DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Hip operation rationing is so cruel, it makes people like my gran suicidal 

Until a hip starts hurting, you don’t appreciate quite how much you depend on it to function. As your joint becomes increasingly worn or damaged, everything becomes painful. Walking hurts. Sitting hurts. Standing up hurts. Even lying down hurts. This is what happened to my gran when she developed severe osteoarthritis in her hip, a … Read more

Couples should change their lifestyle up to two years before trying for a baby

Couples should change their lifestyle up to two years before trying for a baby, claims reproductive expert Three months is typically advised but this is now considered not long enough  Couples should consider cutting down on alcohol and starting taking multivitamins Both women and men should also be trying to slim down to a healthy … Read more

The depressing proof ‘home cooked’ does NOT make hospital food any easier to stomach

A nourishing diet is a vital part of any patient’s recovery — but too often meals fed to seriously ill patients in hospital fail to provide basic standards of nutrition, as Good Health found in this experiment. Furthermore, as our grim pictures show, many do little to whet the appetite either. The standard of hospital … Read more

Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more

Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease – even though they brush their teeth more frequently than most people, scientists say. Researchers quizzed 352 Olympic and professional athletes across 11 Great Britain teams about their dental habits and reviewed their dental records.  Nearly half had untreated tooth decay and the large majority showed early … Read more