Accident and emergency attendance and admissions are spiralling upwards as winter pressures take hold across the health service.
Only a quarter of nurses and midwives in Scotland believe there are enough staff in their department to be able to do their job properly, according to a national survey of NHS workers.
NHS nurses and midwives in England will be urged to walkout for 12 hours on 29 January and 24 hours the following month, as union leaders attempt to ratchet up the pressure on ministers over pay.
Emerging evidence suggests that electronic cigarettes are effective for helping people quit or reduce their smoking, according to a Cochrane review.
Three biologic therapies have been provisionally approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for NHS use in England and Wales as treatment options for ulcerative colitis.