Police calls for mental health issues up by a third

Police calls for mental health issues up by a third

Image copyright Getty Images Calls to the Metropolitan Police about mental health have risen by almost a third in five years, figures show. There were 115,000 calls with a mental health element to London’s police force in the 12 months to July. That compares to 86,520 in 2011-12 and equates to about 315 a day. […]

Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Anti-inflammatory drugs could cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study of 10,000 patients suggests. A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say. The study reported a 15% reduction in the risk […]

‘A pedometer saved my life’: How I became fit in my 60s

‘A pedometer saved my life’: How I became fit in my 60s

Image copyright Stephanie Robinson Image caption Graham’s doctor suggested he join a local walking group in Stockport two years ago. Graham Ward was 60 when he was diagnosed with type II diabetes. It came after decades of eating and drinking too much in a high-stress, sedentary job: “It was an explosion waiting to happen,” he […]

Asperger artist: Patrick Samuel says art saved his life

Patrick Samuel has Asperger’s syndrome. He uses art to deal with depression and self-injurious behaviour. Less than a year after picking up a paintbrush, he is planning his first solo exhibition. Asperger artist: Patrick Samuel says art saved his life

Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Image copyright NHS Lanarkshire Operations have been cancelled after hospitals and GP practices run by NHS Lanarkshire were hit by a cyber-attack. The health board confirmed malicious software had been detected in IT systems, causing appointments and procedures to be postponed. It said it “took immediate action” to put a solution in place and minimise […]

Stopping conflict ‘boiling over’ at children’s hospitals

Stopping conflict ‘boiling over’ at children’s hospitals

In his final ruling on the distressing and tortuous legal case of baby Charlie Gard, the High Court judge said last month that mediation should be tried in all such cases. Is it possible to defuse conflict between parents and hospital staff in these highly charged situations? A project that began at Evelina Children’s Hospital, […]

Middle-aged told to walk faster

Middle-aged told to walk faster

Media captionGet off the bus early … and other ways to get walking Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age […]

Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

Image copyright Getty Images People with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, say researchers in Denmark. Lithium is naturally found in tap water, although the amount varies. The findings, based on a study of 800,000 people, are not clear-cut. The highest levels cut risk, […]

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

Image copyright AFP Image caption 2016 saw a dip in recorded deaths and affected cases, but this year they have risen. India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the […]

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