U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down

U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 Patients are to be given the right to opt out of an NHS database logging details of drinking habits, waist sizes and family medical histories.

Teachers win 30million compensation in a year as unions secure record payouts

Teacher handed 400,000 in compensation after pupil knocked his arm into a filing cabinetCompensation for teachers broke through the 30million barrier last yearSuccessful claims rose by up to a quarter compared to 2011The payouts have left councils and schools with soaring legal bills .

Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… Three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent "chaos" costing…

Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent 'chaos' costing patients' lives BMA wrote to NHS head after urging him to delay full roll-out of 111 serviceDoctor said patient safety cannot be 'sacrificed' to meet 'political deadline' Patients using pilot schemes have already waited hours for urgent advice Those who are not ill enough for ambulance will be told to ring serviceDue to be used nationwide from Monday despite serious errors during trialsBMA said system 'run on the cheap' with untrained staff rather than nurse By Sophie Borland and Neil Sears PUBLISHED: 16:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 28 March 2013 Doctors demanded last night that a new health helpline due to be introduced across most of England within days should be suspended, warning that lives could be at risk. The British Medical Association wrote to the head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, urging him to delay Monday’s full national roll-out of the 111 service.

Breastfeeding for six months "cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%"

Breastfeeding for six months 'cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%'Six months of breastfeeding your child cuts risk of dying from all cancers Women who breastfeed also 17 per cent less likely to die from a heart attack By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 27 March 2013 Safer: A woman who breastfeeds her child is 10 per cent less likely to die from any from of cancer Women who breastfeed for six months reduce their risk of dying from all cancers by 10 per cent, researchers say. They also cut their chances of death from heart attacks and strokes by 17 per cent

Lord Coe and other stars of the London 2012 Olympics collect awards from Buckingham Palace

Olympic honour for Seb (and co): London 2012 chief and other stars of the Games collect awards from Buckingham Palace , said he shared the award with his talented team at Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), volunteers and the enthusiastic British public. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘It’s a lovely honour and I’m deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I’ve ever worked with – passionate people – but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line.’ Lord Coe was recently appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association and will now help to steer another generation of athletes in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics

Mother"s anguish after police admit they kept her dead son"s brain in storage for 13 years

Mother's anguish after police admit they kept her dead son's brain in storage for 13 years Rhys Cheevers' brain was held at Southampton General Hospital after he died just two days oldHis mother Hannah says two police officers knocked on her door 'totally out of the blue' with the news By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:01 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:51 GMT, 23 February 2013 A mother has told of her agony when she discovered police kept her baby’s brain for 13 years. Hannah Cheevers’s son Rhys died of a heart defect two days after he was born in 1998 and his family gave consent for a post-mortem examination

Don"t tell patients they"ll look better after cosmetic surgery: New guidelines that "manage expectations" are unveiled

Surgeons demand that medical professionals carry out cosmetic procedures Practitioners should not imply patients will 'look nicer' or feel 'better' Should instead use unambiguous language like 'bigger' or 'smaller' Patients should also have psychological screening before treatmentPlus 'Botox parties' should be banned, as staff often untrained figures released yesterday by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons revealed that women had: Breast enlargments: 9,854 Eyelid surgery 6,071 Face/neck lift 5,324 Breast reduction 4,217 Nose job 3,228 Tummy tuck 2,882 Fat transfer 2,641 Liposuction 2,638 (Figures for BAAPS surgeons only) 'With the demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments rising year on year, it is crucial that the highest level of professionalism is maintained amongst practitioners.' The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said the new guidance was a 'step in the right direction' but called for more stringent recommendations on cosmetic surgery advertising. Baaps president Rajiv Grover said: “The marketing and advertising of cosmetic procedures is neither educating nor informing, but an exercise squarely aimed at achieving sales. This clearly puts economics ahead of patient care.

Dr Tim Boyd, 54, dies after being struck by lightning on bridge near his home

Scientist, 54, dies after being struck by lightning on bridge near his home Dr Tim Boyd was walking his dog when he was hit by a bolt during a storm The father-of-two worked at the Scottish Association of Marine ScienceIt is the second tragedy to hit the association in a weekLast weekend PhD student Christopher Bell died in the Glencoe avalanche By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 10:24 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:47 GMT, 29 January 2013 Oceanographer Dr Tim Boyd, 54, died after being hit by a bolt of lightning on Sunday as he walked his dog A scientist has died after apparently being struck by lightning as he walked his dog. Internationally respected oceanographer Dr Tim Boyd, 54, was found by a passer-by after being hit by a bolt on the Jubilee Bridge, near his home in Port Appin, Argyll, on Sunday. Emergency services were called but they were unable to save the American-born scientist

Strathallan Airfield: Skydiver, 56, dies after parachute fails to open during jump

Skydiver, 56, dies after parachute fails to open during jump at Scottish airfield Victim named as experienced skydiver David Ball from EdinburghCause unknown but 'too low' theory being probedSite has had a number of incidents in recent yearsFatal accident at Strathallan airfield in Perthshire yesterday , is David Ball, 56, from the Barnton area of Edinburgh.

Colombian company makes child-size bulletproof vests after Sandy Hook shooting

Colombian bulletproof clothing designer launches new CHILDREN'S line of vests and backpacks in wake of Sandy Hook massacre | UPDATED: 02:32 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Colombian company that makes stylish bulletproof clothing has launched a new line of child-sized vests and backpacks in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.