Grandmother handcuffed and escorted from GP surgery after demanding to see medical notes


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Grandmother handcuffed and escorted from GP surgery by police after demanding to see medical notesMary Kerswell, 67, paid 10 to see records at Biggleswade Health CentreBut receptionists 'refused to print them out' she claimsShe was handcuffed and led off by police after she refused to leave By Amanda Williams PUBLISHED: 08:51 GMT, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:05 GMT, 9 April 2013 Handcuffed: Mary Kerswell was led from Biggleswade Health Centre by police after a misunderstanding over her medical notes A grandmother was handcuffed and led away from her doctor’s surgery by police after a row over her demand to see her medical notes. Mary Kerswell, 67, asked for a copy of her GP records after she was called in for a urine test for a kidney condition she did not have. When the mother of two was shown a brief summary of her medical history she was shocked to see that as well as being wrongly listed as having chronic kidney disease, it said she was a heavy smoker with Alzheimer’s

"Rapid response" operation that cuts risk of new strokes by a third


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'Rapid response' operation carried out within 24 hours of suffering a mini-stroke cuts risk of another episode by a thirdSurgery offered to patients within 24 hours of a 'mini-stroke'Carotid endarterectomy operation cuts risk of new stroke by a third By Martyn Halle PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 GMT, 3 March 2013 Rapid response: How the operation is carried out Patients who have suffered a mini-stroke are now being offered ‘rapid-response’ surgery to prevent the condition worsening and leading to a full stroke. Until now, those who have had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) would not be considered for surgery until weeks later. But new research has found that operating to unclog the affected blood vessels in the neck within 24 hours of having a TIA means a third do not go on to suffer another episode.

BREAKING NEWS: Good Life star Richard Briers dies at the age of 79


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BREAKING NEWS: Good Life star Richard Briers dies at the age of 79 By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 12:34 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:37 GMT, 18 February 2013 Good life star Richard Briers has died at the age 79. His agent revealed the bad news today after the veteran actor's long battle with lung disease. Briers, who also starred in shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen, recently said years of smoking had been to blame for his emphysema.

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


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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

Jump in music fees charged by record companies threatens village hall dance and aerobics classes


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Jump in music fees charged by record companies threatens village hall dance and aerobics classes Record companies planning hike in rates charged to amateur dance classesInstructors currently pay annual fee but will change to payment per sessionFears that community classes could be wiped out as obesity threat rises By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 5 January 2013 Aerobics, fitness and Zumba classes held in village halls are under threat over plans for massive increases to the fees charged by record companies for the right to play music. Currently, instructors play a flat annual fee for a licence to play music in their classes

Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters


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Middle-aged women now drink even more than their daughters as doctors warn NHS is swamped by 'silent alcohol epidemic' Over 45s drink the most out of any female age group, shock figures revealMany professional women said to be 'drinking to forget' unhappy livesThey are knocking back more than nine units a week on average | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 30 December 2012 Middle-aged professional women are consuming more alcohol than teenage drinkers for the first time, official figures show. They reveal that those over 45 drink more than any other age group, putting their health at risk. At the same time, experts have warned that older women are becoming the biggest burden on the NHS because of alcohol-related conditions, including stroke, liver disease and cancer

Queen Mary 2: Passengers sick with "norovirus" on Caribbean cruise


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More than 200 passengers on Queen Mary 2 fall sick with vomiting and diarrhea on exclusive Christmas Cruise – as those on SECOND liner become ill with 'norovirus'As many as 190 passengers and 31 crew members have become ill with unknown illness on cruise shipSymptoms – which include vomiting and diarrhea – are consistent with norovirus, a highly contagious disease spread through contaminated food and waterTicket for similar Caribbean cruise costs upwards of $4,7000 | UPDATED: 17:03 GMT, 29 December 2012 Hundreds of passengers hoping to enjoy a pampered Christmas cruise on the imposing Queen Mary 2 are instead below deck with an unknown illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Earlier this week, 189 passengers and 31 crew members had come down with symptoms, which are consistent with the norovirus, a highly-contagious virus that is easily passed from person to person through contaminated food or water.

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortages for the potentially deadly typhoid fever


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Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortage for deadly typhoid fever Shortage follows a recall by one pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its typhoid vaccine stock in OctoberTyphoid fever occurs mostly in developing countries in areas with poor sanitationProves fatal in up to 30 per cent of cases if left untreated | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 26 December 2012 Holidaymakers escaping the British winter to exotic climes may struggle to get immunised against typhoid, doctors have warned. There is a UK shortage of the vaccine for the potentially lethal disease, following a recall by pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its stock.

Mother-of-two records heartbreaking video telling her health battle before dying days before Christmas


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Terminally ill mother-of-two records heartbreaking YouTube video before she died just days before Christmas | UPDATED: 20:19 GMT, 26 December 2012 Jennifer Johnson's children may be too young to understand why she died of heart disease last week, but the emotional video that she made in an effort to raise funds for the cost of her care will be a tender reminder for them later in life. The 30-year-old mother in Cape Coral, Florida died December 17 but her memory lives on as the video that she made telling her story continues to gain fans online. Johnson used the popular method of looking straight at the camera while cycling through flash cards which tell her story to viewers.

Hot temper: Expressing negative emotions can add two years to your life


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Why having a hot temper is 'good for your health': Expressing negative emotions can add two years to your life Researchers at University of Jena in Germany assessed 6,000+ patientsFound that those who internalised their anxiety suffered from a raised pulseHot-tempered Italians and Spanish 'live longer than stiff-upper lip English' | UPDATED: 23:10 GMT, 25 December 2012 Hot-tempered Italians and Spanish live nearly two years longer than the ‘stiff-upper lip’ English, researchers claim.