Binge-watching TV box sets could be a warning sign you’re lonely and depressed

Binge-watching TV, as it has been called, may actually be a sign of poor mental health - and can lead to obesity and exhaustion, warn University of Texas researchers.

Essex gym fanatic suffers heart attack after taking steroids to bulk up quickly 

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Harriss, 22, from Harlow, Essex, collapsed on a night out after suffering chest pains. Doctors warned he may die if he didn't stop taking the drugs.

Mother kept her baby after doctors warned he might have Downs gives birth to healthy boy

Rachel Gibson, 33, from Stoke-on-Trent, today urged other mothers to 'trust in their own instincts' after her son Zane arrived perfectly healthy.

What flying in an airplane does to your body and how you can fix it

Whether you’re spending just an hour at 30,000ft or crossing multiple times zones and cooped up for far longer, the effects of flying play havoc with your mind, body and circadian rhythm

Would YOU wear an ice jacket to burn 500 extra calories a day?

Professor Wayne Hayes, of University of California, has developed the Cold Shoulder Jacket, which is the equivalent of a Big Mac, two Snickers bars or four slices of bacon.

‘Cats detected my cancer’, claims grandmother Stephanie Doody

Stephanie Doody, 55, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, was finally diagnosed with a rare tumour on her appendix that is usually symptomless and goes undiagnosed until it is too late - all thanks to her cats.

Men, women: Why cholesterol matters

This column is written by experts in the medical field and provides advice on men's and women's health issues. Cholesterol is not often at the top of people's minds until they hear the bad news from their doctor that theirs is too high.

The truth about why women have ‘designer vagina’ surgery

EXCLUSIVE: Mr Miles Berry, of the Weymouth Street Hospital, London, says contrary to popular belief, women don't have surgery because they're vain or have watched too much porn.

Ebola virus is MUTATING, and ‘could become more contagious’ warn scientists

Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France have warned the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 8,000 people, appears to be changing but experts have cautioned it is unlikely to become airborne.

Dr Toby Talbot tells us about the toothpaste ingredients that concern him most

Many commercial toothpastes contain substances and chemicals that could be detrimental to our health. These chemicals have been linked to oral and breast cancers.

Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD

A new study provides strong evidence, using data from animal models and humans, that exposure to a common household pesticide may be a risk factor for ADHD.

Ancient ‘genomic parasites’ spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

Large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals have been identified by an international team of scientists. They found thousands of genes that evolved to be expressed in the uterus in early mammals. Surprisingly, these genes appear to have been recruited from other tissue types by transposons -- ancient mobile genetic elements sometimes thought of as genomic parasites. The study sheds light on how organisms evolve new morphological structures and functions.

Anne Pharo ditches chemotherapy and vows to beat breast cancer by running

Despite being told that the disease will kill her if she doesn't embark on more chemotherapy, Anne Pharo, 41, from Portsmouth, has opted out of further treatment.

New research recommends treating elevated blood pressure during pregnancy

Treating a woman's elevated blood pressure during pregnancy is safer for her and safe for the baby, a new study shows. The study addresses an age-old belief that reducing elevated blood pressure during pregnancy might lead to reduced growth in the womb and worse health at birth.

Over the counter pills should carry a health warning, says JOHN NAISH

The revelations that a common painkiller may cause heart problems, and that some sleep remedies and hayfever tablets may cause dementia, should shake us out of our complacency.

Senate Panel OKs Bill To Exempt Veterans From Health Law’s Employer Mandate Count

Anthem’s Profits Boosted By Medicaid Expansion

Health Law Opposition In GOP-Led States Doesn’t Stifle Insurance Enrollment

Insurers May Be Using Drug Prices To Keep The Sickest Patients From Their Plans, Study Finds

When It Comes To The Health Law And Taxes, Millions May Face Penalties

Boy killed by brain-eating amoeba in tap water: First confirmed case of death by N. fowleri organism in treated water in the US

The infection triggered primary amebic meningoencephalitis (stock image pictured), which killed the four-year-old in Louisiana. The findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Most Californians On Insurance Exchange Are Sticking With Last Year’s Plan

When it comes to health insurance, Californians seem to value consistency.

Of the 944,000 people who were could renew their coverage for 2015 through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, 94 percent stayed in the same plan that they were in last year.

About a third of them shopped for other plans available on the exchange, but few ended up making a change. The other two-thirds took no action and were automatically re-enrolled in their plan from last year.

Most Insurance Exchanges Just Got Bigger. Covered California Is Getting Smaller.

Executive Director Peter V. Lee said one reason was that the prices remained fairly consistent. “While consumers might have saved a few dollars by changing plans, they didn’t face draconian price increases if they stayed,” Lee explained during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, called  the stability “stunning.” (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.)

“On the one hand, it may suggest that people were generally happy with the coverage they had,” he said. “On the other hand, it may suggest that people were confused or reticent to change even when they might save money.”

That sort of  reluctance to switch plans, he said, is also generally what happens in the Medicare Advantage and federal employee markets, “where inertia generally takes hold.”

“More active shopping would certainly put greater competitive pressure on insurers, but there’s also a lot of new customers in this market, so insurers still have an incentive to keep prices down,” Levitt said.

Attrition rates varied a bit by carrier in the Covered California market, but in all plans, at least 90 percent of consumers chose to stay. Kaiser Permanente, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Health News,  managed to hang on to 99 percent of customers who purchased coverage through Covered California.

In December, there were 1.1 million customers eligible for renewal through Covered California. Of those, 85,000 experienced drops in income making them eligible for Medi-Cal this year instead of subsidized private coverage. Covered California officials say they are still working with another 80,000 people who for various reasons could not be renewed within the exchange.

As of January 26th – about two months into this year’s open enrollment period – 273,000 new customers have enrolled in coverage through the state’s exchange.

Californians have until February 15th to enroll if they want coverage this year.

Luke Ericson’s mission to inspire other people with disabilities

Luke Ericson, from Hawaii, wants to show others facing a difficult road ahead to persevere, never give up and 'be the best person they can be'.

Kaitlyn Smith who shed 208lbs to have surgery to remove excess skin

Kaitlyn Smith, 19, lost half of her body weight with the help of a local health coach. After hearing her story, a Miami-based plastic surgeon offered to perform her skin-removal surgeries for free.

Private hospitals ‘offered £100,000 to attract patients away from rivals’

A report in the BMJ, based on an investigation by a major health insurance company, uncovered 'covert' schemes often worth 'tens of thousands of pounds' encouraging doctors to refer patients to specific private hospital groups.

Women who risk their lives injecting vitamins to stay looking young

It's been championed by various celebrities including Poppy Delevingne (inset). But is it as beneficial as it's promoted to be? Loren Oberg (pictured) says yes.

Cardiff’s Rhian James celebrates giving birth to 12lb baby Zack Nelms

First-time mother Rhian James, right, and partner Anthony Nelms, left, purchased newborn clothing for baby Zack, centre, before his arrival at University Hospital Wales, only to find it was too small.

Tiered Care Centers Proposed for High-Risk Pregnancies

A new consensus document proposing levels of maternal care has been developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.
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Transplant patient removes her OWN surgical staples after watching YouTube video

The patient, from North London, was told by surgeons she would need her staples removed on Sunday following a pancreas transplant, but the woman claims she couldn't get a GP appointment until February 4.

OAP drugged by care staff to keep her quiet

Staff drugged pensioner Barbara Oldham, 85, with sedatives so she could not lift her head as she sat in a chair and was unable to speak or walk at the Bupa-run Carders Court, near Rochdale.

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