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Burnout, stress and drinking in the NHS

Burnout, stress and drinking in the NHS

Your article (Oncologists suffer alarming rates of burnout and stress, research finds, 17 February) ought not to surprise us. Nor is burnout confined to hard-pressed specialists: it is widespread at every level of practice and even among medical students

today, 16:12 in Health
 
A veg (or five) too far: why 10 portions a day is way too much to ask

A veg (or five) too far: why 10 portions a day is way too much to ask

Government guidelines have, for some years, held that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is what we should all be aiming for. That’s an achievable target for many, if not most, of us. Some days it might be felt in the purse, to make sure

today, 13:51 in Health
 
The suicidal patient who taught me the value of time

The suicidal patient who taught me the value of time

The ambulance pulled in but unusually the crew came into the hospital alone. They informed us that a high risk mental health patient was on their way to the department, and was being accompanied by the police. This set alarm bells in my head. I qualified

today, 11:44 in Health
 
Avoid stress, be useful: 90-year-olds on how to have a long, happy life

Avoid stress, be useful: 90-year-olds on how to have a long, happy life

A study suggests that average life expectancy will soon exceed 90 for the first time. Women born in South Korea in 2030 are forecast to have a life expectancy of 90, with other developed countries not far behind. France is second in the league table for

today, 11:44 in Health
 
Do you eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day?

Do you eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day?

Forget five-a-day, scientists have said getting 10 portions of fruit and vegetables is an even better way of lowering your chance of heart disease, stroke, cancer and premature death. Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of ear

today, 11:06 in Health
 
Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death

Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death

Five portions of fruit and veg a day is good for you, but 10 is much better and could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year, say scientists. The findings of the study led by Imperial College London may dismay the two in three ad

today, 00:03 in Health
 
Thousands of doctors trained in Europe 'may quit UK after Brexit'

Thousands of doctors trained in Europe 'may quit UK after Brexit'

About 12,000 doctors trained in European countries could quit the UK because they feel less welcome following the Brexit vote, according to a survey of overseas medics. About two in five doctors who qualified in European Economic Area countries are consi

today, 00:03 in Health
 
Mexico's sugar tax leads to fall in consumption for second year running

Mexico's sugar tax leads to fall in consumption for second year running

Mexico’s sugar tax appears to be having a significant impact for the second year running in changing the habits of a nation famous for its love of Coca-Cola, and will encourage countries troubled by obesity and contemplating a tax of their own. An analys

yesterday, 21:04 in Health
 
Misleading data mars the debate on alcoholism

Misleading data mars the debate on alcoholism

The recent focus given by the MPs Liam Byrne and Jonathan Ashworth to the plight of children and families of alcoholics has shed a welcome light on an important question – how best do we support individuals and families affected by substance misuse? Howe

yesterday, 19:59 in Health
 
Living to 90 and beyond? No thanks

Living to 90 and beyond? No thanks

Worrying news for people in developed countries who will be born in 2030. A new study suggests their life expectancy will exceed 90. Only last year the World Health Organisation told us that, globally, “babies born in 2015 [could] expect to live to 71.4

yesterday, 12:19 in Health
 
The app that aims to tackle the chronic NHS midwife shortage

The app that aims to tackle the chronic NHS midwife shortage

The findings of a new NCT report, which revealed that tens of thousands of women were having to seek help at accident and emergency (A&E) departments or with their GP because they cannot reach a midwife, do not come as a surprise to Hannah...

yesterday, 12:10 in Health
 
What is yoga? You asked Google – here’s the answer

What is yoga? You asked Google – here’s the answer

The answers you get to this will depend on who formulates the response. The sleek 30-something clad in organic cotton leggings with a healthy glow might answer, while holding “plank pose” for an excruciating length of time, that yoga is about being simul

yesterday, 08:01 in Health
 
The GP practice sharing data to transform care for homeless people

The GP practice sharing data to transform care for homeless people

Steve Benson* is happy. He’s just come out of a a 10-minute consultation with a GP he has never met, yet she was able to instantly pinpoint the help he needed. Thanks to the data sharing system being pioneered at BrisDoc, Bristol’s homeless health servic

yesterday, 07:37 in Health
 
GPs miss chances to save the life of victims of domestic abuse

GPs miss chances to save the life of victims of domestic abuse

GPs are missing vital opportunities to intervene and potentially save the lives of people experiencing domestic abuse, a leading charity has warned. Two women are murdered every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. The latest crime s

yesterday, 07:37 in Health
 
The real quest of cancer treatment: dispensing the right mix of hope and reality

The real quest of cancer treatment: dispensing the right mix of hope and reality

“I just need a letter to say I am fit to fly,” he says, my young patient who has gone from being a paragon of fitness to needing a walking stick in a space of only two years. Today, he is on an unscheduled visit, promising not to stay long, not that I mi

yesterday, 00:56 in Health
 
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