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Meningitis outbreak kills at least 140 in Nigeria

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:23:37 GMT

The disease has infected more than 1,000 people in one of the worst outbreaks for years.

Measles outbreak across Europe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:49:47 GMT

The World Health Organization says cases are climbing where immunisation coverage has dropped.

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:07:19 GMT

Doctors have been using the 1980s video game in a UK emergency department.

Night-time loo trips 'linked to salt in diet'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:48:00 GMT

Trips to empty the bladder were reduced and quality of life improved, a study found.

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:14:31 GMT

British scientists say they now isolate different strains and so diagnose sufferers within days.

Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:13:47 GMT

Lab-made blood could solve the shortage of some blood types.

Drug 'reverses' ageing in animal tests

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:58 GMT

Mice had more stamina, hair and improved organ function with the drug.

Non-terminal patient fights right to die law

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:10:11 GMT

Omid - who suffers an incurable, but not terminal, condition - aims to take his case to the High Court.

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers - MPs

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:39:34 GMT

The rules on junk food advertising should also be tougher, MPs on the Health Select Committee say.

Major pancreatic cancer study launched

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:43:00 GMT

A new pancreatic cancer project is to find ways to speed up scientific discovery to improve the survival rates of patients.

Risky operation removes parasitic twin from baby

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:17:39 GMT

Baby Dominique is recovering in the US after an operation to separate her from her parasitic twin.

Mother gave cannabis to son who fought rare form of cancer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:20:29 GMT

Callie Blackwell said she was terrified of her teenage son "dying in pain".

Bowel cancer: 'I've cried, shouted and planned my funeral'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:21 GMT

Deborah was feeling "under the weather" for about a year, before being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

'How drawing helped me to talk about my feelings'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:46:20 GMT

Poet and author Michael Rosen talks about how drawing helped him to open up about his feelings after his son died.

'I worried I might not be able to have kids'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:09:31 GMT

Denise Campbell Brown married her husband in September last year. On honeymoon she discovered she had fibroids, a condition that affects around one in three women.

Cancer diagnosis: 'Looking for needle in a haystack'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:39:07 GMT

UCLH's chief medical officer explains new cancer diagnosis tools

Holly Greenhow: Girl with cerebral palsy makes 'big improvement'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:34:41 GMT

A girl with cerebral palsy who once modelled for a clothes retailer has seen her condition improve.

'Role model' nurses inspire cancer survivor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:34:38 GMT

A woman who survived cancer as a girl has been inspired to take up nursing.

Baby separated from parasitic twin in risky operation

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:46:50 GMT

Surgeons explain the challenges of the complex operation to separate Dominique from her parasitic twin.

'Wide awake drunk' on energy drinks and alcohol mix

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:25:03 GMT

Mixing caffeine-laden energy drinks with alcohol is a risky combination on a night out, scientists warn.

Scars on stage

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:39:38 GMT

US beauty queen Victoria Graham has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) but isn't afraid to show her scars.

No consent

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:03 GMT

Victoria Vigo woke from an emergency caesarean to find she had been sterilised - without her consent. Now she is demanding justice.

Cardboard cribs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:29:17 GMT

What evidence is there that Finland's famous baby boxes actually reduce infant mortality rates?

'Out of control'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:02:11 GMT

Australian Jessica May overcame acute anxiety by setting up a recruitment firm for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Obesity crisis

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:04:40 GMT

Could global trade in vegetable oil be to blame for our growing obesity crisis?

Binding decisions

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:27:45 GMT

After singer Rochelle Humes turns hers into art, we look at what else you can do with an umbilical cord.

Key unanswered questions

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:49:12 GMT

What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.

What you need to know

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:43:34 GMT

An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.

'The worst day of my life'

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:52:15 GMT

The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.

The mosquito menace

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:18:09 GMT

Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.