as likely to die early as those in a band

Successful solo artists are twice as likely to die early as those in a bandResearchers claim soloists in Europe have a one in ten chance of premature deathSolo artists in America have a one in five chance of early death Group members fare better possibly because of support from their band mates | UPDATED: 12:45 GMT, 20 December 2012 British singer Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 Famous solo artists are twice as likely to die prematurely as stars in bands, according to researchers from the University of Liverpool.

Leg ulcers can take months to treat, but female hormone cream is speeding up the healing process

Leg ulcers can take months to treat, but female hormone cream is speeding up the healing process | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 2 October 2012 Oestrogen has an effect on a range of different cells within a wound Doctors have discovered why wounds such as ulcers take longer to heal in older people — and they believe a cream containing the female hormone oestrogen could be the answer.

Gastric bypass operations on the NHS have risen five-fold during the past five years

Fat Britain: Gastric bypass operations on the NHS up by 530% over the past five years 18,577 gastric bypass and 7,650 gastric band operations were carried out between April 2006 and March 2012Gastric bands cost up to 8,000 while bypasses cost up to 15,000 Risk of complications are 1 in five for bypasses and 1 in 10 for bands | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 23 August 2012 The number of gastric bypass operations carried out by the NHS in England has risen five-fold over the past five years, new figures have revealed.

Freud was right: Depression IS linked to feelings of guilt

Freud was right: Depression IS linked to feelings of guilt MRI brain scans show depressed people respond more strongly to guiltFirst scan that confirms Freud's theories of depression | UPDATED: 06:31 GMT, 5 June 2012 MRI brain scans have proved Sigmund Freud right: guilt does play a key role in depression.

A cure for tinnitus? Hope for millions tormented by ringing in ears as scientists edge closer to developing first drug treatments

A cure for tinnitus Hope for millions tormented by ringing in ears as scientists edge closer to developing first drug treatments Doctors discovered how to tone down overactive neurons in the brainDiscovery could lead to new tinnitus treatmentsInvestigations into potential drugs are underway | UPDATED: 10:49 GMT, 11 May 2012 The first drug treatments to prevent the onset of tinnitus could soon be developed after doctors discovered how to tone down overactive neurons in the brain.

Single genetic mutation can double your risk of stroke – but scientists hope it could lead to tailored treatments

Single genetic mutation can double your risk of stroke – but scientists hope discovery could lead to tailored treatments Discovery could lead to personalised medicine where stroke treatments are tailored to individual patients A single genetic mutation can double your risk of stroke, according to a new study.