Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The effects of caffeine can vary from person to person Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in […]






Rita Ora’s egg freezing in early 20s ‘a positive move,’ doctors say

Rita Ora’s egg freezing in early 20s ‘a positive move,’ doctors say

Image copyright Getty Images Rita Ora has revealed on an Australian television show that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s. The British singer, now 26, said her doctor recommended the procedure as she had “always wanted a big family”. “He said ‘you are healthy now and it would be great, why not […]






Norwich hospital begging to patients for donations, MP says

Norwich hospital begging to patients for donations, MP says

Image caption MP Clive Lewis fears a “begging bowl” letter for hospital funds could become a “demand” An MP has accused a hospital of using a “begging bowl” in an appeal to patients for medical equipment fund donations. Clive Lewis said a plea in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital patients’ appointment letters was an “ask” […]






NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses

NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses

Media captionNHS services in England will get an extra £2.8bn, the chancellor says in his Budget speech The extra money announced by the chancellor in the Budget for the NHS in England is not enough, health service bosses say. Philip Hammond announced an immediate £350m boost for this winter followed by £1.6bn more next year […]






Choice of tipple ‘determines different moods’

Choice of tipple ‘determines different moods’

Media captionDo you know how alcohol changes your mood? Different types of alcoholic drink change and shape your mood in different ways, says a study into drinking and emotions. Spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, while red wine or beer may make you feel relaxed, say researchers. They questioned nearly 30,000 people […]






NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

Media captionDr Mark Vanderpump told the BBC patients were seeing liothyronine sold for £5 in other European cities Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found. The CMA said that last year the NHS spent £34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from […]






Tampon tax: How much have you spent?

Find out how much you’ve spent on the so-called tampon tax – the VAT on sanitary products. Tampons and towels are currently taxed at 5% in the UK. But they have been subject to five different rates since 1973. So how much you’ve spent depends on how old you are and when you started your […]






Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Image copyright PA Image caption The policy is largely aimed at cheap, high-strength alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences Scotland will introduce minimum pricing for alcohol on 1 May next year, the Scottish government has announced. The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price per unit. Health Secretary […]






Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals. Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK. More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said […]






Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Media captionA woman from West Yorkshire has taken part in the study about maternal sleeping positions. Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs […]






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