NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims

NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 April 2013 The NHS has been left with a multi-billion-pound bill after an avalanche of legal claims following medical blunders.

Police investigate 13 deaths in a year due to mistakes by paramedics

Police investigate 13 deaths in a year due to mistakes by paramedics Errors made by East Midlands Ambulance Service include taking eight hours to respond to an elderly manStaff also left morphine tablets on the roof of a rapid response car and moved patient with broken neckService was recently named worst in the country for responding to the most serious 999 calls /13) equates to 0.009%, or a serious incident every 10,377 jobs. 'EMAS is open and honest and publishes information about all serious incidents for the Trust Board to consider (and publishes details on our website).

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk New guidelines suggest tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer up to 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancerWomen would take the drugs for five years either before or after the menopause, with the aim of slashing odds of developing the disease By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:18 GMT, 15 January 2013 Thousands of healthy women could be offered powerful breast cancer drugs to cut their chances of contracting the disease. New guidelines suggest the drugs tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer as much as 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancer

Doctors to tackle Britain"s 2bn migraine: GPs will hold first conference dedicated to solving the common headache

Doctors to tackle Britain's 2bn migraine: GPs will hold first conference dedicated to solving the common headacheMigraines force 83,000 people to miss work or school every dayAround a million people suffer 'medication headaches' caused by painkillersAnyone who takes a pill on more than 15 days in a month is at risk By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 13:51 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:51 GMT, 12 January 2013 Doctors will meet next week at the first migraine conference to discuss the common problem that affects everyone from the stressed worker to the exhausted parent. Migraines cause 83,000 people to miss work or school every day, cost the economy about 2billion a year and account for one in ten visits to the GP.

Manageress sues Holland and Barrett for stopping her sick pay while she was recovering from learning her husband was gay

Manageress sues Holland and Barrett for stopping her sick pay while she was recovering from learning her husband was gayMother-of-two had her sick pay reclaimed after she was signed off work with depressionOlga Gofmane and her children were left with 1.50 for a month after health firm reclaimed the payShe became unwell after the break down of her 12-year marriage By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 17:09 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:36 GMT, 4 January 2013 Olga Gofmane sued health food firm for reclaiming her sick pay A mother-of two who became depressed when her husband told her he was gay has successfully sued her employers Holland and Barrett for slashing her sick pay. Olga Gofmane, a manager of one of the company's branches, moved out of the family home after her former husband brought his boyfriend to the house. When Holland and Barrett reclaimed her sick pay after she had been signed off work by a doctor, Mrs Gofmane was left with just 1.50 a month

The perfect man DOES exist… in fact there are FIVE types of them out there

The perfect man DOES exist … in fact there are FIVE of them out there! Women aged 18-24 are suckers for six packs 25-34 value career driven men 35-44 are happy to date a man 5 years older Women over 45 often date younger men 55+ women still value sexual compatibility and are pickiest daters | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 Many of us look back on our dating past and wonder how on earth we could ever have considered romancing men so incompatible. But new research has found that this is perfectly normal, revealing that women’s tastes change as they get older and proving that there is indeed a ‘perfect man’ for every stage in a woman’s life.

Hundreds of women have healthy pregnancies ended by mistake because scans can"t detect the earliest signs of life

Hundreds of women may be losing healthy babies due to mistaken diagnosis of miscarriage Home pregnancy tests are now so sensitive women who fear they have miscarried are attending hospital at an earlier stage than in the pastHospital scans cannot detect the earliest signs of life and may fail to pick up a present heartbeat, leading doctors to remove the early foetusUp to 400 woman may be losing healthy babies each year due to mistaken diagnosis, according to reportNew guidelines urge doctors not to operate to remove a foetus within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy | UPDATED: 08:36 GMT, 12 December 2012 Hundreds of women may be losing healthy babies every year because they are incorrectly diagnosed as having suffered a miscarriage, experts have warned. Modern home pregnancy tests are now so sensitive that women are discovering they are pregnant earlier – meaning many who fear they have miscarried are attending hospital at an earlier stage than in the past.

Anti-depressants could help stroke patients recover more quickly by "rebuilding" the brain

Anti-depressants could help stroke patients recover more quickly by 'rebuilding' the brain Drugs could promote the growth of new nerve cells in the brain or protect other cells damaged by strokeAnd by preventing depression, they may encourage more patients to be physically active | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 6 December 2012 Anti-depressants could help recovery after a stroke – even in patients who are not depressed, research suggests. The drugs could reduce dependence, physical disability, depression and anxiety in the first year after a stroke, according to the study published by the Cochrane Library

Middle-class children are at risk of anxiety disorders because parents shelter them from the harsh reality of life

Middle-class children are at risk of anxiety disorders because parents shelter them from the harsh reality of life Youngsters growing up in a ‘paranoid’ culture which protects them from risk but unable to cope with life’s challenges, warns leading psychologist Professor Tanya Byron says she is treating an increasing numbers of children with anxiety disorders who lack ‘emotional resilience’ Warning comes as NHS figures reveal rising numbers of children are suffering keyboard strain, but tree-climbing injuries are plummeting By Laura Clark, Education Correspondent PUBLISHED: 15:44 GMT, 5 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 5 December 2012 Middle-class children are unable to cope with life's challenges, Professor Tanya Byron has warned Rising numbers of middle-class children are suffering mental health problems amid a trend for risk-averse parents to raise them ‘in captivity’, a leading psychologist and broadcaster has warned. Youngsters are growing up in a ‘paranoid’ culture which attempts to protect them from all risk and failure but leaves them unable to cope with life’s challenges, according to Professor Tanya Byron.