Cosmetic surgery 'popularity declines'

The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK plummeted in 2014, figures show.

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Mark Drakeford on NHS stress from smoking and drinking

The NHS is being put under too much pressure dealing with self-inflicted conditions, the health minister has warned.

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Newer heart attack test 'could save women's lives'

Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women by using a newer, more sensitive blood test, a study claims.

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Exercise advice unrealistic, say experts

Researchers say current exercise guidelines are unrealistic and argue that doctors should sometimes advise small increases in activity instead.

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Care for the elderly in ‘calamitous decline’ and putting pressure on A&Es

Pressure on A&E departments is soaring because care for the elderly in England is in a state of “calamitous, quite rapid decline” with thousands fewer receiving social care than five years ago, according to a leading charity.

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Key to learning is a lengthy nap

Key to learning is a lengthy nap. Trials with 216 babies up to 12 months old indicated they were unable to remember new tasks if they did not have a lengthy sleep soon afterwards.

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Flu at highest level for three years

Official figures show flu is circulating at highest level for three years amid concerns over the effectiveness of the jab.

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Pilot scheme to give call handlers more time to assess 999 calls

Call handlers are to be given an extra two minutes to assess 999 calls before dispatching an ambulance in a new pilot scheme announced by Jeremy Hunt today.

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Which? says, dentists not clear on costs

A survey of 1,000 people in England by Which? finds one in five overcharged for treatment.

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'Winter ward' to ease pressure on Blackburn hospital

Figures for accident and emergency performance in three different parts of the UK show that NHS targets for 95% of patients to be seen and treated within four hours are being missed.

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New strategy to cut suicides 'achievable', says Clegg

The government is calling for a fundamental overhaul of how the NHS tackles suicides.

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MPs to vote on plain cigarette packaging before general election

The government plans to press ahead with legislation that would make the Britain the second country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

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