Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE

Now Stephen"s Hawking insurance: Eminent scientist set to appear in Go Compare ads with notorious opera singer

Now Stephen's Hawking insurance: Eminent scientist set to appear in Go Compare ads with notorious opera singerRenowned scientist is latest celebrity to star in the Go Compare campaignAdvert sees him suck the opera singer into a black hole before laughing /12/31/article-2255462-16B3C37D000005DC-769_634x558.jpg” width=”634″ height=”558″ alt=”Hawking insurance: Steven Hawking appears in the latest Go Compare advert which sees him sucking the opera singer into a black hole” class=”blkBorder” /> Hawking insurance: Steven Hawking appears in the latest Go Compare advert which sees him sucking the opera singer into a black hole The former Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University joins the likes of television presenter Sue Barker and survival expert Ray Mears in plotting to destroy fictitious opera singer Gio Compario and silence his irritating sales slogan. The advert, which will be shown for the first time today, sees 70-year-old Professor Hawking announce to a packed lecture theatre that he has discovered how to generate a super massive black hole, before being asked what he will do with the knowledge. The scene then cuts to the opera singer – played by Wynne Evans – haranguing a couple in the street, before a black hole forms behind him and sucks him in

Sandy Hook shooting: Kaitlin Roig saved her students by hiding them in bathroom

'You're going to have Christmas and Hanukkah': Heroic teacher's promise to her first grade class that she saved from school massacre gunman – by hiding them in bathroomKaitlin Roig, 29, ushered her 15 first-grade students into a bathroom after Adam Lanza shot out the classroom windowsShe says she was struck by the bravery of the children, including one who said he could fight the gunman with karateMs Roig and fellow teacher Maryrose Kristopik survived the attack unharmed – along with their students | UPDATED: 10:29 GMT, 18 December 2012 Among the tragic victims of the Sandy Hook massacre were remarkable stories of survival – and heroism.

GPs will be paid 30,000 bonus for cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care

GPs will be paid 30,000 bonus for cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care NHS to reward surgeries which provide an all-round good serviceCritics say GPs should not receive extra bonuses just for doing their jobs | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 18 December 2012 Health minister Dr Dan Poulter believes the new targets will improve quality in care GPs will be paid thousands of pounds in bonuses for hitting a new raft of NHS targets. Their practices will be given extra payments worth up to 30,000 a year if they make improvements in cancer, dementia and out-of-hours care. The NHS wants to reward surgeries which diagnose patients early, improve survival rates and provide an all-round good service.

Can you get up off the floor without using your hands? If not you could be heading for an early grave

Stand up with no hands to live longer: Why you could be heading for an early grave if you can't get off the floor without using your hands Simple test asked 50 to 80-year-olds to sit on the floor and stand up with as little support as possibleAdults who needed to use a number of aids such as their hands and knees were six times more likely to die than those who didn't | UPDATED: 01:26 GMT, 14 December 2012 If getting up from a game of Scrabble on the floor this Christmas requires both hands, a lot of sighing and a helpful tug from a grandchild, beware. For the gloomy message from scientists is that you may not live as long as your flexible counterparts. Those who can sit down and get up using only one hand – or no hands at all – are likely to live for longer, a study found

More than four in ten firms set up since start of credi crunch in 2008 have folded – and the survival rate is getting worse

More than four in ten firms set up since start of credit crunch in 2008 have folded – and the survival rate is getting worseNearly one million firms shut down between 2008 and 2011The high street has also suffered particularly badly in the last few years the research says | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 13 December 2012 More than four in ten firms created since the credit crunch crisis in 2008 had gone out of business by 2011 – and the survival rate is getting worse.

Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study says

Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study saysBeing physically fit reduces the risk of dying by two-thirds, US research says But combining statins with better fitness may improve survival rates still further | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 28 November 2012 Findings from US research suggest that doing more walking and gardening could help individuals with high cholesterol as much, if not more, than drugs Unfit people with high cholesterol levels would be better off gardening or going for a walk than taking pills, says a study.