'A bug on my contact lens ate away my cornea': Pensioner forced to have eye removed after developing horror infection

June Scott

Up to 25,000 patients wrongly struck off GP lists as part of cost-cutting drive

Up to 25,000 patients have been wrongly removed from GP lists in an NHS cost-cutting drive

The move followed concerns that the NHS was wasting millions of pounds paying GPs to treat 'ghost' patients who didn't exist, the GP magazine Pulse reported.

Nine more hospitals to be investigated for having above average death rates

George Eliot Trust in Warwickshire

Those to be investigated by the NHS Commissioning Board include those in North Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and the George Eliot Trust in Warwickshire (pictured).

UK resident in intensive care after contracting potentially fatal SARS-like virus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

The unnamed patient, who has recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is being treated in a Manchester hospital after becoming infected with a new type of coronavirus.

Drinking three cups of tea a day can keep you mentally alert in old age

Brain boost: There is growing evidence linking a good cuppa with a reduction in cognitive decline

Just one to three cups of Ceylon tea a day reduced the chances of cognitive decline by 43 per cent, according to scientists from the University of California.

I lost weight and found love: Woman, 30 drops four dress sizes after ex boyfriend says he is too embarrassed to be seen out with her

Marie Mace

Marie Mace, 30, from King's Lynn, said her relationships never lasted long because of her wobbly waistline. But she said once she started losing weight old boyfriends begged her to take them back. But newly svelte Marie snubbed her shallow ex-partners and has now found love with Jamie, 32.

Babies delivered by Caesarean section at higher risk of asthma and allergies

Babies delivered by Caesarean miss out on protective bugs that could help prevent conditions such as asthma

Those delivered surgically may miss out on exposure to bugs which are necessary for the immune system to mature, say researchers from the University of Alberta.

Mother died after doctors ignored X-ray showing cancer for THREE years

Arthur Renshaw's Linda died after her lung cancer went untreated for three years, allowing the disease to spread

Linda Renshaw, 61, from Lancashire, had a chest X-ray in 2008 which showed the early signs of cancer. Her husband Arthur claims nothing was followed up and she died in May 2011 after the disease spread to her brain.

Aged 94, and frail as a china doll, Sophia struggled to get out of bed. 'Come on!' said the nurse. 'You're just being lazy'

Sarah watched in horror as a nurse scolded 94-year-old Sophia who was struggling to get out of her hospital bed (file picture)

In Part Two of this hard-hitting series, how an obsession with academic qualifications has created a generation of nurses who believe the 'messy business' of care is beneath them.

Anxious new mothers make 16 visits to GP in child's first year: Millions admit 'panicking' over minor ailments

Panicked: Anxious first-time mothers make 16 trips to the doctor on average over a child's first year

As many as one in three went to the doctor for a common cold. One in ten dashed to the surgery believing their baby was unconscious – to learn he or she was sleeping.

Meet the boy with the body of a pensioner: Toddler has arthritis as bad as an 80-year-old

Meet the boy with the body of a pensioner: Toddler has arthritis as bad as an 80-year-old

Marshall Huburn (pictured) has eighty of his joints drained under general anaesthetic every 12 weeks at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He also undergoes chemotherapy to ease his pain at home every week. The toddler has arthritis in his jaw, spine, hips, knees, legs, elbows, feet, ankles, each finger and every toe.

Taliban shooting victim Malala is discharged from hospital just FIVE days after having a double operation to repair her skull

Malala Yousufzai has been discharged from hospital just five days after having a double operation to repair her skull which was shattered by a Taliban bullet

The 15-year-old was fitted with a titanium plate to repair her skull during surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham last weekend.

Girl, 4, dies from 'meningitis' after being sent home by doctors who said she just had a virus

Four-year-old Morgan Phelan died from suspected meningitis after being sent home from Sutton Coldfield's Good Hope Hospital. An investigation is now underway

Now an investigation is under way to discover why Morgan Phelan, of Kingstanding, Birmingham, was discharged from Sutton Coldfield's Good Hope Hospital.

Understand your gut reaction: Stomach pain may be innocent - but watch out for signs of a major illness

Just fine: More often than not stomach pain is innocent

Abdominal pain affects millions of us each year. Knowing when to seek medical help is key to separating after-dinner bloating from a medical emergency.

'Vivacious' schoolgirl, 16, died from undiagnosed heart condition day after she had been shopping for prom dress

Active: Schoolgirl Alex Reid had been a keen skier, netballer and swimmer before she died of an undiagnosed heart condition

Part-time model Alex Reid never lived to see her GCSE results which were six A* and four A grades.

'Our mother's last supper': How hours after British gran posed for this photo with her grown-up children she ended her life at Dignitas suicide clinic and why they have no regrets

Our last night: Jackie Meacock (second from right) with her children (from left) Caron, David, Donella and Nina

The constant pain of dystonia, an incurable nerve condition, meant 71-year-old Jackie Meacock (pictured second from right) felt life was no longer living. Recalling their last evening together, her daughter Donella Trickey (third from right), 47, from Brighton, said her mother had enjoyed herself so much she had stayed up late and had seconds of her favourite pudding, crème brûlée.

Diet fizzy drinks make you 60% MORE likely to get diabetes than regular, 'full fat' versions

Women who drank diet drinks were more likely to develop diabetes than those who indulged in a regular, full-sugar version

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, fly in the face of conventional thinking that regular version of fizzy drinks are worse for our health.

Scientists discover how the body can destroy cancerous tumours itself - without the need for drugs

The small size of TIC10 also means it can cross the blood-brain barrier, which many anti-cancer drugs can't do, making it effective at targeting brain cancer cells (pictured)

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have identified a a molecule, known as TIC10, which activates protein that helps fight the disease.

Restrictions on paracetamol sales saved 600 people from overdosing since 1998

Researchers say fewer pills per pack have helped reduce the number of paracetamol overdose deaths

They include cases where people have taken too many tablets on impulse as a cry for help but the drug effects could not be reversed, says a new study.

Measles cases at 18-year high because parents fail to get children vaccinated


Teenagers who were not vaccinated at the routine age are at particular risk of becoming exposed, the Health Protection Agency has warned.

Belly dancer, 20, to have her breasts and ovaries removed aged just 20 because she has aggressive cancer gene

Yasmin Ross is going to have her breasts and ovaries removed

Yasmin Ross will undergo a double mastectomy after testing positive for an aggressive breast cancer gene, which doctors have warned means she is up to 90 per cent more likely to develop the disease. Yasmin has also made the heartbreaking decision to have her ovaries removed after tests revealed that she is up to 60 per cent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

'I found my husband crying in wet nappies': Widow tells of horror after visiting husband dying from leukaemia in hospital

Andrew Beveridge was admitted three times to Victoria Hospital. He begged his wife not to return him there before he died during his final visit

Grandfather Andrew Beveridge, 80, had begged his wife Janet not to make him go to Victoria Hospital in Fife. He contracted a chest infection there and died last month.

New brain 'injection' treatment gives hope to 20,000 stroke sufferers

Technique of inserting drugs in the brain could help thousands of patients who suffer a bleeding stroke, or brain haemorrhage, for which there is currently no surgical treatment.

Technique of inserting drugs in the brain could help thousands of patients who suffer a bleeding stroke, or brain haemorrhage, for which there is currently no surgical treatment.

The Jekyll and Hyde happy pill: It's brought relief to millions but is linked to suicide, low libido and birth defects, and we still don't know how Prozac works

Happy pill: Prozac has revolutionised the way we talk about depression

Prozac was prescribed 4.2million times on the NHS in the UK between 2010 and 2011, despite warnings in recent years that it does not work for millions of patients.

Workman left with horrific burns to his arm after his clothes fused with his skin when he hammered through 11,000 volt cable

Painful: Mr Sharp was left hospitalised for a month after receiving 20 per cent burns following the shock

Tom Sharp, 52, needed hospital treatment for a month for 20 per cent burns suffered when he hammered through an electrical cable in Darlington, County Durham.

I've learned how to die - put vodka in my drip! One woman's furious, funny and unflinchingly honest account of how she came to accept her terminal diagnosis

Losing the battle: Lindy at home with her husband Gareth, 56, and sons Robbie, 24 and Owen, 23, and their beloved dog Scrappy

Lindy Jones was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2010 and given two to five years to live. MND, a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, lead to loss of muscle function. Lindy knows her credit card is going to outlive her, but that does not stop her from living and doing as much as possible while she can.

'Natural' drug could offer long-lasting arthritis relief by 'rebooting' immune system


Researchers have developed a protein agent modelled on the body’s own natural defences to combat the inflammation that can destroy joints - potentially giving people a new lease of life (file picture).

Could this 'Star Trek' headband help banish migraines?

The device is hooked over the ears and worn across the forehead like futuristic sunglasses

A study from Liege University in Belgium found the band, worn across the forehead for 20 minutes a day, reduced the debilitating attacks by a third.

67 medical staff accused of failings in Stafford Hospital scandal have already been CLEARED of wrongdoing in secret hearings

Finger pointing: Dr Helen Moss, who was the hospital¿s director of nursing from 2006 to 2009, has also been criticised

Helen Moss (pictured) was the most senior nurse from 2006 to 2009, when care reached 'appalling' standards, yet has been told she has 'no case to answer' and is now working as a management consultant.

Heavy drinking is killing people in their 20s and 30s, warns top liver specialist

Many young adults are developing chronic liver disease after years of drinking at home

Liver specialist Dr Mark Aldersley, from Spire Hospital in Leeds, says many young adults are developing chronic liver disease after years of drinking at home.

Heartbreak as terminally ill toddler who delivered his parents' wedding rings in his toy car loses battle with leukaemia

Charlie Harris-Beard was his father's best man when his parents Fiona and Joe hastily brought forward their wedding last November after learning he had just weeks to live

Charlie Harris-Beard, from Kidderminster, captured the nation's hearts when he drove down the aisle in his remote-controlled car. Today his parents said 'heaven had gained another angel' after he died this afternoon. Charlie was his father's best man when his parents hastily brought forward their wedding when they learned he had just weeks to live last November.

Women are far more savvy at pulling sickies than men... by staying at home and avoiding Facebook

Can't face work? A third of women and nearly half of men pull sickies due to hangovers

A survey of 10,000 adults found twice as many men in the UK have been caught out either in person or by going on social media compared to cannier female workers.

Moderate drinkers 'are fooling themselves': They consume 40% more alcohol than they think

Underestimating: Many people who described themselves as 'moderate' drinkers were consuming up to 40 per cent more alcohol then they thought, a study found

Many people who regard themselves as moderate drinkers are in fact knocking back harmful levels of alcohol, England's most senior doctor has warned.

How much caffeine is too much? The Starbucks coffee with 'three quarters of the safe daily dose' in one cup

Too much caffeine? A 16oz Starbucks 'Grande' coffee contains 330mg of the stimulant

The 16oz 'Grande' coffee contains 330mg of caffeine, claims a report. Scientists in Canada stress the recommended daily limit for the average person is 400mg.

Listening to your heartbeat could tell you if you're susceptible to anorexia

Scientists suggested that those who are better able to count their heartbeats are less likely to 'objectify' their bodies

The more accurate women were at counting their heart beats the less likely they were to think of their bodies as objects - a common trait linked to anorexia, say scientists from Royal Holloway, London.

I finally faced up to the truth about my 'moderate' drinking when my children, aged six and four, starting asking what killed their grandfather... and if I would die too

Moderate: Richard Price, pictured with his wife Jen, daughter Jessica and son James, who has been a 'moderate drinker' for two decades

After first starting to drink when he went to Oxford 20 years ago, 'a couple of quiet drinks' became a daily habit that RICHARD PRICE carried into middle age. Diangosed with MS and an enlarged heart, the father-of-two has been left with an 'inescapable fear' as to how much harm two decades of drinking has caused.

‘Pollution threat’ to mums-to-be: One in every 20 cases of pre-eclampsia blamed on higher levels of air pollution

Threat: Air pollution to trigger potentially fatal pre-eclampsia in expectant mothers, a study has found

Air pollution could be a factor in up to 2,000 cases of potentially fatal pre-eclampsia each year in the UK, a new study has indicated.

Brave girl, 7, can smile at last after face tumour size of a tennis ball stopped her eating and drinking

Lottie Hankins

Lottie Hankins, from Northampton, was born with a smudge in the corner of her mouth. But it developed into a tennis ball-sized tumour that meant she couldn't eat or drink.

Australian children to be banned from blowing out candles on birthday cakes together because they might spread germs

Sensible or a load of hot air? Children in Australia are to be banned from blowing out candles no birthday cakes together because of fears they will spread germs

The extraordinary new guidelines from the country’s National Health and Medical Research Council also dictate that children should also wash their hands before playing in a sandpit.

Toddler left in coma and on brink of death after he was kicked in the head by a horse makes astonishing recovery

On his feet: Jobe Taylor-Davies with his mother Helen and father Ben. Doctors said his case would rewrite the text books on brain injuries

Jobe Taylor-Davies, from Ross-on-Wye, amazed doctors after recovering from a massive brain swelling and coma following the incident last September.


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