Explorer faces diabetes tests
THE suspected onset of diabetes may have been an underlying cause of frostbite that forced South West explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to pull out of a gruelling Antarctica expedition.
In his first interview since leaving Antarctica last week, Sir Ranulph told the BBC that, while he considered the frostbite "a total mystery", an earlier annual medical check-up back in the UK had indicated that he "was on the verge... of type-two diabetes".
A South African vascular surgeon, examining his damaged left hand this week, had, he said, "suggested that if that's a recent change in my bodily system it… could have gone for any area in my body that was susceptible to circulation changes".
Further tests will be required back in the UK to confirm the theory.
THREE British tourists are recovering in a Kenyan hospital today after the coach they were travelling in careered off a road and rolled down an embankment.
The coach, which was travelling to Mombasa Airport, was carrying 15 Britons on holiday with First Choice when the accident happened at 7am local time on Saturday.
Witnesses saw the vehicle snake across the road before rolling down the embankment into the path of oncoming traffic on another carriageway.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the tourists' injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
THE Department of Health has said it is "unacceptable" for patients to go hungry or be malnourished in hospitals, and has increased the number of unannounced inspections by the care watchdog to tackle the issue.
The announcement was made after it was reported that 1,165 people have starved to death in NHS hospitals over the last four years.
A Sunday newspaper said that figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that for every patient who dies from malnutrition, four more have dehydration mentioned on their death certificate.