It's World Sleep Day and a couple of French papers lead on the need for more "dodo" (sleep time). The French who did do that wouldn't be missing much about the French presidential campaign which - today at any rate - is lacklustre. Papers had little to work with after Hollande's Thursday evening TV appearance. That's the French press review for this Friday 16th March 2012.
Britain’s health ministry announced Thursday that an additional 7,000 women have potentially faulty breast implants manufactured by the now-defunct French company PIP, raising the total number of British women affected to some 47,000.
Scientists have long struggled to decipher the mysteries of the brain. Today, surgeons are able to penetrate deeper than ever before into the depths of the skull to perform amazing medical work and save lives.
Russia is home to more than 2 million heroin users - more than anywhere else in the world. A cheaper and severely addictive morphine derivative called desomorphine, or krokodil, is widely available and becoming addicts' drug of choice. The name refers to the scaly appearance of krokodil users' skin, which often turns black or develops gangrenous sores. While Russian authorities remain silent, one group is determined to win this drug war. It uses a radical weapon: mandatory rehab for junkies.
Keeping up appearances is both expensive and time-consuming, but it can also be dangerous for our health. From fillers and fake tans to skin and teeth whitening, this week we check out the health risks involved with looking good.
"Neither at 16, nor at 18 - abortion - abolition." This was the slogan on a giant banner unravelled on the night of Mariano Rajoy's election victory in Spain. Now the Spanish government has announced that it aims to restrict access to abortion to cases of rape, serious health problems for the foetus, or psychological fragility of the mother. It would take the law back to the time before Rajoy's Socialist predecessor Zapatero made abortion a right.
Recent medical progress is allowing our pets to live longer, healthier lives. In this week's show we speak to vets in France, the UK and Canada to find out what's on offer in the growing world of pet medicine.
Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was released on bail Friday and faces charges of causing bodily harm. His company is at the centre of an international health scandal over breast implants using non-medical grade silicon.
PIP - three letters which stir up fear in any woman with breast implants. This week we talk to women with silicone implants made by the French manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothèse, to find out how the global health scandal is affecting their daily lives.