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Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast-food’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only one in 10 restaurant meals analysed was classed as healthy or fewer than 600kcal The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is “excessive” and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study […]

Sit-down meals ‘less healthy than fast-food’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only one in 10 restaurant meals analysed was classed as healthy or fewer than 600kcal The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is “excessive” and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests. Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study […]

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS’s UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs. It is hoped the measure can help […]

Royal Cornwall Hospital on Opel 4 highest alert for 134 days

Image copyright Katie Flack Image caption Katie Flack had been prepped for surgery and wearing a hospital gown when her hysterectomy was cancelled the second time A woman’s life was turned “upside-down” when major surgery was cancelled four times by a hospital suffering from extreme pressures. Katie Flack had already been prepared for surgery when […]

Teenage victims ‘more likely to self-harm’

Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers who are victims of neglect, bullying, crime, family violence and sexual exploitation are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts, a study from King’s College London finds. The report says the picture is complex, with other pre-existing vulnerabilities like low self-esteem or an unsupportive home also playing a part. […]

‘Lost’ new mother dies in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Image caption Amanda Cox’s death is being treated as unexplained Investigations are taking place into the death of a new mother who is thought to have collapsed after getting lost inside Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Amanda Cox, who was 34 and from Peebles in the Borders, was reported missing on Monday after failing to return to […]

Cervical screening error: More women affected

Image copyright Science Photo Library An additional 3,591 women have not received information about NHS cervical cancer screening, it has emerged. Capita, the company contracted to send out the screening invitations, made the discovery while investigating an administrative error already known to have affected 40,000 women in England. NHS England says there is no evidence […]

Ex-minister Norman Lamb urges cannabis legalisation

Media captionNorman Lamb: Prohibition has not worked in any part of the world A former health minister has called on MPs to legalise the possession and consumption of cannabis. Norman Lamb backed introducing regulation of its production, distribution and sale. But his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of Commons was rejected by 66 votes to […]

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, […]

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” […]