Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Researchers say they have identified how stress can lead to inflamed arteries The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in […]

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Researchers say they have identified how stress can lead to inflamed arteries The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in […]

Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests

Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests

Image copyright SPL The deadly spread of cancer around the body has been cut by three-quarters in animal experiments, say scientists. Tumours can “seed” themselves elsewhere in the body and this process is behind 90% of cancer deaths. The mouse study, published in Nature, showed altering the immune system slowed the spread of skin cancers […]

NHS England chief contradicts May over spending

NHS England chief contradicts May over spending

The chief executive of NHS England has contradicted government claims that the health service is getting more funding than it asked for. Simon Stevens told MPs this was “stretching it” and there were “clearly substantial funding pressures”. And, in clashes with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the PM called claims of a “humanitarian crisis” in the […]

Leak shows full extent of NHS winter crisis

Leak shows full extent of NHS winter crisis

Record numbers of patients are facing long waits in A&Es as documents leaked to the BBC show the full extent of the winter crisis in the NHS in England. Nearly a quarter of patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last week, with just one hospital hitting its target. And huge numbers also faced […]

Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients

Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients

Image copyright iStock There has been a steep rise in the number of people arriving at A&E departments in England with mental health problems, figures show. Experts say a lack of early support means patients are reaching crisis. Data compiled for the BBC by NHS Digital showed that between 2011-12 and 2015-16 the number of […]

Sleep tips: Avoid afternoon coffee, over-50s advised

Sleep tips: Avoid afternoon coffee, over-50s advised

Image copyright Thinkstock People over 50 are being advised to avoid caffeine after lunchtime to get a good night’s sleep. A report for the charity Age UK says sleeping soundly gets harder as we age but getting enough rest is important to keep mentally sharp. It recommends older people get seven to eight hours of […]

Alcohol flips brain into hungry mode

Alcohol flips brain into hungry mode

Image copyright Thinkstock Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, increasing hunger and appetite, scientists have discovered. In tests on mice, alcohol activated the brain signals that tell the body to eat more food. The UK researchers, who report their findings in the journal Nature Communications, believe the same is probably true in humans. It […]

Man moves ambulance for ‘being in his way’

Man moves ambulance for ‘being in his way’

Image copyright Google Image caption The incident happened on Pelican Lane in Newbury, police said A car driver moved an ambulance which was blocking a parking space, while staff were in the back carrying out emergency treatment on a patient. He released its handbrake before parking in the space on Pelican Lane, Newbury, on 29 […]

Jeremy Hunt casts doubt on NHS’s four-hour A&E target

Media captionJeremy Hunt MP: “Only four other countries…have similar national standards” Patients attending A&E units with less serious problems may no longer be guaranteed to be seen in four hours, the health secretary has suggested. Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons the government was “committed to maintaining” the target. But he said if the […]