Traffic noise could make your life shorter and increase your risk of stroke

In London over 1.6 million people are exposed to daytime traffic noise louder than 55 dB, which the World Health Organisation defines as a level of noise which can cause health problems

Nearly half of nurses say that risks to their safety have worsened in the past two years

Half of community nurses now feel vulnerable at work, says 'horrifying' survey

The nurses said worsening safety risks are partly down to NHS cost-cutting

Many practices have come under increasing pressure to identify patients who should be charged for their services

Doctors should not be made to act as 'border guards' for migrant patients, say medical leaders

GPs have come under pressure to identify patients who should be charged

The move reflects widespread discontent within the profession at the inspections

GP bodies call for emergency suspension of health watchdog's 'nit-picking' inspections

The BMA and RCGP believe the inspection regime is unfair on surgeries

One in four children class playing video games as 'exercise', survey finds

23 per cent of young people surveyed viewed playing video games as a form of exercise raising fears that young people are becoming 'hostages to handheld devices'

Electron micrograph of the bacterium responsible for Gonorrhea, of which there has been a 32% increase in diagnoses among gay men

Gonorrhoea and syphilis on the rise as STI diagnoses soar among gay and bisexual men

However, the total number of new STI cases in England has decreased

Pro-choice women's group will drop 'abortion drone' stocked with pills on Polish town

At least 50,000 dangerous underground abortions take place in the Eastern European country each year

Health warning issued over skinny jeans as doctors warn wearing them can lead to nerve damage

An Australian woman suffered nerve damage in her legs and was taken to hospital where she had to be cut out of the denim

There are concerns that current driving rules are failing to keep up with the rising number of elderly drivers

Rules for driving with dementia are out of date, say doctors

The BMA will be asked to investigate what one GP called a growing problem with the potential for serious risks to road users

Under new recommendations, GPs will take a “symptom-based approach” to cancer diagnosis, allowing a patient complaining of pain to be sent for cancer tests immediately

Cancer test overhaul: New fast-track system to by-pass specialist referrals with aim of saving 5,000 lives a year

Revised guidelines will allow GPs to send patients for scans immediately

Measures such as cutting consumption of red meat and dairy products are seen as key ways of tackling global warming

A healthier lifestyle will also help fight climate change, says study

Climate change has given people a golden opportunity to improve their health, according to the report

The technology allows ‘cell architects’ to recreate human organs

Medical technology that could eliminate need for animal testing wins design award

‘Revolutionary’ Organs-on-Chips could change the way pharmaceutical trials are conducted, writes Nick Clark

The BMA has called for clearer guidance on alcohol in pregnancy

Pregnant women should not drink alcohol at all, warn experts after confusion over guidelines

Experts say that advice on alcohol consumption in pregnancy is too inconsistent and confusing for expectant mothers

Listening to 'extreme' music makes you more positive, says study

The study has found that people become less irritable and stressed after listening to hardcore metal or 'extreme' music

Want to lose weight? Drink red wine

New research has indicated that an ingredient found in red wine, berries and grapes can help combat obesity

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