MRSA found in our milk: Superbug strain can cause serious infections in humans and is resistant to antibiotics

MRSA found in our milk: Superbug strain can cause serious infections in humans and is resistant to antibiotics Scientists tested 1,500 samples of bulk milk and found seven cases of MRSA ST398 from five farms in England, Scotland and Wales The superbug can cause serious and occasionally deadly infections in humans | UPDATED: 07:46 GMT, 21 December 2012 A potentially deadly MRSA superbug has been found in British milk for the first time. The superbug – already a problem in farm animals on the Continent – can cause serious and occasionally deadly infections in humans and is becoming a cause of udder infections in dairy cows. The strain of MRSA known as ST398 is resistant to antibiotics, so doctors find it difficult to treat infected people effectively

Amoxicillin: Widely prescribed antibiotic is useless at treating coughs and may be harmful

Widely prescribed antibiotic amoxicillin is useless at treating coughs and may be harmful | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 18 December 2012 Amoxicillin does nothing to help treat coughs and could be harmful if used when it is not needed, researchers claim Commonly prescribed antibiotic amoxicillin does nothing to help treat coughs and could be harmful if used when it is not needed, warn experts.

Nelson Mandela "looking much better" as he is kept in hospital after successful operation to remove gallstones

'There is no crisis': Nelson Mandela 'looking much better' but he is kept in hospital after successful operation to remove gallstones 94-year-old had previously been admitted to hospital with lung infection Doctors say the former South African president will be kept in hospital | UPDATED: 16:53 GMT, 18 December 2012 Recovering: Nelson Mandela is recovering from an operation to remove gallstones, carried out in a private clinic in Pretoria Doctors are keeping Nelson Mandela in hospital but insisted today that there is 'no crisis'.

Nelson Mandela undergoes successful operation to remove gallstones

Nelson Mandela undergoes successful operation to remove gallstones as he recovers from lung infection 94-year-old had previously been admitted to hospital with lung infection Wife Graca Machel told reporters husband had been 'fading'Spokesman said that Mr Mandela is now 'recovering' | UPDATED: 20:52 GMT, 15 December 2012 Recovering: Nelson Mandela is recovering from an operation to remove gallstones, carried out in a private clinic in Pretoria Nelson Mandela is recovering in hospital after having an operation to remove gallstones. The 94-year-old, who was South Africa's first black president, underwent the surgery at a private clinic in Pretoria. He had previously been hospitalised last Saturday, suffering from a lung infection

Seriously ill baby forced to wait for 12 hours in A&E because no suitable bed was available in all of Britain

Seriously ill baby forced to wait for 12 hours in A&E because no suitable bed was available in all of Britain Staff rang 29 units but all 320 beds were already occupied by sick childrenA bed was eventually found nearly 100 miles away in Sheffield Case emerged as specialists warned of shortage of beds for children | UPDATED: 22:29 GMT, 15 December 2012 A seriously ill baby was forced to wait in an Accident and Emergency ward for more than 12 hours because there were no suitable beds available anywhere in the UK. The shocking case emerged as specialists yesterday warned the Department of Health about a national shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter.

Cash-strapped Greek health service in crisis as hospitals run out of gloves and gowns

Cash-strapped Greek health service in crisis as hospitals run out of gloves and gownsEurope’s top health official said Greek hospitals are in such dire straits that staff are failing to keep up basic disease controlsGreece already has one of the worst problems in Europe with hospital-acquired infections Disease experts fear this is being made worse by a severe economic crisis that has cut health care staffing levels and hurt standards of care | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 4 December 2012 Greece is facing a rise in hospital-acquired infections because its cash-strapped health service cannot afford basic supplies such as gloves, gowns and alcohol wipes.

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed Experts warn that mistakes on the ward will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with higher numbers of patientsHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be 'pockets' of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 3 December 2012 Concern: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that there may still be 'pockets of poor care' in hospitals Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless hospital blunders, figures reveal. Another 7,500 are severely harmed after being wrongly diagnosed, given incorrect drugs or poorly cared for

Whooping cough claims lives of 13 babies in past year in worst outbreak in more than two decades

Whooping cough claims lives of 13 babies in past year in worst outbreak in more than two decades | UPDATED: 00:17 GMT, 30 November 2012 A total of 13 babies have died from whooping cough in the worst outbreak in more than 20 years. There have been nearly 8,000 confirmed cases so far this year – the highest number since 1990